Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving in Australia in March 2011 the Volvo V60 represents the highest levels of technology and safety. We think the designers over at Volvo have done a great job with the exterior styling, the sleek coupe-like profile looks good while still offers plenty space at the rear. Not only does it look good the Volvo V60 features a long list of innovative features that re-set the benchmarks in the mid-sized premium segment. The most notable inclusion is Volvo’s City Safety which is now a standard feature on all V60 models. Available as an added option and as standard on the T6 model the V60 features Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection setting a world first in safety.
Not so good The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is a handy feature to have, but, we found the constant orange lights flashing in either A-pillar a little distracting in peak hour and city traffic. However, this function can be switched off and on with the press of a button.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The Volvo V60‘s interior is a pleasant place to be, the roomy interior features leather seats, leather steering wheel, leather gear shift leaver, soft touch dash plastics and shimmer graphite door handles and centre console inserts. The R-Design steps things up a notch adding R-Design Sports seats, R-Design floor mats, R-Design door and centre console inserts, R-Design steering wheel, R-Design leather gear shift and R-Design watch-dial instrumentation. Also as standard the V60 has Electronic Climate Control with cabin pollen filter, Cruise Control, electric windows with one touch auto up/down for front and rear, electrically retractable (and heat-ed) exterior door mirrors, power driver seat with memory for seat and mirrors, remote central lock-ing, rain sensor windscreen wipers, rear Park Assist and 17-inch alloy wheels. In car entertainment is supplied by a High Performance Multimedia system that includes AM/FM radio, DVD and MP3 playback, USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, eight speakers and a 7-inch colour screen.
Not so good Satellite Navigation is only standard on high spec models and is a rather pricy option on entry and mid spec models.
Performance

Performance

Good As like its sedan sibling the V60 range offers customer plenty of choice when it comes to power plants. The T4 entry model features a 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged Direct Injection petrol engine that produces 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Next in the model range is the T5 that features a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged Direct Injec-tion engine producing 177kW of power and 320Nm of torque. The V60 D3 has a refined five cylinder turbo diesel with 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque. We found the D3 diesel quite impressive; there was plenty of torque on offer especially through the mid rev range. The D3 diesel might not be as refined as some of its German competitors; however, it is quiet enough to live with on a day-to-day basis. Sitting at the top of the range is the T6 AWD that features a six cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 224kW of power and 440Nm of torque. The T6 sends power to all four wheels while the entry level T4, the T5 and D3 all send power to the front wheels. Although the V60 shares its engine range with its sedan sibling the official combined fuel economy figures are slightly different. The T4 sips 7.8-litres per 100kms, 8.7-litres per 100kms for the T5, 6.0-litres for the D3 and 10.3-litres for the T6 AWD. The entry model T4 and T5 model makes use of the efficient six-speed PowerShift Dual-clutch au-tomatic transmission to maximise economy and performance. While the D3 and T6 share a six-speed Adaptive Geartronic with Neutral Control and Sports mode transmission.
Not so good The six-speed automatic transmission in the V60 D3 was a little harsh when changing gears, this became more noticeable taking off at the lights or at low speeds while parking.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The suspension set up in the V60 is set towards the comfort end of the spectrum, however, the V60 does handle quite well when pressed through corners at some pace. Keeping in mind that this a family car the Volvo V60 performs its day-to-day tasks very well.
Not so good The Volvo V60’s suspension could do with a little more Australian testing as it doesn’t handle our harsh roads as well as some of its competitors’ do. And the steering feel could be a little more weighted for better driver feedback and feel.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Volvo does offer up a great deal of standard features that are wrapped up in some impressive styling. If safety is high on your list of priorities then the Volvo V60 range is well worth a look.
Not so good The Volvo V60 is up against some tough competition. The Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes Benz C200 are all in the segment and offer up more refined handling and better driver feel.