The 2021 Volvo V60 stationwagon, which is based upon the Swedish automaker’s S60 sedan, is practical and luxurious. Our Editors’ Choice list also includes the V60. The V60 can be ordered in both regular and lifted Cross Country trims and is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It comes with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The V60 is also available in a high-performance plugin hybrid version that delivers big thrills to the grocery-gatter. It can also be driven electric-only for up to 22 miles. There are few rivals to the V60 and its SUV-inspired V60 Cross Country variant – the Audi A4 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain and the larger Volvo V90 – but its posh cabin and long list of standard features make it the best value.
What’s new for 2021?
The Volvo V60 Cross Country and V60 Cross Country have blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, LED headlamps, led head lamps, LED headlamps, power-folding exterior and mirrors with auto-dimming features. Although the V60’s radio tuner won’t be able to provide AM bands, those channels will still remain available via the TuneIn app. The Momentum model gets a new 18-inch wheel design, while the R-Design trim adds gloss black exterior accents and the Cross Country has new Linear Limewood interior trim. As a symbol of its partial-EV status, the T8 Polestar model is now called the Recharge.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The R-Design trim is our favorite. It features nappa-leather upholstery and Harman/Kardon Stereo system. Unique 18-inch wheels, fog lights, and sharp exterior styling. The majority of V60 models come with front-wheel drive. However, the Cross Country or the Recharge T8 Polestar can offer all-wheel-drive models.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The 2021 V60 lineup features two engines: cars with the T5 badge have a 250-hp turbocharged four cylinder. All other models come with all-wheel drive, except the Cross Country. The T5 powertrain was strong and fast, with a time of 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. The V60 is responsive and agile through corners, as long as you don’t push it too hard. Models with optional Sport suspension and 19-inch wheels feel firm. Recharge T8 Polestar’s souped up version comes with a 415-hp hybrid powertrain. It combines a turbo-supercharged four-cylinder with an electric motor and all-wheel drive. This arrangement is faster than the T5 model and can reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Recharge T8 Polestar also comes with a manually adjustable suspension–something driving enthusiasts will think is cool–so the owner can dial in the car’s riding behavior to his or her preference.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
T5 front-wheel-drive models get EPA fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg together. The all-wheel-drive Cross Country is rated at 22 in the city, 31 on the highway, and 25 together. The V60 Recharge T8 Polestar is the performance-oriented model in the lineup. However, its plug-in hybrid powertrain of 30 mpg and up to 22 miles claimed electric-only driving range earns it a high highway fuel-economy rating. This was something we were able replicate in our testing. The Recharge T8 Polestar was able to deliver 31 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Volvo interiors have been great lately. The V60’s are largely a copy of the S60 sedan, and the XC60 crossover SUV. The interior is spacious and comfortable. It is also elegant. Volvo’s minimalist design means that many controls are concealed within the infotainment system. The cabin, like other Volvos, looks and feels expensive, making it even more impressive. The cargo capacity is also impressive, which we would expect from a stationwagon. We were able to fit eight suitcases behind the rear seats, and 22 when the seats were folded. The A4 Allroad accommodated two less carry-on bags in both of our tests.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Sensus infotainment systems from Volvo have caused significant lag times, which we found to be very annoying. This was especially true when the car was started. You can’t adjust climate control, change radio station, or set destination in the navigator until the screen wakes up. It will start working once it wakes up. It’s simple and intuitive, making it easy to use while driving.