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Volvo V60 Review

Written by Allan Noble · 30/07/21

The Volvo V60 estate is the epitome of Swedish understatement, further enhanced by the addition of a hybrid power plant offering 34 miles of electric-powered silence. As hybrid tech becomes a must-have for diesel-shunning company car buyers in particular, how does this premium estate car fare against rivals such as the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class? This Volvo V60 review will measure it up.

Summary

Volvo has a long-standing reputation for making cavernous estate cars, but in times gone by they were more boxy than elegant. This is not the case any more. The modern Volvo V60 estate is still spacious, but has svelte lines and is loaded with tech, making it an excellent choice for those looking for an executive estate car with a discreet road presence.

The Volvo V60 is now available as two Recharge plug-in hybrid models, with an 11.6kWh, 86bhp electric motor mated to a petrol 2.0 litre, four cylinder engine with a turbo, offering a combined power output of either 253bhp or 318bhp depending on your appetite for grunt. An even more powerful Polestar engineered model approaching 400bhp is also available.

As Volvo's smallest estate, and sibling to the S60 saloon, the V60 pits itself against established rivals such as the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series, each offering hybrids themselves. The V60 has traditionally performed well in car reviews, and in its corner is Volvo's reputation for seemingly bombproof safety and reliability. This Volvo V60 review will explore how effective the V60 is as an executive car, and how its twin engine hybrid tech measures up to its rivals.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

The advantage of the Volvo V60 Recharge is that you can charge the 11.6kWh battery to 80% in approximately three hours using your standard plug sockets at home. If you invest in a 7kW home charger, you can reach 100% in about 1.5 hours. However, to get the best out of the hybrid system you will need to keep it topped up, otherwise, all you will have is a rather thirsty petrol engine, which takes away all the benefits of having the hybrid in the first place.

The V60 does allow you to drive purely on electric power for up to 34 miles for the best fuel economy, and you can toggle through other driving modes to maximise battery range or performance depending on the road conditions and your journey. The V60 also features brake regeneration to help prop up the range if you are heading cross country on longer journeys, because it is much more economical when it is using battery power.

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