2015 Volvo V60

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Las Vegas, Nevada – It’s like coming home. When you walk up to the 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon, the trusty, unbreakable Volvo station wagons of the past come to mind. Those cars were unpretentious, elegantly practical, and utterly dependable, just like the Swedes themselves.
Now the Volvo wagon is back on the American market after a short interval during which only the all-wheel-drive Volvo XC70 represented the beloved box of the brand from Gothenburg, Sweden. We’re happy it’s back, since wagons are cool again and the combination of cargo capacity, good fuel economy, and carlike handling makes the wagon seem ever more appealing than a sport-utility vehicle. And it’s not alone, witness the reappearance in the U.S. of the Audi Allroad and the BMW 3 Series wagon.
Best of all, the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E is better than any Volvo wagon you remember thanks to a livelier, premium-quality personality and a new Drive-E powertrain that squeezes out more mpg from its engine without squeezing out the fun in the process.

So sleek, so stylish, and so un-Swedish

The Volvo V60 wagon doesn’t look much like the beloved box of the past. Based on the platform of the Volvo S60 sedan, it measures 182.5 inches in overall length, 73.4 inches wide, and 58.4 inches high, and it rides on a wheelbase of 109.3 inches. Actually, the 2015 V60 doesn’t even look that much like the Volvo S60 sedan you probably remember, since the 2014 S60 received a very useful styling makeover. The superfluous chrome and black-out trim has been stripped away, the hood has been reshaped, and the revised grille and headlights help the car look more resolutely Volvo.
Once you’re in the cabin, the V60 makes you even more aware of Volvo’s new way of doing business. The architecture is the same, notably the elegant waterfall-style center console that looks like a piece of high-style Swedish furniture when it carries a wood finish, yet the selection of materials and the mix of colors send a new message of premium luxury that seems altogether adventurous for Volvo.
This new, livelier presentation is especially apparent in the models with sport trim, as the bolstered seats, multimode TFT instrument display (Eco, Elegance, and Sport), and leather-wrapped steering wheel put the BMW 3 Series wagon to shame. The new Sensus Connect system of electronic connectivity is very cool and incorporates some neat applications, but the software behind the touchscreen interface is clumsy and difficult to sort out. Volvo hasn’t lost its way, though, because practicality is still the message, thanks to 33.5 inches of rear-seat legroom, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, and 43.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Practical powertrain in a Swedish-style way

Volvo is in the midst of an $11 billion program to prepare itself for the future, and the first evidence is the company’s new Drive-E powertrain, which is available in the 2015 Volvo V60, 2015 Volvo S60, and 2015 Volvo XC60. Volvo engineers have taken their transverse inline-5/inline-6 engine package (first designed for Volvo by Porsche long ago and then subsequently reengineered by Volvo) and made something entirely new.
This is the eminently Swedish way, and indeed Jan-Erik Larsson, head of the engineering program for the Drive-E engine, made the program’s proposal to the Volvo board of directors on July 25, the day known as Jakob’s Day in Sweden. This also happens to be the day when the very first Volvo car – the Volvo OV 4 – was completed in 1926, immortalizing the car within the company as “Jakob.” (And also the day that Larsson’s grandfather, who designed the car’s engine and founded Volvo AB, helped roll out Jakob from the workshops.)
The new modular engine begins with a transverse, 2.0-liter inline-4 version of the former Volvo engines, now configured for application as either a direct–injection gasoline engine or a common-rail diesel. When the gasoline engine carries a turbocharger to enhance high-rpm power, it makes 240 hp at 5600 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 4800 rpm. When the engine carries both the turbo and a belt-driven Roots-type supercharger to boost low-rpm power, it is rated at 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
There’s far more to the engine than its power rating, as it incorporates lightweight all-aluminum casting, a forged-steel crankshaft, a low-friction valvetrain, and continuously variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust side. Moreover, the powertrain incorporates automatic stop/start and brake regeneration. Finally, the eight-speed Aisin-Warner automatic transmission has a coasting function. The bottom line is an improvement in fuel economy of between 13 to 26 percent for the various configurations. The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E has an EPA rating of 25/37/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The only downside to the new modular engine is its physical dimension, as it can fit only the front-wheel-drive examples of the V60 wagon and S60 sedan. All-wheel-drive versions of these cars will continue to be available with the 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 or the 325-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, both of which have a six-speed automatic transmission.

Funny, it doesn’t drive like a Volvo

We spent our time with the Volvo V60 cruising around Las Vegas, which seems like a very un-Swedish thing to do. The red rocks of the desert landscape fascinated the Swedes, and they were equally enthralled by the wacky architecture of the casino resorts along Las Vegas Boulevard. Sadly, this is not a place to drive fast, especially when a European driver attending an event staged here by another car company arouses the local law enforcement with a 140-mph exhibition of speed.
So, despite our best intentions, we were driving the 3527-pound Volvo wagon at resolutely safe and sane speeds through the Valley of Fire and around Lake Mead. Even so, the quiet cabin and calm, resilient ride on the optional 19-inch tires quickly got our attention. Volvo might not be owned by Ford any longer, but some of its recent efforts have still gone down the road like mushy, old-school Fords. However, with the revision to the S60 platform in 2014 has come meticulous attention to acoustics in the cabin and a thoroughly re-engineered suspension with different bushings and monotube, high-pressure gas dampers in the rear.
As a result, the Volvo V60 in Dynamic chassis trim drives more like a BMW than a Ford, but without that brittle, high-frequency stutter than so many sport-calibrated BMW suspension setups have. This car is vastly more comfortable than you’d expect, even as it delivers good grip at high speeds and also offers a standard torque-vectoring function in the front differential to mitigate understeer. Even the electric-assist steering has the same feel we’ve experienced in the BMW M235i – resolutely numb, to be sure, yet with a sure sense of on-center stability, so you always feel like the car knows where it’s going.

Welcome back, Volvo guys

When you ask the Volvo people about the recent lapse in the U.S. availability of a plain, carlike wagon to complement the on-going availability of the Volvo XC70, they just shake their heads in embarrassment. Nevertheless, they quickly recover and point out that Volvo’s primary markets are the United States, China, and Sweden. Although U.S. sales declined 10 percent to 61,233 vehicles last year (a long way from the 100,000 yearly sales more than a decade ago), Volvo still sold 427,840 vehicles worldwide in 2013, not an insignificant amount.
As Geely, the Chinese car company that now owns Volvo, sees the future for the Swedish company, it must move out of near-luxury limbo and compete directly with Audi and BMW. It will do this by remaining uniquely Swedish. As Volvo chief designer Thomas Ingenlath says, “Outdoor activities are an important part of the Swedish lifestyle. We will continue to refine Volvo’s strong connection to these activities with more emphasis on modernity. It’s about making functionality an emotional experience. Just like an expensive goose down jacket, our cars will have a true feeling of sophistication with an underlying strength and capability.”
At a starting price of $36,225 (including $925 destination), the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E is knocking right on the door of the BMW 3 Series wagon, and just like the BMW, the Volvo’s price quickly escalates as you select options that are luxurious, sporty, or cleverly functional in that wagon-y way that Volvo has. (Check out the Volvo V60’s microsite for a useful reintroduction to the wagon mind-set, www.thewagonisback.com.) Ordinarily we’d be a little more skeptical about the 2015 Volvo V60’s chances to succeed, but every time we see one of those trusty, unbreakable Volvo wagons of the past cruising along the street, we can’t help but believe it’s possible.

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E

On sale: Now
Base price: $36,225
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 240 hp, 258 lb-ft
EPA fuel economy: 25/37/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Drive: Front-wheel
Curb weight:3527 lb
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Does the Volvo station wagon have a future in America? We've come to the French Riviera to drive the 2015 Volvo V60 tomorrow and find out, but tonight we're sitting down to an alfresco dinner with brand executive Joe Haslem, who pointedly states the obvious: "We have so much equity in wagons." Indeed, the station wagon is a defining part of Volvo's identity. It all started with the 1953 Duett, a cargo hauler that could be used for work during the day and personal chores at night -- thus the name. It was followed by the transformational 1960s P220 Amazon estate, which was less of a commercial truck and more of a true family car. With the stylish Amazon, Volvo had found its niche. Through the 1970s and 1980s and well into the 1990s, station wagons helped the brand cultivate the loyalty of customers ranging from tweedy college professors to upscale suburban families.
Even as Volvo bowed to market pressures and introduced the full-size XC90 SUV in 2003, it unveiled its modern take on the full-size station wagon, the V70, and its many variants. As good as they were, the golden age of the Volvo wagon was waning, and as Volvo transitioned from Ford ownership to its new parent, China's Geely Automotive Group, it dropped the base V70 from its U.S. lineup, then the V70-based Cross Country, and then even the small V50. For the past several years, Volvo -- the company known for safety and station wagons -- didn't have a single wagon in its U.S. lineup.
Yet Volvo never stopped selling wagons in Europe, where V60 and V70 remained staples of its lineup. Volvo decided to wait until its new Drive-E powertrain -- consisting of a turbocharged, 240-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic -- came on-stream to reintroduce the full-size wagon to American audiences. The 2015 V60 also will be offered in America with Volvo's existing turbocharged inline five- and six-cylinder engines, but no U.S.-spec V60s were on hand in St.-Paul-de-Vence. A gray, Euro-spec V60 with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel would have to do.
On a bright September morning, we toss our laptop bag into the V60's spacious rear cargo area and plop down in the sculpted driver's seat, which provides an excellent driving position and an elevated view of the road. Look around, and you know you're in a Volvo. Simple, clean lines; tasteful black leather accented with crisp white stitching; attractive silver-colored plastic trim; the usual Scandinavian goods. Easing out of our hotel parking lot onto the Route des Serres, we're immediately aware that we're driving something that's different than an S60, even if the steering is similarly accurate yet light on-center. Before long, we find the corners of the car and are tearing up mountain roads, braking hard into switchbacks, and steering the V60 between the tall stone curbs that line the roads and might, just might, keep us from tumbling into a ravine if we get it all wrong. Who would have thought a wagon could move this nimbly? Still, there's no forgetting we're not in a sports car. The V60 has enough body roll and chassis flex that we're feeling a little queasy in the quickest, off-camber turns.
During the lunch stop, Volvo's Haslem isn't surprised to hear about our driving exploits. "The V60 is basically a version of the S60," he says. "It's not a big estate. It's a styled wagon." You can see what he's saying in the V60's sleek silhouette and in the way the roof tapers in the rear. The body is clean and simple, devoid of excess trim, with crisp side lines that run from the headlights all the way back through the doors to the taillights. If you like styled wagons, you'll like the 2015 Volvo V60. However, if you care more about utility than style, the existing XC60 crossover has more much more room in the second row and space for cargo, and the aging XC90 seats seven.
The truth is, Volvo only expects to sell 4000 V60s in the United States each year, a small fraction of the S60's sales. So why bother to offer a station wagon to Americans at all? Because people who believe in Volvo believe in station wagons, even if they don't necessarily buy them. Symbolism does matter.

2015 Volvo V60

On Sale: January 2014
Price: t/k
Engines: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, 240 hp, 258 lb-ft; turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5, 250 hp, 266 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, 325 hp, 354 lb-ft
Drive: Front or 4-wheel
Fuel Mileage: t/k
2015 Volvo S60 V60 Polestar Front Three Quarter In Motion
Volvo Cars has purchased Polestar, the Swedish performance company with which Volvo first partnered in 1996. The deal means that Volvo will be able to double how many Polestar vehicles are sold each year, and also means that future Polestar performance models could take advantage of Volvo's new plug-in hybrid powertrains.
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The wagon’s heyday has come and gone, along with vinyl records, “Saturday Night Live,” and Prince. Yet these former industry royals refuse to disappear despite the powerful forces of time edging them to the fringes of relevancy. Volvo knows that crossovers and SUVs such as its new XC90 are the way of the future, but it went ahead and introduced the 2015 Volvo V60 wagon anyway. The Swedish brand’s nostalgic stubbornness proved to be to our advantage—we spent 23,354 miles living the wagon life, and we’re pleased to report that it lived up to the reputation Volvo built back in the glory days of rear-facing seats. But the best news is that with the V60’s next-generation powertrain and fresh-faced looks, kickin’ it old school doesn’t mean living in the past.

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2015 Volvo V60 Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
240 hp @ 5600rpm
280 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
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