Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018) Review

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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.

Insurance Groups are between 28–32
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

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.

 

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Real MPG average for a Volvo V60 (2010 – 2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

74%

Real MPG

17–102 mpg

MPGs submitted

645

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

What does the engine warning light on my Volvo V60 mean?
What does the engine warning light on my Volvo V60 mean?
The warning light could indicate a number of things, but the most likely reason is the EGR, which is prone to failure in Volvo.
Answered by Alan Ross
Will I get more into the boot of a fully laden Volkswagen Golf Estate than I would my current Ford Mondeo Estate?
I currently drive a 2013 Ford Mondeo Estate which we've used as a family car for camping holidays. Squeezing as much as possible into the boot is essential, with the back seats up as I have two children. According to your specification pages, my current car has a boot capacity of 537 litres, and yet smaller class cars appear to have bigger boot capacity. The Volkswagen Golf Estate has 605 litres, the SEAT Leon Estate has 587 litres and even the Volvo V60 (criticised as not being a load-lugger) at 557 litres. So, will I get more into the boot of a fully laden Volkswagen Golf Estate than I would my current Ford Mondeo Estate?
Yes. The Skoda Octavia estate and, of course, the Skoda Superb estate are even bigger. You should consider a Superb estate: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/skoda/skoda-superb-2015-estate-road-test/ That's 660 litres to the load cover.
Answered by Honest John
Which family car is best - V60, Passat or Leon?
If you had the choice between a Volvo V60 T3, Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI or a SEAT Leon ST 1.4 TSI (all 2013 models) which would you buy?
To drive, the MQB Leon. The Passat will have the same engine, either 122PS or 140PS but is a bigger car. The Volvo has Ford's 1.6 EcoBoost engine. All were timing belt by 2013. I would not regard any of these as 10 year cars. 5 years, maybe.
Answered by Honest John
Are the new Volvo 2.0-litre engines any good?
I understand that Volvo has updated its D2 engine in the past year and its is no longer a 1.6 but it is a 2.0 engine. Is there any data on how this has affected the Real MPG of the V40 and V60 models?
Volvo now fits its own 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines in varying power outputs from 120PS upwards. Unfortunately, Volvo's engine nomenclature is ridiculously confusing and that makes it impossible to differentiate in a databank like Real MPG where even the car's owners don't know if it's a 1.6 or a 2.0 litre or a Ford or a Volvo engine. However, I had a 184PS version of this engine in a S60 for six months soon after the launch and I can tell you that over about 8000 miles it averaged close to 60mpg, making it 2nd in economy only to the BMW 320dED that averaged 63mpg.
Answered by Honest John

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

Buy new from £26,765 (list price from £33,765)
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