Volvo V60 (2010–2018)

Model History

July 2010

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.

Engine range
Petrol engines Displacement Configuration Output 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
Diesel engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque
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

September 2010

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.

October 2010

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.

November 2010

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.

February 2011

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

March 2011

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.

April 2011

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.

August 2011

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.

December 2011

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.

August 2012

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.

February 2013

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.

September 2013

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.

October 2013

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.

November 2013

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.

April 2015

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.

April 2015

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.

February 2016

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.

April 2016

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.

August 2017

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.

What does a Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £35,045
Buy new from £34,450
Contract hire from £243.56 per month