2019 Volvo V60 First Drive: Love With A Capital V

Station wagons don't have the same appeal as they once did; National Lampoon's Family Vacation probably had something to do with it. But a few companies are trying to keep the dream alive, hoping that consumers will shed their SUVs for station wagons instead.

Volvo is one of those companies. The V60 – along with the larger V90 – is one of the few wagons left on sale in North America. And the company is doubling down with a redesigned version for 2019. Although it shares a lot in common with its S60 sedan sibling (read our first drive), there's enough for you to consider it over its four-door sibling.

The biggest carryover is styling. Not much has changed in the transformation from sedan to station wagon (apart from its butt). The V60 is just as sharp and stylish as its four-door counterpart and wears the Volvo design language exceptionally well. Its stout proportions are more pleasing to the eye than the larger, longer V90.

Opposed to the V60 R-Design option (which you can get on both the wagon and sedan), the all-wheel-drive Momentum model isn't nearly as eye-catching. The Metallic paint job ($645) is pretty generic, and the 19-inch wheels ($800) don't have the same sex appeal as the range-topping model. But there is one redeeming quality: The interior.

2019 Volvo V60: First Drive
2019 Volvo V60: First Drive

On the Momentum model, buyers can get the quirky, comfortable City Weave texti...