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

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.


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.

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.

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