Crossovers may be financially viable for company car drivers who want the looks of an SUV, but what about those who require the functionality of a proper off-roader?
Well, the Volvo V60 Cross Country could be just the ticket.
It sits 60mm higher than a regular V60 and comes fitted with additional plastic body panels to protect the paint.
The running gear uses Volvo’s 190PS D4 diesel engine and all-wheel-drive system, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
It has CO2 emissions of 135g/km and can achieve 47.9mpg. The £3,000 price hike and increase in emissions over a regular V60 D4 means company car drivers should expect to pay around £220 per month in tax (20% taxpayer).
Specification is based on the entry-level Momentum trim, so you get sat-nav, LED headlights, a host of safety technology, plus the addition of front parking sensors and an off-road driving mode.
There are no direct rivals for the V60 Cross Country. Vauxhall offers the Insignia Country Tourer in a lower price bracket and Mercedes-Benz only gives its larger E-Class the all-terrain treatment.
We were impressed by the V60 Cross Country both on- and off-road. It has a beautifully smooth ride, thanks to its softer suspension and larger tyres.
Handling is also impressive and, while it feels less dynamic than some regular estates, compared to an SUV it’s far more compliant.
The relaxing cabin makes it perfect for longer journeys, yet show it a dirt track and it is equally adept.
With more than 500 litres of boot space, the V60 Cross Country provides a cost-effective SUV alternative with a great driving experience.