Review - Volvo V60
March 28, 2021
The V60 is the wagon cousin of the S60 sedan. Volvo is renowned for building super-practical and very safe family wagons, so how does the modern V60 shape up?
We’re testing the top T6 model which comes with a spritely turbo and supercharged engine with yee-hah levels of performance. Going for this spec also gets you all-wheel drive which increases safety in tricky conditions and gives the car some off-tarmac ability.
Swedish lounge room on wheels
The seats are world class in comfort as far as we’re concerned. They are like lounge chairs; no matter what body shape you are, you fit in snug and comfily. The style and accommodation of the interior is second-to-none too, and, to some degree, leads the automotive industry in terms of pleasantness and ease of use.
How’s the cargo space? It’s not as huge as Volvos of the past, but what you need to remember is the V60 is based on the S60. And the S60 is categorised as a mid-size sedan to rival the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. In that respect, cargo space is plentiful. You can fold the rear seats down too for even more space.
Rear vision is not crash hot due to a smallish rear windscreen and big pillars, but you needn’t worry too much as the assistance of the standard reverse camera helps to judge your moves. You also get help from an on-board blind-spot warning system. All of this, among other stuff, contributes to five-star ANCAP safety.
Wolf in sheep's clothing
As mentioned, the T6 tested here is a blast. The engine is very powerful, but not scary. This is one of those cars that is not at all intimidating. If you don’t want full power it’s easy to just cruise along. However, if you need all that’s on offer, the engine gives you all the might you need to overtake or indulge in a bit of sportiness.
Aside from the grin-inducing performance the V60 is another perfect example of Volvo’s easy-driving philosophy. Visibility is superb so you feel confident behind the wheel, even in tight city conditions, and the steering is light and playful for no-fuss parking and threading around tiny roundabouts.
In T6 form the V60 is definitely a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. From the outside it simply looks like a sleek, premium wagon. And it’s the same story inside. Big relaxing seats and reserved colours and tones do well to hide the T6’s genuine performance ability.
If you’re a bit over the whole SUV bandwagon but you’d still like the practicality of a wagon, the V60 is one to check out.
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 2.0-litre turbo supercharged four-cylinder
- Transmission and drive: Eight-speed auto, all-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Five stars
- Official fuel economy: 7.6L/100km (9.0L/100km during test)
- Time from 0-100km/h: 5.9 seconds
- Cool, reserved styling
- Lovely seats
- Innovative pop-up kid seats in the back
- T6 is a powerhouse!
- Price points it at some desirable/fashionable SUVs