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2018 Volvo V60 KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

Recent polling reveals that Americans still don’t like station wagons, which leads us to conclude that those surveyed have never experienced the 2018 Volvo V60. Combining Swedish elegance with seductive styling and potent performance, the V60 is ideal for urbanites needing maximum interior volume without the bulky size and clumsy handling that accompany some SUVs. Enthusiast drivers will love the 300-plus horsepower in the R-Design and Polestar, while those who spend weekends outdoors will gravitate toward the added ground clearance and a rugged all-wheel-drive system of the V60 Cross Country. If you’ve been shopping the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and Audi Allroad, you might find a less expensive alternative in the Volvo V60.

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If your cargo-carrying needs declare “SUV,” but your playful side begs for a sporty European sports sedan, the 2018 Volvo V60 wagon can satisfy both demands. An excellent reputation for safety doesn’t hurt either, nor does the V60’s sleek good looks.

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There are a number of larger SUVs with more room, more power and more seats, and you don’t even have to leave the Volvo family to find them. The V90 and V90 Cross Country offer similar wagon attributes, but in a larger package.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, Volvo drops the base V60 making the Dynamic the entry-level trim. The V60 sees a few features and package reorganized to make pricing more attractive until an all-new V60 arrives early in 2019.

Driving It Driving Impressions

In the 2018 Volvo V60, one finds a wagon that rides and handles like a well-heeled sports sedan, as comfortable on long stretches of highway as it is winding mountain roads. Should the road come to an end, however, the V60 Cross Country’s 7.9 inches of ground clearance allow one to continue unimpeded. For the record, that’s more ground clearance than the Audi Allroad or VW Alltrack, but about an inch shy of the Subaru Outback Touring. Although no match for the BMW 3 Series, the V60’s acceleration, handling and braking all fall into the performance-oriented category, making it much more fun to drive than the aforementioned Outback. Tying it all together are the V60's lightweight, high-compression 4-cylinder engines. Their power output feels far more than the 2.0-liter displacement would suggest. Base T5 models make a commendable 240 horsepower, while R-Design and the limited-edition Polestar T6 cars make 302 and 362 horsepower, respectively. A smooth-shifting 8-speed Geartronic automatic is the only transmission choice.

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Although the name may sound like some fancy new Swedish hybrid system, Volvo’s Drive-E represents a family of engines propelled solely by fossil fuel. However, the Drive-E design does deliver impressive power and fuel economy from one of the most refined 4-cylinder turbos on the market.

With an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance and capable Haldex all-wheel-drive setup, the V60 Cross Country can tackle mild off-road situations as well as unplowed roads and nasty snow drifts.

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