2017 Volvo V60 Reviews

2017 V60 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2017 Volvo V60 is the wagon version of the S60 sedan. The V60 is as curvaceous as any of its competitors, yet it's spacious and practical, and it benefits from some of the finest seats to be found in any vehicle. 

Introduced to the U.S. for the 2014 model year, the 2017 V60 gains a Dynamic trim level. Volvo also has made a few revisions to the high-performance 2017 V60 Polestar version. 

Three basic V60 wagons are available: front-drive or all-wheel-drive T5, all-wheel-drive T6 R-Design, and ultra-performing all-wheel-drive Polestar. 

The Volvo V60 Cross Country wagon features two additional inches of ground clearance and all-wheel drive for improved capability on unpaved and primitive roads. 

All V60 wagons are powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Base T5 models contain a Drive-E turbocharged inline-four that develops 240 horsepower, mating with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but each T5 trim level may be equipped with all-wheel drive instead. T5 wagons come in four trim levels, while the Cross Country is offered in two. 

In the higher-powered T6 R-Design wagon, a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 302 horsepower, coupled to the same 8-speed automatic. Only all-wheel drive is available. 

A stronger turbo/supercharged engine goes into the Polestar edition, generating 362 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque, also working with an 8-speed automatic. Slightly lighter in weight for 2017, Polestar wagons have new 20-inch wheels and specially calibrated electric power steering. 

Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the wagon a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the V60 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Active-safety features are largely absent on all but the top (Platinum) trim level, but standard equipment includes low-speed crash mitigation, electronic-folding rear headrests, and front-passenger whiplash protection. A rearview camera is part of an option package. 

Lineup

V60 T5 ($36,150) has front-wheel drive and the 240-horsepower engine, along with cloth upholstery, power front seats, moonroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

All-wheel drive is optional for all T5 models ($2,000). 

V60 T5 Premier ($38,100) adds leather seating surfaces, navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel; all-wheel drive is available ($2,000). V60 T5 Dynamic ($39,300) comes with active dual-xenon headlights, aluminum inlays, and 18-inch wheels. V60 T5 Platinum ($41,950) includes an active-safety suite with blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, plus Harman Kardon audio. 

V60 T5 Cross Country ($41,700) and T5 Cross Country Platinum ($45,550) have a 2-inch greater ground clearance than the regular V60. 

V60 T6 R-Design Platinum ($48,950) gets the higher-powered turbocharged/supercharged engine, as well as all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, an R-Design grille, and paddle shifters. 

V60 Polestar ($61,600) is the high-performance all-wheel-drive wagon, with a 362-horsepower version of the turbo/supercharged engine, 20-inch wheels, and Brembo brakes. 

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