Used 2015 Volvo V60 Consumer Reviews

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stew19, 05/24/2015
T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
33 of 33 people found this review helpful

After driving BMWs, Audis, and Lexus, I have been delightfully surprised by my V60. It drives and performs very well, is quiet and very comfortable and looks great. I don't understand why people continue to buy SUVs and crossovers, which get poor mileage and don't perform as well as wagons.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Good as a sportswagon gets...

matt1122, 03/31/2014
T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD w/Prod. End 6/14 (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
28 of 28 people found this review helpful

If you want a wagon that goes fast, handles very well, and is still a great daily driver, it doesn't get any better than this. If you want to spend twice as much, you can get the rocket ship which is the E63 AMG wagon, but it is a much larger car. If you want the odd styling a Cadillac CTS-V, you'll get a car that's probably more fun and is certainly faster, but I didn't find it nearly as comfortable as the Volvo V60 R-Design. This car is the perfect 20-year sequel to the 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R less a bit of boot space. Unlike the T-5R, it rides comfortably (no crash-iness), has All-Wheel-Drive, and isn't just fast by 20-year-old standards.

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5 out of 5 stars

My best driving car yet!

Donald North, 06/06/2016
T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful

I'm a long time Saab car enthusiast owning several over the past 20+ years including the classic 900 Turbo, 9000 CSE Anniversary Edition, and 9-5 Aero wagon. My 2003 9-5 Aero wagon was a great car to drive, being very comfortable with plenty of cargo space. However at 266k miles, with a daily 90 mile commute, it was time to replace it. I wanted a car as comfortable as it, which is not easy to find. Most cars have poor front seats for long term driving comfort. I like to move around a lot of stuff and need cargo space, hence my interest in only wagons. I briefly considered the 328 wagon - I like its exterior styling, however as typical BMW their seats are uncomfortable to me and you sit too low in the car. My wife recently leased a 320 (drives nice; seats and ergonomics suck), and I sat in every car at the dealer from 2 to 7 series and all of the seats are far less comfortable than those in my V60. I also have a lot of concern about their long-term reliability since I try to keep my cars to 200k+ miles. I also considered the VW Golf wagon, but it wasn't as quiet on the freeway as I would like. I tried and bought a new 2015.5 V60 T5 Drive-E with sport seats and suspension and have enjoyed it every day since I bought it. It's now nearly 3 years old and already has 70k miles and has not had any reliability problems. I recently replaced the tires with the same Pirellis that came with car. It is quiet and smooth at highway speeds and corners tightly and confidently. Front seats are very comfortable and need a little time to break in. Front visibility is great with no glare. I like the control layout and enjoy listening to satellite radio every day. Bluetooth connection to my phone is reliable and telephone sound quality is excellent. My only complaint was the stock acceleration was not quite as strong feeling as I enjoyed with my Saab. However that was fixed and the car transformed when I recently bought the Polestar Performance Optimization software for the car. It can be easily downloaded and installed at any Volvo dealer. With the new software, it now passes very quickly on the freeway while also improving the throttle and transmission behavior. Highway gas mileage in unchanged. This is now one hell of a European car! To me the V60 T5 Drive-E with Polestar software is the best currently available balance of comfort, safety, driving experience, fuel economy, and storage capacity. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars

Terrific Wagon - A Swedish Sleeper

Mike Simmons, 08/18/2015
T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
30 of 31 people found this review helpful

If you're dying for longer glances at the Starbucks drive-thru -- get your BMW or Audi wagon with great haste. Or line up for your favorite pseudo-sporty crossover. But if you're dying for an immensely likeable and practical wagon, the V60 really checks all the boxes. Seriously folks... the V60 is a Volvo at heart (incredible seats, up-to-date and seamless safety features) with enough spunk and sport to make things interesting. I went with the FWD version, and am consistently getting mid 20's gas mileage around town, and mid 30's on the highway. Huge plus -- the 4-cylinder turbo is a VAST improvement over the 5-cylinder turbo I had on my older S60. Lag is minimal, and the whoosh is maximal. The ride is Euro firm yet comfortable -- and until I export the car (and my career) to some village in the Swiss Alps, the handling has plenty of bite for everyday driving. Other positives -- the Sensus system is pretty intuitive, and if you are carting around younger children (roughly 4 to 8 years old) do yourself a HUGE favor and find a V60 with the integrated booster seats. Incredible option -- almost worth the price of admission for any parent. No matter how capable the V60 is -- my hunch is that it will get lost in the compact wagon and SUV shuffle. No screaming BMW badge... no butch plastic on the outside to make you think you're ready to scale Everest. But consider it your gain. I got a pretty aggressive deal from my local dealer since these aren't exactly flying off the showroom floor. And while the rear seat is plenty roomy for kids and teens -- I don't think a 6-footer would want to hang out in the backseat for an extended trip.

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3 out of 5 stars

Unexpectedly nice car, with expensive needs

Eric, 10/09/2018
T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
29 of 30 people found this review helpful

IGNORE THIS INTRO, this all headed south starting at 110,000 miles. I have the V60 T5 Drive E. 2.0T . 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. Actual RPM at 70 MPH is under 1800, wow for a 4 cylinder to run that relaxed is amazing. 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 brake eats the inside pad. I bought the car in 2018 with 66,000 miles on it, and it's over 91000 now. no issues (that changed at 110k) . The 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, but the audio system is amazing. I can bluetooth my phone to the car and use it's navigation app or stream music. I really love this car, BUT alas, no great handling powerful fuel efficient ride can justify the ongoing maintenance nightmare she has turned into. I bought her with 66k on the odometer. At 110,000 she started burning $8 quarts of oil, often twice between oil changes, was told nothing to see here, normal at that mileage. At 142k she failed on a 600 mile drive. I learned that oil burning is a result of a clogged PCV system that caused oil from recirculated crank case gasses to be sucked into the engine intake and burned, a failure that is well known but not talked about. At the same time, I lost the thermostat assembly, which is not a $6 part any more, it cost $220 and requires the intake be removed to replace it. $560 total. 143k I lost 2 mass air flow sensors. $750 to replace, the sensors were over $300, for a $30 part on most cars. At 150k scheduled maintenance cost me $1100 for timing belt and water pump. Don't fall for the water pump at timing belt change, it's electric and easily replaced when it starts failing. Pump is $720 from Volvo, yes, for a water pump, thank goodness there ARE aftermarket pumps ($380 to $580) At 156k, idle racing issues started, engine was running at very high RPM with revving. First part needed was a purge valve, small simple solenoid, $154. At 158k, they still aren't done fixing it, Still racing and revving. Now its a valve cover vent and air intake vent that broke. Because crank case gasses STILL aren't being recovered correctly and the pressure blew out the these cheap plastic vents. This car was a new drive train for 2015, no long term high mileage test results were available when I bought her. Turns out, like many European cars, the hype is in the luxury appointments and handling, not the reliability. I stuck it out with my little sport wagon because I really do LOVE this car. Alas, I drive 600 miles a week, and no matter the love affair, when she starts stranding you constantly, it's time to part ways. I hope your Volvo experience is better. Get her PCV system inspected regularly for clogging. I suspect that is where all my failures are coming from, that ventilation of the internal pressure failed, and it found every weak spot it could to escape.

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