2018 Volvo V60 Review, Ratings, Specs, and Prices

The new Volvo V60 is all set to compete in the overcrowded wagon market. It was first introduced in 2011 in only America and was redesigned in 2014. The all-new 2nd generation V60 carries the legacy. 2018 Volvo V60 is the revised version of 2016 model but all improved. It is in the wagon category so the obvious competitors are the Audi A4 Allroad and the Subaru Outback 3.6 R Limited.

This wagon comes with 4 trims starting from $38,250 to $61,600. The base model has the 2 L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine which gives satisfactory 240 HP and 258 lb.-ft of torque. It has got basic 8-speed automatic transmission but the AWD is optional for basic models.

The V60 has got IIHS safety ratings above satisfactory level, but the rivals are pretty forward in safety but again not to forget it is the cheapest of them all. The NHTSA is yet to test the V60, but the company assures you about the safety measures. Talking about the economy, the V60 is not very costly and is best in class mileage.

What we like

  • Heated seats and steering
  • A generous amount of space
  • Sporty looks

What we don’t like

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Dated infotainment system

What’s new in 2018 Volvo V60

  • Harman Kardon sound system
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and Roll stability control (RSC)

2018 Volvo V60 Trims and Features

The 2018 V60 comes in 4 variants or trims starting from $38250 as the base model. The Volvo’s Sensus connect infotainment system is standard in all trims.

Trims Dynamic Cross Country R-Design Polestar
Price $38,250 $41,850 $49,100 $61,600
Features 18″ wheels, sunroof, power adjustable front seats, xenon headlamps, driver seat memory setting, and also the standard is Volvo’s Sensus connect infotainment system which includes 7” display screen, Bluetooth, voice control, navigation, a USB port, an audio system with 8 speakers, CD player and satellite and HD radio. Contains all features of Dynamic trim plus adaptive xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirrors and Harman Kardon sound system with 12 speakers. Includes turbo and supercharged 2.0L (302hp and 295 lb-ft) engine and AWD. The T6 also features R-Design- specific

outer trim such as the grille, rear

fascia, and silver window

surrounds and roof rails. Also includes Harman Kardon sound system and vision packages.

Contains all features of Cross Country and R-design.

Wagons are known for their all-terrain capability and rough terrains require AWD. But Dynamic and Cross Country lack AWD. R-Design and Polestar feature AWD and an improved engine as well. They produce 50 more hp than the remaining two and that’s a big difference.

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AWD is a must for a wagon to perform in off-road conditions. Dynamic and Cross Country lack AWD. Then you should go for the R-design rather than Polestar which don’t any additional features except the polestar tag. The polestar tag is the race symbol of Volvo.

2018 Volvo V60 Engine and Performance

“All of the V60’s available four-cylinder engines have plenty of punch, especially the optional turbo- and supercharged engines. Few competitors can match the V60’s excellent fuel economy. It delivers a cushioned ride that’s perfect for daily commuting, yet it’s cornering composure means you can have a bit of fun when roads get twisty.”- Cars.USnews

Engine and Transmission

2018 Volvo V60 Engine
2018 Volvo V60 Engine

The V60 features a 2.0L 16 valve turbocharged engine which makes 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is fitted in Dynamic and Cross Country trims, whereas R-Design and Polestar models have got a turbo and supercharged 2.0L engine which produces 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. AWD and 8-speed automatic is standard in all trims.

Models Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad


Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
Price $38,250 $49,950 $44,500 $35,395
Engine 2.0L 16V I4


2.0L 16V I4


2.0L DOHC 4-Cylinder


3.6L DOHC 24 Valve 6-

Cylinder Boxer

Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic 6-Speed CVT Automatic
Power 240 hp 250 hp 252 hp 256 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 273 lb-ft 247 lb-ft

Although the twin charged engine produces 302 hp yet it stays behind its rival, the Audi A4 Allroad and the Subaru Outback 3.6 R by 10-15 hp. That’s not a big difference, it can stay in the rivalry. The engine is pretty much responsive to throttle and the engine sound is excellent for an inline 4-cylinder engine. V60 uses an 8-speed automatic which is not much impressive compared to its rivals which are pretty quick in shifting gears. The Volvo V90 has the same 2.0-Liter engine as of the V60 but has better performance than the latter.


The Volvo V60 Dynamic rushes 0-60 mph in 7.3 secs which is pretty slow and even in the quarter-mile run, the car takes 15.5 seconds making it the slowest to do so along with the V90.

Models Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad Premium Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
0-60 MPH 7.3 sec 6.1 sec 5.9 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec 15.5 sec 14.3 sec 15.2 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 3.6L

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.1 6.5 7.1 8.0

The V60 lags behind the Audi A4 and the Subaru and ties with the V90. That will happen if you race with a car having 10-15 hp more. Subaru has got a bigger engine and the Audi A4’s TFSI gives it the advantage. Volvo is using old automatic transmission which is far too slow than the rivals. Don’t forget the price factor, the V60 is $6000 less than the Audi A4.

Ride and Handling

Handling is a major factor to be considered before buying a car, it is the car’s ability to go through sharp corners at high speeds. Thanks to the full-time all-wheel-drive system in V60 which makes the full from all 4 wheels and can go quite fast through corners. It shifts the power between the front and rear axle during a corner so well that its behavior becomes so much predictable that it can be controlled easily.

The Shockers are pretty stiff, but the car holds the road well. Talking about the suspension, it is not adjustable for road and off-road conditions. It has only the factory settings which are comfortable in city drive. It has got low ground clearance hence the shocks are quite stiff. The V60 may provide harsh ride during off-road conditions.


Volvo V60 impresses with its braking and comes to a standstill from 60 MPH in just 118 feet which is extremely good for a wagon. The brake pedal feels soft due to power assistance and stays consistent throughout. In case of panic braking, the V60 has the ABS with ESC (electronic stability control) and the directional stability control which allows it to stop in a no-nonsense way.

Model Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad Premium Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
Brake Front(in) 11.8 12.6 13.3 12.4
Brake Rear(in) 11.9 13.6 13.0 11.8
Curb weight(lbs) 3670 3913 3825 3893
60-0 MPH (ft.) 130 110 119 125

Subaru Outback performs the poorest in braking taking 125 feet to stop from 60 MPH. The V60’s big brother, the Volvo V90 has the most powerful brakes even after being the heaviest car in the lot. It comes to halt from 60 MPH in just 110 feet making it the best in the business.

Fuel Economy

After lagging behind in the acceleration, the V60 has the advantage of mileage due to its small displacement engine. The car has a mileage of 25 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and a combined mileage of 29 mpg. Fuel economy is the major factor influencing the ongoing cost of the car.

Model Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad Premium Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
MPG (city) 25 24 22 20
MPG (highway) 36 34 30 27
MPG (combined) 29 27 25 22

The clear leader in this category is Volvo V60 which is followed by yet another Volvo wagon, the V90. Subaru Outback carries the biggest engine amongst the competition and that is the reason behind its low efficiency.

2018 Volvo V60 Exterior

“The V60’s profile is graceful and elegant, with a sloping roofline that extends the cargo area, but without making it look like a sedan wearing a backpack. In fact, some of us prefer it over the stubby-trunk look of the S60, and still others like its sleek, low-to-the-ground stance compared to the XC60.”- KelleyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

2018 Volvo V60 Exterior
2018 Volvo V60 Exterior

The first thing that will catch your eyes in the 2018 Volvo V60 is the Thor’s Hammer LED front headlamps. A long hood and the multi-slat chrome grill makes the car look luxurious. The car is the shortest of the lot but is quite wide and offers decent height. The ground clearance of the V60 is 5.4-inches which is the lowest but that won’t be a problem as it’s not built for off-roading.

Model Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad Premium Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
curb weight(lbs.) 3670 3913 3825 3893
Length(in) 182.5 194.3 187.0 189.6
Width(in) 73.4 74.6 72.5 72.4
Height(in) 58.4 58.1 58.8 66.5
Ground clearance(in) 5.4 6.0 6.5 8.7
Wheelbase(in) 109.3 115.8 110.9 108.1
Track width(in) F/R 62.1/62.0 63.7/63.7 62.1/61.7 61.8/62.2

The Volvo V90 is the heaviest, longest and the widest car amongst competitors and because of its length, it has the longest wheelbase which adds up to the legroom in the car.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch Black Alloy wheels

    2018 Volvo V60 Exterior features
    2018 Volvo V60 Exterior features
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Dual Integrated Tailpipes

2018 Volvo V60 Interior

“The interior of the V60 looks, functions and presents as the premium wagon that it is, though it needs a better infotainment controller. Cargo and visibility are limited, as you’d expect in a compact wagon, so a crossover or SUV might be a better choice for some.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2018 Volvo V60 Seats
2018 Volvo V60 Seats

For providing comfort the V60 seats are ergonomically designed and also offers armrests. The V60 is behind the Subaru in providing room to the occupants and also from the V90 but is slightly in front of the Audi A4 Allroad. The legroom for back seat passengers should be sufficient but seems less against the rivals.

Model Volvo V60 Volvo V90 Audi A4 Allroad Subaru Outback
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger volume (ft. cube) 93 98.4 N/A 104.5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


38.7/57.0/41.9 37.8/57.5/42.2 39.2/55.9/41.3 38.3/58.1/42.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


37.6/55.2/33.5 37.7/55.9/35.9 38.2/54.5/35.7 38.9/58.1/38.1

The heated seats and the steering wheel is now standard in V60 and also the sports seats are optional. The shoulder and headroom at the back seat should be enough for average height people.

Subaru Outback has the biggest cabin and is wide enough to accommodate 3 passengers comfortably in the rear while the headroom the A4 Allroad offers is the best and a 6-footer can sit comfortably enough.

Cargo Space

2018 Volvo V60 Cargo
2018 Volvo V60 Cargo

The Volvo V60 offers a decent 28 cubic feet of cargo space when the 2nd row is in use which is quite well and better than some rivals. However, when you fold the second row the cargo space is pretty low i.e. 43.8 cubic feet.

Model Volvo V60 Dynamic Volvo V90 R-Design Audi A4 Allroad Premium Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
Behind front row (ft. cube) 43.8 53.9 58.5 73.3
Behind 2nd row (ft. cube) 28 25.5 24.2 35.5

The Outback outclasses every car that is in the competition when it comes to the Cargo capacity. The car has 35.5 cubic feet of space when the second row is being used and 73.3 cubic feet of cargo storage when the second row is down.

Infotainment System

2018 Volvo V60 Infotainment
2018 Volvo V60 Infotainment

The Volvo is using the Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system in the 2018 V60. This system uses 7″ central display and provides navigation, voice control, and an audio system. The audio system includes 8 speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, CD player and satellite and HD radio. There is an optional system which is called the Harman Kardon sound system along with 12 speakers and some vision packages.

This infotainment system lags and goes unresponsive to touches. The rivals offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which is not available in the V60 which is a big setback for the car.

Interior features

  • Heated seats and steering

    2018 Volvo V60 Interior Features
    2018 Volvo V60 Interior Features
  • Optional sports seats
  • Armrests with Cupholders
  • Black interior with contrast stitching
  • Harman Kardon sound system

2018 Volvo V60 Safety ratings and Reliability

Volvo is known for their safety and comfort provided in their cars. The V60 is loaded with a variety of features that aid the safety of the occupants. This car has longitudinal beams to bear side impact and in the front is properly engineered crumple zone. Moving to higher trims, they got knee airbag for the driver and also the airbag occupancy sensor.

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Roll Stability Control (RSC) are quite helpful while driving the car faster. Also got ABS and driveline traction control, but the ABS is unable to stop the car in a short distance as compared to the rivals. It has got a rear parking sensor if you are not good at reverse parking. The reverse parking camera is optional.

Safety Features

Some of the safety features are listed below:

Dstc Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Roll Stability Control (RSC)
ABS and Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors
BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag
Back-Up Camera

IIHS Ratings

IIHS Rates the 2018 Volvo V60 as good in all the safety tests conducted by them. The NHTSA has not rated the Volvo V60 yet.


Small overlap front driver side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good

 Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front crash avoidance Superior
Headlights Acceptable
LATCH Acceptable

2018 Volvo V60 Head-to-Head Competition Check

Volvo V90 R-Design

If you are looking for a spacious car with a better engine, good ride quality, and extremely sporty looks then the Volvo V90 is the one you should choose. But you need to increase your budget by nearly $11000. But the V90 is more value for money than the V60.

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

The Audi A4 Allroad is the fastest and the quickest in the list. It is equally spacious as the V60 is. So, if you don’t bother about the price and mileage and want some tire screeching wagon with exquisite interiors you should consider the Allroad as an option.

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

The Subaru Outback 3.6R is a great contender in the list. It is the lowest in price, the maximum amount of room (passenger and cargo), best ride quality and comfort. If you do not worry about the mileage, should definitely go for the Subaru Outback 3.6R.

Final Verdict

So overall the Volvo V60 is a car worth buying. It is not one of the most spacious wagons, but if you consider mileage over the available space in the car, opt for the V60. The new V60 is fast, has the classy interior, sporty looks, good engine and most important superior handling qualities. The infotainment and low cargo space will disappoint you in the V60 but if you are looking for all in one car, the 2018 Volvo V60 is the one to look for.

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