Safe, smart Swede
The V60 is stylish, handles sweetly and poses a challenge to its rivals, writes Paul Gover
ASPORTWAGON-STYLE Volvo is proof that the Swedish brand has changed its direction. The new V60 is more like the latest Commodore hauler than a traditional boxy Volvo wagon, even conceding the space race to rivals, including the Mercedes C Class and the cavernous Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb.
THE V60, which lands in Australia from around $54,000 next year as the sidekick to the impressive new S60 sedan, has an official capacity of 430 litres in the tail, with another 30 in a cubby under the floor, compared with 485 for the Benz, 588 for the Passat and 633 for the Superb.
But Volvo makes no apologies and says the V60 is more like a coupe than a traditional wagon. The drive experience backs that up, with the car a sweet-handling unit that will impress any who take it for a spin.
The features list is extensive and there’s a lot to like about the latest Swede.
THE mechanical package of the V60 is the same as the S60’s, which means— for the first time— truly driver-focused chassis settings, with a choice of two petrol and two turbodiesel engines.
Standard equipment is classy and impressive and the V60 will be well loaded for Australia.
The S60 is previewed at the Australian International Motor Show running in Sydney this week and first supplies of the sedan and V60 wagon will arrive before the end of the year.
They can’t come soon enough as Volvo has been mostly missing from the mid-sized luxury class this year, with only a handful of S60 deliveries.
EVERY safety device Volvo has developed over the past 10 years is available in the one car and, even if many are only extra-cost options, the V60 gives the clearest indication yet that Volvo is trying to take the technology edge away from German brands.
The V60 is so clever it won’t let you wander from your lane, won’t let you get too close to the car in front and it could even save a life with its pedestrian safety system — which is programmed to identify people and brake automatically if there is a chance of a collision.
EVERY Volvo safety device in the past 10 years is available in the one car and, even if many are extra-cost options, the V60 gives the clearest indication yet that Volvo is trying to take the technology edge away from German brands.
Clever: safety devices feature strongly in the V60.