Volvo V60
Volvo V60
Volvo V60

2021 Volvo V60

Pros: Nicely finished interior; driving dynamics; full complement of safety and technology features

Cons: Complicated touchscreen interface; so-so passenger space

CG Says: TThe 2021 Volvo V60 gains standard blind-spot alert with steering assist and rear cross-traffic alert. The sporty T8 Polestar is now badged Recharge. Along with its S60 sedan sibling, the Volvo V60 wagon was redesigned for 2019. The V60 is the smaller of Volvo’s midsize wagons; it slots in size and price underneath the V90. The SUV-flavored Cross Country model has standard all-wheel drive, a raised ride height, and added body cladding. A high-performance Recharge has more power and sport suspension. The “regular” V60 comes in base Momentum, sporty R-Design, and upscale Inscription trim levels. All V60s (except Recharge) come with a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. All, except Cross Country and Recharge, have front-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive T8 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid that combines a supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an electric motor for a total 415 hp. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian/cyclist/large-animal detection, lane-departure warning and mitigation, oncoming traffic mitigation, and road-sign identification. Also available is the Pilot Assist driver assistance system that can keep the car in a chosen lane at a selected speed up to 80 mph. However, Pilot Assist is not fully autonomous and requires the driver to hold the steering wheel. Traditional station wagons of any stripe have become an endangered species as buyers flock to crossover SUVs, but the Volvo V60 makes a strong case for itself. The styling is handsome inside and out, and optioned-up examples have a truly premium look and feel. Despite some downsides—namely a complicated touchscreen infotainment interface and a cabin that can be a bit too cozy for large occupants—the V60 is a strong contender that offers athletic driving dynamics, a uniquely luxurious ambiance, and the versatile cargo capacity of its wagon body style.

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 Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5 Momentum: $42,045
T5 R-Design: $47,495
T5 Inscription: $47,495
AWD T5 Cross Country: $46,545
AWD T8 Recharge: $68,645

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (T8 Recharge)
Horsepower
415
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
30
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
69

Volvo V60 Cross Country
2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo V60 T8 Polestar
2021 Volvo V60 T8 Recharge
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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