Volvo’s attractive estate car is both a practical and emotional investment.
By motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay. Follow on Instagram @tbarnesclay.
Volvo – you’ve got to love the brand. Honestly, its cars aren’t just for old folk and people who like to wear cardigans anymore. These days, the Swedish firm is turning the likes of BMW green with envy because its motors are so dynamic.
Volvos are not only good to drive – they also have the most luxurious cabins south of a Bentley. And, as estate cars go, I reckon the V60 is one of the most attractive ever made.
Its proportions are just right, and, behind the tiller, you feel you could be in a smaller hatchback or a saloon. The car stays flat in corners and has the sort of agility and power hot hatches might be jealous of.
Of course, being an estate car, you have loads of room for your luggage in the boot – making it a practical buy as well as an emotional one. What’s more, the V60 will seat five-up and will munch miles quickly and effortlessly – whether fully laden or with just you at the wheel. It’s also easy to drive, thanks to the slick automatic transmission and its tremendously comfortable seats.
It’s rare that I don’t have a small grumble about a car, but hand on heart, this is a superb machine. It’s pricey, yes, but you’ll be so glad you’ve spent your money on this Swede. It’s got near bullet-proof reliability; it’s as safe as houses; it will get you hundreds of miles in one go without tiring you out – and it’ll be your handsome workhorse if you really want to take stuff to the tip in it.
More than that, this is a car that doesn’t have the same image as some premium German marques. There’s no arrogance associated with Volvo, so you’d have to do something seriously irksome to evoke any road rage.
All that and it’s economical as well. As long as you don’t stomp on the throttle, you can expect around 60mpg from the D4 diesel variant, on test here.
Fast Facts – Volvo V60 D4 Inscription Plus Automatic as tested:
- Max speed: 137mph
- 0-62 mph: 7.9 sec
- Combined mpg: 61.4
- Engine layout: 1969cc, 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 190
- CO2: 122 g/km
- Price: £40,465