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2015 Volvo V60 Wagon - Rating Details

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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 8-speed Automatic)

Driven On 5/20/2014

Ratings Summary

It's as if Volvo took a page out of an Audi or BMW sport wagon playbook with the new V60 T5. And this isn't even the sportier T6 version. Regardless, the V60 T5 is quick, handles well, rides comfortably and offers good fuel economy, yet feels as solid as a Volvo should. One thing it needs is a better multimedia controller.
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Performance This base engine-equipped front-wheel drive wagon with the optional Sport package is a real gem, with class-leading acceleration, braking and handling. Compared to luxury crossovers or other premium wagons that shoppers might consider, the V60 is a standout performer.
Acceleration
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A 6.4-second dash to 60 mph is quick, even among Europe's best. The 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is key to this performance, as is a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic. Two more powerful engines are available with AWD.
Braking
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The brakes are powerful, despite a softish pedal feel. Confident, consistent and straight in our simulated panic stops, with a short 110-foot best from 60 mph. That soft pedal made for linear and easy stops around town.
Steering
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Steering is properly weighted with a direct action, but not busy or nervous at highway speeds. Gives a good balance of control and comfort. Tilt and telescoping wheel comes standard.
Handling
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Our test car featured the Sport package, which sharpens handling considerably. Confident cornering and exemplary grip also showed up in our testing, with near-record performances. It left us asking: Is this a Volvo?
Driveability
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Unlike some other small turbocharged engines, the one in this Volvo feels alert and responsive, as does the transmission. Steering and handling are rewarding and predictable. This car is equally happy on an Interstate or mountain road.
Towing
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Even with this base engine, the V60 T5 is rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds. A useful amount, and unique in this segment.
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Comfort Enhanced by our test car's optional Sport package, which included some fantastic front seats, the V60 offers uncommon comfort and quietness. But then, we've grown to expect these qualities from Volvo.
Seating Comfort
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The leather front sport seats are perfectly contoured for both lateral support and comfort. There are few better. The outer rear seats are also deeply contoured, making the center position higher and well suited for children.
Ride Comfort
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Even with the Sport suspension and summer performance tires, the ride comfort was excellent. Pretty much any premium car or crossover would be proud to offer the control and smooth ride of this V60.
Quietness
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Engine noise is well isolated, even under full acceleration. Wind and road noise are also dispersed and not an issue.
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Interior With the exception of needing a better infotainment controller, the interior of the V60 looks, functions and presents as the premium wagon that it is. Cargo and visibility are limited as you'd expect of a compact wagon, so a crossover or SUV might be a better choice for some.
Ergonomics
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The center stack is aesthetically pleasing, but the infotainment/settings interface is long overdue for an ergonomic update. Reconfigurable digital instrument panel is excellent with large, clear graphics. Easy-to-use temp controls.
Ingress/Egress
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Like a sedan, the V60 wagon has sensible seat height and appropriately sized doors that make getting in and out a snap. Same goes for the low cargo floor in back. Most crossovers and SUVs can't say the same.
Space/Room
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This Volvo wagon prioritizes seating room over cargo, so passengers enjoy more space in this small wagon than many of its direct competitors, especially the rear seat occupants.
Visibility
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There are some blindspots to the rear, but pushbutton folding rear headrests make things easier. Parking aids, front and rear cameras, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping and adaptive cruise control are available.
Cargo/Storage
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Middle of the compact sport wagon pack in terms of maximum, rear seats-folded cargo room with 43.8 cubic feet total. More capacious than the BMW 3 Series wagon, but smaller than the Volkswagen Jetta wagon.
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Value Our V60 T5 Drive-E had a $36,225 base MSRP. Two pricey packages drove it over $42,000. There's decent value not just in the price, but also build quality, fuel economy and the ownership experience. You would spend much more if you outfitted rival wagons with the same equipment.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Volvo's reputation for building a solid car is intact in the all-new V60. The car feels well put together, with nice materials throughout.
Features(vs. $)
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Generously equipped base model includes a turbocharged engine, 8-speed automatic, pushbutton start, City Safe auto-braking, auto wipers, 8-speaker audio with CD, satellite radio, USB/iPod/aux, Bluetooth and a 7-inch color display.
Cost
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Competitively priced at $42,225 as-tested, including the Sport package and Premier Plus (leather, digital instruments, bright window trim and roof rails, keyless entry, rearview camera, power retractable exterior mirrors).
MPG
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The EPA estimates the V60 T5 at 29 mpg Combined (25 City/37 Highway). We earned an admirable 33 mpg on our highway-biased 116-mile evaluation loop, along with a 23-mpg average over 750 total miles.
Warranty
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Volvo's basic and drivetrain warranties offer coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles. This is identical to Audi and BMW.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles. What's more, Volvo includes free scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles. Although this is good, BMW offers it for 4 years/50,000 miles.
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Fun To Drive Even this base model V60 T5 with the Sport package packs a potent punch that carries through to the capable chassis and steering. We think you'll be surprised by just how fun this Volvo is to drive. Yes, we said it: Volvos can be fun.
Driving Experience
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The V60 T5 drives like an expensive sport sedan, only with more cargo capacity. We have no qualms recommending the Sport package that enhances performance without sacrificing comfort one bit.
Personality
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Stodgy Volvos are in the past. This sleek and stylish wagon now matches the cache of more expensive, trendy brands with its handsome design, superior performance and competitive sophistication.
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