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2015 Volvo V60

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/28/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Vehicle Overview

The Volvo V60 is all-new to the U.S. market this year. The 2015 Volvo V60 is one good-looking station wagon and it's Volvo's first wagon in the U.S. in years. Sharing its front fascia with the Volvo S60 sedan, the 2015 V60 looks to be the whole package, with sleek and sexy Swedish design, a luxurious interior, and sporty styling.

The 2015 Volvo V60 has three engines in its lineup. The base engine is one of Volvo's new Drive-E engines. The V60 T5 Drive-E is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I-4 making 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Volvo also offers five- and six-cylinder engines in the V60; the V60 T5 sports a 2.5-liter, turbocharged I-5 making 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, while the V60 T6 has a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I-6 making 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All V60s have eight-speed automatic transmissions. The base V60 T5 Drive-E is front-wheel drive only, while the V60 T5 and V60 T6 are all-wheel drive only.

The base Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E impressed in our First Drive. "The steering is smooth and damped with good on-center resistance that builds as soon as you add input. There certainly isn't a Porsche-like level of feel here, but I'm not expecting that. The brake pedal is firm; the feel and travel is well into the better half of the sedan market. The V60 won't shock you with one specific driving attribute, but the entire package is solid and honest."

New for 2015

    The 2015 Volvo V60 is all-new this year and it's the first Volvo wagon in the U.S. since the V70 left our shores a few years back. Though the Volvo V60 now comes with only three powertrains, a hybrid and a sporty Polestar model are likely only a year or two out.

UPDATE: A variant with increased ground clearance called the V60 Cross Country has been added to the V60 range and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Learn more about the V60 Cross Country in our First Drive.

You'll Like

  • The best thing to come out of Sweden since Henrik Lundqvist
  • New Drive-E engine is solid
  • Admiring it in your driveway
  • Wagon practicality

You Won't Like

  • Drive-E name is a bit misleading
  • Explaining to your buddies that there is no wagon stigma

Key Competitors

  • Acura TSX Sport Wagon
  • Audi A4 Avant
  • BMW 3 Series Wagon
  • Cadillac CTS Wagon
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

Sum Up

4 star Witness the evolution.


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