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What is the Volvo V60?

The smallest estate car in the range, the Volvo V60 is a compact premium family car to rival luminaries such as the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.

In many regards, it’s like a shrunken V90. That range-topping estate car launched before the V60 and the smaller car follows big brother’s template, with a smart wardrobe wrapped around a roomy, practical wagon silhouette.

Read on for our detailed preview of the Volvo V60 range.

At-a-glance 2019 Volvo V60 specs

  • Top speed: 127-145mph
  • 0-62mph: 6.7-9.9sec
  • Fuel economy: 42.5-64.2mpg
  • Emissions: 117-160g/km
  • Boot space: 529-1441 litres

Which versions of the Volvo V60 are available?

The V60 Estate is closely related to the SUV of the same 60 family of Volvos - the XC60. So the range structure, nomenclature and badges used will be familiar to existing Volvo owners.

Like the rest of the range, you pick from three core trim levels: entry-level models are called Momentum, but for £3k more you step up to sportier R-Design spec or, for another £1.5k, to range-topping luxurious Inscription level. Each is available with a Pro upgrade for superior infotainment spec. A fourth option here is the Volvo V60 Cross Country, which adds a little soft-roading flavour to create a tougher, more SUV-alike vibe to rival cars such as the Audi Allroad range or Skoda Scout models.

As for engines, you can choose from a 150hp D3 or 190 D4 diesels, both based around a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor. The petrol T5 meanwhile boasts a fulsome 250hp for some rapid performance creds and 0-62mph in less than seven seconds. 

Volvo V60 styling and engineering

As already mentioned, the V60 is entirely in keeping with the Swedes’ current design philosophy: it’s dripping with Scandinavian cool in an understated, classy fashion. It’s every inch a baby V90 estate.

This is an important evolution for Volvo, which made its name in the 1970s and ’80s with a range of famously boxy, set-square upright wagons. This car prefers voluptuous curves to right angles and while you can’t fit quite so much into the 529-litre boot it’s still a truly practical car when judged against its peers.

Hardware is shared with all other mid- and large-sized Volvos, so it’s essentially the same underneath as its XC60, V90 or XC90 brethren. All V60 estates are front-wheel drive apart from the D4 Cross Country AWD which features, as the name suggests, all-wheel drive.

Is the Volvo V60 good to drive?

All you need to know here is that the Volvo V60 is our reigning Best Large Family Car in the Parkers New Car Awards 2019. It’s that good and drew rave reviews from our road testers at launch.

This isn’t the sharpest car in the sector to drive - step forward, sporty BMW 3 Series Touring - but we really rate the laid-back plump afforded by the V60. It’s a family car best enjoyed at a leisurely cruise and ride comfort is generally very good (but watch out if you spec the bigger wheels).

The D4 engine can feel a little sluggish at full load, but other than that every V60 we’ve driven has felt like a very well-judged affair.

How much does the Volvo V60 cost?

Prices for the V60 kick off at over £30k and if you get busy ticking boxes and walking up the spec ladder you’ll quickly push past £40k. It’s competitively priced against its immediate competition, though, that said.

In an age when 90% of car buyers pay for their new car on monthly finance, it’s worth pointing out that Volvo regularly has attractive new offers advertised on the V60. You can normally get one on your drive for less than £300 a month - check the latest deals by finding the offers section of the official Volvo UK website.

Do you drive a current-generation Volvo V60? Why not share your experiences in an owner's review?

Volvo V60 Model History

Current generation Volvo V60 model history

July 2018 - V60 launched Momentum and Inscription trims. Pro versions with additional kit also available. Sporty R-Design and off-road style Cross Country trim to arrive at a later date, with respective Pro versions. D3 and D4 diesels available, alongside T5 petrol. T6 Twin Engine and T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models plus T4 petrol due to arrive at some point afterwards.

September 2018 - Deliveries of R-Design trim levels begin for orders placed in July.

First-generation Volvo V60 (2010-2018)

Volvo V60 Mk1

The first V60 estate was so compact that when we first drove it back in 2010 we complained about ‘one of the smallest boots in the sector’. This was a big shock for those of us used to echoingly vast Volvo estates of yore.

Twinned with the S60 saloon, it was based on Ford-era underpinnings and was a bit so-so to drive, with leaden responses, a lumpy ride and a slightly cramped interior.

UK buyers could choose from the 115hp D2, 150hp D3, 180hp D4 and 210hp D5 engines and this is the model that ushered in Volvo’s hybrid ambitions with the TwinEngine plug-in, mating an unusual 2.4-litre diesel five-cylinder engine with an electric powertrain.

Petrol fans were offered the 180hp T4, 240 T5 and wheel-spinning 310hp T6. This was upgraded to a V60 Polestar performance version which ultimately created a Swedish alternative to the BMW M3, with a lively 370hp for a brutal 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds.

Interestingly, Polestar has since been repositioned as Volvo’s progressive electric performance brand. But it all started here.

Browse used Mk1 V60s for sale and find out what drivers think of them in our owners' reviews.