KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 2/13/2014
Wagons are strongly associated with Volvo, and wagon lovers will undoubtedly rekindle their affair with the 2015 Volvo V60. The compact luxury wagon market isn't very large, but the Volvo still has its work cut out for it as it goes head-to-head against the likes of the Acura TSX wagon, and the segment-defining BMW 328i wagon. The Volvo V60 brings the goods though, with sharp styling, a great interior, available all-wheel drive (AWD), and a new 4-cylinder engine that will assuredly up Volvo's reputation for power and refinement. Throw in Volvo's sterling reputation for safety, and you have an elegant, safe and efficient premium family hauler.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you love the idea of a premium European wagon, but are put off by BMW's price, the Volvo V60 is the perfect alternative. Together with Volvo's stellar safety record, the eye-catching style pretty much seals the deal.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for the ultimate in cargo hauling, this small Volvo's cargo area may not cut it for you – you might want to check out the larger Volvo XC60 instead.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Volvo V60 is all-new for the U.S. market. A wagon version of the popular S60 sedan, the V60 adds cargo space and a sharp-looking design. Also available for the first time is the Drive-E 4-cylinder engine family, which will eventually replace all of the engines in Volvo's lineup.
The Volvo V60 is equally at home on highways or a winding country road. When equipped with the Sport package, its suspension absorbs rough patches, while still controlling body lean in sharp corners. The snug but comfortable sport seats that come with the package help reinforce the emphasis on driving fun. Other packages put a premium on luxury, but all V60s offer up precise steering, good brakes and excellent seats. The new Drive-E engine – available only on front-wheel-drive T5 models – delivers smooth, quiet power across the entire rev range, and the new 8-speed automatic transmission is a perfect complement. In Sport mode, the steering wheel-mounted paddles flick off shifts quickly, while the Eco+ Start/Stop function actually shuts off the engine at 4 mph as you're rolling to a stop. All-wheel-drive models are available with the turbocharged 5-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines and a 6-speed automatic transmission. They offer up good power, but not quite the fuel-economy savings of the new Drive-E powerplant.
Volvo's new engine design is no joke, offering up very good power and fuel economy, but with a level of smoothness and refinement that's lacking in Volvo's 5-cylinder engine.
Volvo and wagons go together like Swedish and meatballs, and Volvo's lineup now feels complete with this new V60 wagon in the mix. There's also that whole extra-cargo-space-and-fun-to-drive thing.
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