Volvo V60 T5 First Drive Car Reviews NRMA Motoring & Services

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Volvo V60 T5 First Drive

This new V60 really isn t the sort of car you expect from safety-obsessed Volvo. For instance, it s more powerful than its rivals, it s priced competitively, looks good, and, even in front-wheel drive T5 guise, will out ride and handle all but one (and that s the 3 Series Touring – which is more expensive).

Whether you ve got a family already or are planning one and want something premium, then the new Volvo V60 T5 makes a good case. It s a great all-rounder with plenty of style and safety stuffed inside.


Performance

The V60 T5 is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder making a class-leading 177kW (at 5500rpm) and 320Nm (from 1800-5000rpm). This engine feels every bit as strong, particularly through the mid-range, as the numbers suggest. We didn t get a chance to sample the diesel-powered donk but the numbers suggest it should be strong (155kW and 420Nm).

The V60 T6 R-Design with its 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder will be reviewed separately.

Bolted onto the back is Volvo s dual-clutch six-speed transmission (called Powershift) and, surprisingly it isn t rubbish. These sorts of ‘boxes can be quite clumsy around town. Not so the Volvo unit, which is smooth and responsive.

You can knock it over into Sport, or shift it manually, but it s so good you d never bother with wrist-flicking because the car does a much better job than you would.

Ride Handling

The V60 T5 manages to blend driver appeal and comfort seamlessly, and even on the worst roads we drove over, the Volvo s ride refused to become choppy. You can t say that of something like the Audi A4 Avant.

So the V60 offers excellent body control and grip, absolutely refusing to understeer unless you turn in too late or are carrying too much speed. More than the traction and stability control is less invasive than you d expect in a Volvo, it allows you to maintain momentum and flow the car from bend to bend. This certainly wouldn t have been the case in Volvos of yore.

The steering lacks feel but makes up for it with decent weight and reaction speed.

Those after a softer ride than the Dynamic Chassis allows can opt for a cost-optional Touring Chassis. Similarly, you can also opt for the FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis ($4175), which offers continuous damper adjustment and has three modes: Comfort, Sport and Advanced.

Refinement

The V60 T5 has been heavily worked on to ensure road and suspension noise is kept to a minimum, and it is; this has been a weak point in other Volvo models. But there s quite a bit of wind noise at speed from around the front wing mirrors, more noise than you d hear from many of its key rivals.

Buying owning

The Volvo V60 T5 (which has a Manufacturer List Price of $54,950) undercuts its key rivals at Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and is more powerful than all of them. And if you insure with NRMA Insurance (gratuitous plug) you ll receive a discount on your premium because of Volvo s CitySafe technology, which helps minimize the potential of a rear-end collision in slow-moving traffic.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 8.7L/100km, but on the launch which took in plenty of winding and hilly back-country roads saw a best figure of 10.3L/100km. You would get closer to the manufacturer figure on your own daily commute.

Quality reliability

Volvo s have always been known for their reliability and build quality, and the V60 T5 is another example of that. The interior design isn t particularly flashy, but all of the controls are easy to read and use, and angling them towards the driver is a nice touch, more than that the controls feel good to touch and that s important for a premium car.

All of the plastics and materials used are of a very high quality and so, sat behind the wheel, you do get the feeling of being in a prestige vehicle. The V60 is right on the money when compared with its competitors.

Safety security

Despite its new found sporting abilities, the V60 is still a Volvo and keeping occupants and pedestrians safe is what the brand is all about. The new V60 boasts plenty of standard safety features and driver assistance aids with standard fitment of Volvo’s innovative City Safety system, Emergency Brake Light (EBL) system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver and front passenger front and side airbags and Inflatable curtain side airbags, Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Advanced Stability Control (ASC) and Rollover Protection System (ROPS).

Cost options include: Volvo’s third generation Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system which combines Collision Warning with Full Auto Braking (CWAB), Queue Assist, Pedestrian Detection and distance alert. Lane Departure Warning combined with Driver Alert is also an option.

Behind the wheel

For the driver, the interior is as good as we ve come to expect from Volvo. The driving position is just about spot-on, although taller drivers might find the seat set just a smidge too high, and that the centre console is angled towards the driver highlight s the V60 s sporting aspirations. Vision right around, thanks to deep windows and decent-sized wing mirrors, is excellent.

Space practicality

At just 430 litres the V60 s boot isn t as big as you d expect from Volvo, but it s well designed; the rear opening is big and square so fitting a pram shouldn t be a problem. The rear seats fold 40/20/40 and they can be folded completely flat without needing to pop the bases out of the way first. There s good head and shoulder room in the front and back seats, legroom for taller backseat passengers is good, too.

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