VOLVO

VOLVO V60 SPORTSWAGON SPECIAL EDITION 2.0 T8 [405] Hybrid Polestar Enginrd 5dr AWD Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.6s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Volvo's regeneration continues with this second generation V60 mid-sized estate model. It gets the company's sophisticated SPA chassis, class-leading safety tech and two choices for Plug-in hybrid power. If you're looking at German rivals like the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3 Series Touring or the Mercedes C-Class Estate, this Swedish alternative might be a refreshingly different option.

V TO DO WHAT YOU WANT

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be. Jonathan Crouch checks out the second generation version of the brand's V60 mid-sized estate.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's regeneration continues with this second generation V60 mid-sized estate model. It gets the company's sophisticated SPA chassis, class-leading safety tech and two choices for Plug-in hybrid power. If you're looking at German rivals like the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3 Series Touring or the Mercedes C-Class Estate, this Swedish alternative might be a refreshingly different option.

Background

Estate cars. They used to be things you bought to carry around loads of kit. Not any more. These days, most people wanting to do that will buy an MPV or an SUV. Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. Which is why compact mid-sized premium-branded wagons like Audi's A4 Avant and BMW's 3 Series Touring can't actually carry much more than the saloons upon which they're based. Now you wouldn't expect Volvo, a solid, traditional brand that pioneered the kind of boxy estate car into which you could fit a fridge (or several), to want much to do with this kind of trendy form over function approach. But you'd be wrong. The Swedish brand actually invented this style-conscious market niche long before the German brands turned up, bringing us the classic P1800E model that Roger Moore drove as 'The Saint' way back in the Sixties. But it took them until 2010 to return to it with the first generation version of their V60 model. That car wasn't quite good enough to significantly trouble its dominant German-branded rivals. But this design, its successor, might well be.

Driving Experience

As usual with Volvo, all the engines on offer are 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged units bolted to the brand's sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. Many V60 customers may still want a diesel, the 197hp B4 mild hybrid unit, which (like every other engine in the range) is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox. But increasingly in this segment, there's great interest in petrol power, so to meet that need, Volvo now provides this car with three mainstream mild hybrid petrol units, the 163hp B3, the 197hp B4 and the 250hp B5. Avoid entry-level trim and there's also a 300hp B6 petrol model that only comes in AWD form. Talking of AWD, you have to have that if you go for the 'Cross Country' variant, which can be had either with the 250hp B5 mild hybrid petrol unit or the 197hp B4 diesel. There are also two 'Recharge' PHEV AWD powertrain options that both mate their engines to an 87hp electric motor. There a T6 Plug-in hybrid that uses a 253hp unit. And a Polestar Engineered T8 Plug-in hybrid that features a 318hp powerplant. Whichever V60 variant you choose, as usual with Volvo models, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you.

Design and Build

The original V60 model was quite a departure from the conventional boxy Volvo station wagon shape and this MK2 model continues that trend. To look at, it's very much like the larger V90 estate model that shares its sophisticated 'SPA' architecture. In fact, from a casual glance, you might easily mistake this V60 for its larger stablemate. Get up a little closer though, and you'll find that the front apron is more aggressively styled with this more compact wagon. There's some design inspiration from the XC60 mid-sized SUV in places too. The 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights for example, though they're a bit more sculpted here, while the front apron is more aggressively styled in comparison to the smooth face of the V90. Inside, there's much more borrowed from those V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's latest, pared back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Market and Model

If you've looked at the various premium brand rivals targeted by this car, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here when it comes to pricing. The V60 range sits in the same £35,000 to £50,000 bracket targeted by competitors. Expect the usual 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' trim levels, plus a mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' 4WD variant is available in B4 diesel or B5 petrol guise for just over £41,000. Safety standards are class-leading - and most of the features come as standard across the range. The City Safety with Autobrake technology system uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP efficiency stats. The 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel variant most will choose offers combined fuel consumption of up to 55.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of up to 135g/km. The petrol-powered B3, B4 and B5 mild hybrid models offer combined fuel economy of up to 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 157g/km. The Recharge T6 AWD petrol/electric plug-in hybrid manages up to 156.7mpg and up to 41g/km and will offer an all-electric driving range of up to 36.7 miles. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This second generation V60 has found it easier than its predecessor to conquest sales from German rivals. Class-leading safety gives this Swedish contender a tangible advantage over such competitors. So does this V60's high-tech cabin with its more sophisticated infotainment and instrument binnacle screens. You get generally more complete levels of standard equipment too. This is then, a tale of the unexpected. If you're just about to sign for a premium 3 Series or A4-sized estate, then you might want to try one of these before you do. Swede dreams are made of this.

  • Rear wiper
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Heated aqua blades

  • Hill start assist
  • Floating front brake discs
  • Polestar optimised engine and gearbox
  • Polestar Engineered Front and Rear Brake Callipers
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function

  • Sports floor mats

  • Electric rear axle drive
  • Polestar Engineered chassis

  • Volvo on call
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone kit

  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Speed limiter
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

  • Power operated tailgate

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Information centre
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator

  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored instrument panel

  • Lithium-ion battery

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Fresh air subwoofer

  • R Design tread plates
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Front and rear polestar emblems
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surround
  • Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
  • Polestar Engineered black chrome exhaust pipes
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Roof spoiler
  • Roof antenna
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Headlight cleaning system

  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Black headlining
  • Sport leather gear knob
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Load protection net
  • Sports pedals
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Load cover
  • Lockable glovebox
  • 12V socket in cargo area
  • High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Bright metal luggage compartment threshold
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Leather sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Cargo load hooks
  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/textile upholstery
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Charge cable bag
  • Nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Lockable load floor
  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • Front tunnel net pocket

  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Front reading lights + Theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
  • Multicolour theatre lighting and puddle lights
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Front footwell illumination

  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Side Impact Protection System airbags
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • Gold Seatbelts
  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Protection
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch

  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Front head restraints
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Keyless Start
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Keyless drive (incudes keyless entry and start) with remote tag and handsfree tailgate open/close

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: N
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 11.6
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 43
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 27.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 26.7

  • CO2 (g/km): 48
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 61

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 104.5

  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 405
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Coin Series: Polestar engineered
  • Coin Description: T8 [405]

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.8
  • Engine Power - BHP: 405
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 298
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4500

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 Y-SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4761
  • Width: 1916
  • Wheelbase: 2872
  • Width (including mirrors): 2040
  • Height: 1437
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 658
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1441
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2008
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2550
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 542

  • Heated front windscreen: £0
  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750

  • Rear park assist: Included
  • Front park assist: Included
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Rear park assist camera: £375
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £700

  • 4.5m Type 2/mode 3 charge cable: £50
  • 4.5m Charge Cable with 3 pin plug: Included

  • Head up display in windscreen: Included

  • Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Harmon Kardon, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound 13 speakers/600W and subwoofer: Included
  • Sensus connect with premium sound by Bowers and Wilkins, Dolby pro logic II, 14 speakers/1100W, subwoofer with Apple CarPlay and Android auto: £1,675

  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain: £1,200
  • Metallic paint: £675
  • Premium metallic paint: £975
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Intellisafe Pro Pack - V60: £1,625
  • Xenium Pack - V60: £1,800
  • Intellisafe surround Pack - V60: £625
  • Convenience pack with Power folding rear headrests - V60 T8: £200

  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £675
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £675

  • Solid - Black Stone: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

  • Power child locks on rear doors: £80
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors: Included

  • Power passenger seat: £400
  • Heated outer rear seats: £200

  • Retractable towbar: £1,100

  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/textile - Charcoal/open grid: £0

  • 20" 5 Y Spoke polished black forged alloy wheels: £850
  • 19" 5 Y Spoke polished black forged alloy wheels: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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