2020 Volvo V60


#4 out of 6 in Wagons

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2020 Volvo V60 Performance Review


Performance: 7.4

The 2020 Volvo V60's overall performance is just OK. Its base engine has sufficient power, but the transmission could be more responsive. Likewise, fuel economy is about average for the wagon class. Handling is stable and confident, though the car lacks overall athleticism.

  • "No one would mistake the driving experience for that of a vintage Volvo, either. The combination of similar power, shorter overhangs, and around 200 pounds less weight makes the V60 feel sportier than the V90. In fact, it has a genuine liveliness … and its reduced length makes it feel more nimble. … Even with the optional 19-inch wheels on the upscale Inscription package car we drove, it was well damped enough for long cruises." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "It doesn't exactly fall apart dynamically when you press harder; it just never quite flows down the road with the composure you'd expect. The front end is aloof; it goes through the motions but never clearly communicates what's happening where the rubber hits the road. And the surly response from the transmission, even when nudged between ratios via the central shifter (there are no paddles on the steering wheel), means you never quite have the power you want precisely when you want it." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • The V60 does carry a bit of traditional European-market composure (read: stiffness) around town in Comfort mode, some of which can be pinned to the Inscription's large wheels and thin tires. I can ramp up the road feel by putting the car in Dynamic mode, which adjusts the steering, throttle, shift points and even the brakes for a slightly sportier ride. There's also an Eco mode that numbs the inputs and short-shifts for thrift, if that's what you're into. Even in its stiffest setting, though, the V60 remains comfortable." -- CNET (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Volvo V60 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. The other available powertrain is a plug-in-hybrid setup with a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to make 415 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Models with the base engine have decent power and acceleration for everyday driving, though critics are mixed on the transmission's performance.

The V60 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with standard front-wheel drive. Available all-wheel-drive models return 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Neither Volvo nor the EPA have released fuel economy estimates for the new plug-in-hybrid model.

  • The T5's engine is sufficiently punchy for most drivers. A pleasant push of torque comes in at low revs, and the 8-speed automatic allows for smooth and linear power delivery. Those seeking more power, plus the reassurance and traction of AWD and hybrid efficiency will be more than happy with the T8's PHEV arrangement." -- Autotrader
  • "The 8-speed automatic transmission is not always quick to downshift to a lower gear when the throttle is floored at speed, though — for some reason — it’s better if you just dip into the throttle a bit." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • Similar to Audis, Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs, this Volvo comes with driver-select 'comfort' and 'dynamic' settings. This seems to affect throttle response more than chassis setting. Best to get in and drive and enjoy the comfort, serenity and feng shui of the handsome surroundings." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)

Handling and Braking

The V60 has generally good handling, with decent feedback and steering response, though some critics say the steering feels numb. The car's suspension is a little stiff, but the ride is still comfortable. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "What could be a little surprising is that the V60's standard suspension is not quite the study in plushness we might have hoped for. Instead, there's a perceptible firmness. Perhaps it was tuned with a full cargo bay load in mind." -- Autotrader
  • "The V60's dynamic styling is matched by excellent driving dynamics. A double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension combine with confidence-inspiring feedback through the meaty steering-wheel rim." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • Moderate understeer is fine for a C/D-segment family wagon, and the superb steering provides a light touch with excellent feel and feedback. … There's moderate compliance, good grip, and decent fun to be had if you don't mind your kids spilling from their juice boxes." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
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