The Volvo V60 is like Destiny’s Child without Beyoncé; it lacks something. You might want it, but the harsh truth is that you need the XC60. The XC60 SUV will obviously outsell the V60 especially in North America where it is expected to make minimal sales. SUVs and crossovers dominate the global market, and the V60 wagon is seen as a niche product that is there to maintain the company’s presence. The V60 is the heir of the V70 which happens to be the Volvo with the most sales.
So what makes it special?
For starters, Volvo without a wagon is like a singer Neyo without a hat. The V60 has a bigger trunk of 529L compared to the XC60’s 505L. The V60 has sharp rear tail-lights, and it maintains its trademark headlights that look like ‘Thor’s hammer.’ It is now 13cm longer than the older car with the wheelbase providing 10 cm. It has a pretty side-on profile. It lacks the XC60’s built-in booster seats; however, its front and rear can hold 6ft-tall passengers thanks to its spacious interior.
What are the highs and lows of the V60?
We love the V60’s super-quiet cabin, its roomy cabin, numerous safety features, the trunk space, interior and exterior design as well as the spacious second row. However, the disadvantages include an unwilling chassis, a poorly tuned transmission, steering without finesse and an average infotainment system. Its dynamics fall short when compared to its German rivals.
Which safety features does it offer?
The safety technology is Volvo automated to ensure you remain safe when driving; the features include lane-keep assist, braking, and steering. The V60 will also avoid a head-on collision thanks to its Oncoming Braking function that helps the driver to achieve maximum braking. The system can reduce the car’s speed by six mph, and it reacts two-tenths of a second before a collision. It might not be a lot, but this decrease in cash force can save you from harm’s way.
What should we expect from the interior?
The S90 is the inspiration behind the V60’s design cues that have also been used in other new Volvos. The cabin looks rich and chic; it is less clinical than that of the Audi A4 and more welcoming than what a BMW 3 Series offers.
Which powertrains are available?
This vehicle offers two powertrains, the T5 and T6. The all-wheel-drive T6 has a supercharged and 316-hp turbo version of the engine. The front wheel T5 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger engine that delivers 250 horsepower. They both use an eight-speed automatic transmission.