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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
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 Impreza doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the V60 Cross Country and Impreza 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 Impreza’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 standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Impreza doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the V60 Cross Country’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Impreza 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 Impreza only offers a rear monitor.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Volvo V60 Cross Country weighs 852 to 1026 pounds more than the Subaru Impreza. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.
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 Impreza’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 Impreza’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. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Impreza.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Impreza’s 130-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 Impreza’s 530-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 Impreza’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 98 more horsepower (250 vs. 152) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Volvo V60 Cross Country is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):
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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the V60 Cross Country’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Impreza doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The V60 Cross Country has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Impreza (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Volvo V60 Cross Country comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Impreza.
For better stopping power the V60 Cross Country’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Impreza:
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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 on the Impreza are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the V60 Cross Country has larger standard tires than the Impreza (215/50R18 vs. 205/55R16). The V60 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Impreza (235/45R19 vs. 225/40R18).
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 Impreza’s standard 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 Cross Country has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Impreza. The V60 Cross Country’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Impreza Sport.
The V60 Cross Country has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the V60 Cross Country flat and controlled during cornering. The Impreza base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The V60 Cross Country has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Impreza (113.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Impreza.
The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the Impreza 2.0i Limited 5-door pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The V60 Cross Country executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza 2.0i Limited 5-door (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a 3.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Impreza (8.3 vs. 5.1 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The V60 Cross Country has .2 inches more front hip room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Impreza.
The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 20.8 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the V60 Cross Country’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Impreza doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The V60 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Impreza has no towing capacity.
The V60 Cross Country uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Impreza uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
When two different drivers share the V60 Cross Country, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat (memory seat optional for the front passenger) and outside mirror angle. The Impreza doesn’t offer a memory system.
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 Impreza doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The V60 Cross Country’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Impreza has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The power windows standard on both the V60 Cross Country and the Impreza have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the V60 Cross Country is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Impreza prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.
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 Impreza’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 Impreza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The V60 Cross Country’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Impreza’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Impreza 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 Impreza doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Sport/Limited.
The V60 Cross Country’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Impreza Premium/Sport/Limited.
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 Impreza’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Impreza Premium/Sport/Limited. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Impreza.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Cross Country keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Impreza doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the V60 Cross Country’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Impreza doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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 Impreza.
The V60 Cross Country’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the Impreza offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the V60 Cross Country has available rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Impreza doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo V60 Cross Country offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Impreza doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The V60 Cross Country’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Impreza doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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