Volvo V60 2019 – A Great Family Estate Car
The Volvo V60 is a top-class mid-sized estate, ideal for families and offers a great alternative to the standard German selection. The V60 has a superb mix of style, elegance, practicality and high-tech gadgetry, while still maintaining its top-class safety appeal.
The Volvo V60 arrived on the scene back in 2010 and soon became the mid-sized family estate that was prepared to challenge the premium BMW, Audi and Mercedes models. This second generation V60 started production in 2018 and was tweaked in 2019.
The current trend does not favour the estate car market if you are looking for space and practicality, with the majority now opting for an SUV. The Volvo V60 needs to exceed direct rivals like the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Tourer. As well as a host of SUV's which are flooding the market from all manufacturers.
The V60 is based on the same platform as the hugely popular Volvo XC60, as is much of the interior and technology. With a variety of engines, trim levels and standard features across the range, there should be a V60 for everyone.
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Space, Practicality and Safety
A vital aim of the V60 is to provide excellent practicality, space and functionality, to accommodate families. The front area is very spacious, providing plenty of leg and headroom for driver and passenger. The seats are incredibly soft and comfortable. They have a wide range of power-assisted adjustments. There is the option to include a memory function, power-assisted multi-directional lumbar support and seat heating, along with a massage function.
In the back, there is a generous amount of space for tall passengers, with no leg or headroom issues. Even with tall passengers in the front, leg and knee room in the back is not significantly affected. The middle seat can be a little tight for a tall passenger, due to the large transmission tunnel running through the centre of the car, which reduces the foot room. There is an optional panoramic roof available, which in most cars can compromise some of the headroom. In the V60, however, this isn't a problem.
A key component for an estate car is a spacious boot. The Volvo V60 has this nailed, with a capacity of 658-litres with the seats up, it comfortably trumps its premium, rival estates. The Audi comes in at 505-litres, the BMW at 500-litres and the Mercedes at 490-litres. The boot features a split level, with a large, deep storage compartment under the boot floor. The floor of the boot sits level with the boot lip, which makes getting luggage or heavy items in and out very easy. The opening is wide, which adds to its practicality. Standard across each model, is an electric tailgate, with the higher-spec models having the option of handsfree opening and closing. Put the rear seat down flat and the capacity of the V60 increases to an impressive 1441-litres, enough space for a small settee!
Volvo has an impressive and enviable reputation for making some of the safest cars, and the V60 is no different. The Volvo V60 comes with a host of standard safety features such as; Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), pedestrian, large animal and cyclist detection, multiple airbags, Lane Keeping Assist and Run-off Road Mitigation and Protection.
There are various optional safety packages and features available such as; the Intellisafe Pro Pack which includes blindspot warning, Pilot Assist and Cross Traffic Alert Assist.
It's not a surprise that the Volvo V60 scored a top 5-star rating at the recent Euro NCAP safety test.
Engines, Power and Performance
The new Volvo V60 is available with a selection of petrol, diesel and petrol-hybrid 2-litre, 4-cylinder engines. The petrol and petrol-hybrid engines are only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid variations come with AWD.
The two diesel variations are the D3 and the D4. The D3 produces 150hp and is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This will get from 0-62mph in 9.6secs. The D4 generates 190hp, and as with the D3, it is available with either six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This extra power means the 0-62mph time drops to 7.6secs. Both diesel engines can have FWD or AWD. If you opt for the AWD, however, it is only available with the automatic transmission.
There are three petrol variations, the T4, T5 and T6 the later also available as a petrol hybrid. The T4 produces 190hp and will get from 0-62mph in 7.2secs and comes with FWD only. The T5 has a power output of 250hp and will hit 0-62mph in 6.7secs, but is available as FWD or AWD. The T6 petrol is AWD and comes with both a turbocharger and supercharger giving it 310hp, which helps it hit 0-62mph in 5.8secs.
The two petrol-hybrid engines are the T6 and T8, both of with are turbocharged and supercharged. They come with a lithium battery and 65KW electric motor. The T6 generates 340hp and will quickly get from 0-62mph in 5.4secs, while the T8 ups the power to 390hp and will hit 0-62mph in a staggering 4.9secs.
All engine choices are great, and all offer excellent performance, efficiency and fuel economy. As you'd imagine, the hybrid versions return the best mpg, but at an increased initial purchase price.
Interior Technology and Quality
The interior of the Volvo V60 is very minimalist, yet still stylish and elegant. The build quality certainly meets that of a premium brand, as does the quality and selection of materials used.
All V60 models come with a 9-inch portrait orientated colour touchscreen, incorporating the Volvo Sensus infotainment system. Standard features include sat-nav, DAB radio and voice control. Optional extras include smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, a choice of two premium stereo and speaker upgrades and a head-up display (HUD). Some of these features do come as standard in higher trim models.
Another standard feature found across all V60 trims is a new 12.3-inch digital display screen, which replaces the old analogue instrument cluster. In most premium rival cars this is an optional extra, or only available in the more expensive models, so Volvo setting it as a standard feature is a big plus.
Volvo has worked hard to create a car to rival the more commonly know premium brands, BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The V60 is certainly a great match for any of its rivals and features the best bits of each. It is a fantastic all-round family estate car, most definitely worth taking for a spin.