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2015 Volvo V60: Back, Wagon

Despite demand, Volvo is bringing a traditional station wagon. no, it doesn’t look like a

February 5, 2014 9:30 AM Size: A. A. A

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Competitors: Audi Allroad BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon, TSX Sport Wagon

Powertrains: turbocharged I-4, 240 hp, 258 lb-ft; I-5, 250 hp, 266 lb-ft; 3.2-liter 325 hp, 354 lb-ft; 8-speed automatic, FWD or AWD

EPA Economy (city/hwy): 25/37 20/29 (I-5); 19/28

What’s New: Volvo is the sport wagon under a new V60. It’s a risky to be sure, considering the slim figures other automakers log the few remaining station wagons on the

Before Volvo cut the V70 from its in 2010, station wagons had a parking space in Volvo’s since 1953, when the converted its PV444 delivery van the family-friendly 445 Duett. Any Swedish car fan have been incredulous to the company as a wagon-free entity. it wasn’t entirely wagon the niche-y, high-clearance, all-wheel-drive remained.)

With the new V60, filed away the quirky and went for a thoroughly modern, sculpted wagon. Sticking to a direction introduced with the S60, the V60 has not a hint of blockiness. The shares nothing with the V70: neither the bricklike nor the increasingly rounded-off second- and versions.

A new 2.0-liter turbocharged base engine is the second that Volvo now in the midst of an $11 makeover by its owner, China’s Motors is breaking from the Under the banner of Drive-E, the is transitioning the cars it sells in the to a new family of small-displacement, forced-induction that will replace its I-5 and V-6. One version of the Drive-E fitted with both a and a supercharger for a broader, more torque band, will well over 300 hp. Another come with hybrid-electric eventually. (The U.S. get the common-rail diesel version.)

During the transition to the new Drive-E the front-wheel-drive V60 gets the base four, while the all-wheel-drive will get the carryover 2.5-liter five. (A new, modular currently in development will the Drive-E engines to pair AWD.) Volvo reps say the assertive V60 R-Design, coming this year, will as much as 325 hp from a turbocharged six.

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Tech Tidbit: Volvo’s new Cyclist Detection system can and identify cyclists, and automatically the brakes if one swerves into the path. The system collects from a radar unit in the and a camera at the rearview mirror, a computer control unit the data and sorts through reference photos of cyclists in an That way, the system can the difference between a cyclist and some weird tree by the of the road.

Driving Character: The new four is a worthy successor to the turbo five. A short-term, overboost adds an extra 22 of torque, which gives the V60 an shove for passing.

The cars we tested had the optional Package, which includes alloys, nicely bolstered and paddle shifters for the new Aisin-AW automatic. The Sport Package with dynamic chassis gear for a more rigid and ride quality. Stiffer higher spring rates, and tuning give the V60 extra crispness compared with the touring chassis setup.

just about given up on feel these days, but the electronic assist (with force controls, like the transmits load forces to the well and feels natural on

Favorite Detail: A novel meter on the configurable TFT dash illustrates the spread between position and power output. not particularly useful, but fun and interesting to (briefly, and while minding the of course) for driving nerds.

Driver’s Grievance: More confusion. Volvo is the latest to find itself in the weeds, to a change in engine strategy. T5 and T6 badges once denoted of cylinders; now they refer to spanning two horsepower ranges: T5 is up to 250 hp, and T6 is 250 to 325 hp.

Bottom Line: With cash from its parent Volvo is in the midst of an overhaul. In the to come, Volvo cars be built on a new modular platform, product architecture (SPA), and get from a new slate of boosted The point is to make the cars efficient both to build and to while heightening their in the luxury space.

But with its car appeal fading, the question Can Volvo find a way to stand on a crowded, value-packed, technology-rich Whether or not the V60 can drum up enthusiasm of wagon enthusiasts remains to be Either way, the V60 undeniably a seat at the table, and a welcome to the Volvo fold.

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