The new V60 Reviews & Awards
Volvo V60 secures hat-trick of victories at Scottish Car of the Year Awards
The new Volvo V60 has been named Estate Car of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Car of the Year Awards.
This latest success for Volvo’s newest premium model was announced tonight at an awards presentation hosted by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers in Edinburgh. It completes a remarkable hat-trick for the brand, with the V90 having taken the title in 2016 (together with the overall Scottish Car of the Year trophy) and the V90 Cross Country repeating the feat last year.
John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: “The estate car category was a tough one to judge this year, with a number of very talented vehicles competing for the title. Association members selected the Volvo V60 as the winner due to its combination of looks, practicality and excellent build quality. Our members were also impressed by its comfortable, well-laid-out cabin and its comprehensive safety features.”
Volvo V60: stylish, spacious and safe
With Volvo having produced brilliant SUVs like the XC60 and XC40, it's easy to forget that not too long ago the Swedish carmaker was perhaps best known for large family estates that put a premium on safety.
The V60 sees Volvo going back to its roots, although this isn't some fuddy-duddy estate designed to appeal to geography teachers. Oh no. Since Volvo broke free of Ford's ownership some eight years ago it's thrived under new Chinese owner Geely, and found a new design confidence that's seen the company shed its stuffy image.
The Volvo V60 is emphatically no stuffy old estate. The elegant styling is complemented by a sumptuous cabin with a Scandi-cool design that oozes class, while there's enough space to easily whisk kids, dogs and all the accompanying paraphernalia around in comfort. Factor in the suite of safety tech on tap to ensure you and your family are kept safe, and this is a compelling choice if you're after a family estate.
Stylish, comfortable and spacious wagon satisfies heart and head
Volvo has completely recreated its medium estate – the V60 – with sharp exterior lines and a luxurious cabin that’s stuffed with standard equipment.
Channelling some of the design cues of the larger V90 estate and XC60 off-roader, the smart new look and luxurious interior back up Volvo’s claim that this new model is a direct rival for the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.
Throw in a large boot, a chic, high-quality cabin, and tonnes of standard equipment and the V60 is not only a strong alternative to rival estates from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, but also a compelling alternative to the pricier, smaller-booted Volvo XC60 off-roader.
Family Car of the Year
Compared with an Audi A4 Avant or BMW 3 Series, the V60 estate has curves in all the right places. The interior is equally stylish. Volvos were always practical cars, but in a lumpy way, including big buttons for glove-fingered drivers that appeared to have been designed by someone from Fisher-Price. Practical, yes. Desirable, no. The new V60 is both.
So, the Volvo V60 makes for a great choice if you’re looking for a good-looking estate car. It’s posh without being ostentatious, puts other estates in its class to shame when it comes to practicality, and – being a Volvo – offers superb levels of safety.
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