2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The V60 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Edge doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 Cross Country and Edge have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Edge’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the Edge.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the V60 Cross Country’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Edge doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The V60 Cross Country offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Edge’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Edge’s 175-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 800-amp battery. The Edge’s 760-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 5 more horsepower (250 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the Edge AWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 Cross Country’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

V60 Cross Country

Edge

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

12.4 inches

The V60 Cross Country’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Edge AWD are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Edge’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.

The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the Edge Titanium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Cross Country executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Edge (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The V60 Cross Country’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the Edge ST (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

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The V60 Cross Country is 9.1 inches shorter in height than the Edge, making the V60 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Towing

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Edge Titanium/ST, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The V60 Cross Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60 Cross Country’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the V60 Cross Country the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Edge doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Edge doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The V60 Cross Country’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

When the V60 Cross Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Edge.

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