- Brand new model for 2015
- Wagon, similar to the S60 sedan
- Offers one of Volvo’s new Drive-E engines
After dropping most of the wagons from its model lineup, Volvo does a 180 and adds one back in the new 2015 Volvo V60.
The V60 is closely related to the S60 sedan, just with a hatchback and wagon-like proportions. It gets the same front updates the S60 received in 2014 which smoothed out the front fascia. Head towards the rear of the V60 and the roofline slopes back, countered by a strong character line that runs horizontally below the side windows. If you like wagons, the V60’s styling will be just up your alley; it’s long and lean, with vertical taillights flanking the rear glass. 18-inch wheels are standard, while larger 19-inch cogs are optional.
Under the hood, the V60 has three engine options, two familiar and one new. The new engine is the base engine, found in front-wheel drive T5 Drive-E models: a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct-injection that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque. An overboost feature can temporarily boost the engine’s power to 280 pounds-feet of torque when the throttle is wide-open. The V60’s other two trims come with standard all-wheel drive, the T5 and T6 R-Design, which feature the familiar S60 engine options from 2014. T5 models get a 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder, while the T6 R-Design has a 325-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The new Drive-E engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, while the other engines get a six-speed automatic.
Inside, the V60 features a flexible cargo area, thanks to a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat and 43.1 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seat folded down. There is a flip-up panel in the cargo area as well, with hooks to keep bags from sliding around and an elastic strap as well. Volvo’s floating center console contains audio and climate controls in a minimalist, sleek design. Standard features include power front seats, automatic climate control, a power moonroof, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, a 7-inch color screen, satellite radio, and T-Tec upholstery. Leather upholstery is optional, as are heated front and rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, and a premium sound system.
Volvo cars have a reputation for safety, one that they maintain by constantly updating and adding new technologies to their cars. Their City Safety system, which is standard, uses cameras, radar, and sonar technology to scan the road ahead, and if it detects a forthcoming collision, has the capability to slow the car even to a stop to avert it. Also standard are six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability/traction control. A technology package is also available which adds some high tech safety features, like adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist detection with auto braking, driver alert controls, lane departure warnings, and active high beams.