Volvo wagons are a classic way to blend premium luxury, European performance, and plenty of space all together with the most innovative safety technology. The 2015.5 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon, available here at Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ, fits that description and adds class-leading efficiency. You’re treated to a tidy driving experience from within a cabin that’s distinctively designed, supremely comfortable and features controls that are easy to operate.
The handsome exterior shares its front end design with the S60 sedan and finishes off with extra usefulness and space thanks to the extra cargo area afforded by the wagon body. The looks are elegant, starting with the wide trademark grille, elegantly sculpted body sides, and cleanly integrated details like daytime running lights and exhaust outlets.
The 2015.5 Volvo V60 benefits from the Volvo continual commitment to updating and improving its cars. New for the 2015.5 V60 is a T5 Drive-E trim (MSRP $35,750). The heart of the T5 Drive-E is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 240 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque in conjunction with an eight-speed Geartronic™ automatic transmission. The V60 T5 Drive-E is front-wheel drive, with a Touring Chassis and 17-inch Pandora alloy wheels for reflexes as quick as the powertrain.
All 2015.5 V60 models feature Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Corner Traction Control, which uses brake-based torque vectoring to help pull the car through corners, City Safety, and Volvo Sensus with seven-inch color display. Sensus Connect adds even more functionality when paired with your Smartphone, and every V60 carries a six-month complimentary subscription.
The V60 T5 Premier trim steps it up with leather seating surfaces, 17-inch Sadia alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirror, roof rails, and Sensus Navigation with Mapcare. The T5 Platinum gets accent lighting, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, active dual xenon headlamps, and makes the Convenience and Technology Packages standard.
The Convenience Package is made up of Keyless Drive, rear park assist camera, homelink remote, and power retractable exterior mirrors. The Climate Package includes heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), and heated windshield and steering wheel. The Technology Package is made up of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Active High Beam and Road Sign Information system.
T5 Models can also be enhanced with the 19-inch Sport Package. This includes 19-inch “Bor” alloy wheels, a sport-tuned chassis, and paddle shifters.
Other trims include the V60 T5 AWD (MSRP $37,250), which uses the familiar and proven 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine and 6-speed Geartronic™ automatic. All four wheels put the 250 hp and 266 lb/ft of torque to the road in any conditions. The V60 T6 AWD R-Design (MSRP $45,150) tilts the balance to Sport with its 325 hp turbocharged 3.0 liter six-cylinder that puts down 354 lb/ft of torque. The V60 T6 AWD rides on standard 18-inch Ixion alloy wheels and features a Sport Chassis to make the most of the power.
Any way you slice it, the Volvo V60 is a compact, sporty European wagon that carries 43.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The penalty for having so much space and performance is usually poor efficiency. That’s not the case with the 2015.5 Volvo V60. The T5 FWD returns a stellar 37 mpg highway and 25 mpg in the city. The V60 T5 AWD comes in at 29/20, while the rip-snorting V60 T6 AWD R-Design returns 28/19.
Space, comfort, style, and performance. That’s a lot of talents. The easiest shorthand is to just say “Volvo V60,” because it’s a car that encapsulates all of those superlatives in a single automobile.