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2019 Volvo V60 First Drive Review

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2019 Volvo V60 First Drive Review

Volvo’s all-new V60 mid-size wagon will be a part of an unique coterie of American wagons. Whereas wagons made up lower than 1 % of complete American vehicle gross sales final yr, gross sales within the wagon class have been up virtually 20 %, and are anticipated to rise additional this yr with new entries from Buick, Jaguar, and Porsche.

Volvo’s distinctive state of affairs – the one automaker to supply two totally different sizes of wagon within the U.S. – makes us think of blackjack. When a participant is dealt two playing cards with the identical rank, they’re allowed to separate the playing cards into two arms, doubling their guess. Usually, splitting both diminishes a profitable hand or multiplies by two the horror of a crappy one. However some splits are extremely favorable, notably aces. And after driving the V60 by means of Spain, we consider that its addition to the automaker’s lineup, with the bigger V90, is akin to splitting a pair of aces.

The V60 has a lot in widespread with its huge brother. It rides on the identical Scalable Product Structure platform, it sports activities the identical inviting-but-minimal Scandinavian interior, and it hosts the identical eight-velocity transmission and twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) 316 horsepower T6 motor and all-wheel-drive system. A 250 hp turbocharged T5 entrance-driver may even be out there at launch, and a four hundred-hp plug-in hybrid will comply with.

Its largest variations are dimensional – it’s seven inches shorter general than the V90, although it has solely 2.7 fewer inches between the wheels – and stylistic. One available, it maintains recognizable household cues in its T-formed headlamps, tailgate-engulfing taillamps, concave barred grille, and angularly scalloped flanks. On the opposite, its truncated size and beltline uptick within the rear doorways lends it a extra spry and athletic demeanor. Additionally, its broader greenhouse, extra upright A-pillars, and flatter cargo hatch present it with a few of Volvo’s most acquainted, however lengthy vanquished, heritage feature: boxiness. Not that anybody with eyes would mistake it for a classic 240.

Nobody would mistake the driving expertise for that of a classic Volvo, both. The mixture of comparable energy, shorter overhangs, and round 200 kilos much less weight makes the V60 really feel sportier than the V90. In reality, it has a real liveliness that was notably expressive on our route by way of the coast, mountains, and cities round Barcelona. The V60 is lots fast (zero-60 in 5.eight seconds for the T6 AWD), and its lowered size makes it really feel extra nimble via the Montserrat mountains twisties. Even with the optionally available 19-inch wheels on the upscale Inscription package deal car we drove, it was nicely damped sufficient for lengthy cruises on the Autovías. Its heavy respiration engine does not really feel fairly as taxed on this software because it does in greater, heavier ones.

We have been lucky throughout our Spanish sojourn to principally not have the chance to test out the standard safety features built-in into the V60. These are just like the suite of methods within the ninety-collection automobiles that forestall it from crashing or being crashed into by oncoming, following, or aspect-traversing automobiles. Of specific curiosity was the Metropolis Security with Autobrake know-how, which is meant to assist the driving force not run over pedestrians, bikers, and animals, as a lot as they could need to. This know-how is usually a bit aggressive at occasions. When backing up by means of a flooded Spanish road, the car thought the water behind us was a tough impediment. The sprint-mounted lights went all pachinko parlor and the car did a full ABS panic cease. And when driving via an area Catalonian roundabout, the sensors mistook a parking zone full of used automobiles for an oncoming impediment and flashed us a serious collision warning.

We did spend fairly a little bit of time experimenting with Volvo’s newest incarnation of its driver help know-how, Pilot Help. Like all of those methods, it really works best (moderately, solely) on roads with clear and unbroken markings, and we have been comparatively impressed with the V60’s potential comply with at an excessively cautious distance, and never drive over a cliff. The system does wish to hug the outdoors line of a given lane, which isn’t best for our life-loving temperament. We want there was a choice setting for this. Volvo claims that the newest model has been upgraded to raised deal with curves, an assertion which will very properly be true provided that earlier variations typically approached non-linear stretches of street the best way an toddler approaches baking a soufflé. Regardless of our incapability to grasp it, the right line by means of a curve is usually expressed to us as a sort of replicable formulation. Can this not be programmed right into a car?

Perhaps it does not matter. Nobody is ever going to trace a V60, and even pound it by way of winding foothill winery roads like we did. What individuals will, and will, do is sit on this factor for an extended stretch and take a street journey. Volvo has all the time had a few of the best seats within the business, and the brand new ones within the V60 are stellar, and look particularly good within the non-compulsory Metropolis Weave Textile upholstery, which is a wealthy and nubby grey plaid, obtainable as a no-value choice solely with the decrease-priced “Momentum” trim package deal. (The optionally available perforated, massaging, sport-bolstered, Nappa-leather-based seats within the “Inscription” package deal are additionally very good.)

Momentum might be the sensible transfer anyway, from a worth perspective. (Pricing on the V60 has not but been introduced. We anticipate it to be a number of grand greater than the $38,250 base price of the outgoing, and historic, V60.) Whereas it does not come standard with some trick features just like the redundant LCD nav display between the speedo and tach, the Harmon Kardon stereo, or a few of the aforementioned safety methods, it does have a panoramic sunroof, an influence liftgate, heated entrance seats, adaptive cruise, and the large 9-inch vertical pill infotainment display within the middle console. Now that Apple CarPlay has lastly given up its beef with Google/Waze and can permit these to combine, the necessity for an costly producer’s system is obviated, and you may choice up different geegaws as you see match.

In reality, the V60 is so good, and so good wanting, that it virtually makes us query our everlasting affection for the V90. Provided that many wagon consumers match into the wealthy-however-reserved psychographic referred to as “stealth wealth,” we suppose there’ll all the time be a subgroup who need the larger, costlier one. If we have been spending our personal imaginary cash, we might be tempted to go for its smaller, cheaper, fraternal twin. Hitting blackjack on cut up aces does not yield the one hundred fifty-% payout premium merited by a “pure” blackjack, nevertheless it nonetheless delivers a pair of wins.

– 2019 Volvo V60 First Drive Review –

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