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Volvo V60 review

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Volvo V60
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10 Apr 2017 10:10 | Last updated: 16 Oct 2018 11:12

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you keep a beady eye on costs, then the V60 is worth your attention. Generally, like for like, it’s no pricier to buy in cash than its chief rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Audi, yet it comes stacked with standard equipment. If you prefer the finance route, the V60 is exceedingly competitive for both PCP and leasing.

The V60 is also predicted to hold onto a solid chunk of its value when it comes to reselling three years down the line. In fact, the car should keep its value about as well as an Audi A4 Avant and considerably better than a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate or BMW 3 Series Touring.

The D3 variant’s CO2 emissions are no better than the more powerful D4’s, making the latter a tempting choice for company car drivers. In our book, the D4’s extra oomph makes it the engine to choose for private buyers, too, and – on paper at least – it shouldn’t cost you much more in fuel. But whether it’s CO2 emissions or fuel economy you’re most concerned about, the D4 will be lighter on your wallet than a 320d Touring; the A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra is the most efficient option with equivalent power, though.

Stick to entry-level Momentum trim for the best value. This has more than enough gubbins to keep the gadget lovers entertained, as well as plenty of luxuries, such as a 9.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 10-speaker stereo, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a power-operated tailgate and dual-zone climate control. It’s worth considering a few options, though, such as the Convenience Pack, smartphone mirroring, adaptive LED headlights and extra safety kit (see below). Metallic paint is almost always essential for the best resale values.

At the time of writing, the latest V60 hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP. However, because the results for Volvo models built from the same underpinnings are class-leading, we doubt very much that there’ll be any concerns and a five-star rating will be forthcoming. As standard, the V60 gets automatic emergency braking (this will detect cars, pedestrians and large animals), traffic sign recognition, oncoming lane mitigation (to help avoid a head-on collision) and lane-keep assist.

The optional Intellisafe Pro pack includes blindspot warning and Pilot Assist (adaptive cruise control that also includes steering control) and is worth considering. It is rather pricey, though.

There’s less to get excited about concerning Volvo’s reliability. As a manufacturer, the brand finished 25th out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey. For the record, that is behind all of its main rivals; but let’s hope the V60 improves on that. Either way, you will have the peace of mind of a three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and free breakdown cover.

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Verdict

Tidy handling, beautifully built, with a comfortable ride. And did we mention it’s blooming roomy? The Volvo V60 is a great estate car

  • Well-struck ride and handling balance
  • Smart and airy interior
  • Excellent passenger and boot space
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Some wind and road noise on the motorway
  • Hesitant automatic gearbox
There are 8 trims available for the V60 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
Momentum
This entry-level trim is the one we’d choose, because it still has plenty of kit. You get 17in alloy wheels, a 9.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a 10-speaker stereo, a 12.3in digital instrument displ...View trim
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Momentum Pro
This adds a head-up display, keyless entry, a hands-free powered tailgate, adaptive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and leather-faced upholstery to Momentum’s spec...View trim
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Inscription
This adds to the accoutrements you get on Momentum, plus electrically adjustable front seats (with memory and four-way adjustable lumbar support), interior wood inlays, leather-faced upholstery, el...View trim
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R DESIGN
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Inscription Pro
This trim augments Inscription with a head-up display, keyless entry, 19in alloy wheels, powered front seat bolster adjustment, a hands-free powered tailgate, adaptive LED headlights, a heated stee...View trim
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£35,961
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R DESIGN pro
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£37,660
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Cross Country
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£40,020
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