2019 Volvo V60 first drive review: a matter of inches
Front headroom in the V60 suffers for the sunroof, and is almost three inches shy of the XC60’s measurement, so taller drivers may be cramped. Rear legroom is a win for the XC60 by almost three inches, but I found plenty of space to sit behind myself, though I qualify as exceedingly average in height.
The main issue is the lower rear seat cushion. It sits too low, and therefore offers no thigh support, which will become a problem on longer trips. Volvo is making a concession to the cargo area here, as the low seat bottoms allow the cargo floor to fold mostly flat. Those seatbacks fold via handy buttons in back of the cargo area or actuators on the seats themselves.
As we’d find the next day on a trip to the airport, the cargo area has (just) enough room to hold four rollerboard bags and four backpacks/briefcases. Given the dimensions, the XC60 would hold about the same.
Powerful, but no sport wagon
On the rain-soaked roads, the V60 impresses with its buttery smooth ride quality, much like that of the XC60. It’s one of the car’s greatest strengths, and it makes it a very pleasant mode of transportation.
Later in the day, the sun comes out and the roads have dried. It’s my chance to find out how well the V60 handles when pushed through twists and turns.
With a 55/45 front/rear weight balance and based on a platform that serves everything from a full-size sedan to a compact SUV to a compact wagon, the V60 isn’t overly nimble. The steering is direct and has some decent heft, but that weight bias means the car prefers to plow forward when attacking corners rather than dart through them. However, sitting three inches closer to the ground gives the V60 a clear advantage over the XC60; it might not be nimble, but the V60 also doesn’t have the body lean of an SUV.