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VOLVO V60 SPORTSWAGON SPECIAL EDITION

2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV Polestar Enginrd 5dr AWD Auto

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Volvo estates aren't what they used to be. Jonathan Crouch checks out the second generation version of the brand's V60 mid-sized estate.

Background

Estate cars. They used to be things you bought to carry around loads of kit. Not any more. These days, most people wanting to do that will buy an MPV or an SUV. Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. Which is why compact mid-sized premium-branded wagons like Audi's A4 Avant and BMW's 3 Series Touring can't actually carry much more than the saloons upon which they're based. Now you wouldn't expect Volvo, a solid, traditional brand that pioneered the kind of boxy estate car into which you could fit a fridge (or several), to want much to do with this kind of trendy form over function approach. But you'd be wrong. The Swedish brand actually invented this style-conscious market niche long before the German brands turned up, bringing us the classic P1800E model that Roger Moore drove as 'The Saint' way back in the Sixties. But it took them until 2010 to return to it with the first generation version of their V60 model. That car wasn't quite good enough to significantly trouble its dominant German-branded rivals. But this design, its successor, might well be.

Driving Experience

As usual with Volvo, all the engines on offer are 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged units bolted to the brand's sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. Many V60 customers may still want a diesel, the 197hp B4 mild hybrid unit, which (like every other engine in the range) is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox. But increasingly in this segment, there's great interest in petrol power, so to meet that need, Volvo now provides this car with three mainstream mild hybrid petrol units, the 163hp B3, the 197hp B4 and the 250hp B5. Avoid entry-level trim and there's also a 300hp B6 petrol model that only comes in AWD form. Talking of AWD, you have to have that if you go for the 'Cross Country' variant, which can be had either with the 250hp B5 mild hybrid petrol unit or the 197hp B4 diesel. There are also two 'Recharge' PHEV AWD powertrain options that both mate their engines to an 87hp electric motor. There a T6 Plug-in hybrid that uses a 253hp unit. And a Polestar Engineered T8 Plug-in hybrid that features a 318hp powerplant. Whichever V60 variant you choose, as usual with Volvo models, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you.

Design and Build

The original V60 model was quite a departure from the conventional boxy Volvo station wagon shape and this MK2 model continues that trend. To look at, it's very much like the larger V90 estate model that shares its sophisticated 'SPA' architecture. In fact, from a casual glance, you might easily mistake this V60 for its larger stablemate. Get up a little closer though, and you'll find that the front apron is more aggressively styled with this more compact wagon. There's some design inspiration from the XC60 mid-sized SUV in places too. The 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights for example, though they're a bit more sculpted here, while the front apron is more aggressively styled in comparison to the smooth face of the V90. Inside, there's much more borrowed from those V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's latest, pared back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.

Market and Model

If you've looked at the various premium brand rivals targeted by this car, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here when it comes to pricing. The V60 range sits in the same £35,000 to £50,000 bracket targeted by competitors. Expect the usual 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' trim levels, plus a mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' 4WD variant is available in B4 diesel or B5 petrol guise for just over £41,000. Safety standards are class-leading - and most of the features come as standard across the range. The City Safety with Autobrake technology system uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP efficiency stats. The 197hp B4 mild hybrid diesel variant most will choose offers combined fuel consumption of up to 55.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of up to 135g/km. The petrol-powered B3, B4 and B5 mild hybrid models offer combined fuel economy of up to 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of up to 157g/km. The Recharge T6 AWD petrol/electric plug-in hybrid manages up to 156.7mpg and up to 41g/km and will offer an all-electric driving range of up to 36.7 miles. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This second generation V60 has found it easier than its predecessor to conquest sales from German rivals. Class-leading safety gives this Swedish contender a tangible advantage over such competitors. So does this V60's high-tech cabin with its more sophisticated infotainment and instrument binnacle screens. You get generally more complete levels of standard equipment too. This is then, a tale of the unexpected. If you're just about to sign for a premium 3 Series or A4-sized estate, then you might want to try one of these before you do. Swede dreams are made of this.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Information centre
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Trip computer
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call app

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Fresh air subwoofer

Exterior Features

  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Front and rear polestar emblems
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • Heated aqua blades
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with silk metal surround
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
  • Polestar Engineered black chrome exhaust pipes
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Rear wiper
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front + tunnel console and cargo area
  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Black headlining
  • Bright metal luggage compartment threshold
  • Cargo load hooks
  • Centre console cupholders
  • Charge cable bag
  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/textile upholstery
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front head restraints
  • Front reading lights + Theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
  • Front tunnel net pocket
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Leather sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • Load cover
  • Load protection net
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Lockable load floor
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Multicolour theatre lighting and puddle lights
  • Nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Rear head restraints
  • Sport leather gear knob
  • Sports floor mats
  • Sports pedals
  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System

Safety

  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Floating front brake discs
  • Gold Seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Polestar Engineered Front and Rear Brake Callipers
  • Polestar optimised engine and gearbox
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • SIPS airbags
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive (incudes keyless entry and start) with remote tag and handsfree tailgate open/close
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for tailgate

Technical

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions
  • Electric rear axle drive
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Polestar Engineered chassis

Trim

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored instrument panel

Wheels

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    11.6
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    44
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    27.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    58
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    58
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    36
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    34.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    36

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    50
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    56
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    50

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1969
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    2.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    2.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    113
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    128.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    405
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T6 Recharge PHEV AWD
  • Coin Series
    Polestar engineered
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    43E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    405
  • Engine Power - KW
    233
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    317
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    43.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    430
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4500
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 Y-SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1437
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4761
  • Wheelbase
    2872
  • Width
    1916
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2040

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2450
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1441
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    658
  • Max. Loading Weight
    429
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2021
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.3
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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