2018 Volvo V60

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MSRP: $38,250 - 61,600

2018 Volvo V60 Review

The 2018 Volvo V60 finishes at the lower end of our wagon rankings. While it looks great and earns high safety scores, the V60 doesn't offer as much passenger and cargo space as other cars in the class.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Chic interior
  • Exceptional fuel economy estimates
  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable and composed ride and handling
  • Little rear-seat legroom
  • Small cargo area
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Below-average predicted reliability

Is the Volvo V60 a Good Wagon?

The V60 is a decent wagon. It has a smooth ride and elite crash test scores, and you’ll find comfortable seats and high-end materials inside. The engines also provide good pickup and get great fuel economy ratings. However, many competitors have more space for cargo and passengers, and the infotainment system can be frustrating at times.

Should I Buy the Volvo V60?

The V60 isn't as practical as some other cars in the class, and it probably isn't the best choice for wagon shoppers. Competitors like the Subaru Outback and Audi Allroad offer more space for adults in the rear seats, and they have higher cargo capacities too. Both also finish higher than the V60 in the class rankings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Volvo V60?

The 2018 V60 is part of a generation that dates back to the 2015 model year. There haven't been many major updates since the V60's debut. The 2016 model dropped the T5 AWD trim from the lineup, while the 2017 model discontinued the six-cylinder engine. The only changes for 2018 involve some feature shuffling between trim levels. 

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used vehicle, but be aware that you may miss out on some features by getting an older model. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016 Volvo V60 and 2017 Volvo V60. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 37 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the Volvo V60 is the right wagon for you, we've gathered and analyzed 37 professional reviews. We've also included information about the V60's fuel economy, safety scores, features, and more to give you an idea of its strengths and weaknesses.

This overview uses applicable research and reviews from every year of the V60's existence, which includes the 2015 through 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, wagons, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party manages the ads on our site.

How Much Does the Volvo V60 Cost?

Pricing for the 2018 V60 starts at $38,250 for the base T5 Dynamic trim with the standard four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the price. The Cross Country model, which has an increased ride height and standard all-wheel drive, costs $41,850. If you want the more powerful turbocharged and supercharged engines, you'll want either the T6 AWD R-Design ($49,100) or V60 Polestar ($61,600), both of which come standard with all-wheel drive. The V60 has one of the highest base prices in the wagon class, though it's around $6,000 cheaper than its luxury-badged rival, the Audi Allroad.

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Volvo V60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Volvo V60 or Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback has a lower starting price than the V60 (by thousands of dollars), yet it ranks higher. Like the V60, the Outback performs well in crash tests and offers several advanced active safety features. However, this Subaru provides much more cargo space than the Volvo, and its infotainment system is easier to use. The Outback also comes standard with all-wheel drive. The only reason to pick the V60 over the Outback is if you want the Volvo's significantly more upscale cabin.

Which Is Better: Volvo V60 or Audi Allroad?

The Audi Allroad finishes near the top of our wagon rankings for many reasons, though this German wagon has one of the highest starting prices in the class. The Allroad has more room for passengers and cargo than the V60. Further, it comes with more standard features, including an intuitive infotainment system. Like the Volvo, the Audi earns excellent crash test scores and is available with many safety features. The V60 does come out ahead in the power department; the Allroad only has one powertrain available, while the V60 has a range of available engines.

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V60 Interior

How Many People Does the V60 Seat?

The V60 seats five on standard leather upholstery. A power-adjustable driver's seat is also standard. Available upgrades include a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and built-in child booster seats. The seats up front are among the most comfortable in any new vehicle, with generous sculpting to keep you supported and comfortable. The rear seats are also supportive, but there's little legroom for tall adults.

V60 and Car Seats

The V60 has a full set of LATCH connectors on each of the rear outboard seats and an additional upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

V60 Interior Quality

The cabin is defined by subtle refinement. The design is elegant but not splashy, and top-shelf leather and wood surround you.

V60 Cargo Space

There's 28 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats of the V60. Folding down the seatbacks opens up 43.8 cubic feet. That's less cargo space than many other wagons provide. The rear seats do have a 40/20/40 split, however, so you can transport a mix of passengers and cargo.

V60 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

A Sensus infotainment system comes standard in the V60 and features a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. It can be frustrating to operate this infotainment system because many functions require you to switch between buttons, knobs, and the touch screen. Most competitors also offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which you can't get in the V60.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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V60 Performance

V60 Engine: Peppy to Powerful

All V60 models come with a four-cylinder engine. There is no V6 option, but you probably won't care or notice once behind the wheel. All V60 engines deliver quick acceleration. The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is peppy enough for daily driving, while the optional turbo- and supercharged four-cylinders in the R-Design and Polestar models are especially potent. All V60 engines come paired with an automatic transmission.

V60 Gas Mileage: Fuel Sipper

The V60 is one of the most fuel-efficient models in the class, getting up to 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Only hybrid rivals get better gas mileage.

V60 Ride and Handling: Balanced Cornering and Comfort

It may not be a sports wagon, but the V60 can hold its own on curvy roads. It maintains its composure through turns, especially when equipped with the available Sport package. The V60's steering is neither too firm nor too light, making this Volvo easy to drive on a daily basis. Ride quality is smooth over uneven pavement, though the Sport package makes the ride noticeably firmer.

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V60 Reliability

Is the Volvo V60 Reliable?

The 2018 V60 has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A mark of three is considered average for all new cars.

Volvo V60 Warranty

The 2018 Volvo V60 is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. This is a typical warranty for a luxury wagon.

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V60 Safety

V60 Crash Test Results

The 2018 V60 has excellent safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named this wagon a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests.

V60 Safety Features

Low-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking comes standard in every 2018 V60. Optional safety features include full-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a traffic sign recognition system, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

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Which Volvo V60 Model Is Right for Me?

Most people should stick with the base T5 Dynamic model. Almost every V60 feature is available in this trim via option packages, so you can pick the features you want without stepping up to a pricier trim level. Cross Country models offer an increased ride height to better handle rough roads, while R-Design and Polestar trims have more-powerful engines.

A 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard in T5 models, while a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder powers R-Design (302 horsepower) and Polestar (362 horsepower) models. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option in the base T5 Dynamic and standard in all upper trims.

Volvo V60 T5 Dynamic

The base V60 Dynamic model is priced at $38,250 and comes standard with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and low-speed forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The Navigation/Audio package ($1,600) adds navigation and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. The Vision package ($1,950) comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and proximity keyless entry and ignition. The Technology package ($1,500) requires the Vision package and adds active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, a road sign information system, automatic wipers, and automatic high beams. The Sport package ($1,000) has sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available for $750.

Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country

The V60 Cross Country starts at $41,850 and has an increased ride height. This model adds a power-adjustable passenger seat, navigation, automatic wipers, heated door mirrors, and rear parking sensors.

The Convenience package ($1,500) adds a rearview camera and keyless drive. The Blind Spot Information System package ($925) has blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front parking sensors. The Technology package ($1,500) adds active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, a road sign information system, and automatic high beams. The Climate package ($1,300) comes with heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a cabin air filtration system.

Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country Platinum

The Cross Country Platinum model is priced at $45,700 and comes equipped with front sport seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, keyless drive, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, a road sign information system, a rearview camera, and automatic high beams.

The Blind Spot Information System package ($925) has blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front parking sensors. The Climate package ($1,300) comes with heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a cabin air filtration system.

Volvo V60 T6 AWD R-Design

Starting at $49,100, the V60 R-Design has the same features as the Cross Country Platinum, along with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and unique styling elements.

The Blind Spot Information System package ($925) has blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front parking sensors. The Climate package ($1,300) comes with heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a cabin air filtration system.

Volvo V60 T6 Polestar

The performance-oriented V60 Polestar tops out the line, with prices starting at $61,600. It adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a cabin air filtration system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front parking sensors.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Volvo V60 challenges the norm of what it means to be a wagon. While many wagons have adequate acceleration and boring driving dynamics, the V60 delivers on power, fuel economy, handling ability, and ride quality. If you're looking for a wagon to lug lots of people or cargo around, however, look elsewhere – the V60's cargo capacity and rear-seat space are small for the class.

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

  • "Volvo has a history of making cool wagons and remains dedicated to them. A great example is the 2018 Volvo V60. This compact wagon shares its engines, general exterior dimensions and interior design with the company's S60 sedan but gives you greater interior cargo space. Aside from that, the same premium qualities of the sedan, including its comfortable seats and ride comfort, are all there in the wagon." -- Edmunds
  • "The V60's fuel-efficient engine, sporty manners and luxurious interior [make] it a fitting rival to the BMW 328i, while the new V60 Cross Country looks to muscle in on the Subaru Outback Limited and Audi Allroad. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) is another strong selling point for the V60. Toss in Volvo's stellar safety reputation, and you have a vehicle any family would be proud to pass down to future generations." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "If all wagons were like the V60 and had the performance driving dynamics with the practicality to justify its purchase, maybe the rebirth of the segment will come quicker than expected. The V60 isn't perfect, as the score reflects. But it's a good start to the revival." -- Jalopnik (2015)
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