11:00 PM | May 25 2020
Volvo V60: Local motoring experts embrace new luxury wagon
Australian motoring media have been getting behind the wheel of the new Volvo V60 midsize luxury wagon. I Roll finds out what they think.
Volvo Cars’ famous wagon lineage continues in 2020 with the introduction of the All-New V60.
Benefitting from the company’s 60 years of wagon know-how, the V60 is a lifestyle-enabler that combines a versatile, spacious and beautifully crafted interior with smart technology, timeless design and a rewarding driving experience.
It’s a wagon for a new era – and now some of Australia’s leading motoring experts have had the opportunity to experience the All-New V60.
And there’s immediate consensus regarding the wagon’s handsome exterior.
“To my eyes, the V60 is a real looker,” said CarAdvice’s Curt Dupriez. “It appears larger and longer than you expect a mid-size wagon would, though perhaps a visual deception of the low roof line and squat proportions.”
Carsguide’s Matt Campbell was equally besotted.
“Come on. Admit it. Volvo wagons are sexy. Look at the V60 before you - you can’t tell me it isn’t one of the best looking cars on the road.”
Versatility and practicality are crucial criteria for a wagon and the V60, in addition to its generous cabin space, provides one of the largest load compartments in its class – 529 litres measured to the top of the backrest.
Above: The All-New Volvo V60 has one of the largest load compartments in its segment.
The rear backrests fold down in a 60/40 split configuration to cater for lifestyle equipment or those bigger shopping expeditions.
Carsguide was among the reviewers impressed.
“The rear seats fold down flat for extra room, and there’s also a clever partition wall you can erect to stop things moving around in the boot,” it wrote. “The opening is a good size, easily broad enough to make loading luggage or a pram easy. The boot can cope with the bulky Carsguide pram and a large suitcase side by side, with space to spare.”
Carsales also gave the V60 a real-life test.
“We were able to fit a designer pram and full suitcase side by side. With the split-folding seat stowed, the V60’s cargo area extends to accommodate a full-size mountain bike without a hassle.
“In short, the interior is one of the V60’s highlights, ably mixing clever, functional and pretty design with cavernous proportions and handy touches.”
CarAdvice highly commended the V60’s interior styling as a “pleasing antidote to the increasingly fussy and overwrought cabin designs by some of Volvo’s German rivals”.
“And from material choice – the real metal air vent fittings, the so-called ‘driftwood’ décor inlays – to the quality of execution and general fit and finish, it’s richly presented for a model of its price point.
Above: Motoring experts have consistently praised the V60’s spacious, versatile and high-quality interior. (Overseas model shown.)
“The simple wheel design, the straightforward digital instrumentation skin, the legible controls and ‘one-swipe’ portrait-oriented infotainment screen with pinch-and-zoom functionality make for a clean, pleasing, and quite intuitive to use cabin space.”
Carsguide echoed those views.
“The cabin of the V60 is lovely to look at, and the materials used are all sumptuous - from the wood and metallic elements used on the dashboard and centre console to the leather on the steering wheel and seats,” wrote the site’s Matt Campbell. “There are some lovely elements like the knurled finishes on the engine starter and other controls, too.”
The All-New Volvo V60 sits on the same Scalable Platform Architecture that underpins the Swedish brand’s award-winning XC60 and XC90 SUVs, as well as the All-New S60 sedan.
It is available with three powertrain options depending on which of four trim grades is chosen. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
V60 T5 Momentum and T5 Inscription models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 187kW and 350Nm.
The V60 T5 R-Design’s version of the engine benefits from Polestar Optimisation, which boosts power and torque to 192kW and 400Nm.
The V60 T8 R-Design is a Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid that delivers outstanding fuel economy of just 2.0 litres per 100km*. It also delivers outstanding performance, though we’ll let Carsguide explain more.
Above: Popular motoring website Carsales said the Volvo V60 offers “surefooted all-wheel-drive dynamics”.
“At the top of the range there’s the T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder [supercharged and turbocharged] engine (246kW/430Nm) and pairs it to an electric motor with 65kW/240Nm. The combined outputs for this hybrid drivetrain equate to a phenomenal 311kW and 680Nm. Unsurprisingly, the 0-100km/h time for this grade is a startling 4.5sec!”
Carsales was also a fan of the 187kW/350Nm T5 engine.
“The four-pot belies its relatively small capacity with linear, torque-laden performance. The full 350Nm is available from 1500-4800rpm, while peak power arrives at 5500rpm."
“The on-road translation of those figures is smooth, refined power across the rev range. The 2.0-litre is well matched with its eight-speed automatic, too, meaning the combination rarely feels flustered or caught out.”
Carsales also had a great summary for our newest wagon.
“Forget the clichés: the 2020 Volvo V60 plays to the same strengths as the car-maker’s SUV set with striking design inside and out, first-rate safety, efficient four-cylinder engines and surefooted all-wheel-drive dynamics.”
To discover our elegant and versatile luxury wagon for yourself, contact your nearest Volvo Cars dealership for more information or a test drive of the All-New Volvo V60.
*Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR81/02 combined.