One of the most recognizable vehicle shapes for a Volvo car is the estate or wagon as it is known in the US, and it really would have been a shame for them not to bring over its most modern interpretation of the classic load lugger formula, the refreshed V60.
At first announced as a possible no-show in American dealerships, we later found out that it was actually going to make it, and now it’s officially available for order, starting from $35,300 plus an additional $925 destination charge.
For the cash you get a front-driven model that sources its power from a new two-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. This enables the Swedish estate to crack sixty in a hot hatch-rivaling 6.1 seconds. That acceleration figure is even better than the one posted by the traditional five-pot (T5) engine with 250 hp and all-wheel drive – it does it in 6.6 seconds and costs $36,800.
The top model is the R-Design that delivers 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, an exterior body kit and most of the available options thrown in for $44,300. The benchmark sprint is eased past in 5.4 seconds thanks to its (T6) turbocharged straight-four engine and a system called Advanced Quick Shift that the manufacturer says relies on “transmission optimization software that improves the speed of each gear change.”
The latter is the most powerful wagon Volvo has ever made.
By Andrei Nedelea