The introduction of the 2015 Volvo V60 wagon to the U.S. market has filled an important void in the Swedish automaker’s lineup, since the compact V50 and V70 station wagon full size discontinued. As a wagon version of the Volvo S60 sedan, the V60 adds a unique style and over 20 cubic feet of cargo capacity as well as share his brother’s commendable performance, interior design, fuel economy, technology and safety features.
With a slim body could even say sexy, styling probably the first thing that catches the eye, but it is only part of the appeal of this new model. But equally important is the latest application from Volvo homegrown “Drive-E” engine. That 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gives strong acceleration while still getting an impressive EPA fuel economy rating of 29 mpg combined.
Price And Features
The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E is a five-passenger entry-level luxury wagon that offered in four trim level: base, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum. It’s sold to the U.S market with price range $39,326.
Standard equipment for 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E wagon base includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, front and rear fog-lights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-steering wheel, power telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with manual lumbar adjustment and driver memory functions, 40/20/40-split rear seats with power-folding head restraints, fabric upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radios, satellite radios a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Premier adds keyless ignition and entry, roof rails, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, customizable digital gauges and leather upholstery. The Premier Plus adds a rearview camera, power-folding mirrors, a pop-up cargo area organizer and a fold-flat front passenger seat. The Platinum trim adds interior accent lighting, auto-dimming outside mirrors, a navigation system and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system.
The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E wagon also offers the Climate package which adds a heated windshield washer nozzles, heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats. The Technology package adds active high beams, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a driver alertness monitor, frontal collision warning and braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection. The Sport package adds 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and front sport seats. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) package adds rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors.
Engine And Safety
The 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and an eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E also features with automatic engine stop-start system that shuts down the engine when the car is stopped at traffic light to save fuel. In performance testing, the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is a quick time for its class. EPA estimates fuel economy stand at 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
Standard safety features for 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E wagon antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front side airbags, active front head restraints and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is a Volvo City Safe system that automatically apply the brakes at speeds up to 31 mph to prevent or minimize a frontal collision.
Other advanced safety features are offered as options, including frontal lane departure warning, collision warning with full auto-braking, blind spot warning, lane-keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert and a driver inattention warning system. In brake testing, an 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E with the Sport package came to a stop from 60 mph in 110 feet.
The 2015 Volvo V60 T5-E Drive has a stylish interior with high quality materials. Sweden distinctive look that is classy yet subtle, overall had interesting effects at least as one of its direct competitors. The quiet passenger cabins creating a cozy atmosphere enhanced by a composed ride quality of the car.
The front seat is one of the most comfortable and supportive you will find on each car, especially the optional sport seats. However, larger-bodied people may find themselves a bit squeezed between the bolsters. The adults in the back seat will find a little more legroom, it’s habitable for short trips and comfortable for young children. The available built-in booster seats are very useful for parents who regularly transporting small children.
Folding the rear seats down and you will get 43.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Although this figure is smaller than some competitors, the flexibility offered by 40/20/40-split design and front passenger seat fold-flat help make best use of available space.