in Parkers New Car Awards
Volvo V60 crowned Best Large Family Car
• Parkers praised the V60 for its desirability, styling, performance and value for money
• Award further reflects Volvo's continued success as a premium brand
The Volvo V60 estate has been named Best Large Family Car in the 2019 Parkers New Car Awards.
The title reflects the V60's all-round virtues as a practical and versatile car that also offers customers the best in contemporary style, premium quality and strong dynamic performance. Launched in February this year, the V60 epitomises the Volvo brand as a maker of highly desirable and accomplished cars, as shown in the successful New Family Model V60 marketing campaign.
Announcing the award, Parkers, one of Britain's most popular and authoritative sources of consumer new car information, described the V60 as "the perfect large family car for those who crave style and a cool image", and said it provides further evidence of the "huge progress" Volvo has made as a brand. Parkers also drew attention to the V60's "engaging drive" and "sleek interior", and the "excellent value" of its PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) deals.
Keith Adams, Parkers Editor, added: "The Volvo V60 is an achingly desirable large family car. It looks fantastic, is good to drive, has great-value finance available and has a super-cool image. It also demonstrates that the traditional large estate car as a breed has plenty of life left in it.
"Volvo is on a roll right now, with a fantastic range of cars, and the V60 typifies its maker's ability to hit the bullseye every time."
Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "It's fantastic to see the V60 being recognised not just for what it delivers as an estate car, but also for how it encapsulates what we are working to achieve as a brand. That means cars that excel in rational qualities such as safety, practicality and convenience, while at the same time exploring exciting new directions in design and technology."
The V60 fulfils its role as a family-friendly model with a spacious interior that strikes the right balance between room in the cabin and a generous load area that is sensibly shaped and easy to use. Convenience features available (according to model grade) include handsfree powered tailgate opening and closing, Keyless Drive (keyless entry and engine starting), a 360-degree parking camera system and a head-up display.
All models benefit from Volvo's Sensus touchscreen control system with nine-inch screen, voice activation, satellite-navigation, access to cloud-based apps, and the Volvo On Call connected services platform. Volvo's world-leading reputation for vehicle safety includes the intelligent City Safety portfolio of active collision-avoidance systems, again fitted to every model in the range.
Each V60 is powered by a compact and lightweight Volvo Drive-E petrol or diesel engine, which provides an outstanding blend of power and efficiency. Initial engines comprise the 250hp T5 petrol, and the 150hp D3 and 190hp D4 diesels. Petrol-electric plug-in hybrid versions will be available at a later date.
V60 PCP prices start at just £279 a month, based on a customer deposit of £2,999, a 24-month contract and 10,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges apply.
A wide range of practical and lifestyle accessories can be added to the V60, including protective interior mats for the boot and cabin, infant and child seats, and even a dog harness. A variety of tailor-made equipment carriers are available for bikes, skis and kayaks, and roof boxes range in size up to 430 litres.
Parkers put all the contenders for awards through rigorous testing and judged them on a combination of ownership costs, value for money, quality, excellence and fitness for purpose. The Volvo V60 was shortlisted for consideration after analysis of the buying preferences of more than 2.9 million users of the parkers.co.uk website.
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in first ever carwow Car of the Year Awards
Volvo acclaimed as Manufacturer of the Year
• New Volvo V60 extends its impressive list of awards with carwow's Practicality Award
Volvo has reaped rich rewards in the first ever Car of the Year Awards from carwow, the online consumer car deals and reviews specialist, being honoured as Manufacturer of the Year and with the new V60 receiving the Practicality Award.
The Manufacturer of the Year Award recognises the advances Volvo is making as a brand, not just by bringing exciting new generations of saloons, estate cars and SUVs to the market, but also by demonstrating in real terms its commitment to the environment, safety and the application of useful, advanced technology. Its priorities are resonating with customers, helping drive global sales to record levels.
Mat Watson, carwow Editorial Director, said: "Volvo has won the Manufacturer of the Year Award because it has quite literally transformed its entire range, and the public perception of its brand, thanks to brilliant and desirable new cars such as the new V60 and XC40."
Turning to the success of the V60, he added: "The new Volvo V60 is stylish, feels posh inside, and has lots of storage solutions and passenger room. But most importantly of all, it has class-leading boot space. Yes, Volvo is back as the undisputed king of the posh estate car."
Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "It is a genuine honour for Volvo to be named Manufacturer of the Year by carwow. As a brand, we are seeking to deliver valuable innovations that make driving better connected, more convenient and safer, while at the same time designing and engineering cars that are highly efficient, enjoyable to drive and meet all the priorities of today's customers in terms of contemporary style and everyday practicality. And it's on this last point that we're delighted that our V60 estate has again been selected as one of the best new cars on the market."
The new V60 is in the best traditions of Volvo family estate cars, benefiting from intelligent packaging that ensures there is generous room for everyone on board, together with a spacious and cleverly designed boot. With all the seats in place, there is a class-leading 529 litres of load space, while maximum volume with the rear seats folded down extends to 1,441 litres.
Across the range there are numerous standard features that enhance this fundamental practicality, including a power-operated tailgate, underfloor boot storage and cargo hooks in the luggage area. As standard, all V60s also benefit from Volvo's Sensus touchscreen system, voice-activated control, satellite navigation, access to cloud-based apps, and the Volvo On Call connected services platform.
Volvo's world-leading reputation for safety includes the intelligent City Safety suite of active and preventative safety systems, again fitted to every V60.
The V60's user-friendly character can also be extended with a wealth of options and accessories that perfectly compliment owners' different lifestyle and leisure pursuits.
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