Skip advert
Advertisement

Volvo V60 estate (2011-2018) - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Volvo V60 came 63rd overall (out of 150 cars) in our Driver Power 2016 customer satisfaction survey, which is a pretty good result considering it’s an ageing model, but it failed to appear in our 2017 survey results. Volvo’s safety centre in Gothenburg is one of the world’s most advanced and the manufacturer’s own crash-testing goes over and above that required by safety body Euro NCAP.

Volvo V60 reliability

Considering the V60 was first launched back in 2010, its 63rd place in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey (up 23 places from 2015) wasn’t bad. However, the fact it only managed 127th in the reliability category is a definite cause for concern, even if its 13th spot for build quality suggests the interior stands up to family life very well.

Safety

The Volvo V60 was one of the first cars to come with automatic emergency braking as standard, which lessens the chances of a crash in low-speed, stop-start traffic. Other standard features include a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and a system Volvo calls Adaptive Brake Lights. This illuminates both the brake lights and the car’s rear foglights in the event of hard emergency braking.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Volvo V60 received the maximum five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2012. Protection was found to be good for the driver and front passenger, with a 94% score in this area, while the car’s 82% rating for child protection is excellent and its 100% result for safety-assistance technology is truly exceptional. There’s plenty of extra equipment to choose from on the options list, including a blind-spot warning system (£500), lane-keeping assistance (£700), while the £1,900 Driver Support Pack rolls these features and more together, and includes adaptive cruise control.

Skip advert
Advertisement

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.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Top 10 best used estate cars
The best used estate cars 2023
Best cars
4 Aug 2023

Top 10 best used estate cars

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
17 Apr 2024

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

All-new Citroen C3 Aircross squeezes 7 seats into small SUV body
Citroen C3 Aircross front quarter
News
18 Apr 2024

All-new Citroen C3 Aircross squeezes 7 seats into small SUV body

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
19 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024