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.
Ordered our 2015 V60 in March 2014 soon after it went on sale in the USA, and delivered May 2014. Our dealer only had AWD in stock, but wanted FWD with the new Turbocharged Drive-E 4cyl engine/8-speed transmission. What a great combo of power/torque and gas economy. Easy 30+ mpg highway. Two options ordered were the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and heated fabric seats (all)?one of the few cars you can buy heated seats without leather. Base model also lacks the roof rails, also my preference for a cleaner look. And base model dashboard I prefer over the upgrade electronic dashboard. Best Features: engine/trans combination, classic Volvo seating perfect for my 6? size, 36,000 miles of maintenance included, and Euro styling. Worst Feature: 1) Excessively aggressive start/stop. Learned to use the paddle-shifter Left to disable in traffic and in anticipation of signal light change and turns. I doubt the feature really saves very much. Just one unplanned repair of this feature in the life of the car will more than negate any fuel saving. 2) No Oil Dipstick in the Drive-E Engine?ugh! Also considered the Audi A3 but arrogance of dealer turned me off, and would have also considered a Saab had they not gone broke. Wife has the XC60, and I prefer the V60 as a driver?s car. Tip: Free 6 months of Sirius has expiration date, so activate your free period promptly. Had to negotiate with Sirius to get my full 6 months. Favorite car after previously owning (new) in order: VW, Audi, Impala SS, Saab 9-3, and Cadillac CTS.
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.
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.
Picked up the 2015 V60 in October 2014 after turning in a 2012 T5 sedan. Major difference is handling. Steering is crisper and stays centered where as T5 tended to float. Also the engine is phenomenal. I'm getting 28 mpg mixed use vs 23 mpg in old T5 without a sacrifice in horsepower. What attracted me to this car is that it does not look like a wagon but more like a crossover without the height and extra cost. There is one caveat however. My car came with a start/stop feature. I've gotten used to it but for some they may not. It's the feeling of an engine stalling and starting up again. You can however manually shut it off. My wife hates it. I leave on just to annoy her. LOL!
Caspian Blue Metallic ($550), Premier Plus ($2,550 -- includes leather seating surfaces; auto-dimming rearview mirror; adaptive digital TFT display; side window brightwork; silver roof rails; keyless drive with personal Car Communicator (PCC); 17-inch Sadia wheel; rear park assist camera; quick-fold front passenger seat; HomeLink integrated garage door opener; grocery bag holder; power-retractable exterior mirrors), Sport Package ($1,500 -- includes sport seats in leather; -addle shifters; 19-by-8-inch BOR diamond-cut alloy wheels; sport chassis; deletes quick-fold front passenger seat if equipped), Blind Spot Information System [BLIS] Package ($900 -- includes Blind Spot Information System; Cross Traffic Alert; Lane Change Merge Aid; front and rear park assist), Heated Front Seats ($500)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
240 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
258 @ 1,500
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The traction control is subtle effective, but disabling it allows a skilled driver to find a bit more grip for acceleration. (Actually, finding the menu to turn it off takes a bit of skill, too -- doubtful most will ever bother). In both Drive and Sport Drive, upshifts are very quick but never harsh. Linear power delivery in the modern turbo tradition that ends up feeling like a much larger motor than it truly is. Consistently high speeds at the end of the quarter-mile.
Brake pedal travel is excessive and so is the amount it travels toward the floor. It doesn't match the rest of the feedback the driver gets from the firm, reactive steering and confident throttle. That said, every stop was shorter than 115 feet, which is excellent. The second stop of four total was the shortest. Straight and without drama or excessive dive.
Finding the Sport ESC setting takes some digging, but it does make the car far more willing to be chucked around the slalom cones. The steering response is quick and reliable. The car takes an immediate set and is quick to change back to the other direction. Everything works better while accelerating, from the steering to the stability control. There was a pretty noticeable difference between Sport ESC on full-ESC on the skid pad, where the throttle was severely limited with full-ESC.