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Volvo V60 T5 : Current Models

I don't fancy crossovers or SUVs, and I wouldn't be caught dead hauling my kiddies around in a minivan. Because I'm usually lugging camping gear, snow gear, skimboards, skateboards, etc., larger sedans won’t do, and I don't prefer trucks because I love feeling like I'm in my very own Mach 5. That leaves me with wagons. So far, the 2015 Volvo V60 seems like a pretty sweet deal.

That's exactly what it was upon first entry. There's something incredibly refreshing about the interior of a Volvo. The leather is always so supple and silky soft, and the V60's cabin isn’t any different. Slipping into our Premium Plus tester's black leather seats is like the sensation of diving into the softest Egyptian cotton sheets. The seats look absolutely beautiful with the contrasting white stitching, while brushed aluminum elements give the interior a touch of class. Although it's simply elegant inside, some might consider it little too simple. For an all-new car, it's a little disappointing to find the same center stack layout (Volvo will debut a highly touted one in future models), though the instrument cluster is a completely new design with a configurable digital gauge cluster. The gauge features an efficiency indicator with a simple mark that makes it easy to read. If you’re below it, you aren’t at your most efficient. Go above it and you're doing just great. There’s no need to decipher a glowing color-coded display. It’s straightforward and simple, like the V60's design language.

The V60 has been EPA-rated at 25/37 mpg city/highway, and although we weren't able to get Real MPG numbers, the wagon appeared to sip fuel even after a mixture of mountain, city, and highway driving. This is all thanks to Volvo's new family of Drive-E engines, which in the V60 T5 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making a healthy 240-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There's also a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter making 302 hp and 295 lb-ft, but that engine hasn't found its way underneath the hood just yet. Unfortunately, the Drive-E engine isn't available on T5 AWD models yet either, so it wouldn't be fair to compare fuel economy figures to those of the Audi Allroad and the BMW’s 328i Xdrive Sports Wagon.

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