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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 Volkswagen GTI 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 GTI doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the V60 Cross Country and GTI 4dr 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 GTI’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 GTI doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The V60 Cross Country has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GTI doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The V60 Cross Country offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GTI 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.
The V60 Cross Country’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GTI doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
The Volvo V60 Cross Country weighs 766 to 940 pounds more than the Volkswagen GTI. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the GTI’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 1 year and 16000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the GTI (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).
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 GTI’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 3 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.
The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) than the GTI’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
The V60 Cross Country has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (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 GTI.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60 Cross Country, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GTI.
For better traction, the V60 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GTI (235/45R19 vs. 225/40R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 Cross Country offers optional 19-inch wheels. The GTI’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 9.6 inches longer than on the GTI (113.2 inches vs. 103.6 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 4.6 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.
The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the GTI’s (60.4% to 39.6%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.
The V60 Cross Country has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GTI.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60 Cross Country. The GTI doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the V60 Cross Country’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GTI doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
The V60 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The GTI has no towing capacity.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GTI doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 GTI 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 GTI 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 GTI 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.
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 GTI can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
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 GTI doesn’t offer headlight washers.
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 GTI’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The V60 Cross Country’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GTI offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the GTI have standard heated front seats. 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 GTI.
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 GTI 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 GTI 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 GTI.
The V60 Cross Country has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the GTI Autobahn.
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 GTI doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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