In summary, the Volvo V60 has astounding looks, a premium-looking cabin, and diesel engines that is able to have a balanced mix between strong performance and excellent fuel efficiency. This vehicle brings in the fight to its competitors in the compact executive class. But the question is, can the V60 beat its competitors instead of lagging behind them?
The Volvo V60 Takes the Fight to the Compact Executive Class
As for the exteriors of the Volvo V60, it boasts a Scandinavian style to it. This makes it a refreshing alternative to the German car manufacturer’s offerings. However, this kind of design puts a compromise for the cabin and boot space than most other estates in its class.
Under the hood, there is a new 2.0-liter D4 engine that was made available with this recent update. This engine is rated as one of the cleanest ones in its class. This is a plug-in hybrid version, which means it can return a claimed 155mpg. Furthermore, CO2 emissions are only at 49kg/m.
The V60 shares all the same underbody engineering and other mechanical elements with the S60 Saloon. This means that it is able to transverse engines to power the front wheels in most of the car’s models, except the 4×4 Cross Country and Polestar Variants. Speaking of variants, there are two petrol engine offerings and four diesel options; most of these are shared with the same 2.0-liter cylinder block. This is part of the car manufacturer’s decision to save on costs, and hopefully even the environment.
Also, don’t think for a second that this is a lightweight vehicle; in fact, this car is heavy. It tips the scales at 1,628-kilograms which is 100-kilograms more than the 3 Series Touring. This heft is the vehicle’s downfall, especially when it comes to cornering. While the BMW is sharp and agile, this Volvo rolls through the bends. The suspension also crashes when driving over rough surfaces. Also, the car never really settles at any speed. However, it is fairly refined when cruising along the highway, and as an added bonus, the seats are supremely supportive.
There is also a good range of safety features for the Volvo V60. In fact, the company has a reputation of manufacturing cars that are as sensible as they are safe. Overall, the car delivers sleek styles, good performance, and a chock-full of safety offerings. However, it is not without faults as it has very lackluster handling among other downsides.