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Volvo V60 – first look

New V60 is sportiest Volvo estate ever built
Volvo V60 front

Volvo V60 adopts stylish front end of the S60

This is the Volvo V60, a more practical estate version of the new Volvo S60 saloon that the Swedish carmaker also admits is the sportiest estate it has ever produced.

More sporty, less practical

The new Volvo V60 has been described as possessing ‘attitude that’s at least as sporty as that of the all-new S60’, according to Volvo Cars Design Director Peter Horbury. The coupe-like roof line also looks rather good, but we’re not sure what this may do for trips down to IKEA. It may also explain why the company has not yet disclosed the boot capacity when the fold-flat front passenger seat, plus rear seats are down.

Volvo V60 boot

Volvo V60 boot not as capacious as you may hope

With the seats up, there are 430-litres are on offer; just 13-litres more than the Volvo V50 and less than the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-class estate.

Petrol and diesel engines on offer

The Volvo V60 will use the same range of new engines that are on offer in the Volvo S60. There are five petrol engines, ranging from a 1.6-litre petrol, a 203bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, plus a 240bhp version later in the year.

Diesel customers will have a choice of two five-cylinder units; a 2.4-litre D5, and a new 2.0-litre D3. A super-efficient DRIVe version of the new Volvo V60 will also be introduced, using a 115bhp, 1.6-litre diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Volvo V60 rear

Volvo V60 has a coupé-like roofline

Safety still top priority

Safety remains a top priority for the Volvo V60 with kit including pedestrian detection – which can automatically activate the brakes at speeds of up to 22mph to avoid a collision with an undetected pedestrian – blind spot indicators, and the usual compliment of side and curtain airbags.

The Volvo V60 will make its public debut at the Paris motor show in September, with UK sales expected to start soon after.


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