Volvo V60 Car Review
Dynamic yet practical, the V60 is a true Volvo interpretation of a family estate car. The V60 promises practicality as well as extended boot space for those who need extra storage space.
Volvo’s ‘V Series’ is a collection of hatchbacks and estate vehicles, which offers an array of mainstream and premium cars. The V60 competes against the BMW 3-Series Touring, Audi A6 Avant and the Mercedes C-Class estate.
The standard model is on the market at a starting price of €41,200. However, for this review, we got our hands on the Inscription. This top of the line spec retails from €46,440 and with all the added features it is definitely worth the investment.
A slick and convenient addition to the V60 is the automatic boot door that opens by swiping your foot in front of the sensor at the bottom of the car, perfect for when your hands are full. What makes this estate a family car is just how truly spacious it is. With an impressive boot capacity of 529 litres, the V60 has the best space compared to its rivals. If that’s not enough, the rear seats can fold forward, increasing the capacity to 1300 litres.
From tethering points and a spare wheel to dividers for shopping bags, this vehicle has it all. The convenience pack upgrade includes a 12-volt socket and electric folding rear seats. This luxurious Swedish vehicle also has a ski hatch embedded in the centre back seat for those who have plans of driving to the slopes.
The rear doors open to a full range to improve access and make it is effortless for families who will be using children’s car seats. It is also worth noting the Isofix points are easily accessible too.
Overall the car is quite spacious at the back and can fit three passengers quite comfortably. However, the optional sunroof for the V60 does compromise headroom for the back seat passengers. Features inside the car include an armrest with cup holders, seat storage and even a three-pin socket with selected models. Both driver and front passenger are treated to a bright and luxurious experience. Unlike its rivals, the V60 comes with fully electric seats as standard.
From the digital dashboard to the large front and centre infotainment system screen, this car comes with all the gadgets a car enthusiast would want when searching for their next vehicle. It’s worth mentioning that the V60’s infotainment system can be tricky to operate at times and does not come with Apple Car Play or Android Auto for the standard models.
Volvo follows suit by providing the latest technology to support lane assist, accident avoidance and a rearview camera to help manoeuvre reversing in those tight spots.
What separates the V60 from its competitors is its driving and handling. Designed to make urban driving a breeze, one of the first things you notice behind the wheel is how smooth it is to drive as it glides over the road, and how exceptionally light the steering is. A selection of engines are available for this vehicle; however, Volvo recommends the T5 petrol (230 bhp) accompanied by the 8-speed automatic gearbox. Although a great pairing, we couldn’t help but notice there was a slight lag between them, which was unfortunate.
What makes the V60 desirable is its appeal to families by being practical for those everyday needs. From the stylish interior to its incredibly safe design, this great estate is an excellent option in today’s market.