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7.6

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Volvo V60 Review

The 2015 Volvo V60 ranks in the lower half of the wagon class. The V60 has balanced handling, zippy turbocharged engines, and an excellent safety score. However, it's plagued by a poor reliability rating, and it has meager cargo space for a wagon.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy turbocharged engines
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Many available safety features


 

  • Small cargo space for a wagon
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Higher-than-average ownership costs

2015 Volvo V60 Overview

Is the 2015 Volvo V60 a Good Used Car?

The Volvo V60 is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used wagon. The V60 is fun to drive, thanks to its punchy turbocharged engines and pleasant handling. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is an unusually large amount for a wagon. It’s also a standout in terms of safety; the V60 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and it’s available with a wide range of safety features, including standard low-speed automatic emergency braking.

That said, the V60 wagon lags behind many of its rivals where it counts. It doesn’t offer much cargo space for a wagon, and it has a low reliability rating. Consider roomier and higher-ranked alternatives like the 2015 Subaru Outback and 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen before buying a V60.

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How Much Is the 2015 Volvo V60?

Based on listings for the 2015 Volvo V60 on our site, the average price is $22,700. Prices range from $15,900 and $28,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Volvo V60 Cost to Own?

The V60’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,000, or about $5,600 per year. That’s much higher than average for a wagon.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New V60?

The 2019 Volvo V60 is fully redesigned and starts at $39,000. This new second-generation model boasts a higher-quality interior, sleeker exterior styling, and a larger cargo area than older models. It also has an easier-to-use infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it’s available with high-tech features like a semi-autonomous driving mode. You can save thousands of dollars with a used V60, but the added refinement of the new model is worth the higher price.

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There are fine new-car alternatives in the V60's price range, but none of them are luxury cars. The 2019 Honda Fit hatchback starts at just $16,200, offers even more cargo space than the V60, and has superior fuel economy. The 2019 Kia Soul starts at $16,500, and like the Fit, its cargo hold is substantially larger than the V60's. 

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Which Model Year of the V60 Is Best?

The first generation of the V60 wagon covers the 2015 through 2018 model years. Volvo discontinued the V60’s five-cylinder engine option for 2016. The six-cylinder engine was cut for 2017, only to be replaced by a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder. Other than that, there were no major updates over this generation. We suggest picking the model that best meets your needs and budget, keeping in mind the engine availability over the years.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volvo V60?

The 2015 V60 has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Volvo V60 Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Volvo V60.         

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Which Used Volvo V60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Volvo V60 is available in five configurations: T5, T5 AWD, T5 AWD Cross Country, T6 AWD, and Polestar. There are also Premier and Platinum trim packages. Most shoppers will be happy with the base T5 model, which offers lots of standard features, high fuel economy, and zippy engine performance.

The base V60 T5 Drive-E model has a 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Standard amenities include remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, and 17-inch wheels. The standard infotainment system features a 7-inch display, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, eight speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. All V60 models come with the City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Premier package adds leather seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, push-button start, and a navigation system to the standard features list. The Platinum package adds a 12-speaker stereo.

The V60 T5 AWD trim shares its standard equipment with the base T5 model, but it gains a 250-horsepower five-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. The V60 T5 AWD Cross Country has the same engine and standard features, though its upgraded suspension provides a higher ride height.

The V60 T6 AWD R-Design trim has a 325-horsepower six-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a restyled front bumper, and adaptive headlights, plus all of the items of the Premier package.

Lastly, the limited-edition V60 Polestar has a 345-horsepower six-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, high-performance brakes, and a stiffer suspension. Only 80 of these models were produced for 2015.

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Certified Pre-Owned Volvo V60 Warranty

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for a five-year/unlimited-mile exclusionary coverage from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volvo’s CPO program is one of the best among luxury-car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the V60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the V60 wagon a 2015 Top Safety Pick+. The V60 received a top rating of Good in all crash tests. It earned the second-highest rating of Advanced for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention system, and it received the top rating of Superior for its optional front crash prevention systems. All but two of the V60’s trims received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well their headlights illuminate the road ahead. The Base and Premier trims earn the lowest rating of Poor.

All V60 models are equipped with Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency – if the car is at speeds of 31 mph or below. Available safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, hands-free park assist, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, a driver drowsiness monitor, road sign detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with full-speed automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Volvo V60 Versus the Competition

Some of the V60’s strongest competition comes from within the Volvo brand. For instance, both the 2015 Volvo XC70 wagon and XC60 SUV offer substantially more cargo space. The Volvo S60 is essentially a sedan version of the V60, and both models have similar powertrain options, safety features, and interior materials.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo V60 or 2015 Honda Crosstour?

The 2015 Honda Crosstour can’t quite match the V60’s four-cylinder fuel economy, and it offers fewer active safety features than the Volvo. That said, the Crosstour is a better buy for most shoppers. The Honda is similarly comfortable and enjoyable to drive, yet it has roomier passenger and cargo areas than the V60. It rates much higher for reliability, and its ownership costs are projected to be significantly lower. Additionally, used Crosstour models often demand lower asking prices than the V60. Test-drive the Crosstour first.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo V60 or 2015 Toyota Prius v?

The Toyota Prius v has a different appeal than the V60. It’s not particularly exciting to drive or quick on its feet, and its interior materials are cheaper than those in the Volvo. It is the more-practical wagon though, and it's a better buy for most shoppers. The Prius has a superior reliability rating, top-notch fuel economy (43/39 mpg city/highway), a roomier cargo area, and an easier-to-use infotainment system. Used models are often less expensive as well.

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2015 V60 Performance

How Does the 2015 Volvo V60 Drive?

The 2015 V60 has three turbocharged engine options: a four-cylinder with 240 horsepower (T5), a five-cylinder with 250 horsepower (T5 AWD), and a six-cylinder with 325 or 345 horsepower (T6 AWD and Polestar). The T5 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All other models have a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

The standard four-cylinder engine feels quite energetic. It helps the V60 confidently accelerate up to speed and supplies strong passing power on the highway. The eight-speed transmission is a good match as well. It delivers smooth and well-timed gear changes, and it's available with shift paddles. The five-cylinder engine is similarly peppy. Drivers looking for a true sport wagon will want to opt for the T6. This six cylinder can hustle the V60 from zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds.

Overall, the V60’s handling is quite enjoyable. The wagon remains stable around turns, and its steering is nicely weighted and responsive. Its ride quality is on the sportier side of comfortable; you can still feel all the changes in the road surface, but the suspension soaks up larger bumps and dips smoothly. If there is a nagging issue, it’s the brakes. They provide fine stopping power, but the pedal itself feels mushy.

Does the 2015 Volvo V60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The V60 T5 Drive-E gets an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is great for a wagon. However, the five- and six-cylinder engines are much less fuel-efficient. The V60 T5 AWD gets a mediocre 20/28 mpg city/highway. The T6 AWD gets 19/28 mpg, and the V60 Polestar lowers this to 18/27 mpg.

2015 Volvo V60 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the V60 is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2015 V60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 V60 Seat?

The Volvo V60 is a four-door wagon that seats five. The front seats are very comfortable, and they provide generous head- and legroom for taller occupants. It’s easy to find an ideal driving position as well. The rear seats are comfy and nicely padded, though legroom is tight for adults.

Synthetic leather upholstery comes standard. Genuine leather, heated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

The V60’s interior has a minimalist appearance, and it’s trimmed with quality soft-touch plastics, crisp metal accents, and upholstered surfaces. Most road and engine noise are kept at bay at higher speeds, though wind noise is still prevalent.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Volvo V60?

The V60 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal because some of the anchors are too deep within the seat cushions and difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Volvo V60 Features

The V60's standard infotainment system comes with a 7-inch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry. Available features include a navigation system and a Harman Kardon stereo.

The basic air conditioning and audio controls are straightforward. The knobs are easy to use, and they don’t require you to look away from the road. The Sensus infotainment screen isn’t as simple. The main control knob for the screen is oddly placed on the dashboard – it looks like every other knob – and it’s accompanied by a lot of small buttons. There’s definitely a learning curve with this system.

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2015 Volvo V60 Dimensions

Volvo V60 Cargo Space

The V60 has 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 43 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s not much cargo room for a wagon.

2015 V60 Length and Weight

The V60 wagon is 15.25 feet long. It weighs between 3,527 and 3,790 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Volvo V60 Built?

Volvo built the 2015 V60 in Sweden.

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