2018 Volvo V60 Polestar

2018 Volvo V60
2018 Volvo V60


  • Cushy, supportive seats are among the best you'll find in any car
  • Excellent balance between ride comfort and confident handling
  • Extensive list of advanced safety features
  • Drives smaller than most compact SUVs


  • Limited rear seat and cargo volume compared to competitors
  • Less refined ride quality compared to some other luxury-brand wagons
Volvo V60 years

Which V60 does Edmunds recommend?

For our money, we'd start with the T5 Dynamic and all-wheel drive and then add heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation and Harman Kardon premium sound, and both the Vision and Technology packages. These packages add a full digital dash, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, and lane keeping assist.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Volvo has a history of making cool wagons and remains dedicated to them. A great example is the 2018 Volvo V60. This compact wagon shares its engines, general exterior dimensions and interior design with the company's S60 sedan but gives you greater interior cargo space. Aside from that, the same premium qualities of the sedan, including its comfortable seats and ride comfort, are all there in the wagon.

An all-wheel-drive powertrain is available to provide extra traction in inclement weather. It's also useful for putting the power down in the T6 R-Design trim, which cranks out a stout 302 horsepower. Regardless of trim, all V60s feature 40/20/40-split folding seatbacks with optional integrated child booster seats. Also available is Volvo's Technology package, which includes safety features such as Queue Assist and Distance Alert.

While these features might draw you in, just be aware of the V60's compact size. It could be a deal-breaker if you haul gear more frequently than people. While it has more cargo space than the S60 sedan, the V60 is still outmatched by most other luxury crossover SUVs. Also, the rear seating is a bit tight, and adults won't want to be back there for too long.

Overall, though, we like the V60. For shoppers looking for a stylish wagon, or just something different than the luxury crossover norm, it's definitely worth checking out.

2018 Volvo V60 configurations

The 2018 Volvo V60 is a five-seat luxury wagon available in multiple trims. The T5 Dynamic is the base model, and it comes with leather seats, a turbocharged engine, and either front- or all-wheel drive. Upping the power, the T6 R-Design features all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, and specific interior and exterior trim pieces.

The T5 Dynamic is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (240 hp, 258 lb-ft) and sends power to either the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The T5 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, xenon headlights, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Also standard is Volvo's Sensus Connect infotainment system that includes a 7-inch central display screen, Bluetooth, voice controls, a USB port, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite and HD radio.

A few option packages are available to augment the V60's set of features. The Vision package comes with keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a digital gauge cluster display. Adding the Technology package nets you adaptive cruise control, automatic wipers, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams and a driver drowsiness monitor.

An available Climate package adds heated windshield wiper nozzles, a heated steering wheel, front and rear seats, and an interior air quality monitoring system. This package also includes integrated rear booster seats. There's also a package that gets you a navigation system and a premium Harman Kardon sound system and a Sport package (includes 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, and adjustable modes for the steering).

The T6 R-Design comes with a more powerful turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter engine (302 hp, 295 lb-ft) and standard all-wheel drive. It includes most of the T5's option packages, such as the Sport package, navigation and Harman Kardon system, and Technology and Vision packages. The T6 also features R-Design-specific outer trim such as grille, rear fascia, and silver window surrounds and roof rails.

Due to the T6's large standard features list, the only options a buyer needs to consider are the Climate package, integrated rear booster seats, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear park assist.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Wagon (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Volvo V60 has received some revisions, including a shuffling of options and trim packages. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Volvo V60, though.


This base engine-equipped, front-wheel-drive V60 with the optional Sport package is a real gem, with impressive acceleration, braking and handling. Compared to luxury crossovers or other premium wagons that shoppers might consider, the V60 is a standout performer.


A 6.4-second dash to 60 mph is quick, even among Europe's best. The 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is key to this performance, as is a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic.


The brakes are powerful despite a softish pedal feel. They exhibited confident, consistent and straight brake performance in our simulated-panic stops. That soft pedal made for linear and easy stops around town.


The steering is properly weighted with a direct action, but not busy or nervous at highway speeds. It gives a good balance of control and comfort.


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.


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.


The V60 offers uncommon comfort and quietness, enhanced by our test car's optional Sport package, which included some fantastic front seats.

Seat comfort

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 to children.

Ride comfort

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.

Noise & vibration

Engine noise is well-isolated, even under full acceleration. Wind and road noise is also dispersed and not an issue.


The interior of the V60 looks, functions and presents as the premium wagon that it is, though it needs a better infotainment controller. Cargo and visibility are limited, as you'd expect in a compact wagon, so a crossover or SUV might be a better choice for some.

Ease of use

The center stack is aesthetically pleasing, but the infotainment interface is long overdue for an ergonomic update. The reconfigurable digital instrument panel is excellent with large, clear graphics. Easy-to-use temp controls.

Getting in/getting out

Like a sedan, the V60 wagon has sensible seat height and appropriately sized doors that make getting in and out a snap. The same goes for the low cargo floor in back. Most crossovers and SUVs can't say the same.


This Volvo wagon prioritizes seating room over cargo, so passengers enjoy more space in this small wagon than in many of its direct competitors, especially the rear occupants.


There are some blind spots to the rear, but the push-button-folding rear headrests make things easier. Parking aids, front and rear cameras, blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist are available.


Volvo's reputation for building a solid car is intact with the all-new V60. The car feels well put together, with nice materials throughout.


The V60 offers a reasonable amount of luggage and cargo space. With the rear seats folded, there's 43.8 cubic feet available.


The one place where the V60 comes up short is in infotainment. While the standard system features USB, Bluetooth and satellite radio, it lacks advanced smartphone integration.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volvo V60.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Volvo V-60 Polestar a real sleeper
milt davis,02/17/2018
Nav voice command interface could be better and have an address book feature.
Totally pleased. Even though it’s an outgoing model, Polestar is a very unique blend of comfortable performance car and exclusivity while flying under the radar. Very pleased. Fun to drive.
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2018 Volvo V60 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] JONATHAN: Hi, guys. Jonathan here. And we are in a 2017 Volvo V60 T6 Polestar. Now if you're unfamiliar with Polestar, they've been doing some hopped up versions of Volvos for a number of years now. And they were acquired by Volvo actually in 2015. So they've been doing models that are production versions-- hopped up versions of the production models-- and here we have the V60. With the V60, it's powered by Volvo's twin-charged engine, which in stock form makes roughly 300 horsepower, I think. But with the V60, it bumps that up to 362. So you get about a 60 horsepower bump, about 50 pounds of torque, which is a good amount. So right now we're just going to do a baseline run like we always do. So not messing around with any settings, we're just going to basically turn on the car and get going. All right, so here we go. [ENGINE RACING] That's pretty good. That's pretty good off-the-line power. You know, I haven't driven a standard V60, but the shifts definitely feel punchier than kind of like your standard, run of the mill automatic-- almost like a dual-clutch transmission. So that's pretty good. That's pretty good for a first run. Anything, I think, under six seconds is pretty good. But again that was just our baseline run. I'm going to go ahead and try and play around with some settings here to see if we can get a better launch. OK so we found this stability control Off button in the menu. It's kind of a convoluted way of getting to it, but nonetheless we found it. And we're ready to roll. Go ahead and give it a little bit of power braking with ESC off. We have all-wheel drive, so off-the-line traction is not going to be an issue with this. So we can pretty much kind of power brake the heck out of it. And that should give us a little better launch off the line. So here we go. [ENGINE RACING] 2,300-- yeah, nice. OK. Not bad. I like the sound of those shifts. Like they're nice and crisp. There's no delay-- very nice. Some engines sound better than others. This definitely has a much more, kind of throaty low-- low rumble to it. It does sound better than the XC60 that I just drove, which you can hear a little bit of that supercharger whine, but it's not-- it's not the best sounding engine. It still kind of sounds like a 4-cylinder. This sounds better. So far we've got a pretty decent run at 5.3 seconds. With the weather conditions that we have here, I don't think it's going to get much quicker. But hey, let's give this one more go and see if we can do a little better. [ENGINE RACING] Nice-- yeah, those shifts are just really nice and crisp-- no delay-- very nice. There's no driver error possible when you have a transmission that just kind of does everything for you. So that's nice. I think that's about as good as we're going to get-- yeah, fantastic. So we managed to squeak down to a 5.2, and again that's in 80-plus degree weather. I think if it were a little cooler, this could probably drop down another couple tenths. But hey, in this heat that's about the best we can ask for right now. But, yeah, good stuff-- I kind of like this thing. All right, guys. That is the 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar. If you like this video, be sure to subscribe. And check us out on Edmonds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2017 Volvo V60 T6 Polestar: Acceleration Test

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Features & Specs

20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
362 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite V60 safety features:

Driver Alert Control
Warns the driver if driving erratically by using a camera to compare the road geometry with the driver's steering input.
Distance Alert
Lets you know when you're following the car ahead too closely by flashing a warning on the dash.
Queue Assist
Helps drivers in slow and stop-and-go traffic maintain spacing by matching speeds with the car ahead, even down to a stop, from 0-18 mph.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2018 Volvo V60

The 2018 Volvo V60 is the successor to that most iconic of all things Swedish: the square-cut Volvo station wagon. Not even Ikea or ABBA could hold a candle to it. That wagon was the official safety vehicle of upper-middle-class childhood in the '70s and '80s and a reliable indicator of its owner's moderate-to-liberal political leanings. It was everything everyone assumed a Swedish car should be.

But that was 30 to 40 years ago, and a lot has changed. First minivans and now crossovers have displaced the station wagon as the official vehicles of child rearing. But there's still a niche for European luxury wagons.

The current V60 was introduced as a 2011 model, and Volvo significantly refreshed it for 2014. Following in the wake of its brother, the S60 sedan, the V60 is now powered exclusively by Volvo's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In turbocharged form, the engine is rated at 240 horsepower and is installed in the T5 version of the V60 with either front- or all-wheel drive. Adding a supercharger alongside the turbocharger bumps that output up to 302 hp for the V60 T6 with standard all-wheel drive. Then there's the hypertuned, all-wheel-drive Polestar edition, which uses a fortified version of the turbo-supercharged engine with a larger turbo and a reinforced assembly to withstand the onslaught. The Polestar engine is rated at 362 hp.

All V60s use an eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2018, the T5 is only offered in Dynamic trim, while the T6 comes only as the sporty R-Design. And the Polestar is its own thing, orbiting above them all. There's also a V60 Cross Country model with raised suspension and some off-road pretension that is covered in a separate Edmunds review.

Though old Volvo wagons are renowned for their ability to swallow huge amounts of cargo, the smaller V60 emerges from the sport wagon tradition. So the interior can feel, well, intimate. And the rakish roofline and minimal overhang compromise interior room.

Considering this Volvo's power and heft, the V60 gets decent mileage. The front-wheel-drive turbo version is EPA-rated at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway). The all-wheel-drive turbocharged and supercharged V60 gets 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway).

European wagons are specialized products for specialized tastes. Making sense of which is the most special one for you means doing some research. Let Edmunds help you find the 2018 Volvo V60 that's right for you.

2018 Volvo V60 Polestar Overview

The 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar is offered in the following styles: Polestar 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 V60 Polestar 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 V60 Polestar.

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