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2015 Volvo V60 KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $33,219 - $34,136.

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MSRP $36,225

Fair Purchase Price $33,678
Fair Market Range ($33,219 - $34,136)

Invoice $34,107
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Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

The 2015 Volvo V60 thankfully shares its sharper TFT digital instrument cluster and most of the rest of its interior with the S60 sedan. This includes the "waterfall" center stack, and clever touches like the person-shaped ventilation control, where you tap figure's "head" to direct air to your face, the "legs" for your feet, and so on. The materials and assembly quality are all first rate, and if you like long distance driving, you'll love the comfortable and supportive seats. We do wish Volvo would upgrade its multimedia control interface. The system alternates between buttons and a knob, and it's clumsy to operate.

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This may be the best looking of Volvo's "60" series of cars, which includes the S60 sedan and XC60 SUV. The profile is graceful and elegant, with a sloping roofline that extends the cargo area, but without making it look like a sedan wearing a backpack. In fact, some of us prefer it over the stubby-trunk look of the S60, and still others like its sleek, low-to-the-ground stance compared to the XC60. While the standard wheel and tire package looks good, we recommend the Sport package, as its 19-inch aluminum-alloys fill out the wheel arches nicely.

Notable Standard Equipment

Base model Volvo V60 wagons come nicely equipped. Standard equipment includes 2-zone automatic climate control and a power glass moonroof. On the safety front – this is a Volvo after all – the V60 comes with Volvo's City Safety (a system that senses potential collisions and automatically brakes the car), in addition to the usual complement of stability control and multiple airbags. Standard equipment also includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and music streaming, a power parking brake, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Notable Optional Equipment

Volvo insists on maintaining its leadership position in safety, and is expanding its collision warning system to include just about anything that could cross your path. In addition to cars, it also will automatically stop the car if it detects pedestrians or bicyclists. It's part of the Technology package, a $1,500 bundle that also includes adaptive cruise control and driver alertness monitoring, plus lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Also available are integrated child boosters for $500, and the $1,500 sport package, which includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Under the Hood

Front-wheel-drive Volvo V60 T5 models get the all-new Drive-E 4-cylinder engine. This turbocharged inline-4 produces 240 horsepower, and is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive models come with the same selection of engines we're used to from Volvo. All-wheel-drive T5 models get a 250-horsepower 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, while T6 R-Design models get the 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder and its 325 horsepower. Both of the all-wheel-drive models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/37 mpg

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
250 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
325 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
354 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100-4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $36,000, including destination charge. Opt for the V60 T5 AWD, and you'll be starting at just under $38,000. For the quickest V60, you'll want the V60 T6 AWD R-Design – just be sure to put $45,000 and change in your money sack. If you can't help yourself with options, a fully loaded V60 T6 AWD R-Design Platinum will find you spending more than $55,000. Compare those base prices to the competition, and it splits the difference nicely. The BMW 328i xDrive comes only with all-wheel drive, and starts at around $42,500, while the front-wheel-drive Acura TSX Sport Wagon comes in at just under $33,000. For the best deal, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area have paid for their V60.


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