The Volvo V60 is a notable car because it's one of just a handful of small stations that remain in the North American marketplace. Volvo redesigned the V60 into its second generation in 2019, but the original V60 followed a line of wagons called V70 and, before that, 850.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, Volvo adds two variants to the top of the V60's performance range, both using a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. One is the T8, and the new speed star is the V60 Polestar Engineered.
Volvo offers the V60 in Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered trims. Volvo's T5, T6, and T8 powertrains are all based around a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It's turbocharged in the T5, and turbo- and supercharged in T6 and T8 versions. T5 is front-drive, T6 uses a traditional mechanical AWD system, and T8 and Polestar versions power the rear wheels with an electric motor. All V6 models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The V6 Momentum safety package comprises forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, road sign recognition, and tire pressure monitoring.
Inside, there's an 8.0-inch digital gauge display, cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated/power-adjustable front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Exterior and mechanical features include engine auto stop/start, a power tailgate, LED headlights, and 17-inch tires on alloy wheels.
R-Design trim adds drive mode settings, passive keyless entry, hands-free tailgate opening, navigation, a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, four-zone climate control, sport front seats with four-way lumbar and a bottom cushion extension, a black headliner, dual tailpipes, fog lights, adaptive headlights with high-pressure cleaning, sport suspension, and 18-inch wheels.
Inscription trim adds Nappa leather upholstery, front-seat ventilation, wood dash trim, a stitched dash panel, dynamic chassis tuning, and trim-specific 18-inch wheels.
Polestar Engineered trim brings the plug-in hybrid drivetrain as standard (it's optional in Inscription), blind spot warning, cross traffic alert, rear collision warning and mitigation, an integrated garage door opener, adaptive cruise control, the pilot assist system, front and rear park assist, a premium sound system with subwoofer, heated steering heating, heated rear seats, metal mesh interior trim, power-folding side mirrors, and 19-inch wheels and tires.
Momentum trim can be optioned with Plus and Pro packages. The former brings passive keyless, hands-free tailgate, heated wipers, four-zone A/C, a heated wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, navigation, heated rear seats, 12.3-inch display, and blind spot monitoring. The latter adds front park assist, fog lights, headlight washers, 360-degree camera views, pilot assist, garage door remote, drive modes, and adaptive headlights.
R-Design and Inscription Premium add pilot assist, head-up display, 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise, a garage door opener, and Premium Plus brings heated wipers, power-folding/auto-dimming mirrors, a heated wheel, blind spot warning, and heated rear seats.
Polestar Engineered trim's only option is a stand-alone head-up display.
Volvo's fuel consumption estimates for the V60 are as follows. The T5 is rated 10.5/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway), and the T6's ratings are 11.0/7.4 L/100 km. The T8's estimates are 8.4/7.0 L/100 km (city/highway) when running in gas-electric hybrid mode, and 3.2 Le/100 km in electric mode.
As we alluded to up top, the V60 is one of a small fleet of wagons left. Key competitors are the Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon, along with the Audi A4 Allroad, which is ostensibly a wagon but toes the line to the crossover segment with its utility-like styling cues.