The Volvo V60 is an estate car built to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series Touring, Mercedes C-Class estate and much larger, but similarly priced, Skoda Superb estate.
Drop into the V60’s driver’s seat and you’ll be greeted by an interior design with a distinctive Volvo flavour that mostly comes thanks to the centre console that seems to float away from the rest of the dashboard. The extremely comfortable seats that follow the contours of your back perfectly are another highlight. These points aside, though, the cabin is starting to look dated and the boot is smaller than any of its main rivals.
The V60 uses the same underpinnings as the Ford Mondeo and that is one of the most fun cars to drive in its class. The Volvo V60 is not as fun, but much more comfortable and the ride is more forgiving. Although rough roads can unsettle the car, most of the time it glides along like nicely.
There are many engines to choose from, both petrol and diesel as well as a hybrid. On one end of the spectrum is the D2 1.6-litre diesel that is very frugal and on the other is the D6 Twin Engine with a diesel-electric hybrid capable of 0-62mph in six seconds. Our pick would be the 2.0-litre D4 diesel because it’s fast enough and still very cheap to run.
The Volvo V60 is safe and well built but, oh, so boring compared to the company's latest models
One area the Volvo V60 still leads the way in is safety and it was one of the first models to come fitted with automatic emergency braking as standard. Business Edition trim is the cheapest in the range and the only one to complete with sat-nav at no extra cost.
The arrival of the D4 diesel engine has breathed new life into the V60 – offering some of the best fuel economy and performance figures in the class. Couple that to the Volvo’s distinctive interior and exterior design, comfortable seats and superb motorway manners and there’s still plenty to like about the company’s mid-sized estate.
It may not beat the rivals from Audi and Mercedes outright, but it is a non-conformist choice and the next best thing after them.
For a more in-depth look at the Volvo V60, look at the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the V60 now, go to our deals page.