Volvo V60 estate: 'stylish and loaded with safety technology'

Volvo V60

What the motoring press is saying about the Volvo V60 estate

LAST UPDATED AT 14:26 ON Thu 13 Feb 2014

Price:  £21,750 - £39,435

Pros: Stylish looks, very comfortable, loads of safety kit

Cons: Underwhelming handling, smaller boot than rivals, not the most economical

4/5, Car Buyer, "The Volvo V60 is the estate version of the Volvo S60 saloon and it takes aim at the estate versions of premium rivals like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. Many people will associate the Volvo brand with clumsy, boxy styling that puts safety and practicality before looks, but the V60 is very different from the stereotypical view of the Swedish brand's cars. It's stylish and sleek looks aren’t the extent of its talents - it's also well built, comfortable and loaded with safety technology.

Running costs are low too, thanks to a range of economical engines and a hybrid version that will do an incredible 150mpg with emissions of just 49g/km CO2. But, amazingly, the V60 is actually smaller inside than similar sized rivals, so it's not the most practical car in class. It is, in fact, a Volvo that's put style before practicality."

3/5, Auto Express, "It's the curvy estate that aims to shed Volvo's sensible image, and Auto Express has driven it first in the UK! But the V60 faces some stiff competition from the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3-Series Touring - so has it got what it takes to stand out from the crowd?"

3.5/5, Parker's "Volvo has launched the V60 as a sports wagon and not as a traditional estate car. The official reason is that the car manufacturer wanted to make a vehicle with a coupe-like design, strong driving characteristics and good level of practicality. The S60 saloon forms the basis of the V60 but the sports wagon is a better looking car."

3.5/5, Honest John "Much more sleek than previous Volvo estates, clever safety systems, impressive direct injected petrol engines, comfortable seats, nice sound from five-cylinder D3 and D5 diesels."

4/5, What Car? "The V60 has a classy, comfortable and spacious cabin. It's keenly priced and comes with a huge array of standard and optional safety kit." · 

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