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2021 Volvo V60 Overview

For the 2021 model year, Volvo’s handsome wagon, now three years into its second generation, adds standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams, keyless entry, and a hands-free power tailgate to an already long list of standard features.

Wagons have been making a bit of a comeback lately, which makes sense. The differences between a wagon and a crossover are slight and mostly related to ride height. The main benefit of a wagon, with its lower height, is a lower center of gravity. This means better handling, better braking, a lower likelihood of a rollover, and easier loading for the trunk. Why haven’t we been driving wagons all this time?

With the V60, Volvo gives buyers the option of kitting out their purchase however they see fit. They can go with the base Momentum trim level and choose nearly any options they like without being forced into a higher trim level. The Momentum already comes very well equipped with LED headlights, auto high beams, a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone adaptive climate control, leather, 10-way power front seats, a hands-free liftgate, and heated, rain-sensing wipers.

Infotainment is handled via the Sensus system that’s displayed on a 9-inch touchscreen, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, two USB ports, and a 10-speaker stereo. Wanna spruce up your tech a bit? The Multimedia Package gets you native navigation and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. Feel free to add as much luxury as you want, here. Adaptive suspension, heated steering wheel and seats, a Bowers & Wilkins stereo, and 19-inch wheels are all standalone options.

The V60 R-Design distinguishes itself with unique 18-inch wheels, fog lights, four-zone climate control, sport seats, unique trim inside and out, and interior ambient lighting. Additionally, the R-Design trim comes standard with the Premium and Multimedia Packages. The Inscription trim is largely a cosmetic upgrade, offering chrome on the outside and wood trim on the inside, though this is the only way to gain access to the Luxury Package, which upgrades the front seats with ventilation, massage, and power side bolsters.

But that’s where the exclusivity ends. Any V60 can be outfitted with the Advanced Package for a head-up display, adaptive cruise control with Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, a 360-degree camera system, and adaptive headlights with washers.

Every V60 comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. That setup will get you 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, while getting you from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, according to Volvo. That’s not going to set any records, but faster options aren’t likely to offer you 23.3 cubic feet of storage in the rear, and 50.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are dropped.

They also aren’t likely to be able to boast a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the V60 has both. If you’ve finally divorced yourself from the idea that wagons are lame, the V60 deserves a look.

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A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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