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Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

HERE are some car mak­ers who have made a sec­tion of the mar­ket their very own - and our lat­est test car is a good ex­am­ple. Large es­tates have be­come syn­ony­mous with the name Volvo over the years and that is what we are look­ing at this week.

The re­cently launched new V60 is an im­por­tant car for Volvo as it has a lot of tra­di­tion to fol­low - es­pe­cially as it sits in a very com­pet­i­tive price bracket (£30 to 40k).

Straight away there are some early wins for the V60 with ex­cel­lent num­bers both in per­for­mance and econ­omy. The 0 to 60 sprint (in Dy­namic mode) comes up in a very re­spectable 7.6 sec­onds and top speed is 137 - while this large load lug­ger can also achieve a shade over 61mpg.

That is all thanks to its 2-litre, 190bhp four-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine, which in our test car was un­usu­ally mated to a man­ual six speed gear­box. It is a lively com­bi­na­tion and ticks an­other Volvo tra­di­tion box as the Swedish man­u­fac­turer has also be­come known for mak­ing es­tate cars with a per­for­mance edge.

An­other Volvo tra­di­tion which goes right back to their very first cars is a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing at the lead­ing edge of safety in­no­va­tions.

So no sur­prise to find the lat­est

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