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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Volvo V60 ranked #3 in Wagons. Currently the Volvo V60 has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Safety: TBD
Reliability:
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2019 Volvo V60 Review

The fully redesigned 2019 Volvo V60 ranks highly in the wagon class. It has an elegant cabin, a long list of available safety features, and poised handling, but is hampered by below-average predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Loads of features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great fuel efficiency
  • Dated navigation system
  • Less cargo space than the competition
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Is the Volvo V60 a Good Car?

The 2019 V60 is a good wagon. It delivers a relaxed ride and composed handling, and its refined cabin offers comfy seats and plenty of space for adults in both rows. This Volvo comes with more available safety features than ever before, including Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology. Its available navigation system is outdated, however, and its cargo dimensions and predicted reliability rating are below average.

Should I Buy the Volvo V60?

The V60 is worthy of its high base price. This Volvo brings a lot to the table, including a roomy and upscale cabin, cutting edge technology, and a generous list of standard and available features.

The Volvo V90 also has a long list of standard and available features, a luxurious cabin, and a composed ride. However, this larger wagon costs several thousand dollars more than the V60. There are less expensive options for budget-friendly shoppers, however. The Subaru Outback costs a lot less than the V60, and it comes with plenty of standard features and more passenger and cargo space than most of its competitors.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Volvo V60?

The 2019 V60 marks the start of a new generation, and Volvo made several updates that have made this wagon a great buy. These changes include a larger cabin and an improved infotainment system with a bigger 9-inch touch screen and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Volvo also updated the V60’s exterior and interior styling, and the V60's engines get a boost in horsepower. A 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 316-horsepower supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are available. A Cross Country trim joins the lineup at the beginning of 2019. An official release date for the V60 Hybrid model is not available at the time of this writing.  

Older models cost less, but they won't benefit from the 2019 redesign. Be sure to read our 2017 V60 and 2018 V60 reviews if you're considering an older model. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 8 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed eight Volvo V60 reviews, as well as fuel economy ratings, performance specs, interior dimensions, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Does the Volvo V60 Cost?

Starting at $38,900, the V60 is one of the costlier wagons on the market. The base Momentum trim comes in T5 and T6 variants. Opting for the T6 variant will bump the price up $4,500. The R-Design and top-of-the-line Inscription trims start at $43,900 and $49,400, respectively.

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Volvo V60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Volvo V60 or Volvo V90?

Choose the V60 over the Volvo V90 unless you need the V90’s extra interior space. Both models feature upscale cabins, the same lineup of turbocharged and supercharged engines, comfortable rides, and balanced handling. The V90 comes with more standard safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology. Still, choosing the V60 and adding on the features you desire costs less.

Which Is Better: Volvo V60 or Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is a good budget-friendly alternative to the V60. It offers one of the most expansive cargo areas in the class, and it has a spacious cabin with an impressive number of standard features. It has a comfortable ride and a well-constructed interior with quality materials. However, the V60 is a superior vehicle. It boasts quicker acceleration with its base engine, and it has a more upscale cabin with standard leather or textile and vinyl upholstery, along with available features like Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology.

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V60 Interior

How Many People Does the V60 Seat?

The V60 seats five people in two rows. Volvo made the V60’s back seats roomier for 2019, though some reviewers note that a high floor limits foot room for passengers sitting in the middle seat.

V60 and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether for the middle seat.

V60 Interior Quality

The V60 has one of the most elegant interiors in the class. It features soft-touch materials like standard leather or textile and vinyl upholstery, and available niceties like wood trim add another touch of sophistication. Power-adjustable front seats with memory settings and power lumbar support are also standard. Available features include Nappa leather upholstery, massaging front seats, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

V60 Cargo Space

The V60 has 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is less room than the previous generation offered. However, its maximum cargo capacity of 50.9 cubic feet is much higher than the previous generation’s 43.8 cubic feet. That said, these are still lower estimates than what its competitors offer.

V60 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The V60 comes standard with a Sensus infotainment system, featuring a 9-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Navigation and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system are available.

Reviewers praise the improved infotainment system for having quicker menu response times and including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. However, the infotainment system may be hard to use while driving because there aren’t any physical controls. According to reviewers, the navigation system could use an update. Its slow response times may make it frustrating to use. 

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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V60 Performance

V60 Engine: Quick Acceleration

At the time of this writing, the V60 is available as the base T5 and the T6. The T5 comes with a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which has more than enough gusto for your daily commute. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts. A 316-horsepower supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available in the T6 trim.

V60 Gas Mileage: Great Fuel Efficiency

According to the EPA, the V60’s turbocharged engine gets 24 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which are great estimates in the class. The supercharged engine gets slightly lower estimates of 21/31 mpg city/highway.

V60 Ride and Handling: Comfortable Cruiser

The V60 maintains a cushioned ride, and its handling feels composed around turns. This Volvo’s steering is also well-weighted, and there are drive modes available that adjust the suspension system for different driving styles. Yet, the V60 never feels truly athletic. T5 models have front-wheel drive, while T6 models come with all-wheel drive.

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V60 Reliability

Is the Volvo V60 Reliable?

The 2019 V60 has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average for new cars across the industry.

Volvo V60 Warranty

The 2019 Volvo V60 has a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. This is a typical warranty length for a wagon.

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V60 Safety

V60 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have yet to perform crash tests on the 2019 V60.

V60 Safety Features

The V60 comes standard with a rearview camera, lane keep assist, oncoming lane mitigation, and road sign recognition. Available safety technology includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic braking, rear collision warning, a 360-degree parking camera, a head-up display, front and rear park assist, and cornering headlights and fog lights.

Pilot Assist is also newly available for the 2019 model year. This semi-autonomous driving system helps control the steering and braking of your vehicle.

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Which Volvo V60 Model Is Right for Me?

The V60 comes in four trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Cross Country (arriving early 2019). The base Momentum trim comes with plenty of features for most shoppers, including leather or textile and vinyl upholstery, smartphone integration, and lane keep assist. There are various packages that allow you to add on features without having to step up to a pricier trim level.

The V60 also comes in two variants: T5 and T6. The base T5 comes with front-wheel drive and a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the T6 has all-wheel drive and a 316-horsepower supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The T6 variant costs an extra $4,500 in the first two trims. The Inscription trim is only available in the T6 variant.

V60 Momentum

The base Momentum trim starts at $38,900 for the T5 and $43,400 for the T6. Both models come with leather or textile and vinyl upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings and power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, lane keep assist, oncoming lane mitigation, and road sign recognition. The standard Sensus infotainment system features a 9-inch touch-screen display, an 8-inch driver display, a 10-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The Premium package costs $2,050 and adds front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Priced at $2,500, the Advanced package requires the Premium package and adds a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, Pilot Assist, and cornering headlights and fog lights. The Multimedia package ($2,500) adds a 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, and a 12.3-inch driver display. There's also a $750 package that adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

V60 R-Design

The R-Design trim starts at $43,900 for the T5 and $48,400 for the T6. Both versions come with navigation, unique interior styling, a 12.3-inch driver display, cornering fog lights, rear collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. The Advanced package is also available for the same price as in the base trim.

V60 Inscription

The Inscription trim starts at $49,400. It features front and rear park sensors, cornering fog lights, four-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A package with heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel is available for $750, and the Advanced package is available for the same price as it was in the base trim. A Luxury Seat package is exclusive to the top-of-the-line Inscription trim. With a cost of $2,200, it comes with massaging front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and extra side support for the front seats.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Volvo V60 has a lot going for it, including an upscale cabin, loads of tech features, supportive seats, and a smooth ride. However, you’ll want to shop around before purchasing this Volvo. It has one of the highest base prices in the class, and many rivals have more cargo space or better reliability marks.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The redesigned Volvo V60 makes a compelling case as an urbane yet practical premium vehicle for those who don't want to follow the herd. It may not be the ultimate driving machine, but it handles better and uses less fuel than many high-riding SUVs or crossovers, while offering a similarly configurable and capacious interior." -- Motor Trend
  • "In fact, the V60 is so good, and so good looking, that it almost makes us question our eternal affection for the V90. … If we were spending our own imaginary money, we'd be tempted to go for its smaller, cheaper, fraternal twin." -- Autoblog
  • "Having driven the new XC60, I believe the V60 has it beat in terms of both looks and driving dynamics. In fact, I think it's one of Volvo's best implementations of its parts catalog to date, and if buyers are willing to forego ride height in favor of something more carlike, the V60 is worth more than just a look." -- CNET
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