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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Both the V60 and Golf SportWagen have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Golf SportWagen’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf SportWagen only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V60 and the Golf SportWagen have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Volvo V60 weighs 630 to 1149 pounds more than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The V60 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Volvo will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Golf SportWagen.
The V60’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Golf SportWagen’s (12 vs. 10 years).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Golf SportWagen.
The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (250 vs. 170) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the Golf SportWagen’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 146 more horsepower (316 vs. 170) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 199) than the Golf SportWagen’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Golf SportWagen FWD Auto (24 city/36 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf SportWagen FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf SportWagen 4Motion’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons).
The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Volvo V60 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf SportWagen.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf SportWagen.
For better stopping power the V60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf SportWagen:
The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Golf SportWagen are solid, not vented.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Golf SportWagen S. The V60’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Golf SportWagen SEL.
The V60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Golf SportWagen’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 9.6 inches longer than on the Golf SportWagen (113.1 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 2 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf SportWagen.
The V60 has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf SportWagen.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60 Inscription’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the V60 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf SportWagen has no towing capacity.
The V60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When three different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a memory system.
The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer headlight washers.
When the V60 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Golf SportWagen’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The V60 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf SportWagen offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the V60 and the Golf SportWagen offer available heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf SportWagen.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the V60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The V60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Golf SportWagen SEL.
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