So I recently traded in my 2012 S60 R-Design in for a 2015 V60 R-Design as mentioned in an earlier thread. So far I very pleased with the upgrade from my 2012 S60RD into the 2015 V60RD as there are so many more features that I didn't have on the 2012; plus the new cosmetic upgrades that begun in 2014MY.
Here are the specs:
2015 V60 T6 AWD R-Design
Passion Red w/Off Black (Full Leather)
~19" Ixion II w/All-Season tires
~Volvo OEM Rubber Mats (Swapped from 2012)
~KN Filter (Swapped from 2012)
~IPD Rear Sway Bar (Swapped from 2012)
~Trunk Pocket Nets (Swapped from 2012)
~LED License Plate Bulbs (Swapped from 2012)
~Volvo OEM Sunglass Holder (Installed, wife ended up getting mine from the 2012)
~Volvo OEM Mudflaps -Front/Rear
~Interior Dome LEDs (2/29/16)
~IPD Catback Exhaust (12/3/16)
~Polestar Front Winglets
~Polestar Rear Spoiler
~IPD 'R' Boost Gauge (Swapped from 2012)
Here is my impressions and comparisons to the 2012 S60RD:
Cosmetics (updated 9/24/14)
I really like the new facelift on the exterior of the new V60RD, but I also had no issues with the 2011-2013 exterior. Both are very sporty and handsome, so there aren't going to be knocks from me when it comes to the outside of the 2012 compared to the 2015. I love the 19" wheels in how they look and fill the wheel gaps a lot nicer than the 18" wheels did; the matte black color pops with the Passion Red color. I do however really love the newer Sport seats and Gauge Cluster of the 2015 compared to the 2012. The seats remind me of the 2007 S60R that I had and the new gauge cluster makes the car look more relevant to other cars in it's class. I do have to say that I liked the silver center console trim over the newer darker piece, but it's slowly growing on me. The one thing I noticed is that Volvo must have changed the silk metal mirror caps to nothing more than Bright Silver painted covers; you can tell the difference between the trim on the rest of the car to the mirror caps. I may look into finding the P/N for the older metal looking covers to replace these; or swap out the Black Stone mirror covers on my wife's T5 AWD.
Suspension (Updated 1/30/16)
Haven't really tested out the suspension on the 2015 since it barely even has a 100 miles on the odometer; so I wanted to take it nice and easy with only a few highway on/off ramps and everything felt really nice. The IPD rear sway bar seems to feel a lot tighter in the rear of the V60 compared to the S60, but I will have to update this thread after a few hundred miles. The 19" wheels feel great and I don't notice any difference in harshness when comparing to the 18" wheels that had the same sidewall size.
Update (1/30/16): I've hit the 10,000 mile mark on my wagon and I'm happy to report that I have zero complaints with the chassis and the handling of my wagon. Everything still tight and unwanted creaks or crashing from the suspension.
Performance (updated 1/30/16)
Just like the Suspension comments, I didn't push the car yet, but pick up feels smooth and strong just like the 2012, but the transmission feels way smoother (I haven't tried out the paddles yet).
Update (1/30/16): After 10,000 miles on the ODO I'm happy to report that the T6 is pulling just as hard and never seems to let me down. The transmission has been wonderful and still a huge improvement over my 2012 S60RD which had some issues related to hard shifting, which ultimately led to Volvo replacing that transmission at 8,000 miles. New DEM upgrade seems to have made the wagon pull harder than before!
Technology (updated 9/24/14)
I'm very familar with SENSUS now that I've been using it for +3yrs now and have it in two of my vehicles. Nothing really radically coming from the 2012 to the 2015; I assume that if this were a 2015.5 I would have more to write up about SENSUS vs SENSUS Connect. What is new to me is all the Collision Warning and Advanced Cruise Control items that comes with the Technology Package. It is going to take some getting used to all the new nanny camera's, but after about a week I've grown to really enjoy having those features; Technology Package was definitely not on my list of Options/Packages that I wanted or needed, but I'm glad that I was able to get it. I have turned off the Collision warning and speed distance keeper functions, as I do nearly 75% of my driving in City conditions and those alarms and lights are constantly going off; it's just a tad annoying after a while. I really liked the Advanced Cruise Control, I tried it out on the highway last Saturday on my way to the Red Bulls game. It worked really well with keep a safe distance with the vehicles in front of me. The back up camera seems to have improved its image quality (almost HD like) compared to the 2012 back up camera, though the yellow guidelines in the camera look more pixel-like than the 2012.
And of course PICTURES:
The puppy approves of the new wagon!