Volvo V60 D5 2011 Review Car & SUV

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VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic

Volvo V60 D5 2011 Review

station wagons reached a when they achieved a high level of safety and than they became a bit of a on wheels. The boxy-back shape had to perfection for packing in gangs of and wet Labradors. It was also an ultimately machine that would moving forward in even the climates.

But someone told that these virtues weren’t enough, they sharp dynamics and even styling. Could Volvo with a new excitement-injected wagon still keeping its diehard fans content? The Swedish decided to find out with its new V60 sport wagon.

Car and SUV played Dad for a to discover more.

The ‘boxy but persona has been vacated the V60, the good part but the boxy, well that’s While Volvo’s curvaceous have been around for time now the V60 represents a revolution in for its station wagon body At the front, it’s a carbon of its S60 sedan sibling with a creased bonnet dipping a corporate grille and purposeful headlights. Along the sides, the V60 a mean profile with a full-length shoulder line and a that tapers away.

With blackened-out pillars and a sloping roof the V60 has a long, low look but it’s at the back the new design language is heard With hints of the C30 hatch the is framed by stretched vertical lamps a roof-mounted spoiler and a bumper. A broad rear helps with visibility and the opening is as wide as the design Our tested mid-spec V60 D5 model was with 17-inch alloys, roof rails and dual tips.

Aesthetically, the V60 has the look of a sports wagon, it’s and acts as a rolling public announcement that buying a wagon can now be a decision based on appeal.

In the cabin all V60 models a full leather fit-out sports-inspired seats that firm support and are, in Volvo fashion, extremely The dashboard and distinctive floating console wrap around the creating a cosseting cockpit Switchgear is close at hand and not immediately intuitive it’s ordered. A high-mounted 7-inch LCD screen displays audio and information and modernises the interior

By comparison the instrumentation is quite with a large two-dial that’s easy to read and two smaller display screens. If you be bothered leaning forward, cruise control and audio are repeated on the thick leather-wrapped wheel. All up, the V60 driver’s seat is an spot to lean back, and tune out the kids while you cruise in your Volvo

The interior materials generally of a high grade and falls marginally short of higher-priced competitors. Build quality is to fault, it looks very and feels staunchly robust – a for a family-orientated vehicle. Our D6 test included some useful kit like kid’s booster in the back seat, a CD stereo Bluetooth, power drivers with memory settings, dimming rear view rear parking sensors and control air-conditioning.

In terms of space, it’s good for passengers but bad news for luggage. All can get comfortable with a back that’s well contoured and fair head and legroom. capacity is limited to 430-litres is small for this market and shows the flip side of the exterior styling.

That there’s definite practical here with additional storage, a 12-volt power and a grocery bag holder. The rear back also splits and folds down to create a flat floor and a more loading area.

The V60 is available with three different engine options; a petrol base model, a six-cylinder petrol unit and the diesel mill, which was to our D5 test vehicle. All three use turbocharging but the mid-range diesel uses a twin-turbo system. and performance figures check out power output is 151kw and a healthy 420Nm of maximum available from 1500rpm. The engine will shift the V60 from standing to 100km/h in 8.2 so it moves off the line with pace.

It doesn’t have an heavy feel but with the dose of torque the V60 feels lively through the mid-range it already has momentum. The diesel offers a good measure of being nicely settled town and on the motorways but still something in reserve for more desires. It can be notch slow in the revs up but the twin-turbo arrangement for smooth, linear acceleration a nicely gruff exhaust

The diesel mill is married to a Geartronic transmission that power to an all-wheel-drive system. The gearbox is smooth and with the endowment of torque, it only occasionally to find the right in challenging, hilly terrain. A mode holds lower longer and sixth gear is tall for economical motorway

There is a sequential function on the for manual gear changes but no wheel paddles. Volvo the V60s economy figure at combined, an impressive result for a Euro wagon.

On road, is plenty to like about the V60 it has a level of grip through all wheels with the Haldex AWD quick to distribute torque its needed. Suspension is tuned agility in mind using struts, and the low-slung body means there is little roll. Speed dependent makes the V60 responsive and allows for quick turn-ins but may prove a vague at lower speeds for tastes.

Dynamically, the V60 is a different to Volvo wagons of past, competent and safe with the AWD allowing it high limits. It match rear-wheel-drive machines for thrills but it can be a bit of fun and responds favourably to pushed harder.

The V60’s new handling prowess does at the cost of some ride but it’s not an uncomfortable drive by any While being a firmer set up Volvo has traditionally used good compliance and even road surfaces don’t the cabin. The 17-inch wheels some tyre roar but plenty of sound deadening to engine and wind noise

Safety is a given in any Volvo and the V60 doesn’t drop the ball. The Safety system is standard kit and brakes the car to avoid nose-to-tail up to 30kph. The V60 has one of the most advanced and traction control systems in the with understeer-reducing ‘torque technology and an emergency brake function.

There are pretensioners on the a whiplash protection system and six including two-stage front Stamp on the brakes hard and the V60 flash the emergency lights to following vehicles. If all that isn’t enough for you, plenty of optional high-tech equipment like blind detection, adaptive cruise with collision warning, bending headlights and a hardcore detection system.

At $75,990 the V60 the cheapest option in the mid-size market, but it’s a little bit It retains Volvo’s key attributes of and practicality but places them in a visually appealing and dynamically vessel. There are small to be made in terms of ride and cargo capacity but the V60 makes up for it driver engagement and a thrifty but diesel powertrain.

The V60 heralds in a new of long-roofed Volvo, one with for driver, passengers and even who just watch it drive by.

VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic

Price: $75,990

What we

Elegantly styled wagon

and frugal diesel engine


Uncompromising safety

What we don’t like:

loading area for a mid size

Gearbox isn’t as smart as competitors

Steering a touch at times

Who will buy this Volvo fans that been hanging out for a wagon more to offer the driver. who want European style, performance and a strong safety

Cool Factor: Very it’s a Volvo wagon but not as we it. Other mums and dads have plenty of questions and ask with an envious tongue.

and Photos: Adam Mamo

VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid – 2.4 D6 AWD Geartronic


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