It’s the last Volvo wagon.
It’s a beautiful Volvo wagon.
You need the last beautiful Volvo wagon.
Manufacturers like Volvo and Subaru are, in a way, underdogs. They don’t do volume like BMW and Toyota competitor however, within their respective segments, they are considered niche and specialized. One of Volvo’s principal calling cards were station wagons. Back before SUVs ruined the long-roof, Volvo offered a wagon version of nearly all its sedans. Best-known as “turbo-bricks”, Volvo estates have all but completely disappeared of late.
Up until this year, the Volvo V60 had a stablemate in the V90 wagon. It honestly had everything going for it except what Volvo station wagons were known for: a large boot. If you’re curious, a Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen’s trunk’s volume is more accessible than the overall larger V90. The Volvo V60, and its dressed-up version the V60 Cross Country, then is the last of its kind in the Swedish car company’s lineup, which is sad.
With all of this said, the fact remains that Volvo V60 is an excellent car. With the exception of the base FWD Momentum T5, the V60 is perfectly adept at not only handling all driving and weather conditions but it is capable of tackling all family duties, much like any SUV. The difference is that this Volvo wagon has the panache that no SUV will ever get.
The 2020 Volvo V60 is a beautiful luxury estate that has much going for it. Let’s see if it deserves to be considered:
Why you should buy a 2020 Volvo V60:
If you want to look and feel smart in an ocean of SUVs, few cars can deliver a sense of “wisdom” as can a Volvo station wagon.
There’s an impressive variety of powertrains to select from.
The 316-horsepower T6 AWD layout strikes a perfect balance between performance and efficiency.
Compared to a Mercedes-Benz C 300 wagon and the Audi Allroad, a V60 Momentum T6 is a relative bargain with more power and features for equal or less money.
For the same money as a T6 AWD Momentum, the $48,900 Cross Country, with the T5 and AWD, is a modern twist on the original rugged luxury station wagon.
Why you should not buy a 2020 Volvo V60:
While the T8 Polestar Engineered is the most powerful, it is overly priced and provides little to no extra value over a well-equipped Inscription other than a hopeful 40 km of EV range in the best conditions.
Volvo reliability has taken a backseat to design and technology which damages the wisdom of keeping this car longer than four years.
If you’re a tech-junkie, you’ll love the 9-inch screen but you’ll generally hate the user experience and how slow it occasionally responds to inputs.
Volvo hates colour. The only ones offered are Fusion Red and if you select R-Design, there’s Bursting Blue. All other “colours” are shades of white, grey, or black.
As I’ve said before in other stories involving a wagon, you prefer SUVs and enjoy being like everyone else…
If you’re shopping for small midsize luxury station wagon, the list of potential candidates almost reads like a who’s who of cool. The Volvo V60 competes with the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon, and, if we stretch the boundaries of the category, the MINI Countryman as well. If we scoot down-market a little, we find the Subaru Outback and, if only for a short while longer, the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and Alltrack.
Among all of these options, we’d lean more towards the Mercedes or the Audi ahead of the Volvo. One of the reasons being that Volvo’s taken its desire to build the safest car too far where, for example, moving the V60 a foot cannot be done without buckling the seatbelt. Its desire to limit all of its clients to a maximum of 180 km/h is also somewhat overbearing.
Despite this, we still love the Volvo V60. Our ideal, and what we think is the smartest packaging for the car, is a T6 Momentum with little to no options on a purchase. If you’re leasing the car, an R-Design with a few add-ons such as colour and the Premium Plus package will fetch over $65,000 in a jiffy – you’ll enjoy most if you don’t buy it once you’re done. At this price though, we’d opt for a Mercedes-AMG C 43 wagon.