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Volvo V60 estate - Engines, drive & performance

Performance is adequate, but the V60 takes a more laid-back approach to driving

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The V60 takes a somewhat different approach to rivals like the BMW 3 Series Touring, because it feels far less sporty. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it should instead appeal to anyone who simply wants a comfortable, cosseting and very safe experience behind the wheel.

At low speeds the steering is light and there’s very little feel – but that’s fine, as it makes the V60 stress-free and easy to drive and park in town as you get on with daily life. Head out of the town or city and the steering gets heavier, while supple suspension deals with imperfections in the road. The V60 definitely rolls in corners more than its German rivals but it's more comfortable for it, and it still remains composed through bends.

Volvo V60 diesel engines

Choose a diesel and you’ll get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 187bhp, sending power to the front wheels through an automatic gearbox. It has plenty of pulling power, getting the V60 from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds.

Petrol engines

Volvo has expanded the V60’s petrol range, which now kicks off with the B3 (P) offering 161bhp and a 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds. The only reason to choose it is because it’s the cheapest model in the range; it isn't much cheaper to run than more powerful versions of the same engine. The B4 (P) has 194bhp and cuts a second from the 0-62mph time, while the B5 (P) gets 247bhp and an impressive 6.8-second 0-62mph time.

With 296bhp and four-wheel drive, the B6 (P) is the fastest non-hybrid V60, so it's likely to be a fairly niche proposition. It powers from 0-62mph in six seconds but it's interesting to note that just like all new Volvos, it's also electronically limited to 112mph for safety.

Hybrid engines

While the expensive Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid (which we've reviewed separately) arrived first, it's now been joined by a more affordable T6 plug-in. This is based around the same 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine but with a more sedate 250bhp, for a still impressive total of 335bhp when the electric motors are factored in. With 0-62mph coming up in 5.4 seconds, it's faster than many sports cars from just a decade ago, and quicker than most hot hatchbacks. It can't match a BMW 3 Series Touring for driver appeal but it still has decent body control and despite its lightness, the steering is accurate.

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