For the new year, the Volvo V60 is available in one of four trim levels. The Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription all make use of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain develops 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque for the front wheels only. The Recharge instead receives a twin-charged four-pot supplemented with electric motors. The same eight-speed automatic gearbox sends the combined outputs of 415 hp and 494 lb-ft to all four corners.
The base offering comprises a dynamic chassis riding on 18-inch wheels, outfitted with LED head- and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, and a power-operated liftgate. The cabin is luxurious, dressed in fine leather, and kept temperate by dual-zone climate control. Power front seats with driver-seat memory come standard, along with a bevy of safety features that include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, collision avoidance tech, and lane keep assist. The infotainment suite is just as comprehensive, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and Bluetooth all included on the nine-inch interface, along with a ten-speaker sound system.
The upper trims get access to Nappa leather, navigation, a wireless charging pad, a Harman Kardon or Bowers and Wilkins sound system, quad-zone climate control, a surround-view camera, heated front seats, and a head-up display.
While it may be a premium brand, Volvo doesn't ask for the world to own one of its luxurious wagons. The price of the Volvo V60 in its base-model Momentum trim is only $40,950, while the R-Design and Inscription both share the same $46,400 tag. However, you will need to consider the benefits of the Recharge plug-in hybrid before pulling the trigger on the purchase, since the upgrade to electrified performance will cost you a hefty $67,300. Keep in mind that these prices are MSRP and do not include tax, registration, licensing, or destination fees. Volvo charges $995 for the latter.
Since it already comes outfitted with all the top specs, the V60 Recharge offers no optional packages. However, all the remaining models allow you to tweak your purchase in one way or another. The Climate Package ($750) is available to all three trims, adding a heated steering wheel, heated windscreen washers, and heated front seats. The Advanced Package is another standard offering, but its price differs between the trim levels. Since the R-Design and Inscription already receive some of the tech in the base package, they only require an extra investment of $1,900, while the more basic Momentum adds another $200. In its entirety, the package comprises a wireless smartphone charger, a 12-volt power outlet in the luggage area, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, high-level interior illumination, and Volvo's Pilot Assist with adaptive cruise control. If, for some reason, you'd rather not upgrade to one of the upper trims, the Momentum can be equipped with some of the upper-trim features via the Premium Package ($1,700). This adds power-folding rear head restraints, front parking assist, Sensus Navigation Pro, a rearview mirror compass, and a HomeLink remote. The Momentum can upgrade to a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system for $800, while the R-Design and Inscription can instead choose a 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins setup for $3,200.
If you're happy with the T5 engine and front-wheel drivetrain, we'd suggest going for the top-tier Inscription trim. It doesn't cost all that much more than the base-level Momentum, and the upgrades to the features list are definitely worth the extra investment. These include extra lumbar support, a larger infotainment interface, navigation, and a superior 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Of course, there are some tantalizing add-ons available, too. The Advanced Package fills in some of the tech gaps to bring the V60 up to the same level as more expensive rivals by adding a head-up display and a 360-degree camera, and the $3,200 Bower and Wilkins sound system is a noticeable improvement over the Harman Kardon setup on the R-Design and Inscription. However, if you find yourself ticking every box in the packages and options sections, you may want to consider the Recharge. Aside from getting every single feature available to the V60 as standard, it also boasts a much more thrilling T8 engine and all-wheel-drive. However, it's super pricey at just under $70k. But, to be honest, the base-level Momentum isn't a bad deal at the price, especially now that more safety features have been made standard.