Volvo is one of the few brands that has remained loyal to the wagon. The V60 is a premium option for families who want more space than a sedan but feel like an SUV is excessive. Instead, the 2021 Volvo V60 is the best of all worlds with its practicality and comfort.
What's New for 2021?
The V60 gains several additional standard driver aids and features this year, just like the majority of the Volvo lineup. All models now come with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Inside the cabin, drivers now find USB-C charging ports, while the exterior gains LED headlights and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Design changes can also be found, with the entry-level Momentum getting a new wheel design in 2021. The R-Design shows off some shiny gloss-black exterior accents as well. Keeping pace with the rest of the Volvo family, the T8 engine for the V60 has been renamed the Recharge.
The standard engine for the 2021 V60 is a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that makes 250-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Drivers who are a bit more adventurous will want to check out the V60 Cross Country model, which has that same engine but comes standard with all-wheel drive.
For more power and efficiency, there is also the Recharge powertrain option. It combines the standard engine with an electric motor to produce 415-horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic remains standard and all models with this engine get all-wheel drive standard.
The 2021 V60 manages to get around the same fuel efficiency numbers as the rest of the class, although it does manage to beat some rivals. With the standard engine and FWD, drivers are looking at 23mpg city and 34mpg highway. Opting for a Cross Country AWD model will mean 22mpg city and 31mpg highway. The Recharge powertrain gives the V60 an all-electric range of about 22 miles and 39 MPGe.
Part of the reason that wagons fell out of favor was their lack of style. The V60 does not suffer from this problem, however. Its sleek look is partially attributed to its long hood. The "Thor's hammer" daytime running lights that Volvo uses to set their vehicles apart comes standard, as well as LED headlights. A power tailgate and panoramic moonroof are also included on all models, adding to the luxury of this model.
Now that blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic have joined the list of standard equipment, the V60 is an even better choice for families. Other driver aids included are automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist, along with what Volvo calls Steering Support. All V60 trims also come with Volvo On-Call for four years. This unlocks remote features for the wagon.
The V60 has the Sensus infotainment system. Although the majority of feedback about this system is positive, be aware that the 9-inch touchscreen controls everything, including things like climate control. The lack of physical controls will take some getting used to. On the plus side, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
There are other high-tech features found on all models, such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-speaker audio system. This wagon also provides drivers with satellite radio. Upgrades are also available, such as a 14-speaker premium sound system from Harmon Kardon and navigation.
Cargo space is one of the advantages of the wagon body style. The 2021 V60 provides 23 cubic feet behind the backseat and almost 51 cubic feet behind the first row. Making this wagon even more practical is its low loading floor and wide hatch opening. Passengers are also taken care of in the V60. All five seats are spacious and comfortable, and even taller adults will be okay in the backseat.
When counting the Cross Country and Recharge models, there are a total of five different versions of the V60 to look at. The Momentum is the base model and loaded with plenty of tech and safety features, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and 10-way power-adjustment for the driver's seat. Moving up to the R-Design makes the V60 appear sportier, both inside and out. It also gives driver Nappa leather and quad-zone automatic climate control.
The Inscription trim has the same features as the R-Design, more or less, but a different interior and exterior style. As for the Cross Country, it builds off the Momentum trim. On top of the all-wheel drive, this model has navigation and heated front seats. The Recharge model is powered by the hybrid setup and has nearly every feature available for the 2021 V60.
Buyers who are searching for an alternative to SUVs will love the 2021 Volvo V60 for its luxury and capability. This is one worth checking out today.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Volvo V60 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.