Volvo updates six models

Article Tom Phillips
Feb 19, 2013

Volvo has taken the unprecedented step of facelifting six of its eight models at once.

The revised S60 saloon, V60 estate, XC60 SUV, V70 and XC70 estates, and flagship S80 saloon all feature new looks and new technology. They will all be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The only unchanged cars in Volvo's range are the V40 hatchback, which has recently been added to the line-up, and the ageing XC90 seven-seat SUV, which will be replaced with an all-new car next year.

The XC60 is Volvo's best-selling model, and has received the most extensive makeover. It gets a new, more purposeful front-end design with redesigned headlights, and a new grille design finished in chrome. The current XC60's black exterior trim is now body coloured, and torque vectoring Corner Traction Control is now standard on all models.

The revised Volvo S60 saloon and V60 estate get a similarly purposeful new look, with new headlights incorporating daytime running lights, a wider grille, new front and rear bumpers, plus new LED lights at the rear.

The Lower Sport Chassis, previously exclusive to the R-Design equipment level, is now available as an option on all S60 and V60 models for the first time.

The V70, XC70 and flagship S80 saloon feature less significant changes. Design tweaks include moving the windscreen washer nozzles from the bonnet as well as adding more chrome and a larger Volvo badge to the front grille.

The V40 set a new standard for Volvo with its full-colour instrument cluster, and the company has now added it to all models, while there are improved interior trim materials across the range.

A seven-inch touchscreen has been added to all models, and offers Internet access with voice commands for music app Spotify.

Fuel consumption has been improved across the range, too, with the most efficient S60 saloon now claimed to be capable of returning 71mpg.

To view the full Volvo range, see the CarBuyer Volvo reviews page.

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