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CompleteCar.ie is the first site to drive the stylish new V60

When: 31 August — 1 2010

Where: Verona,

What: 2011 Volvo V60 Wagon


Occasion: International drive

Form follows in Volvo’s new V60, with evidently the primary function. Is radically departing from its of ‘boxy but good’ estates?

has come over all stylish with the just-launched S60 leading the This new V60 continues the trend. that Volvo isn’t the V60 an estate.

Apparently it’s a Wagon, in the vein of cars the Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon or 407 SW. So this is a Volvo that you get a washing machine — or in much of anything else -in the of.

The interior is lovely though, simple Swedish design and of use mixing in a well-built package. The seats fold in a useful fashion, while the passenger back flips forwards for loads. But otherwise the V60 is more how it looks than how it operates.

you get for your Money

You’re for a smart looking Sports that’s comfortable and well The trade off of the small boot is a rear passenger compartment, leg- and headroom better in most rivals. There’s Safety as standard too, a that can prevent low speed — up to about 30km/h by slowing the car automatically.

Spend some time on the list and you can fit a massive array of kit to it, though some might to live without the blinking and audible bongs that the lane departure and blind systems. It’s safe in standard guise, while equipment like alloy climate control, electric and cruise control are likely to be across the entire range it arrives in Ireland in 2011.

it’s compromised as an estate, promises the V60 will drive dynamism new to the brand. First suggest that’s simply not the as it drives exactly like the S60 beat it to the showroom. Any of its premium rivals is a more entertaining too.

Like the S60 the V60 is better at comfort sharp, pulse-raising driver

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The suspension is nicely supple isolating nasty surfaces and for a smooth ride. However, the is lifeless, with strange while the manual gearshift the last word in accuracy. incisive cornering then, as the V60 is better at comfortable cruising.

And absolutely nothing wrong that.

Diesels will up the vast majority of sales. The D3 turbodiesel with 163hp and of torque has more than urge to haul the V60 along ease. It’ll reach in 9.4 seconds, max out at 220km/h and use around 5.6 It’s largely quiet with the characteristic five-cylinder rumble only really if you rev it hard. Not that you’ll to.

Factor in hushed wind and noise and the V60 is a nice place to eat up big in.

Volvo isn’t kidding it says you shouldn’t consider the V60 to be an The boot with the seats in offers just 430 litres of To put that into perspective 50 litres less than a Fabia Estate has, and 203 litres less than the Estate.

A Ford Mondeo hatchback the V60 too, while even 3 Series Touring can muster 30 more capacity than the with its seats up. As a final to the car’s practicality credentials, the smaller V50 relative is only 13 less capacious.

With the S60 already filling the form we’ll admit to being that the V60 isn’t a bit more function. It’s undoubtedly a looking car, but premium are better to drive, while mainstream competitors eclipse it for Given Volvo’s history of practical estate cars not sure why the V60 so determinedly takes path.

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Kyle rates the 2011 V60 Sports Wagon 7/10 in the Index (CCI).

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