“Logbook”: The Volvo V60 is everything, just not a station wagon


The Volvo V60 is everything, just not a station wagon

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The Volvo V60, here in the particularly sporty R-Design, was not developed for maximum use of space, but should …

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… above all, look good. Therefore, it goes in the back seats and in the …

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… Trunk rather tight. Even if you fold the rear seat back completely, only 1240 liters of space are available, which is on the level of small car station wagons.

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With the R-Design, the cockpit design is also kept rather sporty, in the more civil models the driver can set whether he should rather look at red or beige-colored displaysen want.

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Not the latest idea, but Volvo invented it, and nobody builds the seemingly free-floating center console as beautifully as the Swedes.

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The radar of the emergency brake assistant can detect pedestrians and cyclists and differentiate them from one another. The car does not only react to an impending collision with anotheremergency braking, but also when pedestrians or cyclists are in danger.

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The intelligent high beam assistant saves other cars whose drivers could be blinded from the light cone.

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After the facelift, the mid-range Volvo series has become more attractive, and the new engines should also consume less. Especially as a diesel, the V60 achieves impressive values. With a catch.

W.ow do they do that at Volvo? 4.2 liters of standard consumption for a full-fledged mid-range station wagon with 181 hp and automatic – that can’t work at all.

Whatever happened in the test laboratory: it really doesn’t work on the road. You can’t even come close to the standard value in real life, we had already noticed something very similar when testing the Volvo XC70.

But when it comes to the classification in terms of CO2, which will be really important by 2021 at the latest, Volvo is right at the front. The everyday consumption of 6.2 liters of diesel doesn’t matter either, the disappointment only stems from the fact that something much more optimistic is being promised.

The gentle sound is noticeable

The 181 hp diesel is part of the new four-cylinder family that Volvo is now gradually rolling out. In a first wave, the engines, all of which have a displacement of two liters, are installed in the front-wheel drive models. As a diesel it has an output of between 120 and 230 hp, with this wide range the engine is equally suitable for small and large Volvo models.

Only the 181 hp version of the new engine is currently available in the V60, and what is immediately noticeable is the smooth sound. Just as Volvo cars are no longer angular and angular, they no longer rattle like a construction machine in the early morning.

If you start to work with the V60 D4, you definitely do not wake up your neighbors, and the sound behavior continues to relax as the journey progresses. If you chase the V60 on the Autobahn, however, at some point it starts to roar.

Really fast stages don’t happen that often in everyday life, but it should be noted that such exertion does not affect the Volvo engine very much.

With manual transmission only 3.8 l / 100 km?

Equipped with 400 Newton meters of torque, which is applied between 1750 and 2500 revolutions, he still finds a few reserves somewhere for a sovereign intermediate acceleration. And the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km / h is also done in a very short time: 7.6 seconds.

It makes no difference whether you use the standard six-speed gearbox or the new eight-speed automatic (2250 euros). The top speed is also the same for both power transmissions: 225 km / h.

Only when it comes to standard consumption is there a difference in favor of manual transmission. This means that the V60 should consume a whopping 3.8 liters – if you believe it.

Overall, however, the new engine is a lot of fun: calm sovereignty has always been a good match for a premium car, and in this context it should be said that the shift paddles on the steering wheel of the automatic version would not have been necessary. Anyway, whoever has eight gears available, lets the electronics decide for itself.

Sleeker than a typical station wagon

Unless he leads athletically. But do you do that in a 4.64 meter long diesel station wagon? Well, the V60 looks sleeker than you imagine a typical station wagon, but a mid-range car remains a mid-range car.

At its heart, the V60 is a rather comfortably tuned car. Not litter-like, but comfortable, as it should be for the middle class.

You can change your character with the adaptive chassis and choose between the settings Comfort, Sport and Advanced – with Advanced being the most jagged way to drive around the corner. It’s amazing how little body the car still has when cornering.

Before the buyer of a station wagon of this size spends 1250 euros on this system (plus money for xenon headlights, wood and aluminum inserts, without which the adaptive chassis cannot be ordered, strangely enough), he should ask himself how many advanced days full of dynamic driving adventures there is in his life. Even.

Nothing goes below 35,350 euros

On the other hand: If you are on the highway a lot and for a long time, you can also try the sport setting. The car is then tighter on the road and creates a safer driving experience, especially at high cornering speeds.

All in all, the V60 is a good-looking mid-range alternative, albeit at a fairly high price point. The V60 D4 with 181 hp diesel is not available for less than 35,350 euros, and with the equipment packages Kinetic, Momentum and Summum it goes up to 44,030 euros.

The equipment is already good in the basic V60, among other things with automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, CD radio, load compartment blind and a two-way divisible rear bench (division ratio 40/20/40).

Traditionally, a lot of safety is also built into a Volvo, so in addition to ESP, ABS and airbags, there is also an automatic emergency brake for city speed as standard.

Security extras are best in a package

All other modern systems are also available for the V60, but you have to refer to the list of options to select them. The Kinetic, Momentum and Summum equipment lines do not help either, they only improve comfort and visual details.

Kinetic is okay though, for 1350 euros extra there are light alloy wheels with 215/55 R16 tires, cruise control and multifunctional buttons on the steering wheel for controlling the cruise control and the music system.

The safety extras are best bought in a package. Either for 1150 euros including blind spot warning, warning of vehicles approaching quickly as well as of cars that come from the side if you reverse out of the park yourself. Also included: drowsiness warning, collision warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and high beam assistant.

It is better not to pay attention to the cargo space

For 1000 euros more, there is the Pro package for security. It also contains the adaptive cruise control including emergency braking assistant with recognition of pedestrians and cyclists, distance warning and traffic jam assistant for automatic stop-and-go driving.

Anyone who is willing to calculate the V60 at 40,000 euros will get a good and above-average safe mid-range car. But he does not get a stately station wagon.

The cargo space of 430 to 1240 (!) Liters cannot impress even a Skoda Fabia Combi, and that is a 40 centimeter shorter small car.

“Welt” reporter Stefan Anker regularly tweets spontaneous car news and observations from everyday driving and testing and is pleased if you are here click and follow him. Or check out his Facebook page past.

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