Volvo V60 (10 on) - Review

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 16 Aug 2013
3.5
Volvo has launched the V60 as a sports wagon and not as a traditional estate car. The official reason is that the car manufacturer wanted to make a vehicle with a coupe-like design, strong driving characteristics and good level of practicality.

4 out of 5

Equipment

The Volvo V60 is available in five trim levels – Business Edition, SE, SE Lux, R-Design and R-Design Lux. All come well equipped with City Safety technology (a system that brakes the car if it thinks a front-end impact is imminent), LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, traction control and rear parking sensors as standard.

Standard Volvo V60 equipment

Business Edition models are aimed at company car drivers and come with extras to make their lives easier, such as climate control, cruise control, a DAB digital radio, integrated satellite navigation with seven-inch colour screen and Bluetooth hands-free phone integration.

SE specification includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-folding door mirrors with ground lights, integrated grocery bag holder, 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome window surrounds.

SE Lux builds on this with leather seats, special TFT crystal driver display, electric driver’s seat with memory function, and active bending xenon headlights with washers.

The sporty R-Design trim level offers 18-inch alloy wheels, uprated chassis, front sports seats, aluminium interior trim and special leather steering wheel.

R-Design Lux includes active bending xenon headlights with headlamp cleaning, power/folding door mirrors with ground lights, rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors.

Pre-2013 registered cars were badged ES, SE and SE+. Standard features included City Safety, climate control, cruise control, floor mats, five-inch colour screen, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, leather steering wheel and gear knob and 16-inch alloys. The flagship SE+ added electric fronts seats with memory, leather upholstery, adaptive cornering headlights and an auto headlamp cleaning function as standard.

Optional Volvo V60 accessories

Key options on the Volvo V60 include a £700 security pack which consists of keyless entry, laminated side windows and water-repellent front side windows. The winter accessory pack costs £355 and brings snow socks, rubber interior, floor mats, reversible cargo mat and mudflaps. The £525 winter pack adds heated front seats, headlight washers, a heated front windscreen and heated washer nozzles.

Volvo also offers a Polestar performance pack which upgrades the D5 engine to 230bhp (and the T6 unit to 329bhp). Included in the £2,495 package are 18-inch alloy wheels, black wing mirror covers and Polestar decals. However, if you just want the extra power this can be bought separately for £815.

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Equipment

Key:

Standard item

Optional item

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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