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Volvo V60 2015.5

The Volvo V60 2015.5 can be defined in many different ways, but one thing is certain: while it remains a true Volvo to its core, it is one strange animal. Here is everything you need to know.

Many different things can be said about the Volvo V60 2015.5, the vast majority of which are positive ones. More than just a decent car, this midsize crossover boasts the manufacturer’s Swedish luxury ethos all the while offering plenty of power; so much so, in fact, that even the most hopeless adrenaline junkies won’t complain. A true Volvo to the core, it also comes with tons of versatility, safety, and convenience that make it a worthy buy for any wagon/crossover/Volvo lover without a second thought. Here’s what you need to know about this car.

Engine Options That Leave No Questions Unanswered

Make no mistake – the V60 2015.5 is a premium product that comes with ample engine choices, each of which adds just a bit of unique character to the car. Options include a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder as the base version, which is more than enough for daily driving situations. Further up the ladder is a 250-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder with a slightly heavier punch, and even higher you’ll find a 300-horsepower turbocharged inline six that adds plenty on the acceleration side of things. Lastly, the top-of-the-line R-Design version of the inline six generates 325 horsepower. All engine options include both front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Performs as Well as You’d Expect

While it is a family vehicle at heart, the V60 2015.5 is surprisingly fun to drive as well. The turbocharged engines provide a plentifully strong pull with zero to 100 km/h taking just 7.4 seconds, peak torque starting at 1,800 rpm and minimal turbo lag. While the five-cylinder engines aren’t as fuel efficient as the latest Drive-E turbo options, it’s not a negative trade-off: the odd-cylinder powerhouse provides a robust exhaust note when you stomp on the throttle and comes with plenty of character. The standard six-speed automatic transmission has a Sport mode which we definitely recommend playing around with. It allows you to choose your own gears and provides a quicker throttle response coupled with later shifts.

Ample Luxury Found Throughout the Interior

Well-appointed quarters await all passengers inside the cabin, which boasts nice brightwork, graining, and ample soft-touch materials. You’ll find the centre stack being angled toward the driver and replete with buttons, which adds sort of a vintage feel in a day and age when most competitors feature huge touchscreen infotainment systems. Practicality is also another area where the company traditionally shines and it is more than obvious in the V60 2015.5. While the sloped roofline and tapered cabin do cut into interior volume just a tad bit, the V60 scores remarkably well on the practicality front in addition to providing a more pleasing shape than its predecessors.

Much More Than Anyone Expected

In the past, you’d be hard-pressed to characterize any Volvo as anything resembling an exciting car. While the brand does have a legendary status when it comes to automotive safety features, excitement was somehow never one of its strong suits. That is exactly where the Volvo V60 2015.5 comes in; it represents an example of how the company has reinvented itself. Sensible, luxurious, safe, and even sexy when observed from certain angles, this is a Volvo that’s worthy of your attention no matter if you’re practical or an adventurer at heart.