Little by little, Volvo’s range is shaping up as one of the youngest in the premium segment – all of its major series having at least one all-new representative today.

The top dog 90 series is complete – with the XC90, the S90 and V90 (and the traditional Cross Country version), there’s a first ever XC40 compact crossover and also a new generation of the XC60, once Europe’s top selling SUV. But Volvo also thinks it’s time for some traditional practicality – in the form of the new V60 station wagon. The Swedish automaker’s modern and stylish design makes another great entry here – fighting against the traditional credo that estate models are boring and only good for people with animals.

New Volvo V60 interior

Inside, the V60 might be mistaken for any other Volvo – the same minimalist design and the ubiquitous portrait touchscreen 9.0-inch display is there, ditching most of the switchgear in favor of touch operation of all main functions, from navi to air conditioning. Naturally, the V60 is a practicality hero, the trunk coming with a flat load bay and 529 liters of space. That’s an additional 99 liters compared to the predecessor and a figure that will shame its German competitors (3 Series Touring, A4 Avant, C Class T-Modell) – while the total stands at 1,364 liters.

New Volvo V60 exterior

Powertrain choices include the well-known T5 or T6 petrol choices, along with the D3 and D4 diesel variants, but Volvo wants to put emphasis on electrification – and thus offers not one, but two plug-in hybrid powertrain choices. The T8 Twin Engine AWD is already known from the 90 series, packing 390 hp and there’s also a completely new alternative, the T6 Twin Engine AWD that generates a combined 340 hp. In terms of assistance, the V60 has it all – from City Safety with Autobrake (updated to engage autobraking to mitigate oncoming collisions) to the autonomous Pilot Assist system, among others.


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