The mid-class station wagon – Volvo V60, has been given a new identity after many years. Although the predecessor was overly elegant, this newcomer is a way higher level.
The front was given lower headlamps, new radiator mask graphics and a more dynamically “styled” front bumper. The sideline of the door is decorated with a more distinctive plate and the more striking appearance of the vehicle is also in harmony with the multiple rear part. And to make this description less personal, the team led by Thomas Ingenlath can sign under this visually successful artwork. The inter-generational size growth – 126 mm (4761 mm) and 96 mm (2872 mm) indicates that the interior is boasting with a lot of space.
Invitation to the Interior
Let’s look into the cabin, first from the driver’s point of view. A well-shaped seat provides a background rated a “comfortable”. At first glance, materials and minimization of the controls can impress you. Control centers have become a multifunction steering wheel and a large touch screen in the center of the dashboard. You can get quickly used to the controls; driving the vehicle is very pleasant.
In a nutshell it’s a vehicle of excellent family character that comfortably and safely takes the crew to the destination.
Of course, the manufacturer, with a well-known contribution to the safety of car construction, has developed this topic to a high level. This also applies to the use of modern safety features; for the rich Inscription version you can get various additional elements. At the rear, the passengers can be comfortably driven to their destination thanks to the suitably shaped seats. And what is the sneak peek behind the 5th door like? The basic volume of 529 l outnumbers its competitors, after folding rear seat 1441 l space is available. After this action, a flat surface without a step is created.
“D” and Four
The combination of a letter and a number means that the role of the drive unit was attributed to the 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. It develops a maximum output of 140 kW (190 hp)/4250 rpm and a torque of 400 Nm/1750-2500 rpm. Significant traction force travels through the 8-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The machine benefits include well-built sound insulation, excellent flexibility from low rotations or low fuel efficiency requirements (driving conditions from 6.0 to 6.5 l/100 km). Acceleration 0-100 km/h is completed by the V60 D4 8AT in 7.9 seconds. The driving characteristics deserve a big up; the additional Four-C adaptive chassis guarantees a comfortable ride, a bumpy road will be a child’s play. In a nutshell it’s a vehicle of excellent family character that comfortably and safely takes the crew to the destination.
Space for Creation
As we have already indicated, the Volvo V60 D4 8AT Inscription (priced at around € 49,000), besides the high standard of modern equipment can be enriched with a number of accessories that will bring on board the maximum comfort of traveling or safety. The more you get the higher the price.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: Volvo