Used Volvo V60 Review
- Great looks
- Impressive engines
- Class-leading safety
- Disappointing boot space
- Not as fun to drive as rivals
- Rivals are classier
Safe, well-rounded family estate
The Volvo V60 is the latest in the line of Volvo’s iconic estate cars. First introduced in 2011, the V60 took a step away from what we have come to expect from a Volvo. Since Volvo’s takeover by Chinese-run Geely Holding Group in 2010, the Swedish manufacturer has dropped boxy looks for a sleek, stylish aesthetic, in fitting with Swedish design, from Ikea to Hilma af Klimt. The V60 is a shining example of the brand’s new direction, as it’s one of the most stylish estates on the market. It’s also one of the safest, features high-quality fixtures and fittings, and has some of the finest engines on the market. The V60 is an example of just how far Volvo have come in a relatively small amount of time.
The latest update in 2014 saw a facelift and improved ride quality.
Good quality and design, disappointing space
When most of us think of Sweden, we think of exceptional design, and the V60’s interior is no different. And, while there’s surprisingly little space for a Volvo estate, there’s plenty of kit to keep you entertained.
The cabin of the V60 is likely to please a lot of buyers. With an ergonomic design, and high-quality materials used throughout, the V60 really does feel like a prestige car. It’s not quite at the level of an Audi A4 Avant, but it has a clean, contemporary feel, that gives it an air of pleasing Skandi simplicity. This runs through to the controls, as they are both easy-to-use, and well-damped. It’s a very well-thought-out design, and it’s sure to please most drivers.
Space-wise, the V60 is perhaps a little disappointing, especially for what we've all come to expect from a flagship Volvo estate car throughout the years. With a 430-litre boot capacity, the V60 falls short of most of its rivals- the BMW 3 Series touring has 495 litres, and the Mercedes C-Class estate has 490 litres. Nevertheless, the space that is there is practical. There’s enough room for your weekly family shop or any airport luggage. Whilst we once associated Volvo with class-leading boot space, it has been slightly compromised in the V60 in favour of much more attractive aesthetics.
Equipment levels in the V60 are particularly impressive. The entry-level Business Edition trim comes with cruise control, climate control, and alloy wheels as standard. Our favourite trim though is SE, which adds smart finishing touches to the cabin, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and an updated DAB radio.
The interior of the V60 is a well-considered, well-designed package. It might not have quite as much quality as an Audi, nor as much space as a BMW or a Mercedes, but there’s enough here to please most motorists.
On The Road
Comfortable, decent to drive, but not at the same level as rivals
Volvo has in recent years tried to redefine its ethos, focusing much more on driving experience than it used to. The V60 is much more fun to drive than what you may commonly associate with Volvo, but it still doesn’t match up to a BMW 3 Series Touring. Steering isn’t as responsive as we would like, and though it does handle well, it’s certainly not the most entertaining package on the market.
Ride quality is also not in the class of the market leaders. Volvo stiffened the suspension up to try and create a more driver-focused experience, but this stiffness compromises refinement somewhat. It’s quite bumpy over really rough surfaces, and big potholes can become a bit juddery. It’s still good enough to iron out most poor British roads, and it excels on motorways, but it lacks the class of a Mercedes C-Class estate in this regard.
Gearbox options on the V60 come in two guises- a six-speed manual, and an eight-speed automatic. Both transmissions come with stop/start technology, which will save you money on fuel, as well as saving on C02 emissions. The eight-speed automatic is ideal for motorway driving, whilst the six-speed manual is sharp and slick - much more suited to those B-road bends.
Some of the most exceptional engines on sale today
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your V60, you’ve got three options- petrol, diesel, or diesel-hybrid. The hybrid option on offer is one of the best on the market, offering tremendous flexibility, and there’s even an engine for true petrolheads.
If it’s power you want from your V60, the stand-out engine in the range is the petrol-powered 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six found in the T6 Polestar. With 350bhp, and 369 lb/ft of torque, you’ll be flying from 0-62mph in just 5 seconds. That’s enough to worry some serious sports cars, and matches even the exceptional (and more expensive) Audi S4 Avant.
For eco-friendly drivers, Volvo offers an exceptional hybrid option. The diesel-electric motor found in the D6 Twin Eng R produces just 48g/km of C02 emissions. For a car that has a 0-62mph time of just 6 seconds, this is astonishing. It’s both good for the environment, entertaining, and features free road tax. This model is also the most fuel efficient engine in the range, offering a staggering 155.2mpg. You’ll struggle to find a car that is quite so good on the pocket day-to-day as the V60 Twin Eng R, so if you like saving money, you’ll love the V60.
Volvo has really excelled when it comes to engine options in the V60. There’s something for everyone. If you want pace, there’s an engine, if you want eco-credentials, there’s an engine, if you want to save money, there’s an engine. Volvo really is a leading light in engine technology.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impeccably safe
Like nearly every car in its class, the V60 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult protection, 82% in child protection, and 64% in pedestrian safety, the V60 beats nearly all of its rivals. There’s also six airbags as standard, as well as stability control, and Volvo’s excellent City Safe system, which detects objects in the road and helps to prevent low-speed collisions. Volvo has, throughout its history, been known for their impeccable safety record, and the V60 easily lives up to this reputation.
Value for money
Low running costs, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Volvo V60 is an impressively cheap car to run. This depends on which model you go for, but throughout the range, there are some impressively fuel-efficient figures, as well as low C02 emissions, both of which are sure to please company car drivers and the eco-conscious motorist alike. Diesel powered units are, as you’d expect, cheaper day-to-day, so unless you want the performance of the range-topping T6 Polestar, we’d stick to diesel, or diesel-hybrid.
Insurance-wise, this also depends on which model you choose to go for. The cheapest model in the V60 range is the D2 (115bhp) Business Edition, which finds itself in group 16. This ranges up to the powerful T6 Polestar which is group 43. All models throughout the range are pretty similar to close rivals, so you won’t be paying more than you should be.
Depreciation is a large factor with the V60, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volvo V60 is a well-thought-out, well-designed estate car. It’s good to look at, has an impressive interior and has some class-leading engines in the range. It might not be as refined as a 3 Series, or an Audi A4 Avant, nor is it as fun to drive, but it’s certainly a very worthy option that’s well worth considering.
Buying a used Volvo V60 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volvo V60 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used V60. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volvo online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.
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