About the 2015 Volvo V60:
The Volvo V60 is a new model based on the S60 sedan. Marking a return to traditional sports wagon territory, the V60 is a 5-passenger station wagon offered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
There are three different versions of the 2015 Volvo V60, each equipped with a unique powertrain. The V60 T5 Drive-E model is the only one offered with front-wheel drive, and is the most fuel-efficient example of the car. The T5 AWD and the more powerful T6 R-Design AWD have all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
If a V60 carries a “T5” badge, it is available in standard, Premier, or Platinum trim levels. The V60 T6 R-Design AWD includes Premier trim, and can be upgraded to the Platinum level of equipment.
Engines and Transmissions:
The standard engine in the V60 T5 Drive-E is a brand-new, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower to the wagon’s front wheels. A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, and the V60 T5 Drive-E is equipped with fuel-saving automatic stop/start, Eco-Coast, and Eco-Climate technologies.
For all-wheel drive, select the slightly more powerful V60 T5 AWD. It is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 250 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission feeds motive force to all four of this version’s wheels.
At the top of the lineup sits the most powerful station wagon Volvo has ever built. The V60 T6 R-Design AWD features a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine belting out an impressive 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, equipped with paddle shifters and Advanced Quick Shift technology to make the car feel more responsive. A sport-tuned suspension and Volvo’s Corner Traction Control with Torque Vectoring technology is standard for this model.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
If you want the most fuel-efficient version of the new V60 sports wagon, choose the V60 T5 Drive-E, which is rated to return 29 mpg in combined driving. Selecting AWD significantly increases gasoline bills; the V60 T5 AWD gets 23 mpg, while the V60 T6 R-Design delivers 22 mpg.
As this summary is written, neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the new 2015 V60. However, the S60 sedan upon which it is based is the automotive equivalent of a safety rock star, earning the highest possible ratings across the board from both organizations.
That’s a pretty good sign.
The V60 is probably good at protecting its occupants in a crash, and is also offered with a long list of technologies designed to prevent a collision in the first place.
Volvo’s City Safety technology is standard, and the Technology Package adds Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, and more. A Blind Spot Information System is also available, including Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a Lane Change Merge Aid.
The V60 also includes standard Sensus Connect and Volvo On-Call technology with a free 6-month subscription to services including Automatic Collision Alert, mobile Wi-Fi connectivity, and access to numerous applications.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 25, 2014
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