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2018 Volvo V60 Review

The 2018 Volvo V60 ranks in the bottom half of the wagon class. It has a stellar safety score and a range of strong engines, but a subpar predicted reliability rating and a hard-to-use infotainment system keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Great safety score
  • Capable engine options
  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Small cargo hold
  • Frustrating infotainment controls

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Volvo V60's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo V60 has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Volvo V60 Overview

Is the 2018 Volvo V60 a Good Used Wagon?

The 2018 V60 is a decent wagon. It's a great choice for those seeking solid engine performance and good safety credentials, but its poor predicted reliability rating and subpar passenger and cargo space are cause for concern.

The 2018 V60 has many strengths:

  • Potent engine lineup
  • Stellar fuel economy estimates
  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Top-notch safety scores

It also has some drawbacks:

  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Rear-seat legroom can be tight
  • Less cargo room than many rivals
  • Infotainment system can be hard to use

It’s not bad, but you may want to consider alternatives such as the 2018 Audi Allroad and even Volvo's own 2018 V90.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Volvo V60 review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 37 automotive sources.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. We care about cars, but we care more about providing useful consumer advice. To ensure our impartiality, an independent party handles our advertising, and our editorial team doesn’t accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Volvo V60?

Based on listings for the 2018 Volvo V60 on our site, the average price is $27,000. Prices range from $24,600 to $32,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Volvo V60 Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 Volvo V60’s five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New V60?

Volvo fully redesigned the V60 for the 2019 model year. You could save money by shopping for a previous-generation model, including the 2018 V60, but you’d miss out on substantial updates. New Volvo V60 cars have restyled exterior and interior designs, more standard features (such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 9-inch touch screen), more available safety features (like Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist), and a larger cabin.

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Volvo introduced the V60 as an all-new wagon for the 2015 model year. Volvo dropped all-wheel drive from the T5 powertrain for 2016, and the six-cylinder engine was discontinued for 2017. Outside of minor reshuffling of its features, Volvo made few updates to the 2018 V60. You could potentially save thousands of dollars with an older model that is very similar.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 V60?

The 2018 V60 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Volvo V60 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Volvo V60:

  • GPS location may not transmit in the event of a crash

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Volvo V60 Trim Is Right for Me?

The V60 is available in three main configurations: Dynamic, R-Design, and Cross Country. There’s also a limited edition Polestar model. There are two powertrain distinctions: T5 and T6. The Dynamic and Cross Country are only available as T5s, while the R-Design and Polestar only come as T6s.

T5 models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. T6 and R-Design models have a turbo- and supercharged inline-four rated at 302 horsepower, and the T6 engine on Polestar models is tuned to produce 362 horsepower. All have an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Unless you want the extra power, the base T5 Dynamic is a good pick for its abundance of features.

  • Volvo V60 Dynamic: The entry-level Dynamic trim has a 7-inch touch screen, the Sensus Connect infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and low-speed forward collision warning. Several features are available, including navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, pedestrian and cyclist detection, forward collision warning, full automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Volvo V60 R-Design: R-Design models include all of the features listed above, except rear parking sensors and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The R-Design also gets proximity keyless entry, adaptive headlights, a road sign recognition system, contoured front sport seats, and all-wheel drive.
  • Volvo V60 Cross Country: The Cross Country has most of the same features as the Dynamic, though the power-adjustable front passenger seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and navigation are standard. All-wheel drive also comes standard in this model.
  • Volvo V60 Polestar: Polestar models come with most of the features available throughout the V60 lineup along with heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an in-cabin air filter, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the V60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Volvo V60 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, with the wagon earning the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. Models equipped with the Technology package earned a top rating of Superior for front crash prevention; all other models received the second-highest rating of Advanced. In headlight testing, V60s with the Technology package earned an Acceptable rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead, while models with the standard headlights received the worst rating of Poor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested this Volvo.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • low-speed emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane change assist
  • forward collision warning
  • full automatic emergency braking
  • pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • adaptive headlights
  • road sign recognition
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • adaptive cruise control
  • rear parking sensors
  • front parking sensors

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2018 Volvo V60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo V60 or 2018 Audi Allroad?

The 2018 Audi Allroad is a more practical wagon. It has more room for passengers and cargo space than the V60 as well as more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Audi has livelier handling, and its infotainment system is easier to use, but it has only one powertrain available. On the other hand, the Volvo has a range of engines available and higher fuel economy estimates. For power, pick the Volvo. Otherwise the Audi is a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo V60 or 2018 Volvo V90?

The Volvo V90 debuted as an all-new wagon for the 2018 model year. Compared to the V60, the V90 has richer cabin materials, more passenger room, and a higher maximum cargo capacity, though the V60 has more cargo space behind its rear seats. The V90 has a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment, and it offers more safety features, like the semiautonomous Pilot Assist system. If it’s in your budget, the V90 is the better option.

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo V60 or 2018 Volvo S60?

The 2018 Volvo S60 is a luxury small car that’s similar to the V60, with comparable passenger space and average prices. They also have the same available engines and similar fuel economy estimates. The S60 has a higher predicted reliability rating, but the V60 has a lot more cargo space. Choosing between these two is a matter of preference.

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2018 V60 Performance

How Does the 2018 V60 Drive?

The T5’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides more than enough power for daily driving, handling highway passing and steep climbs with ease. The supercharged engines in the T6 and R-Design models feel punchier and have livelier acceleration. The transmission shifts seamlessly.

It may not be a sports wagon, but the V60 handles turns with confidence. Suspension upgrades are available that improve cornering, though the ride is a bit firmer. In most circumstances, this Volvo cruises smoothly and comfortably over rough pavement.

  • Base engine: 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T5)
  • Available engines:  
    • 302-horsepower turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T6 and R-Design)
    • 362-horsepower turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Polestar)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (standard on T6 and Polestar)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 V60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The V60 gets some of the best fuel economy estimates among nonhybrids in the wagon class.

  • T5, FWD: 25/36 mpg city/highway
  • T5, AWD: 22/33 mpg
  • T6, AWD: 22/32 mpg
  • Polestar, AWD: 20/27 mpg

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2018 V60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 V60 Seat?

This Volvo wagon seats five people in two rows. The seats are some of the most comfortable in the class, though legroom in the back can be tight for taller passengers. The cabin is stylish and full of premium, soft-touch surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Available seating features:

  • power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • heated front seats
  • front sport seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Volvo V60?

The V60 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. For ease of use, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The tether anchors can be confused for other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2018 Volvo V60 Features

The Sensus Connect interface can be difficult to operate because many functions require you to alternate between buttons, knobs, and the touch screen. The system also looks outdated compared to rivals, and neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available. On the plus side, higher trims have a customizable digital gauge cluster.

  • Standard infotainment features: Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a moonroof
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and an in-cabin air filter

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2018 Volvo V60 Dimensions

Volvo V60 Cargo Space

The V60 has 28 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 43.8 cubic feet with them folded down. Those figures are below average for the wagon class.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Volvo V60 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,670 to 3,971 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Volvo V60 Built?

Volvo built the 2018 V60 in Belgium.

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