Volvo V60

2015 Volvo V60

Pros: Good cargo versatility with handy 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat; impressive-for-the-class projected fuel economy from new 4-cylinder engine; 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 with 4-cylinder engine; unrefined operation of 4-cylinder’s start/stop feature

CG Says: The V60 is a new-for-2015 model that is essentially a station-wagon version of Volvo’s S60 midsize car. The V60 offers one of Volvo’s new “Drive-E” 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines in addition to the carryover 2.5-liter 5-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engines. The carryover engines come exclusively on all-wheel drive V60s. The new 4-cylinder is rated at 240 horsepower and is available only on front-wheel drive models; an 8-speed transmission and fuel-saving start/stop function help it achieve EPA mpg estimates of 25 city/37 highway. 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: $35,300
AWD T5: $36,800
2WD T5 Premier: $37,100
AWD T5 Premier: $38,600
2WD T5 Premier Plus: $37,850
AWD T5 Premier Plus: $39,350
2WD T5 Platinum: $40,450
AWD T5 Platinum: $41,950
AWD T6 R-Design: $44,300
AWD T6 R-Design Platinum: $47,300

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 5-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
325
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

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2015 Volvo V60