2021 Volvo V60 Review - Pricing, Engine, Specs, Reliability, MPG and Rivals Comparison

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October 27, 2020 at 05:51 PM

The release date for both the 2021 V60 wagon and the V60 Cross Country is expected to be sometime around late 2020. Also available in a frugal plug-in hybrid variant, the 2021 Volvo V60 wagon comes with slightly updated specs and safety features along with better mpg figures this time around. The T8 Polestar model takes the EV route for 2021. Built on the same platform as the pricier XC90, the 2021 Volvo V60, powered by the 2.0L turbo engine, starts from an MSRP of $40,950, whereas the 415 hp hybrid-powered T8 Polestar starts from an expected MSRP of $68,295.

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The V60 is a station wagon from the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo. The V60 is Volvo’s take on how a modern wagon should look, feel, and drive. For 2021, the V60 remains majorly as a carryover model, albeit with a few feature changes both on the interior and exterior front, especially with the slightly tweaked front-end with the exclusive "Thor's Hammer" LED headlights. With the 2021 Volvo V60 donning the wagon look, there is an SUV-centric V60 Cross Country too, both of which have an expected release date set sometime around the end of 2020.

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The 2021 Volvo V60 remains mostly identical to the 2020 model year, in terms of visual appeal. The 2021 Volvo V60 is built on the Scalable Product Architecture, Volvo’s advanced modular product platform that underpins all Volvo offerings in the 90 and 60 Series like the S90, V90, and XC90 to name a few. Powered by a 250 hp 2.0L turbocharged engine unit, the 2021 V60 wagon starts from an expected MSRP of $40,950, whereas the Recharge Plug-In Variant of the 2021 V60 starts off at an expected MSRP of $67,400. Furthermore, apart from the mechanical front, the 2021 V60 gets a ton of new safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert as standard across the lineup.

2021 Volvo V60

Model Specs

Price Range (MSRP) $40,950 - $47,045
Release Date End of 2020
Engine 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4/ 2.0L Direct Inject Turbocharged and Supercharged engine with 87 hp electric motor( for T8 Polestar)
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain FWD/AWD

3 trims- Momentum/ R-Design/ Inscription

Colors 8 colors available- Black Stone/ Pebble Gray Metallic/ Bursting Blue Metallic/ Fusion Red Metallic/ Osmium Grey Metallic/ Crystal White Metallic/ Denim Blue Metallic/ Birch Light Metallic
  • New Standard safety features
  • 18-inch wheel design for Momentum trim
  • New Linear Lime wood interior accents for the V60 Cross Country

The praise-worthy trim lineup of the V60 also makes a return for the 2021 MY, which includes the R-Design trim that gets new wheel designs and black exterior and interior accents all around. The T8 Polestar variant also takes the mild EV route for 2021, as it now houses the Recharge badge. Although despite these changes, there is one thing that remains unchanged for 2021, and that is the competition, as this time around too the Volvo V60 fights it out against the Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback, and the VW Golf Sportwagen for the ultimate wagon supremacy.

What are the Trims and Updated Features of the 2021 Volvo V60?

The 2021 V60 remains similar to the previous model year. One important update in the Volvo lineup is that the entire model range now gets an optional 48-volt mild hybrid system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. This has amplified its already efficient nature. The 2021 Volvo V60 is priced from an MSRP of $40,995 for the Momentum trim and goes all the way up to $47,045 for the Inscription trim. 





MSRP (including destination charges)


$47,045 $47,045

Key Features

18-inch 5-Double Spoke Diamond Cut alloy Wheel Adds or Upgrades features from Momentum Adds or Upgrades features from R-Design


Leather Upholstery Dual Integrated Tailpipes 18-inch 10-Double Spoke Diamond Cut alloy Wheel


Linear Lime Wood Inlays Harmon Kardon premium Surround Sound system Wood interior detailing


High-Performance audio system Black Rear View Mirror Covers Ventilated and massaging front seats


Lane Keeping Assist Nappa Upholstery Heated steering wheel

Volvo continues to offer the 2021 V60 in three fully-fledged trims, namely- Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Safety has always been a key selling point for Volvos and it remains unchanged for this baby wagon as well. The 2021 Volvo V60 gets an impressive list of standard technology and safety features along with a list of optional features to fine-tune your vehicle as per your taste.

All of the new features in the 2021 Volvo V60 are:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • LED headlamps
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors with an auto-dimming feature
  • Additional USB-C charging ports as standard
  • Momentum trim receives a new 18-inch wheel design
  • R-Design trim adds gloss black exterior accents
  • Cross Country receives new Linear Limewood interior trim as standard

How does the 2021 Volvo V60 fare on the Engine and Performance front?

The base engine found in the 2021 V60 produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, much like the 2020 V60’s power figures. Thanks to the introduction of hybrid variants, the fuel economy figures and emissions will be brought down by 15%, according to Volvo. Also, it has helped in drastically improving its baseline acceleration by taking over the RPM range that is overshadowed by the turbo lag that is common in turbocharged engines.

The V60 is now available with a range of 48-volt mild hybrid variants, as well as two plug-in hybrid options: the T6 Twin Engine AWD that generates a combined 340hp and the T8 Twin Engine AWD that delivers as much as 407hp. That said, Volvo has also come up with a plug-in-hybrid version of the 2021 V60 as that seems highly possible given how the automotive fraternity is moving towards hybridization.


2021 Volvo V60

2021 Audi A4 Allroad

2021 Subaru Outback

2020 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen







2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Boxer-4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4







8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic


6-Speed Manual


250 hp @ 5,500 RPM

261 hp @ 5,000 RPM

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

147 hp @ 5,000 RPM


258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

176 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM

The Audi A4 Allroad has better power delivery when compared to the Volvo V60 and the Audi also produces more torque. The Subaru Outback and VW golf are way down in terms of power output but the price difference is significant. Subaru Outback sure houses a radical powerplant with the 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Falt-4 engine but its turbocharged counterparts have the edge here with quicker performance figures.

How fast is the 2021 Volvo V60 from 0-60 MPH?

The 2.0L turbocharged unit with the 8-Speed automatic gearbox sling-shots the 2021 Volvo V60 from 0-60 MPH in just about 6.5 seconds, all the while achieving a top speed of 131 MPH. This makes it the fastest wagon in this segment. The power is put down in a linear manner, as you get all of the 258 lb-ft of torque right at the beginning of the power band unlike the others in the segment. Moreover, if that isn't enough for you, the plug-in-hybrid T8 Polestar variant with its supercharged 4-cylinder engine catapults the 2021 V60 from 0-60 MPH in an astonishing 4.4 seconds, all thanks to its 415 horses.


2021 Volvo V60

2021 Audi A4 Allroad

2021 Subaru Outback

2020 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

0-60 MPH

6.5 secs

5.9 secs

8.7 secs


Quarter Mile

15.3 secs

14.4 secs

16.6 secs


Top Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

139 MPH


The 2021 Audi A4 Allroad is definitely the fastest of the lot, because of its best-in-class power figures. Volvo V60 comes in second with its 6.5 seconds 0-60 MPH figure, with the 2021 Subaru Outback following it thereafter.

What MPG figures are delivered by the 2021 Volvo V60?

The EPA hasn’t released any details of the 2021 V60’s emissions or fuel economy and we reckon it would be much better than the figures posted by the 2020 V60. The 2021 Volvo V60 manages to return a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg. The various drive modes on offer- ECO, Comfort, Off-Road, and Dynamic also helps in adapting the powertrain to optimize fueling and performance. 

That said the VW Golf Sportwagen holds an upper hand by offering 32 mpg combined. Each year EPA posts stringent norms that all manufacturers have to comply with. Volvo would be no exception and they too will have to add additional particulate filters and upgraded catalytic converters to meet the norms.


2021 Volvo V60

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (gallons)





Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

348/ 522/ 406

336/ 443/ 459

463/ 592/ 518

383/ 488/ 422

The figures obtained by V60 beats the Audi A4 Allroad, while the Subaru and Volkswagen deliver almost the same numbers despite underpowered engines. It can be noted that the overall range is better in the Subaru Outback thanks to its 18.5-gallon fuel tank, which is much larger than any of its competition.

What changes are made on the Interior front of the 2021 Volvo V60?

Inside, Volvo has taken cues from the clean, Scandinavian interior design first introduced in the 90 Series cars, raising the bar in the segment with natural materials and new details on the dashboard and instrument panel. The new 2021 Volvo V60’s interior resembles the 2020 V60’s interiors which is one of the cleanest designs on the market. The usage of premium materials all over the 2021 Volvo V60's interior has a very prompt premium appeal.

The rear seats follow the same suit. They are large and offer decent thigh support. Furthermore, the legroom is large enough and doesn’t seem cramped. Three full-size adults can occupy the rear seats comfortably. The wagon-structure of the cabin coupled with the panoramic sunroof makes the cabin very airy. Also, the cargo space offered in the 2021 V60 is adequate for an average family, but is not the largest, at least in this comparison.


2021 Volvo V60

2021 Audi A4 Allroad

2021 Subaru Outback

2020 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Seating Capacity





First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

37.4/ 56.1/ 42.3

39.1/ 55.9/ 41.3

40.1/ 58.1/ 42.8

38.6/ 55.9/ 41.2

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.1/ 54.5/ 35.2

37.4/ 54.5/ 35.7

39.1/ 57.4/ 39.5

38.6/ 53.9/ 35.6

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)





The Subaru Outback manages to offer the most cargo space while the VW Golf Sportwagen comes in second with a cargo space of 30.4 cu.ft. The wagon body construction helps in added cargo flexibility with which you can also transport larger and taller luggage with ease. Foldable second-row seating also comes into play here. 

Some of the interior features offered in the 2021 Volvo V60 are: 

  • 10-way, Power Front seat incl. Power Lumbar And Driver Seat Memory Sensus Navigation 
  • Volvo Sensus Connect with 9" Touchscreen 
  • 8" Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster) 
  • 12.3" Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster)
  • Volvo Aluminum Sill Plates Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror 
  • Leather Steering Wheel 
  • Dark Flame Birch Wood Inlays 
  • Crystal Gear Shift Knob by Orrefors
  • Clean Zone Air Quality System 
  • 4-Zone Climate Control and Cooled Glovebox

What are the infotainment features on offer with the 2021 Volvo V60?

The 2021 Volvo V60 remains unchanged in terms of infotainment layout and comes equipped with Volvo's Sensus infotainment system. This unit, although very informative, is slow over touch responses. The interior of the 2021 Volvo V60 continues to sport a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system capable of offering high-definition picture quality. It is further mated to a Harman Kardon Sound system integrated with a sub-woofer that offers phenomenal sound quality.

Apart from the standard controls, Volvo has unified all of the various creature comfort features into the tall touchscreen which has helped declutter the otherwise crowded dashboard that would have looked out of place with the minimal design language. They require harder touch inputs than normal. Moreover, some features are quite complex and require time to get used to it.

Various infotainment features in the 2021 Volvo V60 are:

  • 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display (T6 and T8)
  • 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen 
  • Bluetooth audio streaming and Voice Control
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls 
  • High-Performance audio system (330 W, 10 speakers) 
  • Tethering via WiFi and Internet radio via apps 
  • Volvo On Call with Engine Remote Start 4-Year Complimentary Subscription

What changes are made on the Exterior front of the 2021 Volvo V60?

Like the S60 sedan, the V60 carries the proud and confident face of Volvo’s design language, along with classic Volvo styling cues. Key features include the iconic “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlight design, the new grille and Volvo Iron Mark, and the Volvo word in bold letters on the rear. New features are subtle and include a new 18-inch alloy design and blacked-out exterior accents for the Momentum and R-Design trims respectively.

The 2021 Volvo V60 is designed like its bigger siblings which are based on Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which accounts for a stylish sedan-like design. The transformation is such that the rear resembles a regular sedan. A distinct and prominent character line through the rear fenders differentiates it from the V90. Volvo’s design is quite simple and consistent and something that everybody loves about Volvo cars. 


2021 Volvo V60

2021 Audi A4 Allroad

2021 Subaru Outback

2020 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Curb Weight (lbs.)





Length (in.)





Width (in.)





Height (in.)





Ground Clearance (in.)





Wheelbase (in.)





The 2021 Volvo V60 is the largest among the lot. The Audi A4 all road also matches in dimension with the latter. The VW SportWagen is shortest with the lowest curb weight. It's safe to say that none of the competitors come close to looking as graceful as the Volvo V60. There is something about the Volvo V60 that makes it stand apart.

Notable exterior features of the 2021 V60 are:

  • LED Headlights with Thor’s Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB) LED Fog Lamps with Corner Illumination 
  • 19-inch 5-Triple Spoke Tech Matte Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
  • Front Grill, High-Gloss Black with Glossy Chrome Frame 
  • Laminated Panoramic Moonroof with Power Sunshade 
  • Dual Visible Tailpipes with Chrome Sleeves 
  • LED Taillights with Side Marker Lights 
  • Bright Chrome Window Surround 
  • Retractable Side View Mirrors 

What are the Safety Features on offer in the 2021 Volvo V60?

Based on Volvo’s “Scalable Product Architecture” platform, the V60 shares its underpinnings with its other siblings such as the XC60, S90, V90, and also their flagship SUV XC90. The 2021 Volvo V60 comes equipped with some best in class safety features such as Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Blind Spot information system with Rear cross-traffic alert, Whiplash Protection System, Lane-keeping aids, and many more.

On the reliability front, there have been no recalls for the 2020 V60. Also, JD power has not rated the Volvo therefore an accurate description cannot be obtained. That said other Volvo offerings have received commendable J.D Power ratings just to make things fair with the V60. Moreover, the 2021 Volvo V60 also houses the City Safety technology, a one of a kind collision avoidance system that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals.

The list of safety features offered on the 2021 V60 are:

  • 7 standard Airbags (Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags, Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags and Driver Knee Airbag)
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • DSTC/ RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Lane Keeping Aid/Run-Off-Road Mitigation Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Aid/Run-Off-Road Mitigation Lane Keeping Assist
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Park Assist Back-Up Camera

What is the 2021 Volvo V60's release date and is it worth the wait?

The 2021 Volvo V60 is slated for launch by the end of 2020 and will be soon after available at your nearest Volvo Dealerships. The 2021 Volvo V60 wagon is a compelling package that combines efficiency, performance, and style. It is very utilitarian and suits people who want to stand out in the crowd. The subtle bunch can enjoy the sober trims on offer and the enthusiastic ones also won't go empty-handed as we have the T8 Polestar to brighten up your day.

Although on the pricier side, the Volvo V60 does have one of the best cabins in its class that comes loaded with tech. All of this is enough to justify its bumped-up premium over other offerings in this segment. Moreover, safety is something that this Swedish manufacturer never compromises upon. And if you are someone who wouldn't mind getting your soles dirty, then the Volvo V60 Cross-Country will very well fancy your taste.

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2021 Volvo V60 FAQs

Is the Volvo V60 AWD?

No, the Volvo V60 Wagon is offered in 5 varying trims and all of them are available only in FWD configuration. AWD is standard only for the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

Is the Volvo V60 Hybrid?

Yes, Volvo has introduced mild hybridization in all of the trims of the V60 and it comes bundled with a 48V Li-Ion battery. But the standard gasoline engine equipped models are still in business and both these units will go on sale, side by side.

What is the warranty on Volvo V60?

Volvo has packed the 2021 V60 with an impressive warranty package that includes:

  • Bumper-to-bumper warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles, whichever comes earlier
  • Powertrain warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles, whichever comes earlier
  • 24-hours Roadside Assistance for 4 years/ unlimited miles

Does the Volvo V60 come with Autonomous Driving technology?

The Volvo V60 comes with an optional Pilot Assist driver assistance system that can assist the car to drive up to speeds of 80 MPH ion well-marked roads n Autonomous mode.

Does the Volvo V60 come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Volvo V60 is equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

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