Forget about crossovers and SUVs — the 2019 Volvo V60 premium compact wagon makes more sense. Well, it does to those who prefer some entertaining vehicle dynamics to accompany their practical personal transportation. Not many companies are flying the wagon flag, but that just makes the V60 more interesting. Volvo has a long and illustrious career making wagons that are useful, comfortable, safe and even (depending on individual taste) stylish.
Sharing a foundation with the brand-new (and extremely good) S60 sedan, the V60 wagon offers all-wheel drive (AWD), a couple of excellent drivetrains and the special design approach that applies to all contemporary Volvo vehicles. The main reason for choosing a V60 over an S60, though, is cargo space.
Behind the V60’s rear seats is 23.2 cu ft. (the S60’s trunk is a paltry 11.6 cu ft.). With all the rear seats folded down, there’s 50.9 cu ft. Let’s also take into account the low loading area, no big bits of bodywork to haul things over and a large aperture.
Now blend that practicality with styling that’s right up there with the main luxury marques (arguably beyond them), high-quality cabin materials, sumptuous front seats, plenty of great features including safety equipment and a pleasurable driving experience. Suddenly, a wagon seems a lot more attractive.
What’s New for 2019?
An all-new generation debuts for this model year, so everything but the name is different. See the 2019 Volvo V60 models for sale near you
What We Like
- Strong and fuel-efficient engines
- Sleek styling
- Super-comfortable front seats
What We Don’t
- Stowage space for small items is somewhat lacking
Front-wheel drive (FWD) versions of the new V60 have the T5 drivetrain, which is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy at 24 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in combined driving.
The T6 setup is AWD, consisting of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s both turbocharged and supercharged to develop 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Once again, an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The EPA’s consumption estimates are 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined.
Both drivetrains require premium gasoline. And both have a stop/start feature to save a little fuel when idling.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Volvo V60 5-seater wagon comes in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels. Momentum and R-Design are available with the T5 or T6 drivetrains — Inscription comes solely with the T6 setup.
Momentum T5 ($40,540) has 18-in alloy wheels, black roof rails, LED headlights with automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic moonroof, a power-operated lift gate, dual-zone automatic climate control, textile/simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a cabin air quality system, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob, selectable driving modes, hill start assist, a self-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding rear seats/headrests, a cargo area cover, 12-volt outlets in rear console and cargo area, City Safety with Steering Support (forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian/cyclist/large animal detection), road sign information, remote services, lane-keeping assist, an 8-in driver information display, a 9-in infotainment touchscreen, voice control, a USB port, Bluetooth phone/audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, an HD/satellite radio and a 10-speaker/220-watt audio setup.
Momentum T6 ($45,040) adds the 316-hp engine and AWD.
R-Design T5 ($45,540) sports a few dedicated cosmetic differences (including metal mesh inlays), plus steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, textile/real leather upholstery, power-folding/self-dimming side mirrors, LED fog lights with cornering lights, a garage door opener, front/rear parking sensors, navigation with real-time traffic updates, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, rear-collision mitigation, driver’s-side-knee airbag and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
R-Design T6 ($50,040) adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and a 12.3-in digital driver information display.
Inscription T6 ($51,040) brings its own cosmetic variations (including Driftwood inlays), along with an automated parking feature, quad-zone automatic climate control, full leather upholstery, extended under-thigh support for the front seats, ambient cabin lighting and puddle lamps.
Many standard features in the higher-spec trims are available as options further down the order. Extras include Pilot Assist (partially autonomous driving with adaptive cruise control), 360-degree camera system, head-up display, active bending headlights, adaptive suspension, sport suspension (R-Design only), heated rear seats (R-Design/Inscription), massaging front seats with perforated leather covering and power-adjustable side support (Inscription only) and a Bowers & Wilkins 1,100-watt/15-speaker audio system (R-Design/Inscription).
The V60 has a full complement of airbags, anti-lock disc brakes and traction/stability control systems, plus a whiplash protection system.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the new V60 yet. The latter agency has tested the S60 sedan counterpart, however, and gave it top marks in all the crashworthiness categories.
Behind the Wheel
What could be a little surprising is that the V60’s standard suspension is not quite the study in plushness we might have hoped for. Instead, there’s a perceptible firmness. Perhaps it was tuned with a full cargo bay load in mind. The adaptive suspension is affordable ($1,000), so that might be our first selection from the options list. This firmness is offset, though, by wonderfully comfortable front seats, something Volvo has turned into a fine art.
The T5’s engine is sufficiently punchy for most drivers. A pleasant push of torque comes in at low revs, and the 8-speed automatic allows for smooth and linear power delivery. Those seeking more power, plus the reassurance and traction of AWD, will be more than happy with the T6’s turbocharged and supercharged arrangement.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Audi A4 Allroad — Costs more than the V60, but it also offers more luxury features and 58.5 cu ft. of cargo area.
2019 BMW 330i xDrive Sports Wagon — The all-conquering 3 Series also comes in cool AWD wagon form, with 53 cu ft. of cargo space. A new generation of 3 Series sedan debuts for 2019, but the wagon version is still from the previous generation.
2019 Subaru Outback — Nicely equipped, AWD is standard and there’s 73.3 cu ft. of cargo space. But this is more of an SUV wannabe. Nor is it at the premium level.
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon — Much larger than the V60 and quite rare. But it’s powerful and luxurious, and even has a certain charm.
A Momentum T6 version covers a lot of ground and meets many needs. Add as many driver aids as possible, because we could all use some help from time to time. Find a Volvo V60 for sale