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Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

Volvo has felt no need to discount the V60 relative to its more premium rivals. And while this may speak volumes for the confidence the Swedish car maker has in its product, the truth is that Volvos have never enjoyed the residual strength of its German rivals, so it’s likely that Volvo will be asking its customers to pay the same at the beginning of the ownership experience, but take less away with them at the end.

Between the two dates, it should prove reasonably cheap to run. Servicing schedules on cars in this class are now a pretty typical one year/18,000 miles and fuel consumption is, on the whole, par for the class. 

Fuel consumption is, on the whole, par for the class

The 1.6 DRIVe models are the exception – we wouldn’t expect to get close to the official average of 62.8mpg, but you should still manage somewhere in the region of 50mpg. The CO2 emissions will appeal to company car drivers, too.

When we tested the D5 on our own set economy route, we got nowhere near the claimed combined consumption of 52.3mpg (and neither will you), but we had hoped to get rather closer to it than the 32.0mpg that we actually returned over a broad range of driving. If you’re very careful, 50mpg could be had on plodding motorway journeys, but wind the two turbos up at all and you’ll see the economy tail off markedly.

Trim levels start with the well-equipped ES (full climate control and a decent audio system) and moves on from SE to SE Lux and R-Design. The last three trim levels can be had with a Premium pack, which adds leather trim, sat-nav, a digital radio and, most pleasingly, an attractive full-colour display system for all of the above.

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