Practicality and affluence go hand-in-hand in the 2021 Volvo V60 abject wagon, which is based on the Swedish automaker’s S60 sedan. Offered both in approved and aerial Cross Country guise, the V60 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder agent and can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. A high-performance constituent amalgam alternative is additionally offered and brings big thrills to this grocery-getter— forth with up to 22 afar of electric-only driving. The V60 and its SUV- aggressive V60 Cross Country adaptation accept few competitors—the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain, and the beyond Volvo V90 bounce to mind—but its chic cabin, continued account of accepted features, and reasonable abject amount accomplish it the adjustment of the bunch.
Like the blow of the Volvo lineup, the V60 and V60 Cross Country accretion dark atom monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED arch lamps, power-folding exoteric mirrors with an auto-dimming feature, and added USB-C charging ports as accepted beyond the lineup. The V60’s radio tuner will no best action the AM band, but those channels will still be accessible through the provided TuneIn app. Elsewhere, the Momentum archetypal receives a new 18-inch caster design, the R-Design trim adds bright atramentous exoteric accents, and the Cross Country receives new Linear Lime copse autogenous trim as standard. The T8 Polestar archetypal now bears the Recharge moniker as a way to betoken its partial-EV cachet and denote its abode abutting to the all-electric XC40 Recharge SUV that makes its admission this year.
We’re fractional to the racier R-Design trim, which brings such niceties as nappa-leather upholstery, a Harman/Kardon stereo system, different 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, and aciculate exoteric styling. Most V60 models are front-wheel drive, but if you appetite an all-wheel-drive model, both the Cross Country and the Recharge T8 Polestar action that as standard.
Two engines are offered in the 2020 V60 lineup: Cars cutting the T5 brand are powered by a 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and appear with front-wheel drive in all but the Cross Country model, which comes alone with all-wheel drive. When we activated the T5 powertrain, we begin it to be a able performer, with a 60-mph time of 6.4 seconds. As continued as you’re not blame it too hard, the V60 feels active and acknowledging through corners. The ride is firm, decidedly on models able with the alternative Sport abeyance and 19-inch wheels. The souped-up Recharge T8 Polestar comes with a 415-hp amalgam powertrain that pairs a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder with electric motors and all-wheel drive. This adjustment is far quicker than the T5 model, leaping to 60 mph in aloof 4.4 seconds. The Recharge T8 Polestar additionally comes with a manually adjustable suspension—something active enthusiasts will anticipate is cool—so the buyer can punch in the car’s benumbed behavior to his or her preference.
The front-wheel-drive T5 models acquire EPA fuel-economy ratings of 23 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. In comparison, the all-wheel-drive Cross Country loses some efficiency, rated at 22 city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. Despite actuality the lineup’s performance-oriented model, the V60 Recharge T8 Polestar’s plug-in-hybrid powertrain is adequately efficient, earning a artery fuel-economy appraisement of 30 mpg with up to 22 afar of claimed electric-only active range, which we were able to carbon in our testing. On our 200-mile artery fuel-economy analysis route, the Recharge T8 Polestar delivered 31 mpg.
Volvo has been accomplishing some abundant interiors lately, and the V60’s is no exception, abundantly artful those of the S60 auto and the XC60 SUV. The berth is spacious, the seats are comfortable, and the architecture is acutely upscale. But Volvo’s minimalist access agency that abounding controls are hidden abroad central the infotainment system. Like added Volvos of this vintage, the berth looks and feels added big-ticket than it is, which makes it all the added impressive. Cargo accommodation is great, too, article we apprehend from a abject wagon. In our testing, we fit eight attache accoutrements abaft the rear seats and a absolute of 22 with the seats folded. For reference, the A4 Allroad fit two beneath carry-ons in both tests.
We’ve accomplished significant—and decidedly annoying—lag times with Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, decidedly aural the aboriginal few account of starting the car. Until the awning wakes up, you can’t acclimatize the altitude control, set a destination in the navigation, or change the radio station. Once it does, though, it’s bland sailing. The simple and automated attributes of the interface makes it accessible to accomplish while driving, so you booty the acceptable with the bad.
The National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) has accustomed the V60 a best assurance appraisement but the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) has not yet appear crash-test results. Volvo’s safety-focused appearance agency driver-assistance appearance such as lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and added collision-avoidance technologies are standard. Key assurance appearance include:
Volvo’s accepted aegis plan doesn’t breach from the luxury-brand norm, alms four years or 50,000 afar for both powertrain and bound assurance coverage, but it does add some amount in the anatomy of a three-year adulatory appointed aliment plan.
2019 Volvo V60 T5 Momentum
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED $46,640 (base price: $39,895)
ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injection
Displacement 120 cu in, 1969 ccPower 250 hp @ 5500 rpmTorque 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
CHASSIS Abeyance (F/R): ascendancy arms/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/12.6-in vented discTires: Continental ProContact TX, 235/45R-18 98H M S VOL