For a long time Volvo was the go-to wagon supplier for so many families - until suddenly, it wasn't. Citing dwindling sales in the face of stiff competition from the growing pack of crossover options, Volvo pulled the plug on the V70, its only remaining wagon, for the 2011 model year. Hoping that its own XC70 crossover-cum-wagon would pick up the slack, North America faced several dark years where not a single traditional Swedish long-roof found a new home. Not even in Vermont.
That's about to change, as Volvo has seen the error of its ways and swooped in with the all-new 2015 V60 T5 Drive-E to save wagon fans from much gnashing of teeth and forlorned thousand yard stares as they open the doors to their respective garages and wonder how, exactly, they're going to replace their aging 245s. More to the point, the Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E isn't just a pity play to snare repeat customers: it's also a daring statement that fans of European luxury can break free from crossover syndrome and snag a useful, comfortable, and stylish daily driver that will meet their every need while shaming local land yachts in the fuel mileage department. Sure, the V60 is up against direct rivals like the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, and to a lesser extent the Audi allroad, but it's also staring down less obvious competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the Volkswagen Tiguan - and it's not flinching.