2019 Volvo V60 Review
Which V60 does Edmunds recommend?
The base Momentum trim comes with plenty of standard features and is eligible for most options. Likewise, the T5 engine will make sense for most drivers, but those in harsher climates may want to consider the T6 and its all-wheel-drive advantage. Since safety is a Volvo hallmark, shoppers may want to spring for the optional Premium and Advanced packages, too.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Sporty performance with SUV-like utility
- Exceptionally comfortable front seats
- Sleek exterior and interior design
- Ride is fairly stiff, even with the adaptive suspension
- Infotainment system isn't as intuitive to operate as rivals
- Limited interior storage space
- The 2019 Volvo V60 has been fully redesigned
- Part of the second V60 generation introduced for 2019
|Overall||7.8 / 10|
The V60 provides plenty of engine power when equipped with the T6's engine. Also, the S60 is as sharp in handling as any sport-oriented compact sedan. Therein lies this Volvo's charm: sporty dynamics with wagon utility. But its overall appeal is hampered by a lack of braking and acceleration refinement.
The V60 splits the difference between luxury and sport. You'll find comfortable seating and a quiet cabin. However, the ride quality is stiffer than we'd expect of a car of this ilk. Its sporting edge comes at the expense of long-distance cushiness. The climate controls are fussier to operate than necessary.
A low roof and low-mounted seats mean the V60 rewards body flexibility when getting in and out. The quirky controls take some time to learn and remember, but the driving experience is enhanced by great seating and all-around visibility.
The V60 presents a best-of-both-worlds blend: the utility of an SUV with the handling and general size of a sedan. The large cargo space makes for a useful alternative to compact SUVs, even though some rivals offer slightly more. There's not much cabin stash space for small items, but most child seats will fit without issue.
The V60's tech is centered around a tall and narrow tablet-style touchscreen. There's nothing wrong with the sound system — it's outstanding. The included driver and safety aids are among the industry's best, but we found the automatic braking system to be overly sensitive on several occasions.
Most helpful consumer reviews
T5 Momentum 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Since you can only get the (non-cross country) V60 by special order I can't imagine most people are trying to buy the base model in this luxury segment. The starting price for 2019 on the T5 Momentum was $38,900. I fell in love with the cloth (City Weave) seats only offered on this trim so it wasn't a hard decision. You don't need all the bells and whistles. I saved over $5,000 skipping the Advanced and Multimedia packages. Volvo's navigation is unnecessary now that Apple Carplay and Android Auto allow for Google maps and I honestly don't mind the smaller 8" digital display for the driver. The base stereo wasn't that bad compared to the mid-level HK either. The default auto braking system when backing into traffic was a little startling at first - especially in city traffic. But I had no problem reducing the sensitivity through the touch screen. Then again, I’m the type of guy who really enjoys going through the manual and clicking through every feature until I am familiar with the system. I actually love how many things are customizable. A lot of journalists complain about the HVAC controls in the touch screen however I use the voice command system to adjust the temp. with no issues. This was in the running with the top trim Subaru Outback and VW Alltrack. The Alltrack was a little more tossable in the corners even with its lifted ride height. I really was surprised by how much fun it was to drive - so much so that we test drove it twice! The VW was definitely the runner-up simply for its driving dynamics. The Outback’s CVT was a deal breaker - not mention it’s hideous looking (subjective, I know). The only thing I really enjoyed about the Subaru was how big it felt on the inside - especially the back seats. In the end we chose the base Volvo for a few thousand more. It’s more comfortable, quiet, and luxurious inside. The egress and ingress is what you’d expect compared to a CUV but I don’t have any issues putting my kid in his rear-facing child seat. The cargo is big enough for our family’s needs. I totally get why people hate on the new Volvo touch screen. Having the HVAC on the screen is definitely not my preference but the Volvo voice command system is great. We test drove a lot of CUVs and wagons (Outback, Alltrack, TourX, Hybrid Rav4, etc) and the Volvo screen was by far the most responsive - especially with the new chip update. Luckily there is still a button for max defrost. Would I prefer more physical buttons? Sure. But have you seen the body lines on the V60 wagon? It’s a worthy trade-off. In the end, it’s by far the most beautiful car I’ve ever owned. I’ve never looked back at my car in the parking lot until owning this V60. ** UPDATE ** Still love this wagon! If I had to find a minor complaint it would be the city fuel economy. Most of my driving is around town and not on the freeway. The sticker said 24mpg city but I've been lucky to get 20mpg over more than a year. That's pretty bad for a four cylinder engine right? Otherwise this is still the best looking wagon on the market and I still love the City Weave seats.
T5 Momentum 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
First 2500 miles, the T5 Cross Country is quick and responsive. Physically, it's about the size of the XC70 but has more back seat room. You loose a little cargo room, but the kids are happier. The infotanment is an IPad, if you can't use it, give up on tech. By far the easiest system. Grown clearance is close to most crossovers It's fun to drive
Features & Specs
Our experts like the V60 models:
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
- Warns if another vehicle is lurking in your blind spot, and cross-traffic alert lets you know if something is approaching as you back out.
- City Safety Collision Avoidance
- Warns if a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, cyclist or animal is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
- Run-Off Road Mitigation
- Scans the road to detect if the vehicle may run off the road and automatically tightens the seatbelts in preparation.