You’ve got to appreciate Volvo’s steadfast and irrational commitment to America’s consistently dismal wagon market. While other automakers have been doing the hokeypokey when it comes to this class, the 2019 V60 is Volvo’s third new wagon in the past 18 months.
It’s an example of sticking with what got you here. Longroofs were the brand’s signature product from 1962 until the launch of its first SUV, the 2003 XC90. Wagons are to Volvo what rear-engine sports cars are to Porsche.
Broad shouldered with sharp speed lines and longitudinal-engine proportions, the V60 is another affirmation of Volvo’s current design language. But the engine actually rides parallel to the front axle on the brand’s Scalable Product Architecture, which the V60 shares with the S60 sedan and the larger V90 wagon as well as Volvo’s popular XC60 and XC90 SUVs.
Although it comfortably outsizes the less expensive XC40 in length, the V60 weighs about the same as the compact crossover, with the front-drive T5 model tipping the scales at 3798 pounds and the all-wheel-drive T6 ringing in at 4071 pounds.