The 2015 Volvo V60 may mark the return of the wagon to Volvo’s lineup, but it’s also significant for offering a new turbocharged engine that’s part of the brand’s new efficiency-minded Drive-E powertrain family. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E motor that’s standard on the V60 T5 as well as the 2015 Volvo S60 T5 is living up to its green mission by delivering impressive fuel economy numbers of 25/37/29 mpg city/highway/combined in the 2015 Volvo V60 and S60.
The 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder engine mates only with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive on both the Volvo V60 and S60. It makes 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in both applications, making for a quick 0-60 mph run of 6.1 seconds. That’s an impressive combination of fuel economy and performance, and few other gasoline-powered luxury cars can come close to the Volvos’ 37 mpg highway number. The BMW 328i, also with a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, can get up to 35 mpg on the highway, but other competitors like the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class lag behind with ratings of 32 and 31 mpg highway, respectively.
The base four-cylinder Drive-E engine will also be launching on the 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover. Here, this engine is rated at 24/31/27 mpg city/highway/combined, a big jump from the six-cylinder XC60 3.2 which only achieved 18/26 mpg city/highway. The numbers for the Volvo XC60 Drive-E even match those of the Audi Q5 TDI with a turbodiesel engine. How does Volvo do it? All Drive-E powertrains are engineered for reduced friction, and feature direct-injection, start-stop, and brake regeneration.
Also available will be a 302-hp version of the same Drive-E engine that has a supercharger in addition to the existing turbocharger. This powertrain, which is offeredin T6 Drive-E versions of the S60 sedan and XC60 crossover—but not the V60 wagon—gets fuel economy ratings of 24/35 mpg city/highway in the S60 and 22/30 mpg city/highway in the XC60.
Since the Drive-E engines are only pairing with front-wheel-drive for now, opting for all-wheel-drive in any of these Volvos means settling for carryover powertrains that are not nearly as efficient as the Drive-E engines. These include a turbocharged five-cylinder with 250 hp in the S60 and V60 T5 AWD and a turbocharged six-cylinder with 325 hp in the S60 and V60 T6 R-Design AWD models. For the XC60, the 3.2 AWD retains its naturally-aspirated, 240-hp six-cylinder engine, and the T6 AWD and T6 R-Design AWD both have the aforementioned turbocharged six-cylinder making either 300 or 325 hp, respectively.
The 2015 Volvo S60 Drive-E FWD starts at $34,215, with the 2015 Volvo V60 Drive-E FWD starting at $36,215 and the 2015 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E FWD costing $36,665, all including destination. The 2015 Volvo V60 will be the first of these models to go on sale this month, with the 2015 S60 and XC60 to follow later this year.