The V60 is a sensible, safe Volvo, just as you’d expect. The estate car of choice if comfort means more to you than handling. The new V60 has jumped a size, so it’s now 10cm longer in the wheelbase than the old one. Overall, it’s nearly 4.8m from prow to stern, slightly longer overall than the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 estates. That means oceans more rear-seat and boot room.
It’s also a much more sophisticated car, having shifted to Volvo’s big-car SPA platform, with all that implies in safety and tech. The old one, whisper it, had far too much in common with a very elderly Ford Focus.
Two engines are offered in the 2019 V60 lineup: Cars wearing the T5 badge are powered by a 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and come with front-wheel drive, while cars with the T6 badge come with a 316-hp turbocharged-and-supercharged four-cylinder and all-wheel drive.
Volvo fully redesigned the V60 for the 2019 model year, and the 2020 model sees some significant changes as well. Two new trims debut: the V60 Cross Country and the V60 Polestar Engineered. The Cross Country is an adventure-focused model, with enhancements including standard all-wheel drive, a raised suspension, hill descent control, and slightly more rugged exterior styling.
The 2020 Volvo V60 starts at $39,650, which is above average for a wagon. The R-Design and Inscription trims both start at $45,400, and you can option them up to about $52,000.
The all-new V60 Cross Country model retails for $45,100, and it can cost more than $57,500 with options. The V60 Polestar Engineered is an all-new plug-in-hybrid variant that starts at $67,300.