The 2019 Volvo V60 is a automotive that checks all the suitable containers. It affords top-notch consolation with helpful utility, a driving expertise that is each partaking and stress-free, and it seems to be like one million bucks. Truly, no, two million.
But when there’s one factor I’ve discovered after just a few stints in Volvo’s compact wagon, it is that you do not have to spend a ton of cash to get a very luxurious expertise. Properly geared up proper from the get-go, the 2019 V60 presents a powerful case for going base.
“This automotive will completely not be a rental automotive,” Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Volvo North America mentioned at a media occasion for the S60 sedan and V60 wagon final yr. “These are very well-spec’d vehicles.”
To that time, the V60 Momentum comes normal with LED lighting, a panoramic moonroof, a 9-inch touchscreen operating Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an influence tailgate and leather-lined seats. Being a Volvo, security tools is in equally excessive provide, with the corporate’s Metropolis Security collision avoidance system, run-off street mitigation, lane-keeping help, street signal data and rear park help fitted to each V60.
It is a great-looking automotive proper out of the field, too. Delicate visible tweaks differentiate the S60 and V60 from their SPA platform mates, and the outcomes converse for themselves. With its upright fascia, lengthy dash-to-axle ratio, wheels pushed out to the corners and barely reshaped “Thor’s Hammer” operating lights, the V60 makes a powerful assertion on the street — one which’s instantly recognizable as a Volvo, however one way or the other extra fascinating. My solely suggestion is to ditch the Momentum trim stage’s normal 17-inch alloy wheels and improve to 18s, for $800. You may even go one inch bigger and get the 19s pictured on this check automotive, for $1,000, however I believe the not-too-big, not-too-small 18s look greatest.
These 19-inch wheels are a $1,000 choice on the V60 Momentum.
Much less is extra
The V60 comes with two powertrain decisions, each of which could be had with the bottom Momentum trim stage. On the bottom finish, there’s the T5, with a 2.Zero-liter turbocharged I4 that produces 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated solely to front-wheel drive. The extra T6 brings all-wheel drive to the V60, and bolts a turbocharger and supercharger onto that 2.Zero-liter engine, leading to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. An smooth-acting eight-speed computerized transmission handles shifting duties for each setups.
There are deserves to each engine decisions, however after prolonged time testing each, my cash’s on the less-powerful T5. At no level does the turbo-only 2.Zero-liter engine ever really feel underpowered, with loads of low-end and midrange torque for each off-the-line and at-speed acceleration. Positive, the T6 affords wholesome grunt — and the double dose of pressured induction is appreciated whereas driving at excessive altitudes — however it comes with just a few tradeoffs. The facility arrives at bizarre peaks through the rev vary because the turbocharger and supercharger attempt to work in concord.
I’ve all the time maintained that SPA-platform Volvos are at their greatest of their least-powerful setups. I just like the T5 much more than the T6, and like each of these to the not-for-US T8 plug-in hybrid I not too long ago had the possibility to pattern. Regardless of an extra 56 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque, the T6 setup would not really feel far more . And it would not enhance on the T5’s great, intrinsic steadiness.
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Easy to drive and completely natural-feeling in its responses, the V60 is as gratifying alongside mountain street switchbacks as it’s down lengthy, boring stretches of freeway. The bottom chassis affords a snug experience with an ideal steadiness of taut reflexes and relaxed manners. Volvo affords its adaptive 4-C chassis for an additional $1,000, however the common suspension is so good that it is an choice field I might by no means suppose to verify.
One other benefit to the T5 setup is gas financial system, with EPA rankings of 24 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 36 mpg on the freeway and 28 mpg mixed. The all-wheel-drive T6, in the meantime, reduces these numbers to 21, 31 and 25, respectively. It is also value noting that just about everybody on the Roadshow workers has had a troublesome time reaching these numbers, no matter powertrain. After 230 miles of testing a V60 T6 AWD, most of which have been spent on the freeway, I solely noticed 24 mpg.
The one tangible profit I can see to the T6 powertrain is that it allows you to add all-wheel drive to the get together. Alternatively, the T6 engine comes at a $four,500 premium. If foul-weather prowess is the aim, take into account ready for the 2020 V60 Cross Nation, which is able to pair the T5 engine to all-wheel drive for about the identical upcharge.
Metropolis Weave seat cloth provides a little bit of aptitude to the V60’s good-looking inside.
Snazzy duds, however not essentially the most house
Irrespective of which trim you select, the V60 affords a fantastic in-car expertise. All touchable supplies are of the best high quality, and some bits of brightwork adorn the inside’s in any other case minimalist design. Larger-spec R-Design and Inscription fashions unlock totally different accent supplies, together with an open-pore driftwood choice. However even in its most simple spec, the V60’s cabin is cozy and quiet, with a very premium really feel.
The shapely leather-based seats are a few of the most snug thrones accessible at any worth level, and choosing the Momentum trim is the one option to get Volvo’s ultra-cool Metropolis Weave fabric inserts. These bits of stylized cloth add nice visible aptitude, and I am unable to think about shopping for a V60 with out ’em.
Entrance and rear passengers have ample house to stretch out, with class-appropriate shoulder- and legroom. Headroom is at a little bit of a premium, nonetheless — a byproduct of the V60’s modern form. No less than the usual panoramic sunroof lets quite a lot of mild into the cabin, for a vibrant, ethereal ambiance.
That low-slung roofline takes its toll out again, too. Make no mistake, the V60’s most cargo house of 50.9 cubic toes with the second row seats folded is sort of beneficiant. Lengthy gadgets like, I do not know, flat-pack Ikea containers may have no hassle becoming behind this spacious Swede. Taller items, however, aren’t really easy to accommodate. Each the Audi A4 Allroad and Buick Regal TourX supply extra space for hauling. Heck, even the smaller Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen has a extra capacious rump.
Oh, Sensus. You are so fairly, however in the end flawed.
Identical ol’ Sensus
The V60 makes use of the identical Sensus infotainment system as each different Volvo, displayed on a 9-inch, portrait-style touchscreen within the middle of the sprint. My likes and dislikes are the identical right here as they’re in some other Volvo: Sensus is in the end a wonderful, feature-rich system, however it’s not the simplest to make use of.
Swipe to the left and you will find buttons for all of the automotive’s controls, with simple on-off toggles for varied driving aids. Swipe proper, and you will find totally different multimedia choices and third-party apps, and essentially the most not too long ago used perform will seem within the lowest tile of the Sensus dwelling display screen (that is additionally the place Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is housed). Swipe down from the highest, and you will enter the labyrinth of auto settings. From brake pedal effort to Wi-Fi settings, it appears like virtually every little thing is adjustable.
In an effort to repair the gradual start-up and response instances of earlier Sensus methods, Volvo started putting in a quicker processor into its infotainment . All 2019 mannequin yr autos have this improve. Sure, the software program masses extra rapidly than it did earlier than, however it’s nonetheless not fast sufficient. Firing up the V60 on a chilly morning, the system lags as I attempt to activate the heated seats and steering wheel. As soon as it is up and operating, Sensus now not delays as you progress by means of its myriad menus. However identical to your writer, it wants a bit additional time (and a cup of espresso) earlier than attending to work very first thing within the morning.
The V60 is a wagon I might like to reside with on the every day.
Ace of base
The 2019 V60 begins at $38,900, not together with $995 for vacation spot, and even in its most simple type, it appears like quite a lot of automotive for the cash. Make mine a T5 Momentum, add $645 for Denim Blue Metallic (Black Stone is the one no-cost choice) paint, $800 for the 18-inch wheels, skip the full-leather seating surfaces so I can get that candy Metropolis Weave upholstery sample and tack on $750 extra for the heated seats and steering wheel. Proper there, I am taking a look at $41,095 out the door.
That mentioned, most consumers will doubtless go for issues just like the $2,500 Multimedia Bundle, which provides embedded navigation, a Harman Kardon premium audio system and a 12.Three-inch digital instrument cluster, or the $2,500 Superior Premium Bundle, which will get you a head-up show, 360-degree digital camera, adaptive cruise management, LED foglights and different goodies.
R-Design and Inscription fashions are available at $43,900 and $49,400, respectively, the latter of which might solely be had as a T6 AWD. Yeah, these trims add some distinctive bits of styling inside and outside, however I do not suppose any of it’s essential. Moreover, the Momentum comes with all of the stuff you actually need — and it is as snug and good to drive as some other V60 variant. As a place to begin from which to create each different 2019 Volvo V60, the Momentum trim stage is a powerful, stable basis.
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