Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country Plus Nav Auto [Heated Seats] [Electric Drivers Seat] [F & R Sensors] [DAB] 2.0 Diesel Automatic 5 door 4x4 (2020) available from Preston Motor Park Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Volvo

This vehicle is currently in stock at Volvo Horsham and can be purchased from Preston Motor Park Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Volvo.

Specification includes All Wheel Drive, Sensus Navigation, Keyless Entry Start and Drive, Heated Front Seats, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, DAB Radio, Powered Tailgate with Handsfree Function, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Lane Keeping Aid, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio Streaming, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Power Adjustable Drivers Seat with Memory, Electrically Adjustable Lumbar Support and Front Cushion Extensions, Selectable Drive Modes, 9 Inch Colour Touch Screen Infotainment System, Dual Zone Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Mirrors, Auto Dusk Sensing and Active Bending LED Headlights with Headlight Washer System, Auto Rain Sensing Wipers, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Integrated Roof Rails, 18 Inch Alloy Wheels with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Volvo On Call with App, Tyre Inflation Kit, ISOFIX Child Seat Fixings and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.

28/09/2020

12925

Automatic

Diesel

Silver



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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
135 g/km

MPG:

WLTP CO2:
157 g/km

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Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Power front and rear windows, Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation, Rear wiper

Brakes

Hill descent control, Hill start assist, Power parking brake with auto hold function, Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control, Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist

Chassis/Suspension

60mm additional ground clearance, Touring chassis

Communication

Bluetooth hands free telephone kit, Voice activated control for key functions, Volvo on call

Driver Aids

Adjustable steering wheel force, Drive mode settings, Driver alert control with lane keeping aid, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Speed limiter, Speed sensitive steering

Driver Convenience

Power operated tailgate

Driver Information

12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display, 9" centre console touch screen, Information centre, Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information, Service interval indicator, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming interior mirror, Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors, High gloss black door mirrors and window surround

Entertainment

DAB Digital radio

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Charcoal lower grille, Charcoal lower sill mouldings, Charcoal wheel extensions, Cross Country embossed rear bumper, Dual integrated exhaust pipes, Front aluminium tread plates, Integrated roof rails in silver, Matt black front grille with chrome details, Roof antenna, Roof spoiler, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology, Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights, Automatic headlight levelling system, Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights, Headlight cleaning system, Home safe and approach lighting, LED front fog lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter, B Pillar ventilation

Interior Features

12V socket in cargo area, 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console, 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim, A-pillar parking ticket holder, Bright metal luggage compartment threshold, Cargo load hooks, Centre console cupholders and storage, Glovebox compartment with illumination, Height/reach adjustable steering column, High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls, Leather gear knob, Leather upholstery with contrast stitching, Load cover, Load protection net, Lockable glovebox, Lockable load floor, Luggage compartment illumination, Rear armrest with storage + cupholders, Underfloor cargo storage

Interior Lights

Front footwell illumination, Front reading lights + Theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination, Multicolour theatre lighting and puddle lights, Rear footwell and side step illumination, Tailgate illumination

Safety

5 x 3 point seatbelts, City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake, Dual stage driver/passenger airbags, First aid kit, IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length, Passenger airbag cut-off switch, Road sign information display, Run off Road Mitigation, Run off Road Protection, Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats, SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), SIPS airbags, Slippery road and hazard light alert, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle

Seats

Extended front seat cushions, Front head restraints, Heated front seats, Isofix attachments on rear seats, Multi directional lumbar support, Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory, Rear head restraints, Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40, WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System

Security

Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor, Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows, Keyless drive (incudes keyless entry and start) with remote tag and handsfree tailgate open/close, Keyless Start, Locking wheel nuts, Private locking for tailgate

Transmission

8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

Vanity Mirrors

Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

General

AdBlue: True
Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 190
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: D4 [190]
Coin Series: Cross Country Plus
Generation Mark: 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 135
HC: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 155

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1969
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 8 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 34.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 45.6

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.2
Engine Power - BHP: 190
Engine Power - KW: 140
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
Engine Torque - NM: 400
Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
Top Speed: 130

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1504
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4784
Wheelbase: 2875
Width: 1916
Width (including mirrors): 2040

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2360
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1441
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 658
Max. Loading Weight: 576
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1784
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

THE ROUGH AND THE SMOOTH (new2) 16/11/2018

Volvo extends the Cross Country theme to its slick V60 estate. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

We already have a whole lot of time for Volvo's V60 estate, but giving it the Cross Country treatment can only broaden its appeal. Buyers get a choice of mild hybrid petrol and diesel engines, with eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive as standard, plus an off-road driving mode. It's not cheap, though.

Background

Be honest with yourself. Do you really need an SUV? Chances are you don't. You might just be buying one because you like sitting up high, or you think you're going to come off better in a crash or maybe just because you think you ought to have one. Now, you're clearly within your rights to choose exactly whatever you've earned the money to afford, but buying an SUV comes with a whole bunch of downsides that their manufacturers don't want you to know about. The laws of physics being what they are, nothing comes for free. Added size is added weight, extra fuel thirst, compromised handling and less effective braking. If only there was a smarter way to get that rugged, go-anywhere look without all of the lard. You can see where I'm going with this can't you? Yep, Volvo delivers just that in the shape of this much improved second generation V60 Cross Country model, arguably a smarter solution than the average mid-sized premium-branded SUV.

Driving Experience

Volvo offers two choices under the bonnet of this MK2 model V60 Cross Country, the 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel engine being the unit most choose. It endows the Cross Country with a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg. An alternative B5 mild hybrid petrol unit with 250hp is also on offer. Permanent all-wheel drive comes as standard, along with 60mm more ground clearance than you'd get in an ordinary V60. Plus this Cross Country version also gets Hill Descent Control and an Off Road Drive Mode setting. So as you can tell, it's much more suitable for rough road treatment than the previous generation V60 Cross Country model. Hill Descent Control automatically controls the car's speed down a steep slope, while the Off Road setting alters the operation of the constantly variable all-wheel-drive system and the responsiveness of the engine, gearbox and accelerator pedal to help when negotiating tricky terrain below 25mph. The previous V60 Cross Country couldn't really match the sharp handling reactions of its premium German rivals but there's a significant improvement in that area this time round thanks to the installation of the stiffer, more sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've also seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. As usual with Volvos, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you.

Design and Build

The base V60 was always a handsome car, but the Cross Country amps up the attitude a good few degrees with the addition of robust bodywork protection elements. Finished in charcoal grey, these include wheel arch extensions, lower sill mouldings and a rear bumper embossed with the Cross Country logo. With the lower grille adopting the same finish, extra visual ruggedness is added right around the lower part of the car, referencing its ability to tackle more challenging conditions. It also gets five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, which are specific to the Cross Country. Inside, there's much borrowed from the brand's V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's latest, paired back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping rivals in this segment like the Audi A4 allroad, BMW 3 Series Touring xDrive and the Mercedes C-Class Estate 4MATIC. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Market and Model

The price for this model in B4 diesel form is just over £41,000. You'll pay much the same for the alternative B5 mild hybrid petrol version. Across the range, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights with Active High Beam, a powered tailgate and Hill Start Assist come included. Optimum temperature and air quality is maintained by the dual-zone climate control with CleanZone system, also fitted as standard. A range of accessories - including ski, kayak and bike holders - are available for those with adventurous lifestyles. You also get some lovely tech like the City Safety function with automatic emergency braking, which is capable of detecting and helping you avoid potential collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and large animals as well as other vehicles on the road ahead. The V60 also benefits from Oncoming Collision Mitigation, a world-first safety technology that detects vehicles travelling towards you and applies the brakes automatically to limit the severity of any potential impact. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Cost of Ownership

Volvo's 'Drive-E' technology means that the WLTP-rated fuel returns and CO2 emissions are well up to class standard. For the B4 mild hybrid diesel using the standard 18-inch wheels, the benchmark efficiency figures are up to 48.6mpg combined cycle fuel economy, with CO2 emissions of up to 153g/km. For the B5 mild hybrid petrol variant, the figures are up to 37.6mpg and 170g/km. Demand for the XC60 SUV has proved that buyers in this class like the rugged Volvo look, and the V60 Cross Country has a more cerebral appeal that ought to plump up residual values quite nicely. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

There has to be a better way, something smarter than the legions of soft-roader SUVs. They're inefficient, lumbering and have become a bit of a cliche. Volvo reckons that the answer's been there all along. Its Cross Country brand has a long heritage, dating all the way back to 1997 when this Swedish brand was the first to take an ordinary estate (then the bigger V70 model) and give it extra all-road capability and chunky off road styling. Over twenty years of experience since have culminated in this second generation V60 Cross Country model, a superior example of its genre. Yes, the price is quite high and you could get a quality premium SUV for the same amount, but if that's not what you really want, this this countrified Volvo just might be.

LIFE BEGINS AT SIXTY? (new2) 21/09/2018

The second generation V60 aims to reinterpret the whole idea of what a mid-sized Volvo estate car should be. Jonathan Crouch looks at the B4 mild hybrid diesel version.

Ten Second Review

In case you hadn't heard, Volvo estates are smarter and sportier these days, as is ably demonstrated by this much improved second generation V60. Despite its sleeker styling direction, the car isn't a clone of its German mid-sized station wagon premium segment rivals, still majoring in Volvo virtues like exemplary safety, cosseting comfort and versatile practicality. This B4 mild hybrid diesel version also delivers a very accomplished driving experience and some very clever technological touches. Volvo brands this car 'the ultimate lifestyle enabler'. We simply call it a potentially surprising package.

Background

Estate cars used to be things you bought to carry around loads of kit. Not any more. These days, most people wanting to do that will buy an MPV or an SUV. Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. Which is why compact mid-sized premium-branded wagons like Audi's A4 Avant and Mercedes' C-Class Estate can't actually carry much more than the saloons upon which they're based. Now you wouldn't expect Volvo, a solid, traditional brand that pioneered the kind of boxy estate car into which you could fit a fridge (or several), to want much to do with this kind of trendy form over function approach. But you'd be wrong. The Swedish brand actually invented this style-conscious market niche long before the German brands turned up, bringing us the classic P1800E model that Roger Moore drove as 'The Saint' way back in the Sixties. But it took them until 2010 to return to it with the first generation version of their V60 model. That car wasn't quite good enough to significantly trouble its dominant German-branded rivals. But this design, its successor, might well be. Especially in this B4 mild hybrid diesel form.

Driving Experience

You might not be approaching the idea of driving a Volvo estate with much enthusiasm, but this second generation V60 is actually surprisingly agile and adept, thanks in large part to its stiff 'SPA' platform architecture. It doesn't handle quite as sharply as some rivals because it has other, arguably more important priorities. And recognises that for some, driving enjoyment can also come with a lowering, rather than a raising, of the heartbeat. The well-judged set-up of the standard 'Dynamic Chassis' suspension set-up helps here, which provides the best balance of any Volvo we've yet tried when it comes to the contrary objectives of comfort and composed body control. The optional 'Active Four-C Chassis' package gives you adaptive damping, but you don't really need it. All variants get Volvo's usual 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system via which you can tailor throttle response, steering feel and the timings of the optional 8-speed auto gearbox to suit the way you want to drive. As for engines, well as usual with Volvo these days, they're all four cylinders and 2.0-litres in size. The company's future plans for its conventional powerplants are centred around 48-valve mild hybrid technology, which features in this 197hp B4 - a model offering a 420Nm torque output facilitating a 2.0-tonned braking towing capacity and allowing this variant to reach 62mph in 7.9s - a time that's actually slightly quicker than a rival BMW 320d. On the way to a limited top speed of 112mph

Design and Build

Lots of people will have a clear picture in their head of what a Volvo estate looks like. This might not be it. Along with its S60 saloon stablemate, this MK2 model V60 is the smallest and lightest of the cars produced from Volvo's 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform. It's appropriate then, that there's a sense of visual agility here that the brand's other more expensive offerings don't have. Take a seat up-front, where high-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Scandinavian cabin that's simple, elegant and more appealing than most rivals. The first thing you'll probably notice is the 9.3-inch portrait-style touchscreen on the centre console that de-clutters the cabin of buttons and gives it a classy, sophisticated air emphasised by intricate detailing and rich Scandinavian design. There's more technology in the instrument binnacle where the normal conventional dials and read-outs have been replaced by virtual ones in an 'Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display'. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Market and Model

The first generation V60 model merely aspired to be a direct rival for mid-sized premium station wagon segment leaders like Audi's A4 Avant, BMW's 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. This second generation version though, feels confident that it can take on and beat these Teutonic heavyweights - and it's been priced accordingly. Where before, most V60s were sold below the £30,000 price point, with this MK2 model, the mainstream models that will make up the majority of sales are pitched in the £35,000 to £40,000 bracket. Across the mainstream variants, there are three core trim levels - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription'. This B4 diesel variant is tightly priced by class standards. From launch, Volvo attached a £38,000 starting price to this variant; directly equivalent BMW 320d Touring and Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190PS models cost a similar amount. Safety standards are class-leading. The City Safety with Autobrake technology system uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP efficiency stats. This 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel variant, the V60 version most will choose offers combined fuel consumption of up to 55.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of up to 135g/km. By way of comparison, the petrol-powered B3, B4 and B5 mild hybrid models offer combined fuel economy of up to 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 157g/km. The Recharge T6 AWD petrol/electric plug-in hybrid manages up to 156.7mpg and up to 41g/km and will offer an all-electric driving range of up to 36.7 miles. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This second generation V60 will, we think, find it easier than its predecessor to conquest sales from German rivals. Class-leading safety gives this Swedish contender a tangible advantage over such competitors. So does this V60's high-tech cabin with its more sophisticated infotainment and instrument binnacle screens. You get generally more complete levels of standard equipment too. Of course, as with any premium-badged mid-sized estate, what's on offer here isn't cheap, especially not in this B4 diesel form. But those strong safety standards will help potential buyers feel better about that. We're reminded of the ads the brand ran for its estates back in the Seventies that showed a family of cub scouts clambering inside. 'It's not expensive when you consider what goes into it' was the tag line. Precisely. This V60 might even appeal over a fashionable mid-sized SUV - which wasn't what we expected at the outset. In summary, this could only be a Volvo, but it also offers a slightly different vision of what a family estate car ought to be. We like it for that. You might too.

V TO DO WHAT YOU WANT (new2) 18/05/2018

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be. Jonathan Crouch checks out the second generation version of the brand's V60 mid-sized estate.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's regeneration continues with this second generation V60 mid-sized estate model. It gets the company's sophisticated SPA chassis, class-leading safety tech and two choices for Plug-in hybrid power. If you're looking at German rivals like the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3 Series Touring or the Mercedes C-Class Estate, this Swedish alternative might be a refreshingly different option.

Background

Estate cars. They used to be things you bought to carry around loads of kit. Not any more. These days, most people wanting to do that will buy an MPV or an SUV. Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. Which is why compact mid-sized premium-branded wagons like Audi's A4 Avant and BMW's 3 Series Touring can't actually carry much more than the saloons upon which they're based. Now you wouldn't expect Volvo, a solid, traditional brand that pioneered the kind of boxy estate car into which you could fit a fridge (or several), to want much to do with this kind of trendy form over function approach. But you'd be wrong. The Swedish brand actually invented this style-conscious market niche long before the German brands turned up, bringing us the classic P1800E model that Roger Moore drove as 'The Saint' way back in the Sixties. But it took them until 2010 to return to it with the first generation version of their V60 model. That car wasn't quite good enough to significantly trouble its dominant German-branded rivals. But this design, its successor, might well be.

Driving Experience

As usual with Volvo, all the engines on offer are 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged units bolted to the brand's sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. Many V60 customers may still want a diesel, the 197hp B4 mild hybrid unit, which (like every other engine in the range) is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox. But increasingly in this segment, there's great interest in petrol power, so to meet that need, Volvo now provides this car with three mainstream mild hybrid petrol units, the 163hp B3, the 197hp B4 and the 250hp B5. Avoid entry-level trim and there's also a 300hp B6 petrol model that only comes in AWD form. Talking of AWD, you have to have that if you go for the 'Cross Country' variant, which can be had either with the 250hp B5 mild hybrid petrol unit or the 197hp B4 diesel. There are also two 'Recharge' PHEV AWD powertrain options that both mate their engines to an 87hp electric motor. There a T6 Plug-in hybrid that uses a 253hp unit. And a Polestar Engineered T8 Plug-in hybrid that features a 318hp powerplant. Whichever V60 variant you choose, as usual with Volvo models, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you.

Design and Build

The original V60 model was quite a departure from the conventional boxy Volvo station wagon shape and this MK2 model continues that trend. To look at, it's very much like the larger V90 estate model that shares its sophisticated 'SPA' architecture. In fact, from a casual glance, you might easily mistake this V60 for its larger stablemate. Get up a little closer though, and you'll find that the front apron is more aggressively styled with this more compact wagon. There's some design inspiration from the XC60 mid-sized SUV in places too. The 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights for example, though they're a bit more sculpted here, while the front apron is more aggressively styled in comparison to the smooth face of the V90. Inside, there's much more borrowed from those V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's latest, pared back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Market and Model

If you've looked at the various premium brand rivals targeted by this car, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here when it comes to pricing. The V60 range sits in the same £35,000 to £50,000 bracket targeted by competitors. Expect the usual 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' trim levels, plus a mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' 4WD variant is available in B4 diesel or B5 petrol guise for just over £41,000. Safety standards are class-leading - and most of the features come as standard across the range. The City Safety with Autobrake technology system uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP efficiency stats. The 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel variant most will choose offers combined fuel consumption of up to 55.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of up to 135g/km. The petrol-powered B3, B4 and B5 mild hybrid models offer combined fuel economy of up to 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 157g/km. The Recharge T6 AWD petrol/electric plug-in hybrid manages up to 156.7mpg and up to 41g/km and will offer an all-electric driving range of up to 36.7 miles. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This second generation V60 has found it easier than its predecessor to conquest sales from German rivals. Class-leading safety gives this Swedish contender a tangible advantage over such competitors. So does this V60's high-tech cabin with its more sophisticated infotainment and instrument binnacle screens. You get generally more complete levels of standard equipment too. This is then, a tale of the unexpected. If you're just about to sign for a premium 3 Series or A4-sized estate, then you might want to try one of these before you do. Swede dreams are made of this.

V GOOD? (family) 18/05/2018

The second generation V60 is a Volvo estate car that's anything but square. June Neary gives it the once over.

Will It Suit Me?

If, prior to driving the Volvo V60, somebody had said that they figured I'd be a great fit for a Volvo estate, I'd have taken that as a bit of a slur. Weren't Volvo estates for antique dealers, university lecturers, Cotswold transplants trying their best to appear old money and the sort of people you see on the Crimewatch mugshot section? For a girl with some get up and go left, the Volvo estate image didn't seem a solid match. Then I saw the MK2 model V60 and this aversion crumbled somewhat. For a start, it's not resolutely square. In fact, the styling looks as if it's spent a little too long under a sun bed and has softened significantly. The basic proportions are also pretty athletic. Sporty even. Best of all, the cabin was anything but fuddy duddy when I threw open the door. Talk about an instant convert.

Practicalities

While we've seen many 'sporty' estates before, one recurrent theme is that the sexier they look, the more useless they are at their primary purpose - being an estate car. Actually though, the V60's 529- litre boot is larger than more upright members of the posh brand mid-sized estate community such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. Volvo also points out that there's more to practicality than sheer load volume and it's got a point. The V60 load area has been designed with a wide aperture and a uniform shape, so all of the available capacity can be used. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Behind the Wheel

The cabin is finished in quite a spare Scandinavian way. I liked the clean look of the fascia, with its floating centre console but a couple of friends mentioned that they found it a little too stark and would quickly get bored with it. All agreed that the seats were some of the most comfortable they'd ever sat in. Most V60 customers will probably want a diesel, either the 150hp D3 or the 190hp D4. There's also a 250hp T5 petrol option. For the future, there'll be two plug-in hybrid powertrain options. There a T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340hp. Or a T8 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that delivers 390hp. As usual with Volvos, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and - if you've a self-shifter fitted - auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you. You also get reasonable economy, the volume D4 diesel variant able to record 117g/km of CO2 and 64mpg on the combined cycle. That should keep me off the Pringles from my local petrol station. The previous V60 couldn't really match the sharp handling reactions of its premium German rivals but buyers can expect a significant improvement in that area this time round thanks to the installation of the stiffer, more sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. However, when you attempt to drive the V60 hard, it still feels a little unhappy, reminding you through a somewhat scrabbly front end that it's no sports car. Ease your pace and composure returns.

Value For Money

I knew the Volvo V60 wasn't going to be cheap but nearly £32,000 for the entry-level version rising to over £40,000 for one of the better-specified trim levels seemed quite a hefty sum. Expect the usual 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' trim levels, plus a mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' variant is planned for the future. Safety standards are class-leading - and most of the features come as standard across the range. The City Safety with Autobrake technology system uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Could I Live With One?

I must admit, the Volvo V60 did worm its way into my affections. Any car that feels this well built, is this practical and yet which will see over 60 miles to the gallon has a whole lot to be said for it and when that package is as stylish as the V60, it becomes one of those cars that you'd consider laying your own money down for.

Volvo V60 average rating: 4.5/5 (11 reviews)

Mr W Tranter - 19/06/20, owner of a Volvo V60 Inscription Pro D4 Auto

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
Great car, good spec, handles well, good on fuel, current average 44MPG and very comfortable.

Mr C Gillam - 09/10/19, owner of a Volvo V60 Diesel Sportwagon 2.0 D4 [190] Inscription Plus 5dr Auto

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
I can honestly say that I am delighted with my new V60… it is a supremely comfortable, quiet and smooth way to travel and I love it.

Mr Peter Coxon - 08/05/2019, owner of a Volvo V60 2.0 D4 [190] Inscription Pro 5dr Auto

User rating: 4.5/5

User comment:
As a long time Volvo owner, for me the new Volvo user interface and general build quality is really quite excellent.

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