Intro to the Volvo V60
The Volvo V60 is a five-seater, mid-sized wagon that shares the same platform with the XC60 crossover SUV. Like the Subaru Outback, the V60 goes a long way in extending the longevity of station wagons. The V60 borrows from no-one in the style column, but offers much of what you’d find on a BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi. The Volvo V60 is available in four model trims. The Momentum trim is the all-arounder with leather seating, 9-inch touchscreen, roof rails, and loads of onboard technology. The Inscription trim raises the aesthetic quality of the V60 by adding chrome accents and integrated tail pipes to the exterior as well as some additional finery throughout the interior. The R-Design makes a valiant effort at attracting speed freaks with custom wheels and sleek black exterior design elements. Yet, the R-Design trim only enhances performance with a lower ride height and stiffer suspension, not a better drivetrain or a more powerful engine. Lastly, there’s the Cross Country V60. As the name would suggest, it’s meant for the outdoor enthusiast. It has a higher ground clearance, bulkier fenders, downhill descent control, and all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Volvo V60 has two engine options. The base model comes with a T5 engine – a 2.0 Liter, turbo four-cylinder engine that puts out an impressive 250 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque. It’s managed by an 8-speed transmission that shuttles power to the front wheels only. The T5 setup is well-composed and handles itself best on the Momentum and Inscription models. The other performance option for the 2019 V60 is a T6 engine with all-wheel drive. This 2.0 Liter engine is super-charged and turbo-charged to produce 316 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission is the only option available for the drivetrain. If you’re interested in the Cross Country or R-Design models, then this engine configuration is your best bet. When paired with the R-Design’s lower, stiffer suspension and drive mode selector, you get a driving experience that nearly touches the realm of excellence. Yet, without a manual transmission or paddle shifters, you’re never fully free to rip the road.
In a world that has become over-saturated with stubby, high-riding crossover SUVs, the 2019 Volvo V60 is sure to stand out. Its body style is long and low. The front fascia has a concave front grille with the automaker’s logo inset. The LED headlight assembly has a unique Thor’s hammer design that is quite attractive when seen from a distance. The profile of the vehicle is highlighted with a deep, aggressive body line down low and long side windows that let in a lot of light. The rear of the V60 has a high-rising tail light assembly and a subtle tailgate. Dual exhaust pipes are muted, even on the sporty R-Design model. The Cross Country model has a custom front grille and bulkier body cladding that take away from the subtle and elegant platform of the other models. The R-Design’s optional 19-inch wheels and black inlays give the look of a custom racer, even though the performance capabilities aren’t significantly enhanced by the additional MSRP.
Interior design has always been the strong suit of Volvo vehicles and the new V60 is holding aces. It’s stylish, but not as roomy as you would expect for a wagon. Front seat passengers are favored, but the V60 is decked out with a sophisticated layout for five passengers. Aluminum accents and standard, perforated leather seating make for a distinctly European luxury aesthetic. Yet, the optional cloth seating, driftwood inlays, charcoal headliner and sport seats can really change the interior’s vibe. In any configuration, the Volvo V60 is comfortable and it reeks of premium craftsmanship. The panoramic glass roof is a delight to the senses and the rear bench folds completely flat with just a touch of a button. Then, you can fully access the 50.9 cubic feet of total cargo space. The only sour note for the interior is that the rear bench can feel a bit cramped when compared with other vehicles in this price range and category. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 has 39.4 inches of second row leg room. The Volvo V60 only has 35.2. The Subaru Outback almost has three inches more shoulder room for the rear seat occupants. Both vehicles have a significantly lower MSRP than the 2019 Volvo V60.
The 2019 Volvo V60 matches its refined design with some serious onboard technology. In keeping with the current Volvo design language, the center console is dominated by a vertically-set, 8 or 9-inch touchscreen interface. This might seem more familiar for smartphone users, but most vehicles use a horizontal display. Aesthetically, the interface pairs well with the long air vents and swooping center stack. The display icons are over-sized for less distraction while driving and the screen itself is extremely responsive to tactile input. The voice controls are intuitive and recognize your natural speech cadence. You can control navigation, volume and phone calls by just saying normal phrases that you use every day. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard features which makes accessing your digital world much more convenient. Other standard tech features include two 12V power outlets, a 220-watt audio system, rear parking camera, steering wheel-mounted controls and Bluetooth capability. The premium tech features that are available in higher model trims are a satellite-linked navigation system, better quality audio, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
High quality safety features don’t come standard on the Volvo V60. You get automatic lane keeping, which takes over steering when you drift into oncoming traffic and a rear parking monitor. Once you opt for the R-Design, Inscription or Cross Country models you get access to advanced safety features. The Volvo V60 can then be equipped with front and rear parking sensors, automatic braking, collision mitigation, blind spot detection and rear collision warnings. A package upgrade adds to the safety equipment list even further. You can include adaptive cruise control, a surround view camera, and a head-up display for around $2,500 extra. This package bundling of advanced safety features is becoming rather common on European luxury vehicles, but most American luxury cars like Buick and Chevrolet put most of these features on the standard equipment list. Toyota also bundles the lion’s share of these safety features into the Toyota Safety Sense suite that comes on all Toyota vehicles.
The 2019 Volvo V60 is an excellent choice for drivers who want a touch of elegance and sophistication. The V60 has an MSRP of $38,900 but when you include the most sought-after features and trims, you’re likely to spend between $45,000 and $50,000. The performance capabilities of the V60 are satisfactory, but the R-Design trim doesn’t do much to boost the power. It’s more for racing-inspired style. The interior is elegant and unique, but lacks a bit of passenger space in the rear seats. Technology and safety equipment come at a price for the V60, but rest assured that you’ll have top-tier features at a price that’s comparable to the V60’s closest competitors. All in all, the 2019 Volvo V60 is a great choice for people who want a subtle, yet sexy mid-sized vehicle.