This is the 2016 Volvo V60 Station Wagon. Right off the bat….. 5 reasons for buying a V60:
1.) Turbocharged 5-cylinder engine
2.) All wheel drive traction
3.) Great features
4.) Family / luxury combo.
5.) It’s a Volvo.
General Information: It is assembled in Gothenburg, Sweden; Parts U.S./Canadian 1%, Sweden 43%, Germany17%, Engine – Sweden and Transmission – Japan. Classification is Small Station Wagon. Cars from Volvo: XC90, XC70, XC60, S60, S80, S90, V60, V90
Handling & Performance:
This V60 delivers a solid ride all around. Some may be put off by the stiff steering but on the other hand it gives road feel and feedback that will be appreciated by many. The 5-cylinder turbocharged 250 HP engine may encourage a heavy foot on the pedal for it’s exhilarating acceleration. But that will cost in fuel consumption of course which isn’t bad at 20-28 mpg for those who use the turbo sparingly. BUT, it is fantastic to have the power when you need that burst of speed and acceleration.
0-60 mph is in the mid-5 second range.
Instant Traction AWD is a system that allows all drive wheels to be locked for maximum traction from the moment you start the engine. Under normal driving conditions 95% of the drive power goes to the front wheels and 5% to the rear wheels. This traction feature splits the power more evenly for best traction.
Classic Volvo styling from Swedish designers who also build in great safety features. They have designed and marketed to give the perception that it is safer than other cars. I don’t know about that but it feels that way too.
Fit and Finish:
Some may see the price as expensive while others will see it as an investment because of the perception of the consumer generally that this car will be around for a long time.
Conveniences and comfort:
The features list below is impressively good, even though in this price segment of the market such technology is somewhat expected.
I’ve always had good experience with Volvo cars which goes back longer than I care to admit… but for the more than a decade that I was in the auto repair business it is important to note that those cars you don’t see much is more telling than those you do see a lot. Volvo is one of those cars we didn’t see all that often. Those we did see all the time include, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Fiat, Jaguar to name but a few of the constant ‘offenders’ to the wallet.
Volvo V60 Wagon $41,000, BMW 3 Series $44,000, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron $39,000, Audi Allroad $46,000, Subaru Outback $32,000.
Good fuel economy, solid ride, very good array of features, Platinum package adds about $3,700 that includes a host of features I particularly care a lot for.
Upper end of the Budget for most.
2.5 liter 250 hp turbo-charged 5-cylinder engine, ultra low emission vehicle, 6-speed auto trans, all wheel drive with instant traction, stability control, hill descent control, traction control through torque vectoring, power assisted rack and pinion steering, electronic brake distribution, 18” alloy wheels, navigation with 7” color LCD monitor, 160 watt audio system with 8-speakers, in dash single CD with WMA and MP3, HD radio, USB & Auxilary inputs, Bluetooth hands free with audio streaming, Sirius radio and Sensus Connect and Volvo On-Call (6 mos. Complimentary), in-car WiFi Hotspot, smart phone apps for engine remote start, collision avoidance system, front airbage, side curtain and side impact protection system, driver and front passenger dual chamber side impact airbags, whiplash protection system, security system with back-up batteryt for siren, rear cargo cover, child safety locks/ rear doors, tire pressure monitor, rear park assist, 8-way power driver seat with memory, power passenger seat, electronic ignition with push button start & stop, leather & silk metal steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, electronic parking brake, dual zone climate control, heated power mirrors, 40/20/40 flat folding seats, power foldable rear seat headrests, rain sensing wipers, power retractable exterior mirrors.
$2.69 Gal avg. November 5, 2016
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20 City and 28 Highway MPG
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