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Volvo: V60 News **2019 Revealed (page 1)**


Volvo will unveil a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid version of its V60 station wagon at the Geneva auto show in March.

Volvo said the Geneva model will be a "virtually production-ready" car with CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometer, which translates into fuel consumption of 1.9 liters per 100km (124 U.S mpg, 149 UK mpg).

The front wheels of the V60 hybrid will be driven by a 215-hp, 2.4-liter 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine. Mounted on the rear axle is a 70-hp electric motor, which receives power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car has a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The V60 hybrid can be driven up to 50km (31 miles) powered only by electricity, Volvo said. A production version will launch in 2012.

Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby, said in a statement: "The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology."

Volvo cooperated with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall to develop the car.
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Keep the price around under 40k and I will definately consider this over the Volt.
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Keep the price around under 40k and I will definately consider this over the Volt.
Plan on twice + that 40K.
It makes a lot of sense but will take dollars.
Way to go Volvo diesel-electric hybrid
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Volvo said the Geneva model will be a "virtually production-ready" car with CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometer, which translates into fuel consumption of 1.9 liters per 100km (124 U.S mpg, 149 UK mpg).
Here we go with the outlandish mileage claims again.

All the plug in hybrids should have just one number - the mileage when running on the gas/diesel engine alone. Don't give us this subjectively derived gas/electric combo number.
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When Volvo announced its plans to produce a plug-in hybrid station wagon capable of comfortably seating 5, providing reasonable luggage space, a combined fuel economy of 150 miles per gallon, and the ability to tow just under 4,000lbs, many of you told us that you couldn’t wait to find out more.

So when Volvo invited us to be among the 1st in the world to sit behind the wheel of one of Volvo’s early V60 PHEV engineering cars at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany, we had to say yes.


1st Glance

Based on the 2011 Volvo V60 station wagon, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid looks no different from its gasoline-engined counterpart at first glance, apart from specially designed lightweight alloy wheels rolling on specially designed eco tires from Pirelli, and the more obvious inclusion of a charging port located near the driver’s door. Like its rival Chevrolet, Volvo is obviously keen to encourage the driver to use electric rather than fossil fuel power where possible.

Internally too there is little to differentiate the V60 PHEV from the standard V60 except from a few additional switches mounted to the center console, a specially-designed leather upholstery and a slightly higher load bay floor, raised to accommodate the V60 PHEV’s 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack underneath.


Familiarity

Sitting behind the wheel of the Volvo V60 PHEV feels reassuringly familiar and dare we say it, normal. Unlike many other plug-in vehicles where a noticeable nod to over-complicated dash instrumentation seems de rigueur, the V60 PHEV dash is cleaner and more straight-forward.

In front of the driver is a digital faux-analogue display detailing speed, battery charge and fuel gauge, estimated range and the usual driver safety information we’ve come to expect from Volvo over the years.

Gear selection is also reassuringly simple and free from gimmicks. Instead of console-mounted selectors shaped like hockey pucks or weird dog-leg maneuvers to chose direction, Volvo has chosen the age-old floor-mounted automatic shifter that requires no special explanation.

Choose your driving style

Sitting behind the wheel of the V60 PHEV you’re given three main operational modes, each selectable by push-buttons on the center console: Pure, Hybrid and Power. The 3 modes allow the car to perform at its peak as a pure electric car, a fuel efficient hybrid and a sporty long-distance cruiser.


Pure

Engaging the ‘Pure’ mode puts the car into its all-electric mode. Utilizing a 50 kilowatt electric motor powering the rear axle, the V60 PHEV can travel for up to 30 miles in all-electric mode at speeds up to 62 mph from a full charge.

To let you know it is in pure electric mode the dashboard turns a shade of blue, providing an at-a-glance indication that no diesel is being burnt.

In this all-electric mode we found the V60 capable of providing more than adequate acceleration and performance for an average commute, although for freeway commuting we recommend using one of the 2 hybrid drive modes for increased acceleration at higher speeds.


Hybrid

The default mode and the 1 which is automatically selected on startup by the car is ‘hybrid’, turning the dash illumination green.

In this mode, the V60 PHEV works to blend the power demand between both powertrains, using which ever is most appropriate at any given time.

Although in this mode the engine may start at any time the car tries to use electric-only propulsion 1st, provided the battery has sufficient charge and the power supplied by the 50 kilowatt rear-wheel drive motor is enough to satisfy the driver’s demands.

Demand more power and Volvo’s legendary 2.4 liter diesel engine kicks in to provide additional power through the car’s traditional automatic front-wheel drive system, making the V60 PHEV a ‘through the road hybrid’.

Fuel economy at this point is remarkably low, giving the V60 PHEV a combined cycle fuel economy of 150 mpg using the European test cycles. However, the car has yet to receive official economy figures, so expect a potential for this figure to change nearer production.

As with most hybrid drivetrains there is a perceptible lag as the internal combustion engine spins up to meet power demand when undertaking the kind of hard acceleration you might require when overtaking, but when a less harsh approach was taken with the right foot the V60 PHEV seamlessly moved between electric and hybrid modes without creating any judder or momentary loss of power.


Power

Switching into ‘power’ combines both the 215 horsepower of the diesel front-wheel drive system and the 50 kilowatts of the rear wheel drive motor, giving an all-wheel drive through-the-road hybrid capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds.

Obviously, this performance comes at a cost - namely lower fuel economy. To remind you, the dash turns a shade of orange, giving the information display a more sporty feel. Gone too is the display informing you of which powertrain you’re using and in its place a linear tachometer.

Sadly we were unable to spend much time in this mode during the test drive as our car - an engineering pre-production model - had a few software glitches which meant that high power performance was limited. Volvo have assured us this is being addressed at the moment and showed us another engineering pre-production model which certainly exhibited all the characteristics of the promised sub 7 second 0-60 time.

Electronic AWD

Volvo’s conventional gasoline and diesel ranges feature all-wheel drive systems capable of transferring power to the rear wheels when a low-traction situation is detected by the cars on-board computer.

In such systems, a conventional prop shaft is used, but in the V60 PHEV this is not needed thanks to the rear-wheel drive electric motor.

Volvo’s new electronic AWD system works in a similar way to its mechanically connected AWD system, but benefits from the ability to engage far quicker to ensure that even in low friction environments such as icy roads the highest level of traction is maintained at all times.

While Volvo briefed us on this feature we were unable to test it fully due to lack of suitable conditions, but we were told the system successfully endured its 1st winter of cold winter testing in Northern Sweden.


Handling

Although Volvo may have some tweaking to do to the drivetrain before the V60 PHEV is ready for prime-time, the ride and handling seems production ready.

Based on the gasoline V60, the V60 PHEV shares the same steering and suspension geometry, but with uprated components designed to take the car’s additional weight.

The hard work has paid off. With no discernible bad manners in ride or handling, the V60 PHEV provides a smooth ride and positive steering.

In fact, thanks to the increased weight from the additional battery pack and a 50/50 weight distribution the car is more pleasant to drive than a gasoline V60.


Verdict

The example of the Volvo V60 PHEV we drove may still be an engineering pre-production vehicle, but it already has excellent promise.

The software flaws we witnessed in the car’s drivetrain system are ones which we believe Volvo has time to sort out well before it reaches production in 2012.

Sadly though, the the V60 PHEV isn’t due to come to the U.S. Volvo claims there isn’t enough interest yet in diesels in the U.S. to justify bringing the V60 PHEV to the U.S. market.

So why examine a car which isn’t even coming to the U.S?

Volvo has told us that the V60 PHEV will be a gateway vehicle to more models, which will most likely include a plug-in hybrid suitable for the U.S. market.

Think of the V60 PHEV as Volvo’s missing link between a gasoline past and an electric future - 1 we think will be extremely interesting.
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Sadly though, the the V60 PHEV isn’t due to come to the U.S. Volvo claims there isn’t enough interest yet in diesels in the U.S. to justify bringing the V60 PHEV to the U.S. market.
I just don't believe that. More than 1/2 of the Jetta wagons sold in the US are the TDi model. The problem with this particular model is the cost (and that it's a Volvo which has low sales volume) - this V60 will probably be around 50K.
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I don't believe that the diesel market isn't big enough either.

Generally speaking, I think the North American management for European brands are completely fucking hopeless.
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The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014. The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.

”We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).

“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel- and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

All-year performance

The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

”We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.

Chassis

Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20” Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.

Brakes

The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.

Aerodynamics

To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing downforce.

Engine

The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.

Transmission

The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.

Interior

The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.

”All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.

Sales and delivery

Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.

“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step towards a range of Polestar Engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
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Volvo really has benefited from being owned by the Chinese.
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Post Polestar Tunes The Diesel-Electric Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

From here: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...plug-in-hybrid

It wasn’t long ago that the term “hybrid” was associated purely with economy and saving the earth. However, thanks to the introduction of a new breed of hybrid supercars from the world’s leading performance manufacturers, the term is no longer taboo in performance circles. Now, Volvo tuner Polestar has announced a performance upgrade for the Swedish automaker’s V60 Plug-In Hybrid sold overseas, and it's a preview of the future of automotive tuning.

The V60's available plug-in hybrid system features a turbocharged five-cylinder diesel engine that’s used to spin the front wheels and an electric motor at the rear axle, creating a through-the-road hybrid setup. Normally it produces 283 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, but thanks to some tinkering with the engine’s ECU Polestar’s version produces 298 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque.

This makes it the most potent diesel-powered Volvo yet. Polestar says the vehiclewill now accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 6.0 seconds but the fuel economy is unchanged at 130 mpg (based on European combined cycle testing for plug-in hybrids).

At present, the upgrade is available in Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.K. only. For readers in those markets, the upgrade is installed by the dealer and retains the car’s original warranty.

With Volvo’s future cars, starting with the next-generation XC90, set to feature hybrid powertrains for their most powerful variants, it’s likely we’ll see Polestar offering more upgrades for hybrid vehicles in the future, something its marketing boss Hans Bååth says is an area to watch.

”The Polestar optimization for the V60 [Plug-In Hybrid] combines a strong fuel economy with performance,” Bååth said. “We are happy to be able to offer the Volvo customers with more driving pleasure in combination with the latest hybrid technology, a very interesting area for the future."
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New V60 debuted this morning. Looks freaking awesome, especially in the PHEV version... I may actually wait for this car now as it would be absolutely perfect for my needs...

Volvo just debuted its all-new midsize wagon, the 2019 Volvo V60, and yes, it’s as pretty as we suspected. But more importantly, it offers a 390 horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain—you know, in case you want to hoon sensibly.I’m in Stockholm, Sweden, where Volvo is debuting its V60 mid-size wagon in the driveway of a suburban home (the car’s “natural habitat,” Volvo admits). While I haven’t yet seen the car in person, the official press pictures show a beautiful V90-esque profile with “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, an aggressive lower fascia, and an elegant, low-slung side profile.
Like the XC90, XC60, S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country, the V60 will be built on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture, and will offer a number of common powertrains including a powerful T8 “Twin-Engine” plug-in hybrid.

That T8 hybrid powertrain is similar to the one found in the XC90, S60 and XC60 sold stateside. In those applications, the front wheels are driven by a 313 horsepower supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which has an Integrated Starter Generator sandwiched between it and an eight-speed automatic (the ISG charges the battery and cranks the engine during start-stop events). In the new V60, this setup is largely the same, except power output drops 10 HP to 303.

The rear wheels, like in Volvo’s other T8 offerings, get power from a 65 kW electric motor mounted to the axle. This, combined with the twin-charged engine up front, yields an overall output of 390 HP (versus 400 in other applications).

Also available on the new V60 will be a 340 HP T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid, a 310 HP T6 AWD gas option, a 150 HP front-drive D3 diesel and a 190 HP front-drive D4. A regular front-wheel drive T5 gas option will also be an option, though Volvo doesn’t mention output (for reference, in other Volvo products, the T5 makes roughly 250 HP).

The company hasn’t made it clear exactly which of the hybrid powertrains will come to the U.S. (we know the T5 and T6 gas cars will be coming, but the diesels—which are the only powertrains to offer a manual trans—will not), though Volvo’s spokesperson tells me he’s doubtful it will be the T8. (We’ll update this story when we find out).

Volvo Of course, with this being Volvo, the press release mentions a number of standard safety features common with those found in the XC60 and the 90 Series, including City Safety (which can recognize cyclists, pedestrians and animals and now actually apply the brakes to avoid a crash), Pilot Assist (which helps with steering, acceleration and braking on “well-marked roads” up to about 81 mph), Run-off Road Mitigation (which helps the car stay in the lane) and Oncoming Lane Mitigation (which prevents crashes with cars in the oncoming lane).

The new V60, and especially this whole “Welcome To Suburbia”-themed event is definitely very Volvo. But that’s not a bad thing. With a 390 horsepower engine in a relatively small package (it still weighs 4,600 pounds all loaded up—not light, but still less than the XC90 that shares essentially the same top powertrain), the V60 has the potential to be a lot of fun. Hopefully Volvo gets back to me with good news; Americans need a 390 HP mid-size wagon in their lives. Everyone does.
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Oooo...looks good! A nice option if you don't want to pay for the V90.
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Oooo...looks good! A nice option if you don't want to pay for the V90.
Ever seen one in person? It's like a land yacht, it's definitely longer than the XC90. I'd for sure go with the V60 because I don't need/want something that huge for a daily. Also, no PHEV on the V90...which is a must for me since my daily commute to work is ~3 miles round trip and I'm sick of the Jeep getting ~15mpg on such short drives.
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Ever seen one in person? It's like a land yacht, it's definitely longer than the XC90. I'd for sure go with the V60 because I don't need/want something that huge for a daily. Also, no PHEV on the V90...which is a must for me since my daily commute to work is ~3 miles round trip and I'm sick of the Jeep getting ~15mpg on such short drives.
Yessir...even took one out to hooligan for a portion of the afternoon. I quite like it and don't mind the size of the V90 (CC). However, it is not cheap with the options I want in it...and so, if the V60 is now available, I have another option to consider and cross-shop versus the Audi A4 allroad. Although, I'm trying to find a way to justify the S5 Sportback.
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Yessir...even took one out to hooligan for a portion of the afternoon. I quite like it and don't mind the size of the V90 (CC). However, it is not cheap with the options I want in it...and so, if the V60 is now available, I have another option to consider and cross-shop versus the Audi A4 allroad. Although, I'm trying to find a way to justify the S5 Sportback.
Don't get me wrong, the V90 is gorgeous (not in XC form though) and I'd be ok with one but I just don't want something that huge. Also, the lease deals on the non-XC models are terrible because no dealers stock them. Looks like the V60 will come as a V60 first and then (probably) the XC version later on which means stocked inventory and therefore better price.

Audi Allroad is awesome but I can't justify the price tag on one of those... The S5 SB is pretty as well but it's not worth the premium over the S4. JMO.
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2019 Volvo V60 First Drive Review - Motor Trend

Volvo is sending the V60 wagon to North America even though it knows sales will only amount to a tiny fraction of those of the XC60 SUV. The fact that the V60 will make negligible impact on Volvo Car USA’s bottom line is of little importance, however: The V60 is coming to keep the faith. Although the wagon is increasingly seen as a niche product as SUVs and crossovers continue their march to global domination, it’s a vehicle that still defines the essence of the Volvo brand. Volvo without a wagon would be like Ferrari without red paint.

The new V60 is being pitched as the successor to the V70, the best-selling wagon in Volvo’s history, filling the space left by the V90’s move upmarket. The V60 shares much with its larger sibling. It’s built on Volvo’s highly flexible SPA architecture and has the same broad-shouldered stance and studied elegance. Sharp creases that gently arc over the rear wheels, and a greenhouse graphic that rises toward the D-pillar, as subtly playful as the red stitching around the buttonhole on a Savile Row jacket, are fraternal echoes of design elements from the XC60.

The 2019 V60 is 4.9 inches longer and 2.0 inches lower than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has grown 3.8 inches, though a lot of that has gone to deliver the exaggerated dash-to-axle dimension that’s become part of modern Volvo design DNA. But those extra inches have delivered substance as well as style: Volvo claims a 20 percent increase in load space over the previous V60, as well as the roomiest rear seat in the class. We can’t vouch for the load space, but we can confirm that a 6-foot passenger has no problem sitting behind a 6-foot driver.

The V60’s interior follows the design cues that were established with the S90 and have since cascaded through successive new Volvos. And there’s nothing wrong with that: The V60’s cabin looks elegant and upscale, more inviting than that of a BMW 3 Series, less clinical than an Audi A4’s.

The V60 will launch with the choice of two powertrains: T5, with the 250-hp turbocharged version of Volvo’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter four-banger driving the front wheels; and T6, with the 316-hp turbo- and supercharged version of the engine and all-wheel drive. Transmission for both is an eight-speed automatic. Volvo claims 28 mpg combined for the T5 powertrain, and 25 mpg for the T6. The T5-powered V60 will hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and reach a max of 140 mph; the T6 version is almost a second quicker to 60 and will top out at 155 mph.

Volvo will offer two trim levels at launch: Momentum and Inscription. The latter offers cosmetic upgrades such as driftwood inlays inside and standard 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as enhanced equipment such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and Harmon Kardon premium audio. Leather is standard on both, but the Momentum-spec V60 can also be ordered with chic plaid cloth seats.

The infotainment system—Sensus Connect, in Volvo-speak—has been given a 50 percent increase in processor speed. This means reduced startup time, faster access to the backup camera, better voice control, and quicker route recalculation by the satnav. Sensus Connect accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other third-party apps (and none takes over the entire display), so satnav is an option. When fitted, the Volvo nav software enables the cruise control to access mapping data and adjust speeds through corners where appropriate.

As expected, the V60 comes standard with an armory of Volvo automated safety technology, including steering, braking, and lane-keeping assist functions to help drivers stay on the road and out of harm’s way. The V60 also debuts Volvo’s new Oncoming Braking function, a safety system of last resort that, should the car sense a head-on collision is inevitable, automatically activates maximum braking. The system goes into action two-tenths of a second before impact and can reduce vehicle speed by 6 mph. That doesn’t sound like much, but the resulting reduction in crash force can be significant, potentially life-saving.

The V60 is no 3 Series wagon. That much is clear from the first few corners. It’s a much more relaxed car than the BMW, happy and comfortable at seven-tenths driving through the twisties. It doesn’t exactly fall apart dynamically when you press harder; it just never quite flows down the road with the composure you’d expect. The front end is aloof; it goes through the motions but never clearly communicates what’s happening where the rubber hits the road. And the surly response from the transmission, even when nudged between ratios via the central shifter (there are no paddles on the steering wheel), means you never quite have the power you want precisely when you want it.

Volvo offers four drive modes—Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, and Individual—and not all are worth the electrons. Dynamic makes the steering feel more wooden and busies the ride slightly without any noticeable improvement in, er… the dynamics. The V60 does its best work left in Comfort, which is precisely where most owners will leave it. The ride is excellent, and suspension NVH well suppressed; smooth and quiet, the V60 might be a midsize Volvo wagon, but it has the decorum of a limousine. And that’s precisely what makes it a genuine alternative to the 3 Series wagon.

Though a niche product, Volvo will add to the V60 lineup through 2020. An R Design version will offer 18-inch alloy wheels as well as paddle shifters and unique interior and exterior graphics, plus the same tech and multimedia features as the Inscription. The 400-hp hybrid T8 powertrain is also slated for launch, and a V60 Cross Country, with jacked-up ride height and all-road capability, is coming to take on Audi’s A4 Allroad.

The first U.S.-spec V60s will roll off the line late this year, with cars arriving in the first quarter of 2019. No prices have been announced yet, but Volvo has revealed that the V60 will be available under the Care by Volvo subscription scheme that debuted with the XC40 crossover. Essentially a simplified lease deal, Care by Volvo will allow consumers to choose one of two specifications of the V60—along with their choice of exterior and interior colors—and drive the car for one or two years for a single monthly payment that covers maintenance, consumables such as wipers and tires, roadside assistance, 24-hour concierge, and insurance. Nothing down, drive away.

The redesigned Volvo V60 makes a compelling case as an urbane yet practical premium vehicle for those who don’t want to follow the herd. It may not be the ultimate driving machine, but it handles better and uses less fuel than many high-riding SUVs or crossovers, while offering a similarly configurable and capacious interior. And with available all-wheel drive, it’s only marginally less capable on all roads in all weather. But the Volvo faithful know all that.
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