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Volvo V60 estate (2011-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2

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

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Volvo V60 MPG & CO2

The plug-in hybrid versions of the Volvo V60 have an official fuel economy figure of 155mpg, although in our experience this is almost impossible to achieve in the real world. At least CO2 emissions of just 48g/km mean you can avoid the London Congestion Charge. After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Volvo S60s cost £140 (£130 for the plug-in hybrid) a year to tax. Those with a list price (including options) of more than £40,000 are liable for an additional surcharge of £310 a year in years two to six, bringing the annual bill to £450 (or £440) during that period.

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The D2 is the cheapest V60 diesel to buy and returns up to 72.4mpg, plus its low CO2 emissions mean it appeals to company-car drivers, thanks to its 22% BiK band. The larger D3 and D4 diesels are more powerful, yet still easy on fuel. The D3 returns up to 68.9mpg (65.7mpg for the automatic), but contrary to expectations, the powerful D4 is actually more economical, managing 70.6mpg with a manual – although choosing the automatic does cut this to 64.2mpg. This puts the manual D4 within easy reach of business drivers, thanks to its BiK band matching the D2.

A rugged V60 Cross Country version is available with the D3 and D4 diesel engines and in this form both can return 67mpg with a manual gearbox, or 61mpg with an automatic.

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The most expensive V60 to run by far is the petrol-engined V60 Polestar. Its 2.0-litre turbo engine returns 34.9mpg, although this can in part be attributed to a fuel-sapping automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Servicing

Volvo uses an online service price indicator that takes into account your location as well as the model, age and mileage of your car to give you a personal service quote without having to visit the garage. We were quoted £400 for a major service (required every two years or 36,000 miles) on a Volvo V60 D4. Volvo also throws in 12 month’s free roadside assistance when you have your car serviced at a dealership.

Warranty

Volvo’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty isn’t as generous as the BMW 3 Series’ three-year/unlimited-mileage offering and falls well behind Kia’s industry-leading seven-year/100,000-mile cover. Volvo will extend the warranty to a maximum of four years or 80,000 miles, but you’ll have to contact your local dealer for a quote on that.

Insurance

Insurance for your Volvo V60 is broadly in line with rivals such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. The cheapest model to insure is the D2, which qualifies for group 17 cover, while the D5 hybrid model sits in group 30 out of 50.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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