Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. The big alloy wheels are very susceptible to kerbing. Rivals to the Attrage are the dull Nissan Sunny and overpriced Honda City. In fact, driving a reasonably-sized premium wagon feels more Continental than a morning Prosecco. The diesels are relatively quiet unit other than at idle, surpressing diesel clatter well and adding to the general peace and quiet in the cabin.
But there are still downsides. If you do want to change gears yourself, a manual box is available with D3 and D4 diesels, while R-Design auto models get paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Id rather stand in a cold shower ripping up 50 pound notes. You get a lockable under-floor compartment to keep valuables away from prying eyes, plus net pockets and a grocery bag holder to keep your shopping upright. There is a sense that the various panels came flat-packed, and were put together quickly.
There are so many cubby spaces hidden inside the Volvo V60 so keeping its cabin tidy is a doddle. Just treat 675rrr as a troll. The sweeping styling takes its toll of course, when it comes to practicality. Magic, but we have to be self-reliant to some extent to compensate for the benefits? Here was a car that really could reward at the wheel. I had a skinny wheel, so managed to get home and wait some days for a spare alloy and tyre. No, there are other ways to make this V60 handle more sharply that don't involve higher chiropractor's bills. It's worth noting that the majority of V60s come in under £40,000, so annual road tax is £140.
This firm set-up dilutes one of this car's greatest virtues: the composed ride it offers over poor surfaces, superior in fact to what's on offer in this car's German rivals. Even with Volvo Assistance, it can take 1 - 3 hours before they arrive. That's not all we're keen on either. Optimism largely justified once you're up to speed, provided you take the trouble to adjust your thinking into the distinctly Volvo feel this car has. It's there ready for work straight away.
The V60's horizontal lines were also emphasised at both the front and rear and, together with details such as a wider grille and daylight running lights, the various changes gave this car a more striking, purposeful presence. So, for the fully improved version launched early in 2014, Volvo brought us some of its own in a D4 diesel variant offering a combination of performance and efficiency that at the time, no rival could match. Servicing Volvo dealers offer their own service plans, so prices can vary when compared to country-wide offers available from rival manufacturers. Add the eight-speed Geartronic auto, and the D3 manages 45. Of course, there's always the possibility that your budget might not be able to stretch up to D4 purchase - or that you might be offered an un-missable deal on a V60 with one of the older engines. During our time with the car, the gearbox did go through a patch of jerkier-thanusual downchanges, but it soon rectified itself, presumably as a result of some electronic gremlins.
About 18 months ago late at night in a country lane near home. It might not be the cheapest option, but surely you want the best for your children? In addition, Volvo issues a paint warranty for the same three years, while a corrosion warranty covers the car for 12 years. We especially like the shallow hinged compartment on the top of the boot floor. The sports seat in the R-Design model is particularly good, positioning you beautifully throughout the longest drive. There were smarter looks too and extra technology, all delivered without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Fortunately, I had a Space Saver tyre and with this I managed to make it to Luxembourg, where Volvo fitted a new tyre.
Durable Steel Construction with Powder-Coated Finish Whether you're hauling a week's worth of groceries or a trunk load of camping gear, cargo always has the potential to shift and a sudden stop could send it all flying. Its seats support your back in all the right places and feel more thickly padded than seats you get in alternatives. The fastest Volvo V60 you can buy comes in the form of the T8 Twin Engine hybrid. A small brand Volvo may be but it was punching well above its weight here. Volvo Volvo's most handsome wagon to date can also weigh anything between 3725 lbs.
These have 336bhp and 395bhp respectively, while the closest you can get to a Polestar performance model is a power upgrade for the T8 model that bumps its maximum up to 410bhp. Then when you remove your wellies or whatever, the flap goes down again and you don't have to worry about cleaning the boot floor. In other words, there are great grounds for optimism when it comes to the on the road experience. The reality is that the V60 was never the sportiest of cars to drive anyway and the occasions where we found ourselves on the right road, at the right time, in the mood for pressing on and sans family were too few and far between. Under the skin, there was a chassis originally borrowed from the Ford Mondeo, which means the underpinnings were exactly the same as those used in the brand's supposedly larger V70 estate and S80 saloon models.