Volvo is the king of the wagon. From the Duett in the ‘50s, to the Amazon wagon in the ‘60s and all the way up to the bonkers five-door, speed demons, like the 850 R, Volvo is one of the few brands that has continually advanced the art of the station wagon on U.S. shores. Even today, when more and more buyers are shunning the five-door wagon and moving to SUV s worldwide, Volvo has not given up on its heritage.
This is the 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon .
The V60 combines the style and luxury of the successful S60 sedan, and combines it with the utility and space of a wagon. The newest V60 has already been on sale in Europe since 2013, and now we finally get a chance to taste the forbidden fruit. The car is scheduled to hit showrooms early this year and comes powered by one of three turbocharged engines. AWD will also be offered.
Read on to learn more about the new 2015 Volvo V60 and see our exclusive photos from a recent drive.
Updated 2/3/2014: We got a first-hand look at the 2015 V60, have a look at what we thought of it after the jump.
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Like all of the cars currently in the Volvo lineup, the V60 features a restrained design that is inoffensive yet elegant. The subtle creases on the hood, gently flared fenders and the sharp character lines that accentuate the V60’s shoulders at the rear all combine to create a sporty feel without a boy-racer vibe.
Chrome details scattered across the outside combine with the trapezoidal exhaust tips and alloy wheels to make the design feel premium and upscale.
The interior features the same attention to detail and restrained finish that defines the exterior. Sculpted seats with contrast stitching provide a nice balance between support and comfort while enhancing the look of the cabin. Almost everything you can touch feels very high quality and luxurious. The dash mounted “key” slot can seem a little weird, but it shouldn’t take long to get used to.
Like basically every modern Volvo, the center stack is well laid out and easy to use, even if it does seem that some of the buttons are small. We really appreciate having large knobs for audio and climate controls. It makes adjustments quick and easy.
When it hits showrooms, the V60 will be sold with three different engine choices. The base engine is a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is Volvo’s new Drive-E engine that is built to be as light as possible and provide the greatest fuel economy. This is the engine in our test car you see here. The Drive-E engine comes mated exclusively to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The traditional T5 five-cylinder engine is also available. This turbocharged mill produces 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to an older six-speed automatic transmission versus. The power differential may be miniscule over the Drive-E engine, but the five-cylinder comes with an AWD drivetrain exclusively.
For the most power and performance, the T6 turbocharged in-line-six is the way to go. With 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of twist, the T6 makes for one quick wagon. Just like the five-cylinder, this engine only comes with a six-speed auto and AWD. For even more speed, the T6 is available with the Polestar Performance tuning package. This bumps horsepower up to 325 and torque up to 354 pound-feet.
Volvo has said that eventually it will be moving exclusively to the Drive-E drivetrain, so if you want a 300-plus horsepower AWD Volvo wagon, you should buy one soon.
Suspension and Brakes
The V60 demonstrates a sporty quality to its handling. Thanks to electronic wizardry, like Corner Traction Control to reduce understeer and Dynamic Stability, and Traction Control to keep you out of trouble when you overdo it, the V60 is a playful partner for the back roads. When you really want to have some fun, activate Sport Mode, and the electronic nannies will ease up.
The T6 comes with an R-Design Sport Chassis that sits 15 mm (0.59 inches) lower and features upgraded suspension components on all four corners, including 15-percent stiffer springs. That equates to flatter cornering and a more dynamic drive overall.
Tucked into the wheels are a set of anti-lock brakes with brake assist and Ready Alert Braking systems.
|V60 T5 Drive-E||Base||$35,300|
|V60 T5 Drive-E||Premier||$37,100|
|V60 T5 Drive-E||Premier Plus||$37,850|
|V60 T5 Drive-E||Platinum||$40,450|
|V60 T5 AWD||Base||$36,800|
|V60 T5 AWD||Premier||$38,600|
|V60 T5 AWD||Premier Plus||$39,350|
|V60 T5 AWD||Platinum||$41,950|
|V60 T6 AWD R-Design||Base||$44,300|
|V60 T6 AWD R-Design||Platinum||$47,300|
The Audi Allroad is a natural competitor of the V60. It provides the same level of luxury while maximizing performance and AWD capability thanks to Quattro. The Audi will likely suffer a loss in fuel economy numbers however.
Gallery Audi allroad
The BMW 3 Series Wagon provides German build quality and rear-wheel-drive handling characteristics in the same practical shell as the Volvo. Thanks to an available turbo-diesel engine option, it should best the Volvo in fuel economy as well. The Swedes have a tough battle on their hands against this Bavarian.
Gallery BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
The new 2015 Volvo V60 gives fans exactly what they want. It’s a stylish five-door with a well-appointed interior and plenty of engine options. From fuel-sipping four-cylinders to the fire-breathing T6 Polestar, there is sure to be a V60 that fits most buyer’s needs and wants.
- Powerful AWD drivetrain options
- Very practical
- T6 AWD only offered for limited time
- No diesel option like BMW offers
- Center stack buttons small
VOLVO ANNOUNCES ENGINES FOR V60 SPORTSWAGON COMING TO U.S. MARKET
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Targeting best-in-class performance and best-in-class fuel economy, Volvo Cars of North America announced engines for the much-anticipated Volvo V60 sportswagon that will hit American shores in January.
From the automaker known for its wagons, the new Volvo V60 is by no means ordinary. It provides all the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but offers additional versatility for people who need a wagon. Pricing and specifications will be announced at a later date.
Powered By a Range of Engine Choices
The V60 will feature front-drive power from the new Drive-E family and all-wheel-drive models will be powered by engines from Volvo’s current lineup. One of the Drive-E gasoline engines will be offered — a two-liter, turbocharged, 240-horsepower version.
“This is an exciting time of transformation for Volvo and shows our Swedish heart is beating strongly,” said Volvo Cars of North America President and CEO John Maloney. “The V60 signifies our first step in a gradual move toward powerful, highly efficient, four-cylinder engines across the entire portfolio of our vehicles.”
As a result, U.S. V60 customers can choose between the new engine and some current engines until Volvo transitions solely to Drive-E. At the top of the power heap is the performance-tuned T6 engine offered in the V60 R-Design, making 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-feet of torque.
V60 Engine Range:
|T5||4 cylinders||2.0 Liter||Turbocharged||240 HP||258 lb.-feet||FWD||New Drive-E|
|T5||5 cylinders||2.5 Liter||Turbocharged||250 HP||266 lb.-feet||AWD||Current|
|T6||6 cylinders||3.0 Liter||Turbocharged||325 HP||354 lb.-feet||AWD||Current|
The smaller, lighter Drive-E engines deliver considerably lower emissions and higher fuel economy savings — ranging from 13 to 26 percent depending on the engine to which they are compared. They also offer the opportunity to be augmented by electrification. Specific fuel economy numbers will become available shortly before cars with Drive-E powertrains reach retail outlets early next year.
Most Powerful Wagon in Volvo History
For the more performance-minded individual, Volvo’s R-Design version of the V60 promises a more intense driving experience. Decked out in distinctive R-Design visual cues, revved by the performance-tuned T6 engine and enhanced with Advanced Quick Shift — transmission optimization software that improves the speed of each gear change — the V60 R-Design will be the fastest and most powerful wagon in Volvo history.