Volvo V60 estate
Price £22,205 - £35,145
- Stylish looks
- Very comfortable
- Loads of safety kit
- Underwhelming handling
- Smaller boot than rivals
- Not the most economical
At a glance
"The V60 is a Volvo estate that puts style before practicality in an effort to compete with rivals from BMW and Audi."
The Volvo V60 range has been reinvigorated for 2014 thanks to the addition of the company's excellent new D4 diesel engine, which brings best-in-class economy and CO2 emissions figures, plus a welcome boost in power.
While the Volvo remains less fun to drive than a BMW 3 Series Touring or Audi A4 Avant, it's an excellent car to travel long distances in thanks to its quiet interior and hugely comfortable seats. The V60 is also one of the safest cars on sale today and all models come with Volvo's City Safe automatic emergency braking.
Get behind the wheel of the V60 and its feels like an upmarket product. Volvo's ‘floating’ dashboard design looks completely different to anything else in the class and the dials are clear, easily understood and simple to use. This car offers a welcome alternative to its German rivals and matches their great build quality.
While the car's stylish looks means the V60 is more eye-catching than Volvos of old, they come at the expense of boot space – this Volvo estate doesn’t offer the class-leading capacity you might expect.
One area the Volvo does lead the class in is engines. That's mainly thanks to the company's new D4 diesel engine that was released in 2014, which can return more than 70mpg and is just £20 per year to tax, but also offers plenty of overtaking power. The D6 plug-in hybrid is even more frugal than the D4 and is exempt from London's Congestion Charge, but its high purchase price will put most people off.
The range starts with the basic Business Edition, which gets plenty of kit including climate control, sat nav, and a seven-inch display screen. Other models include SE, SE Lux, R-Design and R Design Lux, while the V60 Polestar is a high performance estate designed to rival the Audi S4 and RS4 Avants. SE models are the most luxurious, while R-Design cars get a body kit, larger alloy wheels and a sporty interior to help them take on the likes of the Audi A4 S line and BMW 3 Series M Sport. The Polestar gets wheels that are even bigger still, and an aggressive bodykit to help it stand out.
The Volvo V60 D6 hybrid is the most frugal model in the range, but we recommend the cheaper D4 diesel
The D4 diesel engine offers class-leading performance and running costs
The Volvo V60 shrugs off long motorway journeys with ease
A relatively small boot and cramped rear headroom means the Volvo V60 doesn’t offer the roomy interior you might expect
The Volvo V60 is one of the safest cars on sale, but it underperformed in our Driver Power survey