My local dealer just got in 6, MY2020 V60 CC’s and I finally got the chance to compare the V60 R T-6 to the V60 CC T-5. Keep in mind that I am 6’2” with legs as long as someone who is 6’4”. Volvo cars have the features, quality, safety, and the seats that interested me a year ago when I first spotted a MY2018 V60 parked next to me.
1. With two hours of test drives logged in on the V60 R a couple of months ago I went into the dealer in Concord, NH and explained I was going to be a OSD customer and could I please take the new V60 CC out for a comparison test ride to be sure the R-Design was going to be my best choice for a OSD next May. The V60 CC is a great looking car. The styling looks nearly as good to me as the V60-R. The folks at Lovering Volvo were very accommodating.
Here is what I discovered-in my opinion.
1 The V60 CC cabin is a little wider than that of the V60 R. This allows me to bend and angle my right knee towards the center console. On the R my right leg has to be kept straighter. The published leg room is the same for both V60’s. I will take another extended test drive in the MY2020 V60 R in a month or two when they hit the dealers’ lot to be sure I am OK with the R-Design before turning over the deposit.
2. The T-5 engine without the super charger does a great job and I liked it just fine. It does produce noticeably less low speed acceleration compared to the T-6. The R I drove had Polestar tuning, and sports suspension. No surprise the power and handling was much snappier than the CC. The T-5 low speed Power was fine, the turbo worked as expected. I can live without the T-6 fuel consumption and the cost of P tuning.
3. The resale value of the CC will be higher, and easier to sell since the CC will appeal to more people these days who are SUV crazy than the select wagon market. So the cost with the same options makes the V60 for 2020 less expensive initially, and in the long run the cost of owning lower AND more fun.
1. Like the MY2019 Inscription V60 I drove a few months ago, the suspension has a floating feeling and a body roll when cornering or changing lanes that you don’t notice as much in the My2019 V60 R-Design with optional sports suspension. The extra ground clearance of the CC makes the body roll worse than the Inscription.
2. The seat in the V60 CC doesn’t hug the body or support the thigh as well as the R-Design seat. This is a deal breaker for me as seat comfort is number 1 for me. I thought the luxury seat package on the Inscription would seal the deal till I drove it. The R seat is contoured to fit European’s-the luxury seats are made to fit American’s. The heavily bolstered R seat fits me really well. Large wide people won’t like it.
3. I finally got to try out the $4200 BW audio package. I tried it with Sirius 67, my favorite jazz station. It sounded a little better than the $800 HK unit in the R-Design, but not $3200 better. IMHO. Try before you buy if you think $4200 for a radio is too much.
4. Since the road was dry and it is summer there was no way to test the Hadex on-demand (when the computer decides it need it) AWD on the V60 CC. I love full time AWD, like on my Subaru. But on-demand AWD doesn’t impress me that much since I won’t be commuting with this car and I will be using 4 snow tires in winter for traction. The cost of the AWD comes back to you at resale, but the fuel cost penalty and service to the Haldex pump cancels the resale bump to a minus. It is just extra weight to haul around in my view. Not important enough to seal the deal for me.
My wife and I like cars, not SUV’s or even Crossovers in both appearance and drivability. We like a sporty suspension that gives you a sense of control. The R-Design is not for everyone, but it seems to be made for people like us. Since I won’t be placing the order for my OSD till the second week in December I have the time to be very sure about what I want to own. When I told me dealer I am going OSD it took the negotiating part of buying a car out of the picture-this is great!
Just my two cents….Any comments welcome.