Exterior design that combines dynamism with elegance
The purity of line and purpose that define the Volvo V60 epitomise good Scandinavian design. Dynamic and elegant, the V60 is an estate car that projects confidence, and which you will never tire of looking at.
Finely crafted exterior details let you know that the V60 is one of the new generation of Volvo cars. A proud front grille sets the tone, while sculptured sides emphasise the car’s athletic character. Strongly defined rear shoulders express the car’s dynamic abilities, while deep and long side windows communicate the practicality of the V60 and let a lot of light into its cabin.
The V60 has LED headlights that give the car a strong identity, and give you the best possible view at night. The T-shaped light signature – a key element of Volvo Cars’ latest design language – radiate strength. LED Illumination technology switches between dipped and full beam to provide the best view and avoid dazzling other road users. Range-topping Full-LED Active High Beam Illumination technology does so by adapting the light pattern on full beam, giving you a larger area of light. It also includes Active bending lights that turn in the same direction as the steering wheel (up to 30˚ in either direction), to give a better view through corners.
An interior designed for all of life’s adventures, with lots of space and useful, versatile features
The V60 has one of the most practical interiors in its segment. Slim front seat backrests and sculpted rear seats help to provide excellent rear legroom, while maintaining comfort and support. The load compartment has a volume of 529 litres up to the top of the rear backrest, including the storage compartment under the floor, and up to 1364 litres when both parts of the rear backrest are folded.
The thoughtfully designed interior of the V60 helps you to pursue an active lifestyle. The 60/40 split rear backrest adapts to different needs, with each part folding to leave a practically flat load surface. The head restraints automatically fold out of the way as the backrests are folded, while backrests that fold down electrically are an option.
Useful features in the load compartment include a storage area under the floor that keeps valuable items out of sight and is locked together with the tailgate, as well as four shopping bag hooks and load securing eyelets that allow a variety of items to be transported safely.
The power-operated tailgate available as an option for the V60 makes loading and unloading the car easier. It means you can open or close the tailgate using a button on the car’s remote control, tailgate or dashboard. When combined with the keyless entry option it also offers a hands-free function that allows you to open or shut the tailgate simply by moving your foot under the rear bumper.
Intuitive technology that makes life easy and enjoyable
Many of the functions in the V60 are controlled from the centre display with touch screen – a feature familiar to the new generation of Volvo cars that blends sleek design with ease of use. It is designed to reduce distraction, with bold, clear graphics and a vertical format that makes reading information and maps especially easy. The 9-inch touch screen is so responsive that you can use it wearing gloves, while the surface has a special coating that reduces glare.
The technology in the V60 is focused on your needs, to make driving easier and more enjoyable. The digital driver display behind the steering wheel puts important information directly in front of you, and automatically adjusts brightness to the surrounding light conditions.
The voice control function in the V60 allows you to operate the climate control, navigation, media and telephone features just by speaking. It recognises natural speech, so there’s no need to memorise a list of set prompts or phrases.
Uncluttered Scandinavian design and a refined sense of luxury
The interior of the V60 is designed to delight. Highlights include a sleek centre display with touch screen and distinctive air vents featuring a vertical central strip with a metal finish. There are diamond-pattern finishes for the air vents’ control knobs, starter button, driving mode rotary controller and steering wheel controls.
The materials used in the cabin of the V60 enhance the feeling of modern Swedish luxury on board. Inscription trim includes decor in Driftwood – a unique wood treatment that is satisfying to look at and touch, and which references Volvo Cars’ Swedish heritage.
The V60 is available with a panoramic roof that bathes the interior in natural light. Its large area means that those in both the front and rear seats can benefit from it, while special tinted glass reduces the transmission of unwanted heat and UV radiation. A power-operated sunshade made of perforated material makes it easy to keep strong light out if necessary, while the large front part of the roof can be tilted or opened to provide extra ventilation. The roof can be closed using either the remote control lock button or, for cars with keyless entry, the door handle button.
Sporty dynamics for an engaging experience and pure driving pleasure
The V60 has a dynamic driving character, with a chassis that provides exceptional control. The front suspension is a double wishbone layout, while the rear features Volvo Cars’ innovative ‘integral link’ set-up. Advanced, lightweight materials are used throughout, to reduce overall weight and ensure sharp responses. As well as providing a sporty feel, the V60 delivers the breadth of ability that you expect of a Volvo car, with a ride that provides excellent comfort over any road.
The V60 offers a choice of drive modes, for a driving experience tailored to you. Using the roller control, which is positioned between the front seats, you can switch easily between three default settings for the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes, stability control system and engine stop/start function. You can even create your own combination with Individual mode.
The optional Four-C active chassis is an electronically controlled damping system that makes the V60 even more adept at adapting to your needs. It makes up to 500 calculations per second to assess the current road conditions and driving style, and then adapts the responses of the shock absorbers to provide the optimum balance of comfort and control.
When switching between the car’s drive modes, the Four-C system also adjusts the suspension characteristics. Comfort mode prioritises a smooth ride, while Dynamic mode sharpens the steering response and handling. Individual mode allows the driver to create their own combination of settings.
Music how you want it, with dynamic, high-end audio systems and smartphone connectivity
Bowers & Wilkins audio is the top-level sound system for the V60. A collaboration with acclaimed audio manufacturer, Bowers & Wilkins, the system delivers 1100 watts to its 15 speakers, including a unique air-ventilated subwoofer that provides powerful bass tones. Each speaker is positioned to optimise the car’s acoustics, and there is a dashboard-mounted tweeter that cuts down acoustic reflection from the windscreen.
Three different room modes – Studio, Individual Stage and Gothenburg Concert Hall – allow you to tailor the sound to your music or mood, while visual details such as stainless steel speaker panels, Bowers & Wilkins logos and Bowers & Wilkins’ trademark yellow speaker cones create an exclusive impression throughout the cabin.
The Harman Kardon Premium Sound system in the V60 – developed with the renowned audio brand – guarantees a high-level sound experience, with 600 watts delivered to its 14 speakers through a 12-channel amplifier. This system optimises the response of every individual speaker to ensure a powerful audio experience for everyone in the car. Automatic Level Adjustment creates a consistent level of volume and intensity, while special algorithms adjust the output to compensate for external noise.
You can access all your music on the move in the V60, thanks to seamless smartphone integration. Support for Apple CarPlay allows you to link an Apple iPhone. Android Auto is also supported. It means you can easily select music through the car’s touchscreen or voice command function.
An integrated Spotify app means that there’s no need to connect your phone to find your favourite playlists or artists – just use the app in the centre display. And with Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect package, the central touchscreen display becomes an internet connected hub that gives you access to a range of additional apps, allowing you to enjoy internet radio and audiobooks in your V60.
Strong performance, zero-emissions capability. Discover the V60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
The Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers strong performance thanks to the combination of a four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Combined with a Geartronic transmission, the result is strong, smooth acceleration from standstill. If necessary, on-demand all-wheel drive ensures all this power goes straight to the road.
Whatever your needs, the V60 T8 Twin Engine offers a Drive Mode to suit. In Pure mode, the T8 Twin Engine provides enough electric-only power for the daily commute of many people, and provides zero-emissions travel in near-silent luxury. Switch to Power mode and the turbocharged, supercharged petrol engine and powerful electric motor work together to give you an instant response when you put your foot down. Keep the car in default Hybrid mode and the T8 Twin Engine automatically chooses between the petrol engine, electric motor or a combination of the two, to keep you moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
With plenty of space for people or bulky equipment, the V60 T8 Twin Engine gives you the freedom to live the lifestyle you want to. It’s because the V60 T8 Twin Engine was designed right from the outset to use a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so the batteries and electric motor don’t compromise space or versatility. It’s easy to plug it in in order to top up the battery, but the powerful petrol engine means you can keep going even without an electric top-up.
Innovations that help to keep you and your passengers safe from harm
Safety is at the heart of every Volvo car, and the features that make the V60 a safe place for you and your passengers are the result of decades of innovation. Ultra high-strength boron steel – one of the strongest types of steel available – forms a rigid safety cell around the car’s occupants, while crumple zones front and rear dissipate as much energy as possible away from the passenger cell in the event of a collision.
City Safety is a Volvo Cars innovation that helps to protect people inside and outside the V60 by looking out for potential danger. It uses radar and camera technology to identify potential hazards such as other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals ahead, day or night. It warns the driver if it detects an imminent collision and, if they don’t react in time, City Safety can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision. In the V60, City Safety also includes Steering Support, which helps the driver to steer away from danger as effectively and safely as possible.
Run-off road Mitigation help to make accidents where a vehicle leaves the road – one of the most common types of accidents – less likely to happen. It detects if the car is about to leave the road unintentionally between 65-140km/h and can then use steering and if necessary, brake support to guide the car back onto the right path.
If the car does leave the road, Run-off Road Protection – another Volvo Cars innovation – reduces the chances of serious injury. It features an energy-absorbing structure in the front seat frames that cushions vertical impact in the event of a hard landing and in addition optional safety belts that tighten electrically to hold the occupants firmly in place.
Driver support features that make driving less complicated
Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist is semi-autonomous drive technology that helps keep a set speed and distance to the vehicle in front of you, and uses steering input to keep you in the centre of your lane. Pilot Assist works at speeds up to 130 km/h, and is particularly helpful in highway conditions, helping to reduce some of the effort required when driving at higher speeds or in heavy traffic.
For the EU and US, Pilot Assist is connected to the navigation system and has an ‘electronic horizon’ function that increases accuracy and performance in curves. Western European markets benefit from Curve Speed Adaption, a function that uses map data to adapt cruising speed in curves to a comfortable level.
The 360˚ Camera available for the Volvo V60 helps to make parking simple by giving you a bird’s-eye view of your car and its immediate surroundings. It’s especially useful when negotiating tight spaces, and can help you to avoid costly car park scrapes. The surround view from the four ‘fish-eye’ cameras integrated in the car appears on the centre touchscreen and is available at speeds up to 10km/h.
Park Assist Pilot is like having a valet to park your car perfectly for you, every time. It uses sensors to gauge the size of parallel or perpendicular spaces as you drive by them, and lets you know if one is big enough. It can then steer the car into a parallel space just 1.2 times the length of the car – all you need to do is operate the gears and brake according to the screen prompts. Your V60 will do the rest for you.
Accessories that allow you to create a V60 that’s a perfect fit for you
A range of load accessories help you use the abilities of your V60 to the full. These include a strong, lightweight bicycle holder that allows you to take what you love with you, and a folding towbar that slides out electrically when you need it.
Load compartment mats help you keep the interior of your V60 as good as new, whatever you’re doing, while an accessory steel grille provides a strong barrier between the passenger and load compartments to help you transport your pet – or bulky loads – safely and securely.
Enhance the athletic, powerful character of the V60 with optional 20-inch alloy wheels. The 10-spoke ‘fan’ design has a distinctive diamond-cut finish that provides a striking contrast between the matt black inner sections and bright outer sections.
Bring your own style to the V60 with our range of styling accessories. Each one is designed to perfectly complement the crisp, confident lines of the V60, whichever trim level you’ve chosen. The exterior styling kit includes front and rear splitters, sill mouldings and a rear diffuser that give the V60 an even more purposeful stance. An integrated split tail creates a powerful impression, while bold 20-inch alloy wheels that perfectly complement the styling kit and tail pipes are also available.
New for 2017
Volvo has officially killed off the five-cylinder engine and replaced it with a new 2.0-liter turbo-four on the T5 AWD trim of the 2017 V60. New alloy wheel designs have also been added across all trim levels.
Slotting below the upcoming midsize V90, the 2017 Volvo V60 is a premium compact wagon that’s available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A high-performance Polestar variant is also offered in limited numbers while a high-riding variant called the V60 Cross Country with 7.9 inches of ground clearance is also offered.
Two engines are available in the 2017 Volvo V60, a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque for the T5, T5 AWD and Cross Country, or a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 with 302 hp and 295 lb-ft on the T6 R-Design or 362 hp and 247 lb-ft on the V60 Polestar. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox available. Fuel economy is excellent on all variants with the T5 model rated at 25/36 mpg city/highway in front-drive guise or 23/31 mpg with all-wheel drive. Models equipped with the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 are rated at 22/32 mpg while the V60 Cross Country is the least efficient at 22/30 mpg.
Standard and available features include include keyless entry/start, a rearview camera, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, a seven-inch screen, navigation, leather upholstery, alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 20 inches in size, heated front and rear seats, and HID headlights. For a wagon, the Volvo V60’s cargo capacity is small with 28 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats up and it can be expanded to 43.1 cubic feet on the standard V60 or 43.8 cubic feet on the V60 Cross Country.
In IIHS testing, the V60 was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award after it achieved a Good score in all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and a Superior rating in the front crash prevention and mitigation test. On the new headlight safety test, the V60 received an acceptable rating. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot warning.
What We Think
In a 2015 First Test, we noted that that V60 offers a well-appointed cabin with high quality materials all around. The base 2.0-liter turbo-four also offered an excellent balance of fuel economy and power so it doesn’t feel underpowered on the road. Turbo lag is also minimal while the car’s start/stop system is smooth. When equipped with the 19-inch alloy wheels and sport suspension, the V60 handles even better with excellent body control. Ride quality, doesn’t suffer even with the more aggressive suspension setup.
The newly refreshed V60 Polestar variant takes things up a notch and gives you a great all-around performer, as we noted in a First Drive review. Out on winding mountain roads, the V60 Polestar shows that it has excellent handling, grip, and steering. However, when pushed to its absolute limit, especially on a race track, the car has a tendency to understeer too much. The 362-hp supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4has plenty of power while the new eight-speed automatic transmission offers up quick shifts. Where the car does lag behind is in its infotainment system since the entire 60 Series lineup, including the V60, still use an older version of Volvo’s Sensus interface.
Compared to the standard V60, the high-riding V60 Cross Country is more relaxed but still feels planted on the road. In a 2015 First Drive, we noted that the ride quality was excellent on all but the roughest surfaces where excessive road noise can enter the cabin. The second row is cramped for adults while the front seats were plenty comfortable. Steering was also a weak point as we noted in a 2015 First Test of the V60 Cross Country because of its vagueness and on sportier settings, it felt excessively heavy. Off the beaten path, the V60 Cross Country won’t be able to climb giant rocks but it will successfully get you through some light trails thanks to its additional ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive system. The ride also doesn’t suffer because the car’s suspension does a great job at filtering out uneven surfaces.
A plug-in hybrid variant of the V60 with a turbodiesel I-5 is available in Europe.
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Awaiting me at the airport on my return flight from driving the new XC60 in Barcelona was its slightly lower-slung long-roof stablemate, the V60 Cross Country. That wagon-ute soldiers on for another year on the older Ford-shared platform underpinnings before graduating to the XC60's hot new SPA architecture. But its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine lineup, eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive system are pretty darned similar to the ones in the new XC60. So if your lease is up now and you're antsy about waiting for XC60s to arrive later this year, might a V60 or V60 Cross Country serve you just as well?
For many, a decision like this will come down to how high you need to ride and how important it is for you to be seen wearing the latest automotive fashion. On the height/ground-clearance front, the XC stands 65.3 inches tall with 8.5 inches of ground clearance, and the tallest V60 Cross Country stands 60.8 inches tall with 7.9 inches of clearance. (The around-town V60 wagons are down at 58.4 and 5.4.)
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As for the looks, even in its sixth model year the lower-slung station wagon body looks pretty sleek to these eyes—especially sprayed as this one is with $560 worth of optional Twilight Bronze Metallic paint. But then again, I learned to drive in a station wagon and am a car-scribbler, so wagon-philia comes naturally—especially if said wagon is brown. (If it also offered a manual and a diesel, its powers of attraction to my tribe would be utterly irresistible.) I could take or leave the ute-drag costume's faux front and rear skidplates and black wheel arches (which add 1.4 inch to the width), but the 7.9 inches of ground clearance proved sufficient to tackle the long rutted driveway in to our construction-site summer cottage. (Normal cars all scrape their underbodies.)
The Haldex all-wheel-drive system proved well matched to the task of a tricky three-point turnaround at the far end of the driveway in a soupy slurry of nowhere near enough gravel on way too much wet, mucky clay after what seems like a stretch of Old Testament-grade rain. Systems that rely on wheelspin from the dominant axle to engage the helper axle have formed ruts in here, but the Volvo's system is proactive, so it gently managed the pirouette without a single degree of rut-digging wheelspin. The XC60 would surely have fared equally well, thanks to SPA weight loss that erases what has been roughly a 175-pound weight difference between the XC60 and the V60 Cross Country.
Inside, the advantage goes to the XC60 big time in terms of aesthetics and the second-gen Sensus touchscreen, both of which are big improvements over the old architecture's increasingly quaint array of buttons and a small central screen. My back also prefers the new architecture seat shape to the old, but after sampling both, my Automobile mag colleague and driving partner in Barcelona felt this V60's older seats fit his frame more comfortably. So your results might vary. The XC's 3.6-inch-longer wheelbase also affords way more stretch-out room for leggy riders in the rear seat.
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There could not exist a greater chasm between the first impression given by the name Polestar and the Volvo V60 variant that wears it. This unassuming Volvo hatchback is such an introvert, it might suffer from social anxiety.
Indeed, merely looking at the 2017 V60 Polestar won’t be enough to let most observers grasp exactly what it is. To clear things up, it is a $62,595 wagon sized toward the small end of the mid-size class, which has been given a performance makeover by Volvo’s in-house tuning arm, Polestar. Even the car-literate person could miss the special 20-inch wheels, rubber-band-thin performance tires, and tiny blue Polestar badge in the grille. Understated is what the V60 Polestar does best—our test car’s Rebel Blue paint aside—and it’s also why we like this wagon so much.
The Polestar is exceedingly rare, with Volvo building just 750 sedans and wagons annually since its introduction for 2015. Initially, the wagon and its S60 Polestar sedan sibling bristled with 345 horsepower generated by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six driving all four wheels. For 2017, Volvo has chucked that engine, along with its aging six-speed automatic transaxle, in favor of a 362-hp turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four and an eight-speed automatic. If that doesn’t seem like enough power for the V60’s price, well, that’s why Volvo isn’t bringing many of these Polestars to the land of the Hellcat and the Big Mac.
While the changes for 2017 include restyled wheels, new brake rotors, a retuned all-wheel-drive system, and revised steering, the new engine is the headliner. Even though we never tested a V60 Polestar with the old engine, we did test its S60 sedan counterpart; compared with that car, the new V60 is 0.1 second quicker, both to 60 mph (for a speedy 4.4-second run) and to the quarter-mile marker, which it hits in 13 seconds flat. These performance improvements are in spite of the V60’s 80-pound weight penalty relative to the 2015 S60.
The new engine appears also in the XC90 SUV and the 90-series sedan and wagon, although Polestar extracts an extra 46 horsepower and 52 lb-ft of torque for this application. At low rpm, the supercharger helps spur the four-banger, the effect being instant torque and a hint of blower whine in the cabin. Keep in the throttle, and through the midrange and at higher rpm the turbocharger takes over, a faint whistle accompanying its work. The combined forced-induction strategies give the four-cylinder sharper response than the old inline-six, and its midrange punch is strong.
Some of the newfound pep can be credited to the eight-speed automatic, which generally comports itself better than the slushy six-speed. Nudging the shift lever to the S gate activates the Polestar’s Sport mode, calling up a spicier powertrain program, deepening the exhaust note at idle (by raising the idle speed to about 1000 rpm), and adding some starch to the steering. Here, the eight-speed cracks off premonitory downshifts when braking into a corner, and it more aggressively holds lower gears. Slapping at the tiny shift paddles or the shift lever now summons relatively quick up- and downshifts with rev-matching, while the six-speed would just sort of blend from gear to gear with no backup from the throttle when shifted manually.
As before, the Polestar rides on Öhlins dampers with fancy valving that allows for different high-speed (like a pothole impact) and low-speed (spirited driving) damping. The result is quick cycling over sharp impacts without ruining the ride quality, as well as firm composure in corners. The overall chassis setup is still sporty, although our test car seemed to round off the nastier cracks and potholes as well as any car on 20s we can remember.
The Polestar goes through corners with an overwhelming sense of grip. A snowy skidpad prevented us from recording lateral acceleration, but the 2015 S60 held on for a sports-car-like 0.91 g. Volvo retuned the clutch-pack all-wheel-drive coupler to apportion more torque to the rear axle and to do so sooner. As before, stomping on the gas at midcorner sets all four tires clawing at the pavement, yanking the Polestar through, only now the effect is greater. There isn’t enough rear bias to generate power-on oversteer, and overall, the chassis suffers from a mild case of understeer. Well, as long as you’re on the throttle; otherwise, the Polestar profoundly understeers in tighter bends.
Does the new turbo- and supercharged engine transform the V60 Polestar? Hardly, and we will miss the old inline-six’s BMW-like voice, which has been replaced by an angry vacuum-cleaner sound. Nevertheless, we appreciate the small adjustments Volvo made to the rest of the package, from the quicker-acting all-wheel drive to the steering revisions that send more road feel to the driver’s hands. And as before, the best way to understand the Polestar is to drive the Polestar.Shop Local Cars Overview Photos Build and Price Shop Local Cars View All Features and Specs
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $62,595 (base price: $62,595)
ENGINE TYPE: supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4; aluminum block and head; direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 cu in, 1969 ccPower: 362 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque: 347 lb-ft @ 3100 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 109.3 inLength: 182.5 inWidth: 73.4 in Height: 58.4 inPassenger volume: 94 cu ftCargo volume: 28 cu ftCurb weight: 3966 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 10.9 sec Zero to 130 mph: 20.0 sec Zero to 150 mph: 31.9 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.1 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.3 sec Standing ¼-mile: 13.0 sec @ 108 mph
Top speed (governor limited, C/D est): 155 mphBraking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft
FUEL ECONOMY: EPA combined/city/highway driving: 23/20/27 mpg
C/D observed: 19 mpg
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