2019 Volvo V60: Five Things You Need to Know
We generally like the current V60, especially in Polestar form. Even with a dated infotainment system and confusing center console, it pairs wagon practicality with some of the most comfortable seats on the market. But after Volvo showed off the larger, all-new V90, the smaller V60 suddenly felt like yesterday’s news. That was, until today when Volvo revealed the redesigned V60 in all its wagon glory. If the promise of a wagon that shares the V90’s good looks at a more affordable price has piqued your interest, then here are five facts about the 2019 Volvo V60 that you need to know.
It shares a platform with the XC90
The original XC90 impressed us enough to win our Sport/Utility of the Year award back in 2003, but the 2016 redesign was such a huge leap forward, it didn’t even feel like it had been built by the same company. A large part of that improvement can be attributed to Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture. But the SPA platform was designed to underpin more than a large SUV. It’s flexible enough to be used on a midsize crossover like the XC60, a midsize luxury sedan like the S90, and now a smaller wagon like the V60. Because of that, you can expect the V60 to have a lot in common with the larger, more-expensive vehicles in Volvo’s lineup.
U.S. customers get two engine choices
When the 2019 Volvo V60 goes on sale, European customers will have two gasoline engines, two diesel engines, and two plug-in hybrid powertrains to choose from. But if you’re already imagining the fantastic fuel economy you’ll get in your new diesel-powered Volvo wagon, don’t get too excited. Customers in the U.S. will only have two options: the front-wheel-drive T5 with 250 hp and the all-wheel-drive T6 with 316 hp. Like with the S90, there’s a good chance the T8 plug-in hybrid will eventually make it to the U.S., but if you’re waiting for a diesel, don’t hold your breath.
Safety features abound
For the last several decades, Volvo has worked hard to cement its image as one of the safest automakers in the world. To make sure the V60 continues that tradition, Volvo gave it the same driver-assist features found in the S90 and XC60. That includes an automatic emergency braking system that Volvo claims can recognize pedestrians, bicyclists, and even large animals. The V60 also gets an advanced version of adaptive cruise control that can handle some of the steering in clear conditions on well-marked roads. At speeds of up to 80 mph, the system can also brake to minimize or avoid accidents.
Plaid seats will be an option
Customers who want to sit on good old-fashioned leather will have plenty of options to choose from, including a couple different types of Nappa leather upholstery. Anyone looking for a Swedish station wagon with a little extra flair, however, should get excited about the plaid seats in these press photos. The V60 looks great no matter how it’s equipped, but it looks extra cool when the interior is decorated with plaid.
It’s part of the Care program
For customers who like the idea of getting a new car every few years, Volvo created Care. Officially called Care by Volvo, it’s an update on traditional leasing that lets members swap their old car for a new one every 24 months. Unlike a traditional lease, Care also includes all maintenance, registration, taxes, and insurance. If members need a different vehicle for a short trip or special occasion, they’ll also be able to get a temporary loan. So theoretically, if your out-of-town friends come for a visit, you could swap your V60 for an XC90 while they’re in town. Once they leave, you get your V60 back.