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What Do You Want To Know About The 2019 Volvo V60?

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We got our first glimpse of the 2019 Volvo V60 back in February, and, this week, I finally got a chance to drive it. And while I’ll have more to say about that shortly, in the meantime: What do you want to know?

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The new V60 has 390 horsepower in its highest-performing version, the T8 power hybrid, though the others aren’t slouches either, offering 310 horsepower in the all-wheel drive, all-gas T6, and 340 horsepower in the T6 hybrid.

This will be the second-generation of the V60, a wagon that debuted for the 2011 model year and has been a reliable success for the company, known, of course, for inventing the three-point seatbelt and prioritizing safety above pretty much everything else. In that respect, the V60 doesn’t disappoint, with an automatic emergency braking feature that Volvo says is the only system on the market capable of reliably identifying not just cars, but also humans, big animals, and bikes.

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Volvo has not released pricing, but the 2018 V60 starts at $38,250, and there’s no reason to think the 2019 will be substantially more than that. The V60 will also be available in Volvo’s Care by Volvo program, a subscription service which allows you to pay a fixed monthly cost for a package that includes the car, insurance, and basic maintenance all for a flat fee. (The program has been a bit of a mess in the early stages, but a Volvo spokesperson I talked to was optimistic things would be running more smoothly by the time the new V60 is ready for delivery to customers, or expected to be in the first quarter of 2019 in the U.S.)

What are you curious about?

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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DISCUSSION

It’s gorgeous alright. But here’s the rub - it’s a wagon. So you’d want it to do wagon things. If I see this correctly, it is quite a bit less spacious than an Outback. And it starts at $38k - which is about where a 6cyl Outback with all the bells and whistles tops out. And the Outback doesn’t have the sorts of maintenance/reliability hassles that seem to plague modern Volvos, nor does it have some of the complicated engineering that is likely to keep cost of ownership a bit higher. Is the undeniable Volvo niceness (gorgeous interior and exterior, awesome seats, high-class materials in a zen-like passenger cabin) worth it? Is it a spectacular drive, so the pure joy of taking this thing on backroads will overcome those niggling practicality concerns? Or has Volvo gone full-on Euro luxury in that respect?