VOLVO

VOLVO V60 DIESEL SPORTSWAGON 2.0 B4D Momentum 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2146 g/km

V GOOD?

The second generation V60 is a Volvo estate car that's anything but square. June Neary gives it the once over.

Will It Suit Me?

If, prior to driving the Volvo V60, somebody had said that they figured I'd be a great fit for a Volvo estate, I'd have taken that as a bit of a slur. Weren't Volvo estates for antique dealers, university lecturers, Cotswold transplants trying their best to appear old money and the sort of people you see on the Crimewatch mugshot section? For a girl with some get up and go left, the Volvo estate image didn't seem a solid match. Then I saw the MK2 model V60 and this aversion crumbled somewhat. For a start, it's not resolutely square. In fact, the styling looks as if it's spent a little too long under a sun bed and has softened significantly. The basic proportions are also pretty athletic. Sporty even. Best of all, the cabin was anything but fuddy duddy when I threw open the door. Talk about an instant convert.

Practicalities

While we've seen many 'sporty' estates before, one recurrent theme is that the sexier they look, the more useless they are at their primary purpose - being an estate car. Actually though, the V60's 529- litre boot is larger than more upright members of the posh brand mid-sized estate community such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. Volvo also points out that there's more to practicality than sheer load volume and it's got a point. The V60 load area has been designed with a wide aperture and a uniform shape, so all of the available capacity can be used. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Behind the Wheel

The cabin is finished in quite a spare Scandinavian way. I liked the clean look of the fascia, with its floating centre console but a couple of friends mentioned that they found it a little too stark and would quickly get bored with it. All agreed that the seats were some of the most comfortable they'd ever sat in. Most V60 customers will probably want a diesel, either the 150hp D3 or the 190hp D4. There's also a 250hp T5 petrol option. For the future, there'll be two plug-in hybrid powertrain options. There a T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340hp. Or a T8 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that delivers 390hp. As usual with Volvos, 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 - if you've a self-shifter fitted - 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. You also get reasonable economy, the volume D4 diesel variant able to record 117g/km of CO2 and 64mpg on the combined cycle. That should keep me off the Pringles from my local petrol station. The previous V60 couldn't really match the sharp handling reactions of its premium German rivals but buyers can expect a significant improvement in that area this time round thanks to the installation of the stiffer, more sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. However, when you attempt to drive the V60 hard, it still feels a little unhappy, reminding you through a somewhat scrabbly front end that it's no sports car. Ease your pace and composure returns.

Value For Money

I knew the Volvo V60 wasn't going to be cheap but nearly £32,000 for the entry-level version rising to over £40,000 for one of the better-specified trim levels seemed quite a hefty sum. Expect the usual 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' trim levels, plus a mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' variant is planned for the future. 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.

Could I Live With One?

I must admit, the Volvo V60 did worm its way into my affections. Any car that feels this well built, is this practical and yet which will see over 60 miles to the gallon has a whole lot to be said for it and when that package is as stylish as the V60, it becomes one of those cars that you'd consider laying your own money down for.

  • Rear wiper
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • 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
  • Hill start assist

  • Floor mats

  • Dynamic chassis

  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call app
  • Bluetooth handsfree system

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

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

  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror

  • Iron ore inlays

  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Roof spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof antenna
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Twin exhaust tailpipes with chrome sleeves
  • Piano black front grille with chrome surround
  • Visible VIN plate

  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Home safe and approach lighting

  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Load protection net
  • Load cover
  • Leather upholstery
  • Bright metal luggage compartment threshold
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Cargo load hooks
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim
  • Centre console cupholders
  • 12V socket in front + tunnel console and cargo area

  • Front reading lights + Theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
  • Front footwell illumination

  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Side Impact Protection System airbags
  • 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
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch

  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Power passenger seat
  • WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System
  • Driver + passenger lumbar support
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Front head restraints

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

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

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 146
  • HC: N

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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 46.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 45.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 31E
  • 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: 197
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Momentum
  • Coin Description: B4D
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 42.8
  • Engine Power - BHP: 197
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 145
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 310
  • Engine Torque - NM: 420
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: 5 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Wheelbase: 2872
  • Length: 4761
  • Width: 1916
  • 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
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2290
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750

  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area + chrome window surrounds + chrome integrated roof rails: £600

  • Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging: £225

  • Rear park assist camera: Included
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £525
  • Cruise control: Included

  • Power operated tailgate: Included

  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto: £300
  • Intellisafe surround Blind spot info sys with steer assist, cross traffic alert with autobrake, Rear collision mitigation wit auto dim rearview mirror: £625

  • Sensus connect with high performance sound, connected service booking, 2x USB Type A in front and 2x USB Type C in rear, 10 speakers/220W output: Included

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

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • Versatility pack - V60 Momentum: £550
  • Lounge Pack - V60: £1,975
  • Driver assist pack - V60: £1,600
  • Climate Pack - V60 Momentun: £650
  • Tech - Harmon Kardon sound pack - V60: £850

  • Metallic - Fusion red: £675
  • Metallic - Birch light: £675
  • Metallic - Pebble grey: £675
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £675
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £675
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £675
  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £675
  • Metallic - Maple brown: £675
  • Metallic - Pine grey: £675

  • Solid - Black Stone: £0
  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

  • Power child locks on rear doors: £85
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors: Included

  • Retractable towbar: £1,125

  • Leather - Charcoal: £0
  • Leather - Blond: £0
  • Leather - Maroon brown: £0

  • 19" 5 V Spoke tinted silver alloy wheels: £550
  • 18" 5 Double Spoke diamond cut/matt black alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" 5 Open Spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels: £550

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor: Included
  • Tempa spare wheel and jack: £150

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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