The Volvo V60 was introduced in 2011 and was intended to be an estate version of the S60 which was on the market since 2000. The V60 is a nice family car and is up against cars like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series Tourer. Unlike the S60, the V60 is available with a hybrid engine as well as a large diesel line-up.
The V60 is only available with a selection of diesel engines. Even the PHEV option is mated to a diesel engine. The engines offer various power outputs with the D2 offering 120 bhp and maximum torque of 280Nm at between 1,500 and 2250rpm. The D3 option offers 150 bhp, the D4 190 bhp and then there’s the D6. This all-wheel drive offering offers 215 bhp through its diesel engine and 68 bhp through the electric motors. The battery is said to offer enough power for about 40 km. This output gives 0-100 km/h in seven seconds.
The car deals well with ramps but bring it onto bumpy roads and things can be felt within the cabin due to a firm suspension set up. However the body control of this estate is very good and it doesn’t suffer badly from body roll. On the motorway it drives smoothly though and the ride is very comfortable.
The V60 is insulated nicely from outside noises getting into the cabin and passengers will be pleased with the refinement that is on offer. The hybrid model is silent in electric mode and the engine quiet too. The lack of wind noise compares nicely to the outgoing Audi A4.
The V60 has a lovely interior, especially if you opt for a higher grade. Beware though, the upgrades can be expensive. As should be expected from Volvo the interior plastics do not in any way seem cheap and the cock pit gives a nice airy feeling to drivers. The cabin feels more exciting than that of the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. However, the infotainment system need to be brought up to date and we know that Volvo will be taking care of this soon enough. The instrument cluster behind the steering wheel looks great though.
The Volvo V60 scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP in 2012 and for adult occupancy it scored 94%. For child occupancy it scored 82%. Safety assistance systems scored a full 100% and Volvo scored 64% for pedestrian safety. The V60 contains front passenger and driver airbags, driver and passenger side airbags as well as side chest airbags. This car also comes with Volvo’s City Safety system which monitor the area in front of the car at lower speeds. If the system feels that a collision is imminent it automatically applies the brakes thus avoiding the accident or decrease the impact of a collision. This vehicle is also available with adaptive cruise control and queue assist. Queue assist can only function with an automatic gearbox but what it does is it starts and stops your car in traffic at speeds of up to 30 km/h.
The boot of the V60 offers 430 litres which compares well with rivals in the segment. Head and leg room to the front and rear is ample. The V60 would comfortably fit five adults. We found that there was a squeeze to get three regular sized booster seats into the rear, but we did manage it. The hybrid version loses a fair bit of its boot space on account of the battery packs.