2015 Volvo V60 review

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Volvo’s un-wagon-y wagon

V60’s 15.2 cubic feet of storage is less than many small hatchbacks

Photo Aaron Gold

Volvo is known for their wagons — but the new 2015 Volvo V60 is unlike any Volvo wagon we’ve seen before. Is that a good thing? Read on.

First Glance: A new type of Volvo wagon

Before I even sat my tuchas down in the V60’s leather seats, I vowed I would not write some soliloqy to my parents’ old Volvo 245 wagon, as countless auto-journos are bound do to. This turned out to be easy, because a) my parents didn’t have a Volvo wagon and b) the new V60 is nothing like the boxy old battle-axe that the beloved 245 was.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? From an aesthetic point of view, it’s a positive. From the front doors forward, the V60 is virtually identical to the S60 sedan on which it is based.

Styling diverges at the B-pillar (the post between the doors), and while the V60 might at first glance appear toO swoopy to be useful, a closer look revals a slick styling trick: While the side window line (daylight opening or DLO in design parlance) plummets downward towards the rear, the roofline stays fairly level, giving the V60 a sporty look while maximizing what cargo space there is. which, unfortunately, is not very much. Note the lack of roof rails; this ain’t that kind of wagon.

In the Driver’s Seat: Where’s the space?

The V60’s dashboard and seats are also shared with the S60. I like the straightforward design and the flat center-stack panel, which has a storage area behind it. Both S60 and V60 get a new instrument panel this year, actually a video screen that allows three different driver-selectable displays (Eco.

Elegance and Performance ). In the latter, the gauges turn blood red and the central speedometer becomes a tachometer, with a digital speed readout in the center. Would if the other modes had the digital-speedo function as well, as it’s easy to read at a glance.

Volvo is famous for their supremely-comfortable front seats. and the heavily-bolstered chairs provided for forward occupants in the V60 are no exception. Back seat dimensions are identical to the S60 sedan, which is to say it’s fairly cramped — though like other Volvo wagons and crossovers, the V60 offers optional built-in child booster seats. This is a great feature for parents, as they never have to worry about an improperly-installed car seat.

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Instead, they can worry about where to put the stroller, because the V60 offers a scant 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space — not much more than the sedan and less than most compact (and many subcompact) hatchbacks. The V60 does have a pretty fancy foding rear seat; it splits and folds in three sections and has red indicators that show you if the seat isn’t locked in the upright position (which can cause all kinds of nastiness in a crash). Nifty, but it’s no substitute for a decent-sized load bay.

On the Road: New Drive-E engine does the trick

The front-drive V60 comes with one of Volvo’s new Drive-E powerplants, a series of turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines designed to replace Volvo’s current lineup of five- and six-cylinder engines. The chief advantage is fuel economy: The 240 hp version is EPA-rated at 25 MPG and 37 MPG city; for comparison, the 250 hp five-cylinder puts out 250 hp but is rated at just 21/30. (Those figures are from the S60 sedan, which is rated identially to the V60.) A new 8-speed automatic transmission and smooth auto-stop feature (which shuts off the engine at stoplights) helps the Drive-E engine get those numbers.

For 2015, only the front-drive V60 gets the new Drive-E engine ; the all-wheel-drive (AWD) version gets the old five-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic. To confuse matters further, both engines are labeled T5. The all-wheel-drive V60 can be had with a 300 hp 6-cylinder T6, and while there is a 325 hp T6 version of the four-cylinder, it isn’t offered in the V60.

Strange, considering that Volvo is pitching the V60 as a sporty wagon.

No matter, as the Drive-E T5 is perfectly good — respectably quick (0-60 in 6.1 seconds, per Volvo.) With minimal turbo lag and good refinement, it’s just as good as the turbo two-liters from Audi and BMW.

A combination of gentle curves and vigilant cops kept me from pushing the V60 as hard as I wanted, but I liked the weight and response of the steering and the comfort of the ride. The V60’s ride-and-handling characteristics are nearly identical to the S60, a car I find competent, if not quote as enjoyable or involving as the Audi A4 or the BMW 328i .

Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars

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