2018 Volvo V60 Review: The Cure For SUV Envy

– Detroit, Michigan

Volvo is one of just a few automakers still selling wagons in America, but boy am I glad the company persists. You’ll also find the fabulous V90 wagon in Volvo showrooms, as well as the rugged Cross Country versions of the V60 and V90, for all your wagon desires. The V60 is equal parts stylish, functional, and fun to drive – the latter aided by a punchy engine that delivers strong acceleration. Add in all-wheel drive and a spacious cargo area, and the V60 is a good reminder that station wagons can do pretty much all the things a crossover can do.

 

Pros

Premium design. Wearing its R-Design costume, the V60 presents a premium appearance that is still nicely understated. Sharp edges complement smooth curves to make the body stand out; brushed-metal trim provides a contrast against the Osmium Gray Metallic paint. And although the interior plastics might not be the smartest you’ll find in a car at this price point, the detailing – from the nicely trimmed leather to the brushed-chrome accents – successfully elevate the Volvo’s appearance to something more special than the everyday wagon.

Plenty spacious. Cargo room is bountiful, especially with the rear seats folded flat to the floor. Couple that with a back seat that can handily fit two real-life adults, and you’ve got a vehicle that should make growing families question the need for a crossover; this wagon can surely handle most of life’s necessities.

Oh, and it’s quick, too. Now, it may not be as feisty as t...