Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

The Parkers verdictShould you buy a Volvo V60?

Right now, it's difficult to find a reason not to buy a Volvo V60. It's appealing on so many levels, and is a genuinely excellent all-rounder. When was awarded runner-up the Best Medium Family Car in the 2020 Parkers New Car Awards, we concluded: 'Value for money is a strong driver and while the V60 is very competitive against its premium rivals, it struggles to keep pace with the cheaper cars in this category. That said, it's still brilliant.'

That image comes from its svelte good look and the chic, high-quality cabin, which positively shouts Scandi-cool. It comes with tonnes of standard equipment and advanced safety kit, and is not only a viable choice over rival estates from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but also a compelling alternative to the pricier, smaller-booted Volvo XC60 off-roader.

'A Parkers New Car Awards winner and deservedly so. It wasn’t long ago that the V60 was firmly in the also-ran category, now it’s every bit the rival to the established German benchmarks'

James Dennison

Since the Volvo V60 estate will never be the sharpest car in the class, we’d choose one in Momentum trim with the smallest alloy wheels, as the extra rubber between you and the road should make it the most comfortable V60.

Despite being the entry-level specification, Momentum Plus (formerly Momentum or Momentum Pro) cars still include a decent spread of standard kit, such as a 12.3-inch digital dashboard display, leather upholstery and a suite of Volvo’s famed safety technology. As for engine, higher mileage drivers are likely to be well served by the D4 diesel. Meanwhile, if you don’t chalk up too many miles, the B5 petrol should provide a good balance of price and performance.

A large majority of new cars are purchased on finance and thankfully the V60 is a good car to go for through Volvo’s PCP finance scheme. That’s because interest charges are low, Volvo is throwing in substantial deposit contribution discounts and the car is set to be worth a lot when the contract ends – reducing your monthly payments.

All of these factors mean that you’re likely to pay less per month for the V60 than an equivalent Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring or Mercedes C-Class Estate.

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