Sunday - Sep 24, 2017

Auto Review – 2015 Volvo V60

Auto Review - 2015 Volvo V60

Ever looking to be functional, Volvo have come up with an estate car version of their bestselling S40 luxury sedan, which they have labelled the V60.

As far as appearance is concerned, the Volvo V60 wagon version does not fall very far from its sedan counterpart, with the main difference being in its cargo carrying capabilities, as well as some subtle variations in styling, features and choices of engine combinations.

The Volvo V60 wagon comes with a choice of three trim levels designed to align with its particular engine and drive train, with each configuration coming with an individual sub-trim package, which works its way up from the basic to the top.

The entry-level T5 trim will deliver a V60 wagon fitted with Volvo’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which falls into the category of the Swedish auto giant’s “Drive-E” family of engines.

Volvo’s T5 engine version will generate 240 horsepower coupled with 258 pound-feet of torque, capable of delivering 0-60-mph time in a commendable 6.4 seconds. The T5 only comes with an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive fitted as standard.

Those who like their wagons to have all-wheel drive can specify Volvo’s 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine for their V60. Slightly more powerful, this engine version will generate 250 of horsepower as well as 266 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a six-speed automatic. According to figures from Volvo this engine configuration will be slightly slower on the takeoff than the T5 version.

The most powerful of the three V60 configurations is the Volvo T6 R-Design model, which comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine rated as generating 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The R-Design model comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.

As far as interior trim is concerned, each of the three versions of the V60 has Volvo with them all over them. Effective and aesthetic design efficiently complemented by the best of materials and finish.

Controls are based around Volvo’s “Sensus” electronics interface, crammed into a a comparatively small screen, which gives away to it as a result of its clearly defined graphics and well thought out menus, accessible through central, phone-style number pad and surrounding buttons, for the simpler tasks with the more complicated handled through a knob mounted on the dashboard which will help the driver or their front seat passenger to select a music playlist or discount contact from their iPhone.

While the 2015 Volvo V60 is one of the smaller family wagons on the market at the moment, its cargo area, when fully utilized, will carry a reasonable amount of baggage, providing 43.8 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is around 20 cubes less than its bigger brother the XC60 crossover. In deference to the fact that the V60 was designed to be more of a city car than an off road beast, Volvo have added some clever touches to the cargo area, among them a divider with securing straps designed to keep smaller items such as grocery bags in place.

As a people carrier the 2015 Volvo V60 does a more than adequate job, even in the, the back seat area that provides adequate for adults, with headroom being abundant all the way through, giving the wagon a spacious feel.

As you would expect from a Volvo safety features abound, although some reviews have stated that there might have been room to put an extra few airbags, with the current tally being front, front-side and , side curtain only, with some complaining that fitting a rearview camera, which is becoming increasingly a standard in most stations, is regarded as an optional extra with the 2015 V60.

These details apart, the 2015 V60 is another classic example of Volvo’s ability, built over the last 80 years, for producing safe cars. Standard features that come with the wagon are Volvo’s City Safety system designed to automatically apply the brakes at sub-30-mph speeds should the vehicle detect an impending collision while in slow-moving, stop-and-go traffic.

With this version Volvo has also thrown in an enhanced adaptation of this technology, which goes even further to preventing accidents through its ability to warn the driver travelling at higher speeds of the dangers of encountering not only other vehicles, but also pedestrians and cyclists, and will automatically brake if the driver’s response time is insufficient.

According to figures released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the 2015 V60 fitted with the T5 engine will return 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city/37 mpg highway), while the T5 AWD powered engine with the larger engine is expected to return 23 mpg combined (17 mpg city/31 mpg highway), while the high-performance T5 R-Design is good for 22 mpg combined. (16 mpg city/30 mpg highway).

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