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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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This compact estate is ageing gracefully

PROS

  • Far better looking than saloon
  • Flexible loading arrangements
  • A wide range of engines
  • Excellent safety equipment

CONS

  • One of the smallest boots in the sector
  • Vague steering and average dynaamics
  • Build quality lacks the ruggedness of its predecessors

Verdict

The Volvo V60 was launched in 2010, and arguably set the Swedish company on a new design direction that's only finally maturing with the introduction of the later XC60, XC90 and V and S90 range. It's stylish, well sized and highly appealing for anyone that doesn't want to go down the mainstream German road.

It's interesting that Volvo markets the V60 as a lifestyle five-door. It's clearly a small five-door estate, and with that in mind, we could see it on the same shopping list as the Volkswagen Golf estate, or smaller premium-badged rivals, such as the Audi A3 Sportsback, or Mercedes-Benz A Class

The S60 saloon forms the basis of the V60 but the sports wagon is a better looking car. It suits the curvy exterior design and the coupe-like roof line but, more importantly, what level of flexibility does the V60 offer?

Read on to find out more...

What owners say about this car

Performance and economy are very good, averages mid 40's mpg. Also somehow only £30 annual road tax for the 6... Read owner review

I really enjoy driving the car due to the power and its stability at least compared to my previous toyota... Read owner review

the only good point about this car is the engine & fuel consumption. The suspension is poor & you feel... Read owner review

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