Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.3 - 8.9 mpp
Diesel engines 9.2 - 11.2 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 22.3 - 35.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 34.0 - 41.5 mpg
Diesel engines 45.6 - 55.4 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 104.5 - 166.1 mpg
  • Low PCP finance and leasing costs
  • High claimed fuel economy
  • Plug-in and mild-hybrids are available

The Volvo V60 is predicted to retain much of its value as it gets older, making it a great value car to purchase through Volvo’s PCP finance scheme – as monthly payments are based upon the difference between the list price and the predicted value at the end of the contract.

Cash buyers can benefit from the low depreciation levels, too, as they’ll get more back when they come to sell the car on or part exchange it for a new one.

Additional finance deposit contribution discounts make the V60 particularly good value against the Audi A4 AvantBMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. Furthermore, three years’ free servicing is thrown in, saving drivers the cost of the first three services.

With several economical diesel options and expected zero-emission-capable plug-in hybrid variants that can travel up to 28 miles per charge, the V60's fuel costs should prove low. Petrol options will drink more fuel, but the official figures are still reasonably strong for a car in this class – the B5 petrol managing up to 38.7mpg on the combined fuel cycle. 

Company car drivers will want to consider the Recharge versions (if you need 340 or 400hp to play with), as they offer significant savings in benefit-in-kind tax due to their lower CO2 ouput.  Ensure you crunch the numbers, though - the diesels will cost less to buy so may work out a better bet financially if you're doing lots of miles and pay for your own fuel.

Green credentials

  • Low emissions Recharge plug-in hybrid versions
  • D4 diesel returns the lowest (non PHEV) CO2 
  • Speccing smaller wheels reduces CO2 output

Low-emission plug-in versions offer the lowest claimed CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, but diesels may prove more economical for those who often do long journeys and who wouldn’t be able to regularly charge the hybrid versions.

Mild-hybrid petrol models lag behind with greater CO2 emissions, though may still appeal for those who don’t cover many miles and can’t justify the significant extra expense of the plug-in hybrid models.

The D3 and D4 front-wheel drive manual emits 117g/km of CO2 on 17-inch alloys, rising to 122g/km on 20-inch alloys. By contrast, the B5 front-wheel drive automatic produces 157g/km of CO2 with 18-inch alloys.

Reliability

  • Better than German rivals, but some issues
  • Shares engines and technology with other Volvos
  • Recent airbag issues unlikely to affect V60

Volvo is known for producing long-lasting, hardy vehicles and the V60 shares its underpinnings and engines with a number of other models – so any basic issues should have been ironed out by now.

The V60’s ‘Scalable Product Architecture’ platform has been seen across the XC90, S90 and V90, so though quite new, any initial problems should have hopefully been rectified, which should bode well for Volvo V60 reliability. So far, the only recall against the V60 is for a minor software issue on the car's multimedia system. 

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £475
Insurance group 24 - 43
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