Buyer’s guide to the Volvo V60

Buyer’s guide to the Volvo V60

Looking for a stylish and premium estate car? The Volvo V60 could be the answer

Volvo is renowned for its estate cars and while the brand’s SUVs are more popular these days, its remaining estate cars are still tough to beat in their segment – even next to accomplished rivals. 

So if you’re looking for a Volvo wagon, you can pick between the large V90 or compact V60 – the latter being our focus here. 

Competing against the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate, the V60 offers a stylish design, high-quality interior and comfortable drive, while a range of hybrid options add to the appeal. 

So if you’re looking at buying a Volvo V60, here’s what you need to know. 

What powertrains are available?

All models in the V60 range now feature some form of electrification, with even petrol and diesel models now being mild-hybrids, which sit alongside popular plug-in hybrid versions. It’s worth noting that no manual gearbox option is on offer, either – all versions instead feature an eight-speed automatic. 

Kicking off the range is the petrol B3, which features a 161bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, and despite being the entry-level option, still delivers decent performance and efficiency. 

More powerful 2.0-litre petrol options are on offer, though – including the 194bhp B4, 247bhp B5 and powerful 296bhp B6. The latter is also all-wheel-drive, as the rest of the petrol V60 range is front-wheel-drive instead.

If you fancy a diesel, there is now just one option – the B4, which utilises a 194bhp 2.0-litre unit, and returns a welcome 50mpg. 

We also can’t forget the plug-in hybrid T6 and T8 Polestar Engineered models – both of which feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor and battery. Four-wheel-drive comes as standard, with the T6 producing a combined 335bhp, while the Polestar Engineered features a more powerful engine that takes the power up to 399bhp – delivering astonishing performance that means this estate can hit 60mph in just 4.4 seconds. 

An electric range of between 33 and 37 miles on plug-in hybrid models means they’re also very efficient – returning up to 156mpg, with sub-50g/km CO2 emissions that makes them an especially appealing company car.  

What trim levels are offered?

Five trim levels are available on the V60, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. 

Momentum – from £34,855

All V60s come with a generous amount of standard kit, with highlights including automatic LED headlights, keyless start, an electric boot, reversing camera, two-zone climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels. You also get heated front seats, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, nine-inch touchscreen and a whole range of safety kit – including autonomous emergency braking, a driver attention alert and traffic sign recognition. 

R-Design – from £37,230

Sporty R-Design versions bring LED fog lights, keyless entry, a sport styling kit, gloss black styling and keyless entry to name but a few features. 

Inscription – from £38,155

Upmarket Inscription versions feature Nappa leather upholstery, an electric passenger’s seat, LED foglights, driftwood interior inlays. Additional chrome styling and multicolour interior lighting also features. 

Cross Country – from £41,705

Cross Country models are the more off-road-inspired models – featuring 60mm of extra ground clearance, wheelarch extensions, plastic-clad numbers and a matte black front grille. Hill descent is also included, along with silver roof rails, a gesture-controlled electric boot and keyless entry. 

Polestar Engineered – from £52,200

At the top of the range, the Polestar Engineered (only available in T8 PHEV specification), brings new 19-inch alloy wheels, gold styling accents along with performance tweaks to the brakes, gearbox and chassis. It also features a Harmon Kardon sound system and heated steering wheel. 

What about personalisation?

With five trim levels that each bring their own look, there is plenty of scope to choose your perfect V60. A range of alloy wheel designs up to 20 inches, along with a suite of paint options makes it easy to make the car stand out, though. 

Volvo also offers a range of option packs that bundle together extras. The £1,600 Driver Assist package is appealing – bringing adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. 

The Lounge Pack also adds a whole range of kit – such as an electric sunroof, 360-degree camera and park assist – but is quite pricey at £1,975.

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