Volvo V60 vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2021 Volvo V60
2021 Volvo V60
$40,950MSRP
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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2021 Volvo V60
$40,950MSRP
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$40,950

MSRP

$21,895

Average price

$27,064

Average price

$14,592

Listings

722

Listings

681
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Great handling
  • Premium interior materials
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Underwhelming base engine
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance

Reviews Summary

Station wagons are to Volvo what pickup trucks are to Ford or Chevrolet. They’re this automaker’s bread and butter, vehicles that are integral to the Volvo brand and that represent a comfort zone for the Swedish automaker’s designers and engineers.

So while wagons have been declining in popularity for decades, Volvo has stuck with them. The current-generation Volvo V60 was introduced for the 2019 model year as the wagon companion to the Volvo S60 sedan. Its closest competitor is the Audi A4 Allroad, a similarly-sized wagon from another luxury brand. Given the lack of choices, the V60 could also be cross-shopped against the larger Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well the Subaru Outback, which lacks a prestige badge but fills a similar functional niche.

Because the V60 is relatively fresh, it gets no significant changes for the 2021 model year. Volvo offers the standard 2021 V60 in Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design trim levels but also has two spinoff versions of the wagon. The V60 T8 Polestar Engineered sports a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the Volvo V60 Cross Country gets more SUV-like styling. We tested a Cross Country for this review.

Reviews Summary

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 250 hp I4

Engine

1.4L 147 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

Horsepower

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

MPG City

23

MPG City

29

MPG Highway

34

MPG Highway

37
2021 Volvo V60
2021 Volvo V60
$40,950MSRP
Overview
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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2021 Volvo V60
$40,950MSRP
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
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Overview
MSRP
$40,950
$21,895
Average price
$27,064
$14,592
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.6
4.7
Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Read full review

8.0 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Great handling
  • Premium interior materials
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Underwhelming base engine
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
Summary

Station wagons are to Volvo what pickup trucks are to Ford or Chevrolet. They’re this automaker’s bread and butter, vehicles that are integral to the Volvo brand and that represent a comfort zone for the Swedish automaker’s designers and engineers.

So while wagons have been declining in popularity for decades, Volvo has stuck with them. The current-generation Volvo V60 was introduced for the 2019 model year as the wagon companion to the Volvo S60 sedan. Its closest competitor is the Audi A4 Allroad, a similarly-sized wagon from another luxury brand. Given the lack of choices, the V60 could also be cross-shopped against the larger Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well the Subaru Outback, which lacks a prestige badge but fills a similar functional niche.

Because the V60 is relatively fresh, it gets no significant changes for the 2021 model year. Volvo offers the standard 2021 V60 in Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design trim levels but also has two spinoff versions of the wagon. The V60 T8 Polestar Engineered sports a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the Volvo V60 Cross Country gets more SUV-like styling. We tested a Cross Country for this review.

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 250 hp I4
1.4L 147 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG City
23
29
MPG Highway
34
37
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