Volvo launched its new V60 estate at the Geneva show
Due on roads in September, it'll rival the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring
At 4761mm long, the new V60 is 117mm longer than its XC60 platform twin
The car sits on a 2872mm wheelbase that's 98mm longer than the XC60's
These roomy dimensions make the V60 the biggest car in its class
Volvo has increased both passenger and luggage space considerably compared with the outgoing V60
Boot volume has been prioritised to satisfy demand from family customers
It's said to be class-leading, so boot capacity is expected to beat the Audi A4 Avant’s 500/1505 litres (with seats up or down)
Volvo has confirmed a range of five engines – two diesels, one petrol and two plug-in hybrids
D3 and D4 diesels are due with power outputs of 148bhp and 187bhp respectively
The T5 petrol has 242bhp
Due on roads in September, the new load-lugger shares its SPA (Scalable Product Platform) with Volvo’s current crop of new cars and SUVs, and will be a highly competitive model in a class currently dominated by the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring.
At 4761mm long, the new V60 is 117mm longer than its XC60 platform twin. It sits on a 2872mm wheelbase that's 98mm longer than the XC60's.
These roomy dimensions make the V60 the biggest car in its class. Volvo has increased both passenger and luggage space considerably from the outgoing V60, an eight-year-old design loosely based on a Ford platform that's more than a decade old.
Luggage volume now stands at 529 litres to the glass line with the rear seats up, 841 litres to the glass line with seats down and 1364 to the roof with seats down. The first figure puts the V60 ahead of the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in this regard - all key rivals with the car's new £31,810 price point.
Boot volume has been prioritised to satisfy demand from family customers who want plenty of room for parental paraphernalia and lifestyle equipment.
Capacity is said to be class-leading, meaning it is expected to be bigger than the Audi A4 Avant’s 500/1505 litres (with seats up and down).
Owners of the existing V60 – itself a dramatic design when it launched in 2010 – will instantly recognise the higher-quality exterior and interior design that follows the principles established with the V90 and XC60.
With time to develop details such as the crisp shoulder and the bigger proportions, the new V60 may well be the best-resolved yet of all Thomas Ingenlath’s attractive creations.
The roofline, for example, inclines with a sportier taper towards the rear hatch, whereas the V90 takes a more parallel line to completion.
More deeply sculpted body sides add drama to a shape that’s otherwise unmistakably modern Volvo.
Inside, the fascia, instrument panel and centre-console touchscreen are pure XC60 and a vast improvement on the outgoing model.
At launch, Volvo will unveil a range of five engines – two diesels, one petrol and two plug-in hybrids.
Four are confirmed for the UK. These include the D3 and D4 diesels, with expected power outputs of 148bhp and 187bhp respectively at launch. A 242bhp T5 petrol will follow later this year, with a 335bhp T6 Twin Engine plug-in - a first for Volvo in the UK - later and T4 petrol arriving in around 12 months. The fifth engine, a T8 Twin Engine plug-in with 385bhp – 17bhp less than in the XC60 – will not come to the UK.
Volvo says it has “no current plans” to introduce an entry-level 118bhp D2 diesel, although experience suggests such a model might come in two to three years' time.
The car rides on supension featuring computer controlled damping.
The same arsenal of driver assistance systems offered on other Volvo models will be available on the new V60, including City Safe with Autobrake, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving at up to 81mph, two collision warning systems and cross-traffic alert.
Reflecting the significant step up in engineering product quality and equipment levels, prices for the new car have risen considerably over the outgoing V60's £24,145 starting price. Volvo sold around 3000 V60s in the UK last year - 4.3% of the market - although it's expected that Volvo is aiming for a larger slice of sales with the new model.
Buyers will now require £31,810 for a new V60, but that does at least leave the car competitive against the German competition, and Volvo insists that the V60 will offer more equipment for the money. Expect the price to rise above £50k for the bells-and-whistles T6 plug-in, and deliveries for first cars to come in September.
Volvo will also offer a Care by Volvo subscription package for the V60, similar to the one launched with the XC40 last year. In Europe it will cost 850 euros, with British pricing yet to be set.
The firm will continue to sell the S60 saloon in Europe, despite it selling in tiny numbers compared to the estate: globally, the S60 is the most popular model.