Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) Review
Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) At A Glance
The D4 diesel engine is punchy and efficient, comfortable and relaxing to drive, excellent safety credentials.
It’s not a proper estate car, lacks excitement, interior looks dated alongside newer models.
Launched in 2010, the Volvo V60 was the sister car to the S60 saloon, rivalling the likes of the BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. It’s not the most practical of estate cars, but if you’re after a good looking, solid and safe wagon, it’s a highly appealing prospect.
Once upon a time, Volvo was synonymous with estate cars. Today, the company builds three of the most convincing SUVs on the planet, but it hasn’t abandoned its roots. It still builds stylish, safe and sophisticated estate cars.
Launched in 2010, this particular V60 stems from a time before the Volvo revolution. That’s to say it’s one of the last of the old breed of cars, before it ventured down the SUV and electric avenues. It means that it’s looking a bit dated in 2020, but that’s not a reason to dismiss it.
On the contrary. In fact, the only reason to dismiss it would be the fact that it’s not a true estate car. The boot is too small and there’s not enough space in the back. Put aside any thoughts of the enormous, boxy Volvo estate your parents owned when you were growing up. The Volvo V60 is more like an S60 with a fastback bottom.
Rivals include the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant, along with the Volkswagen Passat Estate, if you’re after a properly practical wagon. Today, the V60 is also rivalled by the growing range of SUVs, including the popular Volvo XC60.
The V60 looks great, especially following the facelift of 2016, but the interior is looking increasingly dated.
It doesn’t help that the current crop of Volvo models have moved the game on in such a big way, but the cabin architecture is showing its age. This is particularly true of the infotainment system, which relies on four rotary dials to operate the menu system. It’s difficult to use and hard to operate on the move.
On the plus side, the cabin quality is a match for its German rivals, while the seats are as comfortable as anything else you’ll find in the V60’s segment. Supportive yet supremely comfortable on a long journey, you’ll arrive at your destination feeling more relaxed than when you set off.
A bewildering array of engines were available, including five-cylinder diesels, six-cylinder petrols, four-cylinder units and even a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid.
We’ll explore these in more detail, but you needn’t look beyond the D4 diesel. This Volvo-designed engine replaced the earlier Ford-sourced units, and it represented a big step forward. Smooth, efficient, punchy and quiet – it’s the only engine you’ll ever need in a Volvo V60.
Indeed, we’d recommend a facelifted car over the others. Prices have dropped to a level that makes this an attractive proposition on the used car market, even if it’s not the most practical option. Look at it as a more stylish and safer alternative to a family hatchback of a similar price. Then the V60 begins to make more sense.
It’s also easier to forgive its niggles. Admire it for its interior ambience, cabin quality, smoothness and relaxed demeanour. Just don’t expect to transport a chest of drawers home from the antiques market.
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An estate car needs to be big, boxy and spacious. If you grew up in the Home Counties in the 70s or 80s, the chances are you travelled in the back of your parents’ Volvo estate car. The V60 is a different kind of Volvo estate.
Take the boot. There’s a mere 430 litres of luggage capacity in there, which isn’t that much more than a family hatchback. Even folding the rear seats creates just 1,241 litres, which isn’t good enough in an estate car. It’s not even that spacious when sitting in the rear seats, where the low roofline restricts the amount of headroom, and there’s not enough legroom for taller people.
The V60 claws back some practicality points for its low loading lip and wide boot opening, along with the fact that the seats fold to create a completely flat floor, but don’t view this Volvo as a traditional estate car.
The V60 lacks the quality and sophistication of the current crop of Volvo models, and the interior design is looking dated. Today’s Volvo V60 wows you with its cabin – this V60 doesn’t.
That’s not to say that it’s not a quality product. The cabin feels solid and robust, with a sense that you’re cocooned from the outside world. Volvo takes pride in its seats, which are both comfortable and nicely trimmed, especially in the R-Design model.
Depending on which model you buy, you’ll find either a five-inch or a seven-inch central display. Post-2013 cars feature an improved Volvo Sensus system, which is more logical to use than the older set-up.
It’s not a touchscreen, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. Instead, you use four rotary dials to scroll through the menus, which can be a frustrating experience, even if you’re familiar with the system. On the plus side, the audio system is superb – a hallmark of Volvos of this era.
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Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) Value
Used prices start from around £4000. For this budget you’re looking at an early car with up to 150,000 miles on the clock. The vast majority of cars sold in the UK were powered by a diesel engine, so you might have to be patient if you’re in the market for a petrol or plug-in hybrid model.
Post-2013 facelift cars start at £6500, but you’ll need to spend at least £8500 to secure a post-2016 car. These are easy to spot, thanks to their larger chrome-framed grille and enlarged Volvo logo.
Plug-in hybrid models are more expensive, not least because they arrived later in the production run. Prices start from around £13,000, but you could pay as much as £20,000. Good luck trying to find a rare but quite brilliant 367PS Volvo V60 T6 Polestar. At the time of writing we could find just one – 2017 example for £30,000.
The most you’ll pay for a standard Volvo V60 is around £22,000, but this price edges the old car perilously close to the new and improved model. Given the new architecture, sleeker styling, impressive cabin and improved safety equipment, we’d recommend opting for the new model.
Hire purchase (HP) deals start from around £75 a month for a 2010 or 2011 Volvo V60. This is based on a car valued at £4000, a deposit of £1000, and 48 monthly payments.
Real MPG suggests you’re likely to see 49.0mpg with a D4 manual, which is impressive for a car of this type.
You’re likely to see similar results from the D2 and D3 diesel engines, but the petrol engines will be thirsty. The V60 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid offers a claimed 156.9mpg with a pure electric driving range of up to 30 miles.
Insurance costs are reasonable, with some versions of the D2 model slotting into group 16 (out of 50). The majority of other models range from 17 to 33, but there are a few anomalies. Examples include the Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, which gets a group 41 rating. The T6 models get a similar rating, while the full-fat Polestar is group 44.
Free Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) on the Twin Engine model is a bonus, although it won’t offset that insurance premium. There are eco versions of the D4 that are also sub-100g/km in terms of CO2 emissions, and therefore exempt from VED. Most models fall into the £20 to £30 tax band.
Real MPG average for a Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)
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Driving Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)
- Engines range from T3 Geartronic to T6 AWD Geartronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 17–102 mpg
We’re concentrating on the core model range here, so we’ll park the Cross Country and Polestar for a moment. If you’re after a precision estate car, the Volvo V60 isn’t for you. You’d be better off with the BMW 3 Series Touring, which remains the default choice for keen drivers.
Instead, the V60 focuses on comfort and joy, with a softer ride than most of its rivals. Avoid the larger alloy wheels if you want to preserve the excellent ride quality. This is a car that prefers straights to corners. The steering is too light and inconsistent in terms of feel, while there’s a general numbness to the controls. This isn’t a complaint – it’s just important to know where the V60 sits in the market.
As for the other models, the V60 Cross Country delivers even better ride comfort, along with the ability to tackle rough ground, while the V60 Polestar is a hardcore performance weapon.
Launched in 2013, the D4 engine produces 181PS, which is delivered in a smooth and refined manner. Pair it with the relaxed eight-speed automatic transmission and you’ve got a match made in Swedish heaven. It’s quick, efficient and quiet.
The 120PS D2 and 150PS D3 are worthy alternatives, but they can’t reach the high standards set by the D4. If you’re after a petrol engine, the 190PS 2.0-litre T4 could hit 62mph in around seven seconds, while returning impressive fuel economy. The 1.5-litre T3 is good, but avoid the earlier T4 and T5 engines, if only for their high VED bills.
The V60 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid pairs a diesel engine with an electric motor, but while the sub-50g/km CO2 emissions looks impressive, the car is outmoded by the modern breed of plug-in hybrids.
The Volvo V60 was awarded a maximum five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2012. This included an unheard-of 100 percent for safety assist features.
Every car gets electronic stability control and an electronic speed limiter as standard, along with seat belt reminders for all five seats, front and side airbags, and head airbags that extend to the rear. Optional safety equipment such as the integrated rear seat booster cushions are worth searching for on the used market. These sit flush with the seats when not in use, offering the safest form of seating for growing children when in use – better than an Isofix point.
The Volvo V60 Cross Country is an ideal tow car, with a maximum towing capacity of 1600kg to 1900kg, depending on the engine and transmission. Other models range from 1500kg to 1800kg, with the D4 and D5 diesel engines offering the greatest pulling power.
|1.6D DRIVe Start/Stop||63 mpg||11.3 s||119 g/km|
|D2||69–74 mpg||10.8–11.5 s||101–108 g/km|
|D2 Geartronic||66–67 mpg||11.0–11.7 s||111–114 g/km|
|D2 Powershift||63–67 mpg||12.7 s||110–119 g/km|
|D3||53–71 mpg||8.6–10.4 s||105–139 g/km|
|D3 Geartronic||48–67 mpg||8.5–10.4 s||111–154 g/km|
|D3 Geartronic Start/Stop||50 mpg||9.4 s||149 g/km|
|D3 Start/Stop||55 mpg||9.4 s||132 g/km|
|D4||63–74 mpg||7.6–9.4 s||99–119 g/km|
|D4 AWD Geartronic||50 mpg||8.9 s||149 g/km|
|D4 Geartronic||50–67 mpg||7.6–9.4 s||109–149 g/km|
|D5||53–61 mpg||7.5–7.8 s||120–139 g/km|
|D5 AWD Geartronic||44 mpg||7.7 s||169 g/km|
|D5 Geartronic||44–46 mpg||7.7–7.8 s||162–169 g/km|
|D5 Geartronic Start/Stop||46 mpg||7.7–7.8 s||162 g/km|
|D5 Plug-In Hybrid||-||6.9 s||48 g/km|
|D5 Start/Stop||58–61 mpg||7.5–7.8 s||120–129 g/km|
|D6 AWD||155 mpg||6.1 s||48 g/km|
|D6 Plug-In Hybrid||-||6.0 s||48 g/km|
|T3||49 mpg||8.2–9.6 s||134–135 g/km|
|T3 Geartronic||48 mpg||8.2 s||138 g/km|
|T3 Powershift||38–39 mpg||10.4 s||167–171 g/km|
|T3 Start/Stop||43–49 mpg||9.5–9.6 s||134–152 g/km|
|T4||43–49 mpg||7.3–8.5 s||135–153 g/km|
|T4 Geartronic||49 mpg||7.3 s||136 g/km|
|T4 PowerShift||38 mpg||9.2 s||171 g/km|
|T4 Start/Stop||43 mpg||8.3–8.5 s||152–153 g/km|
|T4 Start/Stop PowerShift||38 mpg||9.0–9.2 s||171–173 g/km|
|T5||35–36 mpg||7.3–7.5 s||184–189 g/km|
|T5 PowerShift||34–35 mpg||7.5–7.7 s||192–194 g/km|
|T6||28–29 mpg||6.2 s||237 g/km|
|T6 AWD||28 mpg||6.0 s||237 g/km|
|T6 AWD Geartronic||29 mpg||6.1 s||231 g/km|
|T6 Geartronic||42 mpg||6.0 s||157 g/km|
|T6 Polestar||28–35 mpg||4.8 s||186–237 g/km|
Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) Models and Specs
If you haven’t guessed by now, the Volvo V60 isn’t an estate car for transporting antique furniture or for trips to a Swedish furniture store. May we suggest the cavernous Volkswagen Passat Estate for such duties?
However, as a stylish, safe and sophisticated alternative to a BMW or Audi, the V60 is worth a look. Buy one after the 2016 facelift and you’ll enjoy a smooth, efficient and relaxing executive car, that’s actually more stylish than the S60 saloon.
|Kerb Weight||1497–1988 kg|
|Boot Space||305–1241 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Alternative||Space-saving spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||A–L|
|Official MPG||27.7–155.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until November 2018
On sale until April 2017
|Estate 2.0 367hp Polestar 8speed Auto AWD 5dr||£49,665||34.9 mpg||-|
|Estate 2.0 T4 190 R-Design Lux Nav Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£34,610||48.7 mpg||-|
|Estate 2.0 T4 190hp R-Design Lux Nav Start+Stop 5dr||£33,125||48.7 mpg||-|
|Estate 2.0 T4 190hp SE Lux Nav Geartronic Start+Stop 5dr||£32,460||48.7 mpg||-|
|Estate 2.0 T4 190hp SE Lux Nav Start+Stop 5dr||£30,975||48.7 mpg||-|
On sale until April 2016
On sale until April 2015
On sale until April 2014
|T6 R-Design Lux Geartronic 5dr Auto||£39,435||42.2 mpg||6.0 s|
On sale until September 2013
|D4 Business Edition Start/Stop 5dr||£23,845||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 Business Edition Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£25,330||57.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 R-Design Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£32,995||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 R-Design Lux Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£34,480||57.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 R-Design Start/Stop 5dr||£30,395||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 R-Design Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£31,880||57.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 SE Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£31,545||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 SE Lux Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£33,030||57.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 SE Start/Stop 5dr||£29,145||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 SE Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£30,630||57.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|T6 AWD R-Design Lux Geartronic 5dr Auto||£41,965||27.7 mpg||6.0 s|
On sale until July 2013
On sale until September 2012
|D2 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£24,945||62.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|D2 ES Start/Stop Powershift 5dr Auto||£26,430||62.8 mpg||12.7 s|
|D3 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£25,595||62.8 mpg||10.4 s|
|D3 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£27,080||49.6 mpg||10.4 s|
|D4 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£26,595||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|D4 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£28,080||49.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|T3 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£24,195||47.1 mpg||9.6 s|
|T3 ES Start/Stop Powershift 5dr Auto||£25,680||38.2 mpg||10.4 s|
On sale until April 2012
|D3 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£26,035||55.4 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£27,520||49.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 R-DESIGN Start/Stop 5dr||£28,690||55.4 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 R-DESIGN Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£30,175||49.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 SE Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£29,985||55.4 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 SE Lux Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£31,470||49.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 SE Start/Stop 5dr||£28,135||55.4 mpg||9.4 s|
|D3 SE Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£29,620||49.6 mpg||9.4 s|
|D5 ES Start/Stop 5dr||£28,570||57.6 mpg||7.8 s|
|D5 ES Start/Stop Geartronic 5dr Auto||£30,055||45.6 mpg||7.8 s|
|DRIVe R-DESIGN Start/Stop 5dr||£27,575||62.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|DRIVe SE Lux Start/Stop 5dr||£28,870||62.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|DRIVe SE Start/Stop 5dr||£27,020||62.8 mpg||11.3 s|
|T5 SE 5dr||£29,445||34.9 mpg||7.5 s|
|T5 SE Powershift 5dr Auto||£30,930||34.0 mpg||7.7 s|
|T6 AWD SE Lux Geartronic 5dr Auto||£37,880||28.5 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until October 2011
|T6 AWD SE Geartronic 5dr Auto||£35,780||28.5 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until June 2011
- Awarded 5 Star NCAP safety rating: 94% Adult Protection, 82% Child Protection, 64% Pedestrian Protection and 100% Safety Assist, total average 85%.
- Underfloor spare wheel conversion available at £475 inc VAT. Includes spare wheel, jack, socket wrench box and floor hatch. Load deck remains level.
- Powershift dual clutch automatic transmission requires fresh fluid every 3 years at a cost of £250.
- 'Active' headlight option allows you to chage the dip from LH to RH for travelling in mainland Europe, but reverts to the factory setting whenever you stop and switch off, forcing you to make 6 separate menu adjustments to switch the dip back to RH dip before you continue your journey.
What to watch out for
29-12-2011: One report of total brake failure in an S60, braking from 25mph in traffic.
6-1-2012: 'Clunks' reported from the drivetrain of DRIVEe 1.6 D2, probably from the dual mass flywheel coping with the high gear ratios. Better not to run too low revs in any gear.
21-3-2012: Complaints about satnav and radio controls of V60 D3 auto and also about "missing" and lacking power performance and intermittent stalling, all within 8.500 miles of purchase.
14-10-2014: Heater fan of 41 month old Volvo V60 failed and partially drained the battery. Waiting to see if dealer will fix FoC.
9-12-2014: Geartronic failure of 48k mile 2011 Volvo V60 D5 just 6 days out of warranty. Box had been checked prior to end of warranty to check why Drive was snatching. Dealer pronounced it ok.
25-6-2015: Problems with March 2014 Volvo V-60 Plug-in hybrid: A utomatic gear change module failed twice. Unit was replaced on the second occurrence; Central display monitor went blank twice. Apparently not uncommon an upgraded touch screen will be required; Emergency c ity brake activated in a car park, despite no obstructions.
16-1-2016: Transmission of 2012 Volvo V60 failed at 42,000 miles. Not yet clear which transmission.
18-8-2016: Report of 41k mile 2011 Volvo V60 D3 faltering on acceleration when leaving a queue of traffic, most noticeably (and frighteningly) at a busy roundabout, about 8 miles after a cold start, the last 4 miles on straight roads with average speed of 50-60 mph (engine well up to temperature). The short queue of traffic may take 2-3 minutes to clear, during which time the engine is idling. This was explained at a recent routine service to the local Volvo dealer and owner was assured it would be checked. On collecting the car he was told that no faults were found and that the “software had been upgraded” ….but no change. Coincidentally on longer journeys, starting from cold, the fuel consumption (based on the average fuel indicator) seems to improve if stopped, the engine switched off, and then restarted. Similar to “rebooting” a computer. This is subjective but that is the clear impression.
23-11-2016: Complaint that 2013 Volvo V60 needed new rear brake pads and discs at its 3 year service at 54,000 miles. Dealer said problem comes from using the electronmechanical parking brake on level surfaces where the automatic disengagment can cause the pads to stick to the disc and create premature wear. Owner advised only to use the automatic disengagement when starting on a hill.
3-8-2017: Report of intermittent hesitation (only slight) on acceleration and more so in the higher RPM range on a V60 D3 with the 2.0 litre 5-cylinder Volvo engine over 3 years. The symptoms first appeared shortly after buying the car but it was so subtle and infrequent that owner ignored it. But over the last 6 months the problem has become a lot worse both the duration of the hesitation and the frequency.
3-10-2017: Report of one of the lights failing inside the central interior light cluster of a 2016 Volvo V60 at 18 months old. The light bulb cannot be replaced separately. The entire cluster containing the wiper sensor, safety braking unit sensor, and headlight dusk sensor costing £500 has to be replaced. Our view is that this must be free of charge to the customer.
26-1-2019: Report of engine of Volvo V60 D2 sometime stopping when approaching a roundabout or "just slowing down". (Not Stop/Start situation.) Necessitates a bump start or pressing the start button. Occurs intermittently, nearly on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day. Local Volvo garage has other Volvo owners with the same problem but Volvo does not seem to want to discuss it.
16-3-2019: Report of power steering failure in 2014/64 Volvo V60 D4. "Steering suddenly became very heavy and the wheel began shaking violently from side to side, requiring considerable force to retain control to bring the car to a safe halt. There were no warning lights or messages displayed before, during or after the incident, and owner had not experienced any problems with the steering prior to this (owned car from new).
10-8-2019: Report of 2016 Volvo V60 D4 suddenly losing power on the motorway in Spain after sustained high speed running.
9-9-2019: Report of catastrophic engine failure in 2013 Volvo V60 R Design T2 at 75,000 miles. This was secondary to what is thought to be a fuel injection problem and cylinder misfire which has melted the spark plugs and sent debris throughout the engine. All happened over the course of just a few days and the car was twice deemed safe to continue driving by roadside recovery services (Volvo Assist and RAC) until it failed completely. The car was bought as an ex-demonstrator from a main dealer and has been serviced according to schedule at a different main dealer since then.
6-10-2019: Rising oil level reported in December 2015 Volvo Estate V60 R Design at 38,000 miles. Will be due to post-injected diesel failing to actively regenerate the DPF and sinking instead into the sump, probably because the engine was switched off numerous times during mid active regen.
8-10-2019: Report of engine check light appearing in my 2015 V70 D3 at 75,000 miles (full Volvo service history). Local garage diagnosed a fault with the EGR valve and quoted approx £700 for replacement. Same problem as V60.
18-10-2019: Report of owner of 100,000 miles 2015 Volvo V60 2.0 VEA diesel receiving a letter from Volvo to say it would need to have a check to see if it needed a manifold modification and if the management light came on get in touch. It did light up last week and the engine went into limp mode. Volvo asked her to bring the car in today to check the codes. They came back this afternoon and said it is the manifold problem and also found the EGR valve faulty and emap pipe blocked. They can replace the valve and pipe at the same time as doing the manifold but will cost £900.
21-10-2019: Report of problem with 69,000 mile 2012/62 reg Volvo V60 D3. Emissions warning light came on twice accompanied by reduced engine power message and the speed cuts to about 10mph (limp home).
22-7-2019: Volvo recalled 70,000 S60, S80, S90 saloons, V40, V60, V70, V90 estates and XC60 and XC90 models sold in the UK from 2014 to 2018 fitted with 2.0 litre diesel engines. Apparently the recall affects 500,000 Volvos worldwide. In a statement explaining why the recall was announced, Volvo said internal investigations “have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform" causing a risk of fire. It also said that in “the most extreme cases” there is the possibility “that a localised engine bay fire may occur", though there have been no reports of injuries. Volvo will contact affected customers who will be asked to visit their local dealership for immediate work to fix the problem. Volvo has stated that the company will fix the faulty vehicles as quickly possible and that customers will not be charged for any costs related to the repair.
14-11-2019: Volvo has submitted to the DVSA its cure for the EGR Cooler issue with VEA diesel engines. These are: A redesigned EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) coolant circuit to achieve engine working temperature faster; this will prevent excessive soot developing in the engine intake manifold system; New soot reducing software; Cleaning of temperature/pressure sensors. Volvo emphasises that there have only been a small number of reports of intake manifold failure, a subset of which have led to engine bay fires. Volvo is confident that the corrective action offers a robust solution.
- July 2010: All-new Volvo V60 unveiled
- September 2010: R-Design models launched
- October 2010: Volvo announced prices for V60
- November 2010: New T3 and T4 petrol engines available
- February 2011: Volvo V60 DRIVe model launched
- March 2011: Volvo Ocean Race Editions available to order
- April 2011: Emissions lowered for V60 range
- August 2011: Volvo start/stop technology now available with Geartronic gearbox
- December 2011: 1.6 DRIVe now available with an automatic gearbox
- August 2012: Business Edition introduced
- February 2013: Significant revisions to V60
- September 2013: New series of DRIVe engines launched
- October 2013: New D4 launched
- November 2013: Limited Edition V60 Polestar unveiled
- April 2015: Prices of Volvo V60 Cross Country announced
- April 2015: Two new diesel engines introduced
- February 2016: Volvo V60 received significant updates for 2016
- April 2016: More powerful Polestar V60 launched
- August 2017: Polestar unveils Model Year 2018 V60
All-new Volvo V60 unveiled
Load area has capacity of 430 litres with rear seats in place. Sports wagon with driving properties of S60 saloon. Choice of two chassis. In the European market, the newly developed dynamic chassis is standard, while other markets will have the touring chassis as standard with the dynamic variant available as an option. The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the front and rear subframes. Here the touring variant has softer settings to give a smooth ride on poorer road surfaces.
In addition to the two standard chassis, all variants of the V60 can be specified with the optional FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort compared with previous Volvos.
Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car corners more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system. When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.
The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 litres and now pumps out 304PS and 440 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 6.6 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The 180PS engine offers maximum torque of 240Nm from just 1500 rpm all the way up to 5000 rpm. During short-term overboost, it provides an impressive 270Nm of torque. This gives excellent flexibility throughout the speed range. The 150PS engine offers 240Nm of torque. The T4 is available in combination with Volvo's automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the T3 comes with a manual gearbox only.
The engine range also includes two five-cylinder turbodiesels. The D5 high-performance engine with twin turbos produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 7.9 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 143 mph (limited) with the manual and automatic gearbox.
In the most recent D5 version, which was introduced in spring 2009, performance and driveability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added power across a broader rev range. The complementary properties of the two turbos are utilised optimally for a combination of high performance and low fuel consumption of 52.5 mpg (EU Combined).
In addition there is the newly developed two-litre D3 producing 163 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 9.4 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 136 mph (manual) and 133 mph (automatic). The new five-cylinder 2.0D is, in principle, the same engine as the present 2.4D, but cylinder capacity has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption. Both turbodiesels are available with a six-speed Geartronic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
During the course of the first year of production, a DRIVe version of the new V60 will also be introduced, featuring a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The engine produces 115 bhp and 270 Nm of torque, and will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. Later during the first year of production, the new V60 will also become available in a T5 petrol variant producing 240 bhp and 320 Nm of torque.
|T6||3.0||6-cyl in-line||304 bhp||440 Nm|
|T5||2.0||4-cyl in-line||240 bhp||320 Nm|
|T4||1.6||4 cyl in-line||180 bhp||240 Nm|
|T3||1.6||4-cyl in-line||150 bhp||240 Nm|
|D5||2.4||5-cyl in-line||205 bhp||420 Nm|
|D3||2.0||5-cyl in-line||163 bhp||400 Nm|
|1.6 D DRIVe||1.6||4-cyl in-line||115 bhp||270 Nm|
R-Design models launched
On the inside, the driver and front passenger sit in sports seats in which the backrest from the S60 and V60 is matched by an all-new seat cushion with even closer side support than before. On the outside, the cars have an imposing redesigned front valance while a distinctive diffuser houses twin exhaust tailpipes. To finish, unique five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels emphasise the sporty overall appeal.
The special leather/textile upholstery is available trimmed in off-black and ceramic light, or in an all-black variant, both with contrasting stitching. The interior also features an R-Design steering wheel, gear selector, sports pedals and floor-mats.
The chassis team has fitted a strut brace under the bonnet to stiffen up the body structure and at the rear, the S60 and V60 R-Design feature monotube dampers. Unlike the twin-tube dampers previously used, the monotube system features compression and return damping via the same valve. This gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means the damper responds more quickly.
The front and rear springs have been shortened by 15 mm and spring stiffness is 15 per cent higher compared to the standard-fit dynamic chassis in the S60 and V60. The bushings with which the rear dampers are attached to the body are 20 per cent stiffer compared with the dynamic chassis in the S60 and V60. The front tie-blade bushing, attaching the rear sub-frame to the car, is a massive 400 per cent stiffer than before to counteract wheel bouncing and shaking.
Volvo announced prices for V60
Available in four trim levels and with a wide choice of petrol or diesel engines, the V60 sports wagon will start from £23,145 for the 150PS T3 ES model, rising to £37,895 for the flagship 304PS T6 AWD SE Lux Geartronic Premium model. R-Design models, featuring more dynamic styling and chassis enhancements, will also be available from £25,695.
The new Volvo V60 features striking coupé-like lines and a pronounced wedge shape that enhances the car's stance on the road and emphasises the dynamic design. Behind the wheel, the V60 feels every bit as taut as its design thanks to a chassis that has been tuned to match the expectations of enthusiast drivers.
Six engines will be available to UK customers at launch - two diesels and four petrols. Entry into the range will be the D3 model, which generates 163PS and 400Nm torque from its 2.0 diesel powerplant. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 51.4mpg for the manual version (46.3mpg in Geartronic) while CO2 emissions are 144g/km (manual).
Further up the range is the 205PS D5, with 420Nm torque. Also available with either manual or Geartronic transmission, the 2.4-litre unit delivers a top speed of 143mph and can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. Impressive performance is matched to impressive fuel economy of 52.3mpg on the combined cycle (manual version) with CO2 emissions of 142g/km.
Petrol engines enter the range with the 1.6-litre T3, featuring 150PS and 240Nm torque and Start/Stop technology. Available only with a six-speed manual gearbox, the T3 will return up to 42.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 156g/km CO2.
Next up is the 1.6-litre T4 variant, which is available with either six-speed manual or Geartronic transmission. The 180PS, 240Nm torque engine will take the manual V60 from 0-60mph in 8.0 secs and on to a top speed of 137mph, while keeping CO2 emissions down to 156g/km and delivering up to 42.2mpg. The T4 also features Start/Stop technology on manual gearbox only.
A 2.0-litre petrol engine powers the T5 variant, boasting 240PS and 320Nm torque. The T5 emits 189g/km CO2 in manual guise (194g/km Geartronic) and will return up to 34.9mpg on the combined cycle.
The flagship version is the all-wheel-drive T6 petrol model with Geartronic gearbox. Featuring a 304PS 3.0-litre engine, the high-performance T6 returns up to 28.5mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and has CO2 emissions of 237g/km. It can reach 60mph from a standstill in under six seconds and will continue on to a top speed of 155mph.
New T3 and T4 petrol engines available
New four-cylinder GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) petrol engines have been rolled out across a wide range of Volvo models.
Two new versions of the 1.6-litre GTDi petrol unit are being introduced - a 150PS T3 and 180PS T4 variant, both delivering 240Nm torque for impressive in-gear acceleration yet frugal consumption. T3 and T4 variants engines on Volvo S60 and V60 models feature a manual gearbox as standard and incorporate a new start/stop function – the first time start/stop has been fitted to a non-DRIVe car.
Powershift automatic transmission is available on the T4 and includes a new function that disengages drive when the driver releases the accelerator and lets the car 'coast'. This reduces rolling resistance and helps cut fuel consumption. The 2.0-litre GTDi T5 petrol engine features 240PS and a healthy 320Nm torque.
Volvo V60 DRIVe model launched
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop technology, the V60 DRIVe produces 119g/km. Economy is 62.8mpg
Volvo Ocean Race Editions available to order
Choice of two exterior colours, Volvo Ocean Blue II or Electric Silver, in conjunction with the sail-inspired leather upholstery in off-black and soft beige with embossed Volvo Ocean Race Logo on the backrest of the front seats. Other features are uniquely designed aluminium wheels, chromed detailing and the Volvo Ocean Race emblem on the front wings.
Inside, seats and door panels feature an added level of craftsmanship. The load cover displays the Volvo Ocean Race logo in print with stitching and sheet detailing, there are textile floor mats with clew-inspired (lower corner of a sail) details in aluminium and the tread plate in aluminium is embossed with the text "Volvo Ocean Race". In addition, the Human Machine Interface start-up display shows the Volvo Ocean Race logo and text.
Emissions lowered for V60 range
Volvo re-certified most of its diesel range under 120g/km CO2. D2 115PS 119g/km, D3 136PS 119g/km, D4 163PS 119g/km and D5 215PS 120g/km
A new entry-level 5-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel was also launched. It has an output of 136PS and maximum torque at 350Nm, will be badged D3 and emits 114g/km - 119g/km according to model. The engine is available both with a manual and an automatic transmission. The current D3 (163hp) diesel engine is re-named the D4 in order to make way for this new engine in the line-up for all the larger cars.
This new diesel engine enables Volvo to now offer a D2 with 115 hp, a D3 with 136hp, a D4 with 163 hp and a D5 with 215 hp.
Volvo start/stop technology now available with Geartronic gearbox
Initially, it is available together with the 2.0-litre D3 turbo diesel, cutting CO2 emissions by 10g/km - translating into a decrease in fuel consumption of up to 3.6 miles per gallon.
1.6 DRIVe now available with an automatic gearbox
For the first time, these DRIVe models can now be ordered with Volvo's Powershift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Volvo V60 DRIVe Automatic - 62.8mpg with 119g/km The Powershift transmission can also be specified with the T3 engine.
Business Edition introduced
Based on the ES and ES Nav variants, these models benefit from enhanced standard specification and lower list prices, designed to lower BIK payments for company car drivers.
Extra equipment in the Business Edition models includes integrated sat nav, multimedia audio system, Bluetooth and rear park assist.
Significant revisions to V60
Redesigned interior and exterior plus new optional sport seats. Previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet. Radar cover has been painted gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. Chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge enhances the new cars' self-confident look.
As with the new Volvo S60, the design team has increased the new V60's road presence by emphasising its horizontal lines, which visually connects the car directly to the road. The V60's silhouette is a visual reminder that this is no ordinary estate - it's a wagon with a coupé-like appearance.
Rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, so that the rear 430 litres of load space can be supplemented quickly and easily. Two-stage integrated booster cushions for children. With one simple movement, the booster cushions pop-up from the seat base giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children from three years and upwards.
Following the successful introduction in its high-specification ‘Pure Limited' guise, the Volvo V60 2.5 diesel Plug-in Hybrid is now available with a full range of colours and specifications, including most of the design and technology upgrades of the standard V60, while retaining its unique and class-leading 48 g/km emissions.
New series of DRIVe engines launched
Two 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Volvo will sever its last engine links with Ford within the next two years with a new family of efficient, light and compact four-cylinder units. The first of these new Drive-E engines will be available by the end of 2013.
For the UK there will be a D4 twin-turbo diesel developing 181PS and 400Nm of torque, and a supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrol unit with 306PS and 400Nm. The D4 will be available in the '60-series' family as well as the V70, XC70 and S80. The T6 will, for now, only be offered in the S60 saloon and V60 estate, but is destined to go into the all-wheel-drive XC60 crossover later.
Eventually the Drive-E family will expand to eight engines, seven of which will be offered in the UK. All will be 2.0-litre direct-injection units with varying levels of turbocharging. The diesels will deliver between 130 and 239PS, and the petrol units 140 to 306PS. They have been prepared for eventual use in hybrid drive systems.
New D4 launched
Production version of Volvo's new D4 2.0 litre diesel develops with 181PS and and with manual gearbox manages combined economy of 74.3mpg with 99g/km.
Limited Edition V60 Polestar unveiled
Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 per cebt stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience. The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350PS at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note. The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.
Prices of Volvo V60 Cross Country announced
The V60 Cross Country is available in a number of different engines and trim levels, ranging from £30,195 (on-the-road) for the D3 FWD Cross Country SE, up to £38,025 for the D4 AWD Geartronic Cross Country Lux Nav.
The V60 Cross Country offers an additional 65mm of ground clearance over the V60. Skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and bumper extenders convey an imposing, muscular presence that underlies its capable nature, while integrated tailpipes reflect its sporty side.
Other design cues such as the gloss black window trim and door mirrors, unique front grille and unique alloy wheels, available up to 19”, complement the rest of the exterior styling.
Volvo’s new class-leading Drive-E four-cylinder diesel engines available in the form of the D3 and D4 FWD. Both engines come from Volvo’s new powertrain family, utilising a maximum of 2-litres and 4-cylinders. The proven five-cylinder D4 powertrain will provide the power for the All-Wheel Drive variant.
Two new diesel engines introduced
Badged as D2 and D3, plus increased power for new 190PS D4. More powerful V60 Hybrid is renamed D6 Twin Engine, in-line with the naming of the hybrid XC90. The previously fitted Pollen Filter is upgraded to Air Quality System and Rain Sensor is added as standard. Onyx Black, Magic Blue and Osmium Grey replace Rebel Blue, Black Sapphire and Caspian Blue. At the same time, the 6-speed Powershift transmission was replaced by an Aisin-Warner 6-speed torque converter auto.
Volvo V60 received significant updates for 2016
Two new wheels will be offered – a new 18-inch wheel for the S60/V60 and XC60, and a brand-new 20-inch wheel for the XC60. These will be complemented by a new generation of 18, 19 and 20-inch wheels for R-Design trim levels. Luminous Sand will be available along with Mussel Blue and Bursting Blue.
More powerful Polestar V60 launched
With 367PS, the Polestar V60 estate sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph.
The V60 Polestar is 24 kilos lighter over the front axle and 20 kilos lighter in total compared with the previous version. Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class-leading level of 34.9mpg and 186 g/km of CO2.
Part of the improved performance, and especially handling, compared with the previous model years is an optimised weight distribution. Other new features on the car include new 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted front brake disc of 371 millimetres.
Polestar unveils Model Year 2018 V60
Comes with additional aerodynamic components made from lightweight carbon fibre material. A limited number of 1500 vehicles will be produced, with all cars receiving a unique number on the tread plate.
The aerodynamic enhancements include a new front splitter, side sills and a rear spoiler extension, all made in lightweight carbon fibre, increasing the downforce by 30 per cent. The new components increase grip and high-speed stability, providing a car with the duality of being at ease in everyday driving as well as providing the driver with further control and feedback on an inspiring stretch of road or during an evasive manoeuvre for example.
Other visual changes include high-gloss black Polestar diamond cut wheels, carbon fibre door mirror casings and a new colour; Bursting Blue Metallic. The interior has been updated with a new seat upholstery, blue contrast stitching and Polestar embroidering.