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