2018 V60 New Car Test Drive
The Volvo V60 is an upscale wagon available in a dizzying variety of versions that emphasize comfort or performance. Each has a distinctive personality. The V60 lineup includes sporty R-Design and Polestar models, a rugged Cross Country version, and the standard Dynamic model, practical and comfortable.
Closely related to the S60 sedan, the 2018 Volvo V60 wagon sees little change for the model year. A cold weather package has been made standard, including heated seats and steering wheel.
A redesigned V60 is expected to go on sale during 2018.
Once a staple of suburban family life, wagons have for years been disappearing, though Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have continued to introduce new models.
Available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Volvo V60 Dynamic holds a T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all V60 versions.
The V60 Cross Country has a taller ride height and a chunkier appearance. It comes with the 240-horsepower engine. It's sort of a cross between a wagon and a crossover.
Stepping up a notch, the V60 R-Design has a firmer suspension, bigger alloy wheels, and a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine called the T6 that develops 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The V60 Polestar is fitted with a racing-derived Ohlins suspension, making it the hottest compact luxury wagon on today's market. In Polestar form, the turbo/supercharged 2.0-liter engine generates 362 horsepower and 347 pound-feet.
Volvo has long been known for its first-rate safety record. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet crash-tested a V60, but its S60 sedan mate earned top five-star ratings all around. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the V60 a Good rating for its small front overlap (driver's side), and for the moderate front overlap crash. Front crash protection was deemed Superior, with certain optional equipment installed.
A rearview camera is optional rather than standard on the base Dynamic model. All versions include low-speed automatic emergency braking. Upper trim levels add full-speed automatic braking and adaptive cruise control, which are optional for Dynamic and Cross Country versions. Blind-spot monitoring is standard on upper trims, but part of the $1,950 Vision Package for Dynamic models.
V60 T5 Dynamic ($38,250) has front-drive and is well-equipped with leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, HID headlights, automatic emergency braking, and 18-inch alloy wheels. (Prices do not include $995 destination charge.)
T5 Dynamic AWD ($40,250) substitutes all-wheel drive.
Cross Country ($41,850) is equipped similar to V60 Dynamic, with taller ride height.
Cross Country Platinum ($45,700) adds HID headlights, Harman Kardon audio, and full-speed automatic emergency braking.
T6 R-Design Platinum AWD ($49,100) gets the more potent turbo/supercharged engine and all-wheel driving, along with a firmer suspension and 19-inch wheels.
Polestar AWD ($61,600) moves up to the 362-horsepower variant of the 2.0-liter turbo/supercharged engine.