Volvo V60 long-term test review
The Volvo V60 beat the Audi A4 Avant and Skoda Superb Estate when we group-tested it, but is it as impressive when you live with it every day?...
- The Car: Volvo V60 D4 Momentum Pro
- Run by: John Bradshaw, chief photographer
- Why it's here: To see if one of the best modern estates is a better choice than an SUV
- Needs to: Cope with all of my photography gear, provide smooth transport on long journeys, return reasonable fuel economy and be an effortless commuter car
Price £36,610 Price as tested £43,835 Miles covered 7000 Official Economy 61.4mpg Test economy 43.6mpg Options fitted Xenium Pack, which includes panoramic sunroof, 360 parking camera and Park Assist Pilot (£1800), Intellisafe Pro which includes Pilot Assist, adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Warning, Cross Traffic Alert (£1625), Premium Harmon Kardon sound system (£825), 18in Diamond Cut alloy wheels (£775), metallic paint (£650), dark tinted windows (£600) Convenience Pack (£500), Smartphone Integration (£300) and spare wheel and jack (£150)
4 February 2019 – Runs in the family
Volvo might not be the obvious choice when it comes to premium European brands, but my experience with the Swedish marque over my lengthy time as What Car? photographer has always proved positive.
My previous favourite photography-wagon was the original Volvo XC90, which I liked for its practicality, refined engine and comfortable interior. So much so, I had no doubt in picking the Volvo V60 for my next workhorse.
My favourite Volvo features continue to ring true in the V60, including comfortable, ergonomic seats that are still supportive after my many long journeys around the country. The interior is a very enjoyable place to be, with plenty of adjustability for the driver's seat making it easy to find a suitable driving position. Sleek styling, lots of useful technology and a premium high-quality finish throughout goes to show that the Swedish brand has continued to create outstanding models through the years.