V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is

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The new Volvo V60 is an iPhone on wheels

V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is-this

The new Volvo V60 is a cross between the V90 and the XC60

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With the new V60, Volvo is finally offering a modern mid-range station wagon again. The car is beautiful on the outside and inside, drives relaxed – and works on a meaningful promise.

M.Wait a minute, that’s … No, it’s not the V90 from Volvo, it’s the new V60, the smaller sister model, so to speak. At first glance, both station wagons are difficult to tell apart.

Both have the typical Volvo features: the eye-catching daytime running lights in Thor’s hammer design, the raised, vertical taillights and, in general, this clear, elegant Volvo line. The car is reduced to its essential form – if there’s an iPhone on wheels, it’s a Volvo.

The new Volvo So V60 looks familiar, but it is also a bit irritating. Because it not only looks very similar to the earlier mid-range station wagon V60, it also towers above it in length – purely in terms of car type, the new V60 is more of the successor to the V70 discontinued in 2016, which in turn has been replaced by the V90.

V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is-wagon

You have to spend at least 40,100 euros for the new V60

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Both cars are based on Volvo’s current SPA platform (scalable product architecture), which is also the SUV-Models XC60 and XC90 is based on. What they all have in common is that they do not use engines that have more than four cylinders and more than two liters of displacement. You have to remind yourself again and again, because when you drive the top model T6 with a 310 hp petrol engine, you can hardly believe that so much power comes from such small engines.

But it works, thanks to the turbocharger and compressor. With 400 Newton meters from 2200 to 5100 revolutions, the engine makes a lot of pressure, it lets the big car sprint to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds, and the Volvo V60 T6 AWD (for all-wheel drive) Appropriate 250 km / h. Only: Volvo is actually not like that.

Although the Swedes compete with the big three from Germany (Audi, BMW, Mercedes), they also like to flirt with the fact that they are different. Not only in the design, but also in the whole attitude. Sporty driving as a brand value is rather not represented at Volvo, and so this brand can perhaps best afford to do without cylinders.

BMW would never have this type of steering

The chassis are also always designed for cruising, which the V60 cannot deny. Adaptive dampers are available for an extra charge and the tuning characteristics can be expanded a little – but actually the V60, like the larger V90 and the two SUVs, is designed as a gliding straight-ahead driver. In any case, they wouldn’t even incorporate the steering into a design study at BMW, as it doesn’t tell the driver about the road.

But the Volvo can steer itself. The pilot-assist system works up to 130 km / h, which takes the strain off the driver when braking, accelerating and steering, as long as the road has clearly recognizable markings. The distance to a vehicle in front is maintained, but Pilot Assist can also drive without another car in view. It is only important that the driver remains attentive and keeps his hands on the steering wheel, otherwise the electronics will switch off defiantly.

V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is-this

The L-shaped tail lights are typical of Volvo

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V60 and XC60 buyers can order this auxiliary system as an extra; it is included as standard in the 90s models. It only works if you switch it on, but the direction is already clear. Volvo has built a certain image of safety for itself over the decades, and today there is even a kind of promise: by 2020 no one will have a fatal accident or be seriously injured in a new Volvo.

Despite all the passive safety that cars offer nowadays, depending on the current situation, this is not possible if you rely on the common sense of the human driver, so Volvo is now also offering a host of assistance systems in the mid-range V60 model, some as standard, some at an additional cost.

Mention should be made, for example, of the automatic emergency braking assistant, which is also calibrated to the outlines of certain animal species (such as elk), or the cross traffic alarm with automatic braking if you overlook approaching cars when reversing out of parking spaces.

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There is even an assistance system that initiates braking of the car to up to 10 km / h if a frontal crash with an oncoming car (which has overtaken too sportily) can no longer be avoided. A creepy idea, but at Volvo they say the system really only intervenes when no evasive action or any other strategy would help.

The problem with all this laudable safety technology: You have to deal with the darker side of driving, at least in your mind. The new V60 is otherwise a source of joy.

In the diesel model D4 with 190 hp and also 400 Newton meters of torque, you can enjoy the hum of the engine and are pleased that, despite the announcement that no new diesels will be developed, such units are still in the range. Even with the emission standard Euro 6d-Temp, more is not possible at the moment. Even if all the municipalities go crazy, you should still be able to drive into town in a new diesel Volvo.

V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is-wagon

Although the V60 is 4.76 meters long and 18 centimeters shorter than its big brother V90, 529 to 1441 liters fit in the trunk – more than in the SUV counterpart XC60

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Needless to say, the diesel goes perfectly with such a station wagon in the 4.70-meter class, and it goes with the unexcited suspension setup of the V60 anyway. The engine should consume 5.9 to 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers, depending on which tires and (which heavy) extras the car is equipped with – this calculation already follows the new, somewhat more realistic WLTP cycle. According to the NEDC standard that is still in force, it would have been less than five liters, but nobody would have believed that anyway.

Which is a shame: As much as the V60 is a designer piece, it is not really a loadmaster. What it has in common with its German competitors is that the cargo space is not exactly generous. 529 liters with full seats are okay, but 1441 with the rear seat folded down? A Golf Variant can do that much better.

Clear, cool, tidy and very well made

And yes, there is the V90, as there is the A6 Avant for disappointed Audi A4 buyers, as well as the T-model of the E-Class as a C-Class alternative and, above the 3 Series Touring, the 5 Series Touring. But the smaller (and often too small in the cargo space) cars are already so expensive, thanks to the premium factor, that the large models are not a real alternative for everyone.

The V60 starts at around 40,100 euros, but you get the D3 with 150 hp diesel and very decent, but by no means complete, equipment. If you want a 190 PS model with the highly recommended eight-speed automatic and also order a few extras, you should get 50,000 euros somewhere or just raise the financial strength for appropriate monthly payments. Otherwise you won’t necessarily be happy with the new V60.

V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is-test

The cockpit in the V60 looks tidy. Instead of several control buttons, there is a large touchscreen

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And happy, yes, you can definitely count yourself behind the wheel of this station wagon. Because you are not only at the forefront when it comes to the exterior design, but because this design quality is also continued in the interior. Clear, cool, tidy and very well made – this is how one can sum up Volvo’s design philosophy.

To some people it may take some getting used to to control the air conditioning on the large, vertically arranged touchscreen, but that’s the way it is. But apart from the start button on the center console, there is not much else to see on the controls and switches.

As I said: iPhone on wheels.

The trip to the presentation of the V60 was supported by Volvo. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at www.axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit

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8 thoughts on “V60 in the test: This is how good the new station wagon from Volvo is”

  1. Personally, the interior is more important to me, and here it leaves an impression of outdated and unfashionable. For 40,000 you get Insignia with four-wheel drive, automatic, 180 PS TD and for me as a passenger, Volvo was more in this competition than with BMW and Mercedes…

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  2. It is a shame that Volvo, just like Opel once, has given up one of its original unique selling points, namely to create a really family-friendly cargo space. In favor of the roof line, of course.
    One size bigger is of course possible. But even there, the cargo space is rather poor compared to the necessary parking space. Not to mention the even higher prices.
    For me, Volvo has always been a personable and practical car for individualists.
    Now it’s just one lifestyle car among many.

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  3. What are you writing there? The trunk volume has increased from 430 liters to a considerable 529 liters. The BMW 3 Series only manages 495, the A4 505. The roofline has not been sloped any further compared to the previous model, but is more straightforward. But of course you can also treat yourself to a Sandero, which should at least offer more trunk space than a 7 Series.

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  4. iPhone on wheels may be, but iPhone 6. The assistance systems seem to belong to an old generation, because even in the 2017 Golf, the cruise control and lane guidance regulate up to 190 km / h. The cockpit isn’t exactly a design icon either. You can really find better for 50,000.

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  5. Who wants the VW vultures between the lane markings? If you had ever used the Volvo Auto Pilot you would know the difference.

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  6. "…It’s hard to believe that so much power comes from such small engines"
    The only question is, HOW LONG can so much power come from such small motors. To be honest, I have more confidence in my old V 70 (Bj. 99) with 2.4 liter five-cylinder and healthy 144 hp than I would have in such an overbred little engine. And the 144 hp are also sufficient for rapid progress.

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  7. I can tell you how long such an engine will last: Just as long as any other internal combustion engine, because the same design specifications apply to all of them. Called itself the EU vehicle construction regulation and states that such an engine must be designed for at least 7,500 operating hours. Multiplied by the average speed of 40 km / h, this results in a good 300,000 kilometers.
    If you take a look at the real mileage, that’s also true, whether it’s a vacuum cleaner or a charged one, gasoline or diesel.
    The liter output of a properly designed engine has nothing to do with its durability.
    125 PS / 200 Nm is always 125 PS / 200 Nm, regardless of whether it comes from a 1.4 liter turbo or 2 liter suction displacement.
    Just consider that a 1.2 liter with 60 HP is not brought to 125 HP by means of a turbo and then logically the bearings and cooling are too small, and the pistons, connecting rods and crankshafts are too weak. This is a 125 hp engine that was designed and built for 125 hp over 7,500 hours of operation

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  8. "…It’s hard to believe that so much power comes from such small engines"
    So Volvo has finally become the successor to Saab, who followed this philosophy 25 years ago and could have made this development if GM hadn’t interfered with them!

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