Review

Volvo V60 estate

Price  £22,005 - £36,695

Volvo V60 estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Very comfortable
  • Loads of safety kit
Cons
  • Underwhelming handling
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Not the most economical

"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, which can return more than 60mpg and is free 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. 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.6 / 5

The Volvo V60 D6 hybrid is the most frugal model in the range, but we recommend the cheaper D4 diesel

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

The D4 diesel engine offers class-leading performance and running costs

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

The Volvo V60 shrugs off long motorway journeys with ease

Practicality & boot space

4.1 / 5

A relatively small boot and cramped rear headroom means the Volvo V60 doesn’t offer the roomy interior you might expect

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Volvo V60 is one of the safest cars on sale, but it underperformed in our Driver Power survey

What the others say

3.4 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
It's the curvy estate that aims to shed Volvo's sensible image, and Auto Express has driven it first in the UK! But the V60 faces some stiff competition from the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3-Series Touring – so has it got what it takes to stand out from the crowd?
3 / 5
Much more sleek than previous Volvo estates, clever safety systems, impressive direct injected petrol engines, comfortable seats, nice sound from five-cylinder D3 and D5 diesels.
3.5 / 5
Volvo has launched the V60 as a sports wagon and not as a traditional estate car. The official reason is that the car manufacturer wanted to make a vehicle with a coupe-like design, strong driving characteristics and good level of practicality. The S60 saloon forms the basis of the V60 but the sports wagon is a better looking car.
4 / 5
The V60 has a classy, comfortable and spacious cabin. It's keenly priced and comes with a huge array of standard and optional safety kit.

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What owners say

4.3706249833107
4.4 /5 based on 32 reviews
63%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
3 Dec 2014
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