The Volvo V60 is a spacious estate car that’s also very comfortable. The luxurious interior looks lovely but some trim pieces feel below par and the infotainment’s a little unintuitive
The Volvo V60 is a classy estate car with an interior that’s comfortable and luxurious – without being overly flashy – and has impressive space inside for four adults and their luggage. That helped it to win the Practicality Award in the 2018 carwow awards.
Its stylish looks and spacious cabin impressed the judges, but above all else it won the prize for its class-leading boot space.
What also sets the Volvo V60 apart from other cars like this – such as the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate – is its large portrait-style infotainment system. It controls most of the car’s systems so you don’t have to navigate your way around a sea of conventional buttons. That said, the Volvo’s touchscreen can be trickier to use on the move than the fixed-wheel rotary dial you get in an Audi A4.
Nevertheless, the big screen makes the V60’s cabin feel less cluttered and there are plenty of expensive materials on show that make it feel every bit as classy as the Mercedes. It also looks more attractive than the interior in an Audi A4, even if it doesn’t feel quite as well built.
In terms of space, though, there’s not much to complain about. You’ll be happy in the front even if you’re tall, because the seats are extremely comfortable and have adjustable lumbar support as standard. Even your rear-seat passengers will have plenty of head and knee room, although the low-set front seats eat into rear foot room.
The V60 has the huge boot that you expect of a Volvo estate, but without the boxy styling loved by grandpas
The Volvo V60’s trump card is its boot, which is larger than you’ll find in any similarly priced alternatives. There’s no lip to lift things over, so heavy loads can be slid straight in and the huge boot opening means even large items are easy to pack away.
Once you’ve loaded up and hit the road, it’s very hard to find fault with the Volvo V60. It’s comfortable at a cruise, the optional autonomous driving aids take the stress out of long drives and, on country roads, the V60 has plenty of grip and limited body lean. In fact, the only place it gets caught out a little is in town, where it can feel a little bumpy over poor surfaces, especially on larger alloy wheels.
It’s at its best on the motorway, which makes the D3 diesel engine the obvious choice. This combines great fuel economy with enough power to shuffle the Volvo V60 along at a decent pace. If you’ll frequently load up you V60, go for the slightly more powerful D4 engine.
You can also choose from two petrol/electric hybrid models, which are expensive to buy, but can dramatically cut your fuel costs if you have a short commute and somewhere to charge the V60’s batteries.
All in all, the Volvo V60 is an extremely convincing choice if you’re looking for a smart estate car. It somehow manages to be posh without being ostentatious, is also very practical. Combine that with the fact that – as a Volvo – it should also be extremely safe, and there can be few be better estate cars at the price.