2018 Volvo V60
Volvo and station wagons go together like Ikea and Swedish meatballs. The V60, Volvo’s smallest wagon offering, is neither the latest nor greatest example of the breed—that would be the larger V90—but it still offers a distinctive combination of practicality and Scandinavian style despite its age. (It was put into production in 2010 and went on sale in the United States in 2014.) The standard V60 is the traditional choice, while the V60 Cross Country offers a bit of rugged appeal with its standard all-wheel drive, raised ride height, and extra body cladding. The high-performance V60 Polestar, with 362 horsepower, is for those few who want plenty of pace with their space.
What’s New for 2018?
Nothing, other than a slight restructuring of trim levels. The base T5 trim has been replaced by the T5 Dynamic at the bottom level.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
We typically prefer conventional wagons as opposed to their ruggedized, SUV-inspired counterparts, but Volvo organizes the V60 lineup so that the Cross Country model makes the most sense from a value perspective. The V60 Cross Country offers a reasonable amount of standard equipment; its uplevel Platinum trim, for $46,695, includes features such as:
• All-wheel drive
• Sensus Connect infotainment system with navigation
• Forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist
• Xenon headlights with automatic high-beam headlights
On top of that, we’d also shell out $925 for the BLIS package, which includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. If you live in a colder climate, you’ll either want to pay $750 for heated front seats and a heated steering wheel or $1300 for the Climate package, which includes those features as well as heated rear seats, heated windshield-wiper nozzles, and an interior air-quality system. The final price of our preferred V60 Cross Country AWD Platinum is $48,920. Or you could completely throw caution to the wind and opt for the wild, 362-hp V60 Polestar hot rod for $62,595. And if you do want the Polestar, don’t delay any longer: 2018 will be its final production year.
Volvo has transitioned in recent years to an all-four-cylinder engine lineup, and the V60 offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in three strengths: the turbocharged T5 with 240 horsepower, the turbocharged and supercharged T6 with 302 horsepower, and the high-performance turbocharged and supercharged T6 Polestar with 362 horsepower. All V60 Dynamic and Cross Country models come with the T5 engine, while the R-Design is offered only with the more powerful T6 powertrain. The Cross Country, R-Design, and Polestar models come standard with all-wheel drive, while it is a $2000 option for the Dynamic model.
The T5 performed well enough in our tests to make the considerable upcharge for the T6 R-Design seem unnecessary. (We haven’t strapped our test equipment to a V60 T6, but its sedan counterpart, the S60 T6, sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.)