With a long history of estates that were as practical as they were square, you might expect the Volvo V60 to be something of a Tardis once the rear hatch is open. The Swedish manufacturer seemed keen to break from tradition with a coupe-inspired (Volvo’s words, not ours) ‘estate’ that in reality has little more carrying capacity than a reasonably sized hatchback.
If you’re unlikely to be carrying really bulky loads and don’t really value the kind of driving experience that leaves you all wide-eyed, then the V60 does have a few things going for it. The diesel engines are efficient and you get plenty of standard equipment, making it a tempting choice for company car drivers looking to lessen their monthly tax burden.
Given the fairly posh badge up front, it’s also much cheaper than premium rivals like the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. Part of the reason for this is that it is a little long in the tooth now, something that’s highlighted by the dated infotainment system and dashboard with more buttons than the flight deck of an Airbus A380.
Read on for our comprehensive four-point review covering how it drives, what it’s like inside and how kind it is to your purse strings.