Reviews

2016 Volvo V60 Walk Around


With its steeply angled back window, the Volvo V60 looks less like a wagon, more like a streamlined hatchback variant of Volvo’s S60 sedan.

Volvo promotes the V60’s prominent wedge shape and slim coupe-like silhouette, highlighted by a gentle, yet strong, double wave that runs from the headlights back to the taillamps. A dip in the center of that wave tends to make the car appear a bit lower. Up front is a sculpted hood, while the rear end was designed to convey an impression of racetrack shapes.

Interior

The V60 comes with the same comfortable seats as the S60 sedan and XC60 wagon. Heavily bolstered, they rank among the best seats we’ve ever enjoyed, though the defined bolster shape might be snug for some folks.

The T-Tec fabric upholstery is nice until a dog that sheds gets in, then it’s hard to clean. Opt for the leather if there is a dog in the family.

The rear seats are nicely shaped and comfortable, with space for three small children or two adults. By midsize standards, legroom is not abundant, and the seats are low and close to the floor. In addition, the backrest angle is more severe than many passengers might find comfortable. Back seats are split 40/20/40, with a pass-through for skis and such.

On the dashboard, a Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) screen displays bright, clear virtual gauges (on upper-level models). Drivers can toggle through route directions, audio information and performance data, among other things. The dashboard itself uses firm soft-touch materials.

Common functions such as audio volume and phone controls are located on the steering wheel, but some controls aren’t so easy to locate. A console button lets the driver flip down both outboard rear-seat headrests, yielding a broad view out the rear window.

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