Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) Review
Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) At A Glance
Clever safety systems. Impressive direct injected petrol engines. Comfortable seats. New 2.0 Volvo D4 diesel from 2014 under 100g/km CO2. AWD gives steering more 'feel'.
Artificial steering feel. Ride struggles on rough surfaces. Not a load carrier like traditional Volvo estates. Five cylinder engines dropped from late 2013. Serious issue of carbon build-up in pre-AdBlue EU6 D4 VEA engines.
While Volvo has always had a reputation for building usefully large estates, the V60 breaks with that tradition. Rather then being an outright load carrier, the V60 is designed to be a stylish and more practical alternative to a saloon or a large hatchback.
So while Volvo estates used to be designed to carry fridges, the V60 was developed with the driver in mind and it's certainly a big improvement over the previous S60 when it comes to handling.
That said, it still doesn't feel as sharp as you'd expect given all Volvo's talk about 'dynamics' and driver enjoyment with a lack of feel through the steering wheel and too much lean in corners. On the plus side it does feel very safe and comfortable with a forgiving (if slightly bouncy) ride and good grip.
The interior is impressive both in terms of design and quality with a real Scandavian feel. The 'floating' centre console that's become a Volvo trademark has been carried over and the seats are incredibly comfortable, making this an ideal car for long journeys. And while it's not designed to carry big loads, the boot is still usefully large and there's no boot lip, so loading heavy items is a little easier.
Like all Volvos, the V60 is a very safe car and features a host of genuinely useful safety systems including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake.
This uses a dual-mode radar and can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 21mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to the impact, reducing the likelihood of serious injury or death.
The V60 also uses Volvo's more straightforward, if not obvious, engine badging. The petrols are the T3, T4 and T5 - all four-cylinder engines, while there's the top of the range T6 which is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder. The more popular diesels are the D3 and D5 which are both five-cylinder units. Later in 2011 a 1.6-litre diesel DRIVe low emissions model will also be launched.
Real MPG average for a Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)
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On the inside of an Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)
Volvo has built up a well deserved reputation for its interiors and this design continues in the V60. It retains that clean Scandinavian design and the lack of clutter and buttons is a welcome change from many other car interior designs which struggle to find a way of giving the driver access to the every-increasing number of functions and systems.
The floating centre console which was first seen on the S40 makes an appearance in the V60 and there's still the extra storage space behind, which is still difficult to get to. The central console itself is now angled toward the driver with the information screen neatly built into the dash top, replacing the old flip-up one from the previous S60.
The four circular switches control the stereo and air conditioning and allow you to access the sat nav (if it's fitted) so there's no need for the clunky remote control that used to be a feature.
The central controls are cleverly arranged in a square and all are clearly labelled and intuitive to use to, plus the air conditioning ventilation direction control neatly lights up at night. The driving position is pretty good and there's plenty of adjustment in the seat but what gets special mention is the amount of reach adjustment on the steering column - it's superb and more than any other manufacturer offers. The steering wheel itself is nice to hold too with a thick rim and easy to use multifunction controls.
Unusually, there are just two main dials which makes a pleasant change from the usual information overload on many modern cars. Inside each there are digital displays which give you the vital information you need, which can be easily accessed via the column stalks.
One small criticism is that the key slot is placed at such a height that if you have lots of keys on your keyring, they tend to jangle about on the dash which soon becomes annoying.
The quality of the finish is very good plus there's a genuinely premium and modern feel to the cabin. It's also very comfortable with excellent seats and plenty of space. Taller passengers in the back may find there's a slight lack of legroom and due to the sloping roof, which is also quite narrow, you can feel a little hemmed in, but wind and road noise are kept to a minimum so motorway journeys are peaceful.
In terms of the boot, as Volvo says this isn't supposed to be a big load carrier but it's still pretty useful and has 430 litres of boot space under the retractable load cover. While a Ford Focus Estate boot may be bigger, the V60 has a very wide tailgate opening (more than a metre) and there's no load lip either so you can slide in heavy items (and slide them out again) without breaking your back.
The rear seat backrests can fold 40:20:40 and when flipped down create a totally flat load floor with 1241 litres of space plus there's an underfloor storage area which can be locked.
The rear seats can also be specified with integrated child booster cushions in the outer seats. They are suitable for children weighing from 15-36 kg and ensure that youngsters sit comfortably and safely while the two-stage height adjustment ensures small children can still get a good view of the scenery.
Standard equipment from launch (December 2010):
ES is the entry-level models and gets cruise control, 16-inch Oden aluminium alloy wheels, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electronic climate control, leather steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirror and headlamp levelling, City Safety, DSTC (Dynamic Stability Traction Control), dual stage driver and passenger airbags, SIPs (Side Impact Protection System, including airbags), inflatable curtain airbags, three-point seat belts all round, a CD stereo, aux input for MP3 player, six speakers, remote controls on the steering wheel and a five-inch colour display screen.
SE adds rain sensor windscreen wipers, rear park assist, auto folding door mirrors with ground lights, T-Tec/Textile upholstery, shimmer graphite aluminium interior trim, a rear-view mirror that dims automatically, Bluetooth, ‘Balder' 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile sports 215/50 R17 tyres, Volvo's Interior Air Quality System (AQS) which monitors air quality coming into the cabin and automatically closes the vents if pollution levels are high and a higher specification audio system - the High Performance Sound Audio System - which features 4 x 40W amplifiers, eight speakers and a USB input.
SE Lux has everything that the SE offers and adds leather upholstery, power adjustable driver's seat with memory function and active bending lights that ‘see around corners' complete with headlamp cleaning.
R Design is the sports model and as lowered suspension, stiffer spring rates and revised dampers, it also gets 18-inch five-spoke diamond-cut aluminium alloy wheels, specially stitched and embossed R-Design sports seats (T-Tec/Textile with leather-faced upholstery), a unique three-spoke steering wheel featuring a stamped metal R-Design badge, aluminium alloy pedals, an aluminium centre stack, a special sports perforated leather gearshift knob and special hand-tufted sports mats plus the instrumentation has blue accents.
Option packs include:
- Winter Pack, offering heated front seats and headlight cleaning.
- Driver Support Pack, which gives the buyer Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto brake, Adaptive Cruise Control with Distance Alert, Queue Assist and Collision Warning, Lane Departure warning and Driver Alert Control, Blind Spot Information System.
- Security Pack, which offers Personal Car Communicator with Keyless Drive and Laminated side windows (includes rain repellant front side windows).
- Family Pack, which offers the two-stage child booster cushions and power child locks for the rear doors.
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Driving Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)
What's the Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from T3 Geartronic to T6 AWD Geartronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 17–102 mpg
The D3 is the bigger seller and the 2.0-litre engine has more than enough power for the V60 with 163bhp but it's the 400Nm of torque which really gives it performance where it counts. Peaking at just 1400rpm up to 2850rpm it means the V60 pulls strongly from low down and is ideal for motorway driving where accelerating rom 50-70mph is a better measure of pace than the traditional 0-62mph time.
The D3 can get a little noisy when pushed and often feels like it's running out of breath quite quickly, but once you get used to the majority of the torque being low down, it's an easy and enjoyable engine to exploit and certainly more than enough for everyday driving. It's economical too with a claimed average of 53.3mpg, although choosing the automatic gearbox sees this drop to 47.9mpg and the Geartronic auto feels a little sluggish to shift gears at times.
The other diesel is the 2.4-litre D5 with 205bhp - a favourite among Volvo owners and an engine that has been used across the range for a number of years now in various power outputs. It has the same characterful five-cylinder note as the D3 but only offers 20Nm more torque (at 420Nm) so in everyday driving there seems little reason to choose it over the D3, especially as it carries a £2000+ premium.
It is quicker on paper, sprinting from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds (with the manual gearbox) compared to 8.7 seconds for the D3, but you only really notice the difference if you really push it. One the plus side, the claimed average fuel economy figures are surprisingly no different between the D5 and D3. Emissions are the same for both too at 139g/km for the manual versions. The final diesel will be the 1.6-litre engine in the DRIVe low-emissions model which is due in mid-2011.
The petrol engines may not be as popular as the diesels, but they're probably more impressive in terms of performance and relative economy. The T3 and T4 are both 1.6-litre GTDi engines borrowed from Ford but don't be put off by their small capacity because thanks to turbochargers they develop 150bhp and 180bhp respectively.
The T4 is very impressive and on the move it's easy to think it's a 2.0-litre engine or even larger. It's smooth, quiet yet responsive and great fun to drive with its peak torque of 240Nm available all the way up to 5000rpm. Accelerating from 0-62mph takes 8.0 seconds and yet it still averages a claimed 42.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 156g/km - the same economy figures as the T3.
The T5 is a new engine too, but rather confusingly is no longer a five-cylinder engine as it used to be (the same 2.5-litre one that powered the Ford Focus ST). Instead it's now a four-cylinder 2.0-litre but still delivers 240bhp along with 240Nm of torque.
But even more powerful is the monstrous 3.0-litre straight-six unit in the T6 that boasts 304bhp and comes with all-wheel drive and the Geartronic automatic gearbox as standard. Only a handful are likely to be sold and although it's very quick with 0-62mph taking just 6.2 seconds it's also as thirsty as you'd expect with a claimed average of 28.5mpg.
On the move the V60 doesn't quite live up to the expectations given all Volvo's talk of driving fun. It's composed enough in corners but feels a little soft and never gives you the enjoyment of many other estates.
The steering lacks feel and often feels too keen to self-centre, plus it could do with more weight. It's much happier on the motorway where the refinement and lack of noise make it a relaxing cruiser. The ride is generally pretty good, but it can feel a little bouncy at times and it struggles over potholes or very uneven roads.
|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
|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.
What to watch out for
4-3-2011: Volvo says, "Regarding the D2 diesel engine, the software has been improved so that particle filter regeneration is facilitated. As for all modern diesel engines with particle filter, it is still recommended to do some driving at a bit higher loads once in awhile, to ensure cleaning of the particle filter. However, our experience is that the D2 in V50 is really easy to regerarate, so it should work fine also for mostly city-driving. There is one second point concerning the D2: starting from late 2010 in V50, we do a hardware change from an additive particle filter to a catalyzed one. The additive filter type needed to be replaced or cleaned after 120,000 km, which is a costly repair. The new catalyzed solution does not require this, which is an advantage if the customer intends to keep the car for longer time."
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.
16-9-2012: Powershift dual clutch automatic transmission requires fresh fluid every 3 years at a cost of £250.
6-4-2013: '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.
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.
12-2-2016: "Widespread" problem reported in Backroom with EGRs of new VEA D4 twin turbo diesel engine in all models of V40, S60, V60, XC60. 'Craig-pd130' explains: "Volvo chose the heavy-duty EGR route to achieving Euro 6 NOx emissions compliance, rather than AdBlue. So the VEA engine has a watercooled EGR cooler with serpentine passages inside. This seems to be inadequately designed, and quickly clogs up with sooty gunk from the exhaust gas (the tap-off for recycling is before the DPF) and the traces of oil that inevitably finds its way everywhere. It makes no difference whether owners use premium or supermarket diesel, or what mix of driving owners do (high motorway miles versus urban driving) - it affects all cars, usually within 6 to 9 months and 5,000 - 10,000 miles. In the majority of cases, this problem doesn't actually affect performance or driveability, it just throws a 'Check Engine' light. Only a fraction of owners have had their cars go into limp mode as a result of the problem."
3-3-2016: GB Autos has encountered a fault in a control module under the left front passenger floor of some V70, XC70. V60, XC60. XC90, causing multiple faults if the headlamp flash is actuated. Replacement electronic control modules are in stock in advance of customer problems.
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. Reports of cracked blocks with this engine in Volvo V70s.
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). Car towed to local garage, who found that power assistance has been lost and that the steering can be made to oscillate continuously when the wheel is placed in certain positions with the engine running, even when the vehicle is stationary. Owner reported to Volvo Customer Relations who demanded owner had the car transported 30 miles to a Volvo dealer at his own expense before it would be investigated. The car was subsequently towed to the main Volvo dealer in Edinburgh yesterday (at owner's expense), who have found that the bolts that attach the EPAS motor to the steering rack have snapped, allowing the motor to float free and causing the steering angle sensor to send erroneous signal to the controller. The factors most likely to cause the bolts to snap would be overtightening at point of manufacture, substandard quality or bad design (ie. they weren't adequately rated for the job). The dealer has quoted over £1,500 for the repair (compared to £1,200 from my local garage)." Volvo Car UK remained in "deny everything" mode, but at owner's insistence committed to discus the matter with the dealer. In the meantime, owner has discussed what has happened with the DVSA who are taking an active interest and might issue a vehicle safety recall. (Volvo later capitulated and repaired the car Free of Charge.)
13-7-2019: Long diatribe about Volvo 2.0 litre D4 VEA twin-turbo diesel engine in 2014 V60 at 47,000 miles (as above): "Given the current Safety Recall notification from Volvo about Inlet Manifolds melting and potentially causing engine fire. How are they getting away with not admitting the apparently unfixable fatal design flaw in the pre AdBlue D4 engine fitted to many models? The “advanced” watercooled EGR cooler with serpentine passages inside amounts to a self-destruct system for the engine. Massive numbers of posts on Volvo Forums from 2015 indicate the scale of the issue. Initially, EGR valves failed. Then, in 2016, a “permanent fix” with a new re-piped EGR cooler initially appeared to solve the problem but did not. It keeps the EGR clearer but lets it affect everything else: The black gunge is now deposited throughout the engine system and, according to a typical dealer from cases he has dealt with, causes massive problems up to and including replacement engines costing £8k. He correctly predicted the hesitation on my 47k mile 2014 V60 was due to the valve problem and £4,000 later, including a second replacement for a blocked manifold and new inlet valves (and the claimed permanent fix to the EGR cooler) he was proved right. Volvo initially refused to pay anything, but eventually paid 95% when I took photos and also copied them their own email to me from 2016 promising a permanent fix under the Volvo warranty. I threatened legal action if they didn’t pay up, but not all owners dare authorise repairs in advance of Volvo deciding to contribute, or otherwise. It is clear that payments made after strong protest are not “goodwill”, but an attempt to keep the lid on a potential multi-million pound issue. The dealer tells me Volvo’s internal official information confirms it is obvious that fires are caused by blocked manifolds. This only occurs in D4 engines with failed EGR systems. But the notification not only doesn’t mention the known cause, it doesn’t even state it affects D4 engines only, leaving owners to think it is a random new issue and not in fact the one Volvo might be in breach of contract over by failing to fix it under warranty. It would be safer if Volvo told owners of higher mileage D4s with original manifolds to be extra careful, but that would give the game away. Little wonder the DVLC Safety Recall system has been used, but there is no fix available so no Recall yet. The Volvo website is not clear whether Volvo will address the apparent impossibility of changing the nature of the EGR system or just try to stop cars catching fire.”
30-7-2019: Sensible analysis of the reason for the fires in BMW (and Volvo) EGR coolers is the glycol content of the coolant which is itself flammable.
2-8-2019: In response to a series of reader questions, Volvo responded as follows:
Q1: Does Volvo acknowledge or not the continuing EGR related problems on the VEA (typically D4) engine including blocked manifolds and loss of inlet valve seal necessitating expensive major engine repairs? We are aware an intended permanent fix was put in place but understand the above problems have still occurred.
A1:We acknowledge that there has previously been an issue with particle build-up on the engines in question. The solution implemented was a rework of the EGR coolant system to resolve the issue of moisture build up in the EGR cooler. Further to this, there has been a software update released. While we can never guarantee that cars will not suffer isolated faults, we are confident that these combined actions have proved a robust solution.
Q2: Given well documented identical symptoms for BMW melting inlet manifolds, do Volvo acknowledge any cause related to any EGR issue under their recent recall, given it was the precise cause at BMW? It being the case that other than air, the only substances introduced into the engine via the manifold come through the EGR valve and associated system.
A2: The corrective action is still under development, and we therefore cannot currently comment on which components will be affected by the corrective action – nor can we comment on other manufacturers.
Q3: Given the July 2019 Recall includes 2019 vehicles but states there is no current solution to the problem, what is the position and information being given to buyers of new, used or ex demo vehicles etc at dealerships? A crucial point if the solution to any continuing or acknowledged EGR issue is less than certain.
A3: For clarity, the recently announced recall relates to model year 2014-19 cars, production of which ended last year. There are no potentially affected cars being sold as new.
It is safe for customers to drive these cars, as long as there is no error message relating to the engine and the car does not display any of the symptoms previously identified. When it comes to used cars, we have advised our UK retailer network that they must communicate with all customers purchasing one of the models in question to make them aware of the issue, potential symptoms to look out for, and the forthcoming recall.
9-8-2019: Report from French reader about EGR problems with his 2014 Volvo V60 D4 181HP Summum D4204T5 VEA Engine. "I have had the three EGR fixes pipes, cooler, valves exchanges (in 2016, 2017, 2018). My car has now 141,000kms. Full history Volvo. With the second fix, I need to add coolant. Before the third fix, all the intake pipe were clogged with "soot paste". After the third fix at 80,000kms, the engine started to burn engine oil from 0.6 l /1000 kms to nowadays 0.8l/1000kms. No external leak. It is over Volvo standard (0.5litre/1000kms). My Expert (amicable procedure) detected cylinders leakage (from 20% to 60%) depending of the cylinder. There are also leaks by the intake valves. Volvo asks me to remove the breech and perhaps they will need to remove the cylinders. Volvo wants me to pay for diagnose the engine (remove the breech and the pistons ) and it will cost about 3500 Euros. Sooner in july 2019, I received the letter about the intake problem. On my own, those problems are linked."
11-8-2019: Report of Vehicle Safety Notification to owner of Volvo V70 in mid July relating to a engine bay fire possibility. Two closest Volvo dealers could not advise when a fix would be announced and only referred owner to Volvo's website which again did not provide any details about when a fix would be provided as it was just an FAQ page. Owner concerned about safety of car when carrying children. See Recalls section. Same problem as V60
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. (See explanations 12-2-2016; 13-7-2019 and Volvo's response on 2-8-2019.)
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). Pulling over, turning off, then re-starting seemed to clear it, but small light remained on. Car has been independently serviced by someone who might not be aware of the EGR related problems with the 2.0 litre VEA engine. He checked the car, and noted that the codes suggested a fuel pressure issue, and/or turbo overboost, and/or EGR valve. But once he checked the codes, they cleared - the light went out, and all seemed fine. Then after maybe 250 miles, it kicked off again. Volvo Chesterfield initialily said the fault was the manifold problem, but no codes were present (even though it was in limp mode) and said the EGR valve and emapp pipe required changing, which they could replace at the same time for £900. They then got in contact with Volvo in Sweden who authorised free replacement of the EGR and emapp pipe.
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. (See carbycar V60 good/bad 12-2-2006 and 13-7-2019). 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.
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