2016 Volvo V60

Pros: Good cargo versatility with handy 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat; unique available safety equipment; some testers prefer V60’s traditional push-button audio and climate controls to the touchscreen and/or joystick interfaces of many class rivals

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; stiff ride with available 19-inch tires, acceleration isn’t very linear; unrefined operation of engine start/stop feature

CG Says: Volvo V60 shuffles engines for 2017. The turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that powered all-wheel drive T5s has been replaced the turbocharged four-cylinder that also powers front-wheel drive T5s. The sporty Polestar replaces its turbo 3.0-liter six with a supercharged/turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The six-speed automatic transmission used on AWD T5 and Polestar has been replaced by an eight-speed automatic. The V60 is essentially a station-wagon version of Volvo’s S60 midsize car. The SUV-flavored T5 Cross Country model has a raised ride height and unique styling features. V60 uses Volvo’s new Drive-E 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines in various states of tune for all models. All engines are mated to an 8-speed transmission and have fuel-saving start/stop function. The T5’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 240 horsepower. A supercharged and turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter four is in T6 and Polestar.  That engine develops 302-horsepower in T6 and 362 hp in Polestar. Being a Volvo, the V60 is available with a host of safety features, including Lane Keeping Aid and a Pedestrian Detection system that can also detect cyclists. In all, the V60 inherits the virtues and vices of its S60 sedan sibling, but its extra cargo capacity and surprisingly swoopy styling give it a unique character that stands out in the premium midsize-car class. Still, we recommend checking out the competitive wagons from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz as well.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacturer Belgium
Base Prices 2WD T5: $36,150
AWD T5: $38,150
AWD T5 Cross Country: $41,700
AWD T6: $45,950
AWD Polestar: $61,600

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Polestar)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27