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New Volvo V60 (2018): driving impression, engines, pictures, prices

New Volvo V60 (2018) in the driving report
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D he Volvo V60 rolls into the tire tracks of its big brother V90 and is available in the new generation of models on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. This means that the front end with the four-cylinder engines placed across remains the same, while the external dimensions are variable - the V90 is around 17 centimeters longer than the new V60. The new edition is 4.76 meters long and, according to Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson, is more of a V70 successor than the V60 evolution.

A. Rivas
First driving impression of the new V60: Quite dynamic - for a Volvo.

We snap up a pebble-gray-metallic V60 T6 AWD, which Volvo couples with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. So traction is not a problem. A small compressor, together with the turbocharger, ensures that the two-liter engine builds up its 400 Nm of torque early on. The station wagon pulls accordingly tight, if necessary in 5.8 seconds to 100 km /h. At 1.9 tonnes, the 310 hp T6 still has a lot to tow, but significantly less than the Volvo V90. Even at high speed, the inside remains remarkably calm.

In addition, they tried to instill more driving dynamics in it. This is achieved on the one hand through the more direct responsive steering in dynamic mode, which gives hardly any feedback when the pace is accelerated. On the other hand throughthe more balanced, i.e. less bumpy, suspension set-up. However, the V60 has to do without the optional air suspension.

Quite dynamic for a Volvo

So that we don't get ourselves wrong: The V60 does not want to and cannot handle the cornering talents in the dynamic range Medium class, but for a traditionally sedate, defensive Volvo, it can be driven surprisingly agile and manageable on the winding mountain roads in Barcelona's hinterland.

Advanced safety assistants

The extensive one is typical for Volvo Safety equipment that has been expanded in the V60 to include an oncoming traffic warning system which, in the event of an unavoidable collision, initiates emergency braking in order to mitigate consequential damage. However, we forego a test of its functionality and prefer to be chauffeured by the revised Pilot-Assist. The previously purely camera-based combination of adaptive distance controller and lane holder is now supported by navigation data. The assistant therefore gets out less often than before on winding, multi-lane roads or when there are no markings. However, only the vehicle directly ahead is recognized, not the one in the left lane. Speed ​​limits are displayed, but not automatically adopted.

The R-Design package makes the V60 even sportier.

For sporty people Natures offered Volvo the new V60 in R-Design. The R-Design equipment line sets visual accents, for example through the independent front and rear sections as well as striking 18-inch alloy wheels. A sports suspension lowers the body by 15 mm. The radiator grille has a horizontal grille in high-gloss black with a satin chrome frame. Other distinguishing features are the independent front and rear apron, two trapezoidal chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes, high-gloss black exterior mirrors and roof rails.

The interior features aluminum sill trims, sports seats, sports leather steering wheel, leather shift levers and sports pedals. In addition, the R-Design line extends the standard equipment to include steering wheel heating, seat heating for the front seats and a digital, 12.3-inchInstrument display, electrically foldable exterior mirrors, a dimming interior mirror and heated windscreen wiper blades. R-Design can currently be combined with the T6, D3 and D4 engines. The price list starts at 44,950 euros in connection with a D3 diesel engine.

390 hp provides the most powerful drive (T8 twin engine), the V60 weighs 2,069 kilos in its lavish configuration and the hybrid variants should need an average of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers.

At the start of the summer, Volvo is offering the petrol T6 with 310 hp, all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic. In the “Momentum” version, the Nobel station wagon is available from 49,500 euros. Those who prefer a diesel have the choice between the D3 (150 PS) and D4 (190 PS) - each with front-wheel drive, manual six-speed box or said eight-speed automatic. The entry point is the small diesel engine, which changes hands from 40,100 euros. A two-liter, four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 250 hp, 350 Nm, eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive works in the V60 T5. Prices for the Volvo V60 T5 in conjunction with the Momentum equipment line start at 45,500 euros. At the end of 2018, Volvo is adding two plug-in hybrids. The T6 and T8 petrol engines come as Twin Engine AWD with a powerful 340 and 390 hp system output and sped up to 100 km /h in 4.8 seconds. The electrical support delivers 87 hp in both versions. The manufacturer specifies the consumption of the hybrids with an average of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers (NEDC). It is 7.5 liters for the T6, 4.3 for the small and 4.4 for the large diesel. The weight is certainly not helpful in terms of consumption, because even if the V60 in its smallest form weighs 'only' 1,690 kilos, it can be up to 2,069 kilos, depending on the equipment. Volvo has intended the V60 for families who like to drive station wagons. However, if they don't like to buy a station wagon, the four-door model, like the current XC40, is available in the “Care by Volvo” flat rate program at a monthly all-inclusive rate from around 600 euros.

Christian Bittmann
The tidy cockpit is dominated by the large touchscreen of the Sensus infotainment.

But certainly from the V90

The standard safety systems are also donated by the V90. These include, for example, an emergency braking assistant and the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist driving system, which steers, accelerates and brakes on multi-lane roads up to 130 km /h. The driver experiences comfort in a high-quality and tidy cockpit, which is dominated by the large touchscreen of the Sensus infotainment system and therefore confronts the driver with just a few buttons and controls. The interior does not provide any surprises - there are virtually no differences to the V90. In the first row, Volvo donated a little more than a meter of space between the seat and the roof, in the rear it is still 96.6 centimeters, despite the brisk roofline. So you can comfortably endure it even on long journeys without fear of claustrophobia. Incidentally, this also applies to luggage: the new V60 swallows at least 529 liters. A cross country version of the station wagon is also planned.


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