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.
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.
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.