Great car. I have the V60 T5 Drive E. 2.0T 240Hp 8 speed, double clutch auto. E is for economy, and for highways, it really works, good for an easy 3 to 5 mpg increase if you let it work and keep the speed reasonable. Very high quality feel to everything in the car, the plastics don't feel cheap, don't rattle, and have great texture. You have to watch the rear brakes, the electronic emergency bake eats the inside pad. I bought the car in 2018 with 66,000 miles on it, and it's over 91000 now. no issues. CONS, no transmission or engine dipstick. no coolant access to check levels, battery is hard to get to, and oil filter requires a large pan be removed, so every time you let someone change the oil, you risk them losing screws, or overtightening and damaging the skid plate mounts. leather is really nice, but it is ungodly HOT, and stays that way for the entire drive. Air conditioning is slow to cool the car, once cool, it does well, but its annoying that it can't cool it down before I sweat into the seats. Nav system is unusable it is so cumbersome to program. car really needed a touchscreen for this function. it's tolerable because I can bluetooth my phone to the car and use it's navigation app. I love this car, depending on how long it lasts without major issues, I will buy another Volvo when it is time to replace this one.
Do you like a car to be stylish? Do you like your car to perform? Do you like your car to have seamless phone connectivity? Do you like a car that makes you say "WOWZER!" when you get in and it roars to life? If you have answered "yes" to any of these, then you should pass by the V60. The bluetooth entertainment system facilitates that the driver will need to physically use his/her phone to navigate through music selections. Power? There is none. I can't imagine having a load of family and bags in this thing and trying to cross a busy road. I have no confidence in doing so solo. Selecting manual shift mode will help somewhat, but even then, the shifting is so delayed that you could get stuck trying to get out of traffic in a hurry. Style? It has the style appeal of a harvest gold dishwasher in a granite and stainless steel kitchen. You've no doubt heard the expression that one could screw up a ball bearing....Welcome Chinese ingenuity to the world of Volvo.
Car has been in 6 times for an issue with loss of power. They rebuilt the engine at 29k miles. Still exhibits intermittent power loss due to pre-detonation of spark plugs which retards the timing causing the loss of power. Happens without warning which makes it very unsafe to drive when merging. Volvo has acknowledge the issue yet states it will happen under certain conditions. They have been completely and utterly useless and are unwilling to resolve the issue. Do a search under Volvo Drive E Clicking and you will find the info. 3rd and last Volvo. *update* Volvo finally replaced the defective motor at 39k after reaching out to the CEO. Car has performed without a flaw since that time.
I canNOT believe that this is a wagon. It outperformed the 3 series BMW in my test drives, and continues to impress. We were really skeptical on the MPG claims, but it does fairly close to it (if you can resist the temptation to enjoy the surprising pickup). We generally are "green drivers" and get better than usual miles, but I still doubted the 37mpg highway claim. Yet, this morning, I got 33 in a 15mi city drive from my kids' school to the office (A/C on as it was ~90F outside), but this is Raleigh NC traffic (mild). This weekend we had the car loaded with 2x large adults, 2x kids(in giant, heavy, 5 point boosters), 2x 10gl coolers full of drinks and ice, a small bag of clothes, 2 large picnic blankets, 2 folding chairs, and a 60lbs dog, but we still did 29mpg in a mix drive(60mi city/25mi hwy) of 85mi (round trip). The trunk space is great. All that stuff fit and the giant poodle still could stretched out on his bed. The software for trip computer and other things could be simpler, and the breaks feel too smooth for people that enjoy the sporty action of an audi, but the car is excellent in every other way. Ohhhhhhh, the seats are amazing.
Updates: over a year in and we continue to be very happy with this Volvo. It is comfortable, has ample space for us, it is versatile, drives like a sports car(except for soft/smooth breaks), and gets decent mileage if driven accordingly. Only snag is that the cell app is impossible to get working for us, so I don't get to turn it on before getting out of the house, etc.