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Volvo V60 estate - Practicality & boot space

The Volvo V60 estate is a bit longer than rivals, and that shows in its interior and boot space

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Volvo has gone somewhat full circle, because after shunning its reputation for boxy estates by making the last V60 sleek but somewhat impractical, the latest model has a far bigger boot. Thankfully, clever design means Volvo has ensured it still looks good, too.

Volvo V60 interior space & storage

The V60 is longer than both the BMW and Audi, but you probably wouldn’t notice until you sit inside. Because when you do, there’s plenty of space for six-footers to fit in the front and back seats with room to spare. There are a few small niggles, though, including cramped rear footwells if the front seats are in their lowest positions and a transmission tunnel that impedes on foot space for a middle passenger.

Boot space

Once the boot whirs open, there’s 519 litres behind the rear seats, making it one of the best load-luggers in the class. Crucially this beats the 505 and 495 litres of the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring in a game of executive estate Top Trumps. There are neat features that remind you Volvo has been making estates for a while, too, like the flip-up divider you can attach shopping bags to, keeping them secure on the drive home. The rear seats and headrests can be folded down at the touch of a button in the boot, and when flat there’s 1,431 litres of room.

Towing

Every V60 can tow a heavy enough trailer to satisfy most customers, with the B3 and B4 mild-hybrid petrol front-wheel drive models able to haul a 2,000kg trailer; the same amount as the Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid. It’s worth bearing in mind that the B5 mild-hybrid all-wheel drive model is capable of towing up to just 1,800kg, however. The Cross Country's four-wheel drive and extra ground clearance could also be a boon on wet campsites or greasy boat-launching slipways.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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