Volvo V60
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Overall

The new Volvo V60 is the car for people who need the versatility of an estate but want the handling of a sports sedan – all in a stylish Scandinavian package. The sporty feel is emphasised by new, comfortable sport seats. A new 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to a refined drive and excellent fuel economy. Fuel consumption in a V60 D4 with manual gearbox is down to a class-leading 3.8 l/100 km, translating into CO2 emissions at 99 g/km with up to 17-inch wheels.

 

 

Design

Accentuated road presence
As with the new Volvo S60, the design team has increased the new V60′s road presence by emphasising its horizontal lines, which visually connects the car directly to the road. The V60′s silhouette is a visual reminder that this is no ordinary estate – it’s a wagon with a coupé-like appearance. To enhance the visual appeal of the car, it is now possible to specify the V60 with expressive 19-inch wheels and keep the same profile height as 18-inch ones, without compromising comfort.

Redesigned interior
Scandinavian design is exemplified by beautiful, simple shapes and surfaces with any unnecessary clutter removed. This is evident in the redesigned V60 interior and exterior. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials – such as wood and leather – and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience. There are upgrades such as new upholstery colours, a new headliner. At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is its intelligent seating. The rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, so that the rear 430 litres of load space can be supplemented quickly and easily. Parents favour the V60′s two-stage integrated booster cushions for children. With one simple movement, the booster cushions pop-up from the seat base giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children from three years and upwards.

New, comfortable sport seat
Supportive yet comfortable seats that ensure a fresh and relaxed arrival after the longest of journeys have been one of Volvo strengths for decades. The buyer of the V60 can now specify a new sport seat that retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car. It has great hugging side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, so the seat keeps the driver firmly in position when cornering fast.

Emphasised attention to detail
There are several other examples of the attention to detail in the new V60. The previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet. The radar cover has been painted gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. The chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge enhances the new cars’ self-confident look. The new integrated tailpipes, which can be specified with some engine variants, are the physical and visual link to the technically advanced engines. But it’s not just about beautiful design: the designers have had to cope with the fact that at operating temperature, the tailpipes have to remain perfectly in place despite the exhaust system expanding in length by up to 25mm. This is another example of true Scandinavian precision engineering.