If you don’t see many wagons on the road these days, well, you just need to go to your nearest Volvo showroom because the automaker has actually been making wagons for about 65 years. We’re seeing the latest culmination of that here with the second-generation redesign of the Volvo V60 for 2019.
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Being a 60-series model, the V60 shares its platform with the new XC60, which is a very good small SUV. You get inside the V60 and notice it’s similar to its SUV counterpart, including all the screens. You get a standard 8-inch virtual gauge cluster (with an available 12.3-inch display) and a 9-inch vertical touchscreen in the center of the console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard.
In terms of overall length, the V60 is about 7 inches shorter than the V90, Volvo’s larger wagon. Ground clearance is about 3 inches less than the XC60.
You wouldn’t get a wagon if you weren’t interested in the cargo area, and the V60 has its share of tricks. First of all, the cargo cover can slide upward along the D-pillar, so you can lift it up and access things without having to remove the cover entirely. There’s also a partition that lifts up into a vertical section to divide cargo area, complete with grocery hooks. Total cargo area with the rear seats folded down is about 15 percent less versus the larger V90, but very close and only slightly less than the XC60, according to Volvo.
The V60 will come in T5, T6 and T8 drivetrains. The T8 drivetrain has 400 total horsepower from a combined turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder gas engine and plug-in hybrid system.
Check out the video above, and stay tuned for driving impressions as the new V60’s on-sale date nears, at the end of 2018.
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