|Reviewed By||Erin Olson|
|Price as Tested||$42,225: 2.0-L turbocharged direct-injected alloy engine, 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission|
An uncomplicated wagon that drives and feels more like a sedan, with the bonus of having a little more (room for) junk in the trunk. The optional Premier Plus and BLIS packages have some convenient features for city dwellers: automatically tucking mirrors, front and rear park-assist camera, cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring and so on.
The start/stop engine technology is better than that of any competitor I’ve tried, but better doesn’t mean great. Nearly unnoticeable when you stop, the car lurches to a start, driving me instantly to the “stop that right now” button conveniently located on the console.
Volvo continues to distance itself from that iconic boxy shape — the 2015 V60 looks more like a Mazda at first glance. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is entirely in the eye of the beholder. My initial impression was, “Now, this is a car for the modern soccer dad.” If I were going to have some kids and buy something to put them in, the V60 would be a contender — just not at the fully loaded price point. I’d be $6,500 happier with the base model plus heated seats for $500.
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