The 2018 Volvo V60 estate is definitely a looker. As can be seen from the accompanying pictures, it’s packed with styling cues from the XC60 and S90/V90 twins, which make this a stand-out car in this sector of the market.
It’s a tough market to crack, though, with impressive rivals such as the Luxury Audi A4 Avant, soon-to-be-replaced Luxury BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class fighting for buyers’ money, Volvo is going to have to pull something special out of the bag. And on the whole, the Swedish company appears to have succeeded. For similar Luxury used cars check out our website at www.texanride.com
Volvo V60 (2018): What’s under the skin?
The 2018 V60 is based on the same platform as the XC60 and the XC90 and S90/V90 family of cars, and is powered by the same range of four-cylinder petrol, diesel and hybrid power units. Texan Ride will have a access for preowned luxury used lease return Volvo from manufacture sale, and can help you own one for a great prices. Financing options are available as well.
The UK range will initially comprise of D3 and D4 FWD versions, with choice of manual or automatic for each. The T5 petrol and T6 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) with 340hp combined, is expected to join the range later in the year, with introduction of T4 petrol also planned. In overseas markets, there is also a T8 Twin Engine AWD boasting 390hp combined.
Volvos are all about luggage capacity, so here are the stats: luggage volume is 529 litres to glass line with rear seats up, which expands to 841 litres to glass line with seats down. Maxuimum loading space is 1364 to roof with seats down.
What tech do you get in the Volvo V60?
It’s no surprise that with the Volvo V60 being based on the same platform as the XC60, that the engineering and tech will be largely similar. Volvo says that the V60, ‘introduces a new standard to the mid-size premium estate segment,’ and it’s certainly a huge leap forward over the outgoing model it replaces.
The dashboard and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system look to be carried over, almost unchanged – which is no bad thing. As with the XC60, the V60 will be fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and incorporates 4G hotspot and connectivity.
The portrait-format infotainment screen controls many of the V60’s primary functions, including navigation, connected services and entertainment apps, with no physical controls from the climate system.
Safety first: Volvo V60’s crash-avoidance technology
The new V60 carries over its sister-cars’ safety technology. So you get the advanced driver support systems that makes driving these cars a near-autonomous experience on the motorway.
The City Safety with Autobrake technology uses automatic braking and detection systems to help avoid accidents. Volvo says it’s the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In addition City Safety has now been fitted with autobraking to mitigate head-on collisions.
The Pilot Assist system (Volvo’s adaptive cruise control system) assists with steering, acceleration and braking up to 81mph. Volvo says it has improved cornering performance. The V60 also comes with Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake will be optional.
What’s the Volvo V60 like to drive?
With all of that out of the way, it’s time to see if the good-looking V60 can match up to its rivals. In D4 form, it’s initially a little underwhelming. Despite having 190hp, it feels heavy and even the slick, short-geared eight-speed auto gearbox can’t mask that – the 7.9-second 0-62mph time feels a little ambitious. It’s not the smoothest, most refined diesel motor either.
The D4 is reasonably quiet and smooth but too hesitant to kick down when cruising, stirring up some unwelcome under-bonnet vibrations. With no wheel-mounted paddles, you have to resort to the archaic art of nudging a lever back and forth to rescind control.
Shift into easy-listening mode and the V60 makes much more sense. Twirl the two-tone wheel and it steers with surprising precision. The body control is good, too, though you can feel the weight building up behind you if you get too vigorous with the wheel.
Built for motorways, not mountain passes
It’s not particularly happy being manhandled around mountain twists, but reduce the pace slightly and you’ve got power, direct steering and strong brakes on side. Not only can you adjust the steering weight, but the feel of the brake pedal, too.
The V60 feels smooth and refined on the motorway, with little chatter from the road or tyres. With 19-inch wheels on each corner in Inscription form, the ride is a little bobbly, though.
Switching between Comfort and Dynamic mode stirs up a subtle but noticeable under-chassis change, but it’s likely the C-Class will be slightly smoother on UK roads. The Volvo on 17s or 18s could reverse that, though.
Well-judged comfort for V60 owners
Upping the comfort quotient is the chic, solid, Scandinavian interior. Entry-level models get distinctive fabrics that you’d never see in a machine hailing from Stuttgart, while Inscription Pro models feature soft leather to massage you.
Countless adjustments for the front seats make them some of the most comfy in the business. The dash is every bit as pared down as the V90 – dominated by a 9.0-inch touchscreen, making it sleek and simple.
Voice control is possible for cabin temperature and radio station, saving you from relentlessly prodding the screen while driving.
When will the V60 go on sale, and how much will it cost?
Volvo has confirmed that prices start at £31,810, with other UK pricing and specifications to be announced nearer its September 2018 on-sale date. Volvo says ‘pricing is roughly on a par with the competition, but the V60 is better value for money.’
In terms of PCPs, Volvo says these will be launched, and expect them to be ‘competitive’, as it’s aiming for class-leading residuals. For comparison, the XC60 is roughly on a par in terms of resale values compared with the industry-leading Audi Q5.
Volvo will also offer its new premium subscription service, called Care by Volvo. With this, you’ll be able to access cars via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than owning it in the traditional sense of the word. Volvo says it makes having a car as easy as subscribing to your mobile phone service. Prices and plans for this service have yet to be announced.
History of Volvo
Volvo Cars, stylized as VOLVO in the logo, is a Swedish vehicle manufacturer established in 1927. It’s headquartered on Torslanda in Gothenburg and is a subsidiary of Chinese automotive company Geely. Although often conflated with the Swedish-owned heavy truck and construction equipment conglomerate AB Volvo, also based in Gothenburg, the two firms have been independent since AB Volvo sold Volvo Cars to Ford Motor Company in 1999. Volvo Cars has been majority owned since 2010 by the Geely Holding Group, a Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company. Both AB Volvo and Volvo Cars share the Volvo logo and cooperate in running the Volvo Museum.
Volvo Cars was founded in 1927 as a subsidiary of the ball bearing manufacturer SKF. When AB Volvo was introduced on the Stockholm stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of the shares in the company.
Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans and compact executive sedans. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars’ largest markets are China, the United States, Sweden, and the other countries in the European Union.Most of its worldwide employees are based in Sweden.
In July 2017, Volvo announced that new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrid-electric, heralding the end of production of nearly a century of Volvo vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine.
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