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Volvo V60

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Volvo V60

(2018 - present)

    Summary


    The Volvo V60 is a premium medium-sized estate model, the saloon version of which is called the S60. The current model arrived in the UK in the middle of 2018, and was discontinued in Autumn 2023.

    About six months after launch, the Volvo V60 range expanded with the V60 Cross Country model. This is a more rugged version of the regular V60 estate aimed at owners who want to take the car off-road. Diesel versions of the V60 were originally available, but fell by the wayside as diesel has plummeted in popularity since the V60 was launched.

    The Volvo V60 received consistently good ratings and numerous awards from the UK motoring media over the course of its production life. Our unique Expert Rating Index has analysed 62 different UK reviews of the V60 as of August 2023, with a Used Car Expert Rating of 77%.

    The V60 has received widespread praise for its design, both exterior and interior, as well as its overall comfort. However, it is not considered as rewarding to drive as the class-leading BMW 3 Series Touring.

    Several reviewers have commented that the V60 Cross Country has a more comfortable ride than the already-good standard V60, while the car’s off-road ability has also been praised.

    In August 2023, Volvo announced that it was ceasing the sale of all its saloon and estate models (the S60, V60, S90 and V90 models) in the UK – although they will still be sold in other markets for the time being. The company said this is due to declining customer demand and the need to concentrate its investment budget on a range of new electric SUV models.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Mid-sized estate
    Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £41,355 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2018
    Last updated: Winter 2018/19
    Discontinued: Autumn 2023


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2018
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    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 84%
    Vulnerable road users: 74%
    Safety assist: 76%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of August 2023, the Volvo V60 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    The Volvo V60 has a reliability score that’s better than average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy.

    A third of all reported problems with the V60 relate to its engine, with an average repair bill of about £600. Other areas to look out for are the braking and electrical systems, although the average bills for these are again fairly low.

    If you’re looking at a used Volvo V60, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
    Plug-in hybrid models109 mpgA105 – 113 mpgA – A
    CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models141 g/kmB185 – g/kmC – A
    Diesel models147 g/kmB141 – 157 g/kmB – C
    Plug-in hybrid models18 g/kmA18 – 61 g/kmA – A
    Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
    Plug-in hybrid models54 milesC27 – 55 milesC – E
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models36C25 – 43B – D
    Service and maintenanceCostScore
    Year 1£281C
    Year 2£766C
    Year 3£1,153C
    Year 4£1,414C
    Year 5£1,869C
    Overall£5,483C

    The Volvo V60 estate is fairly average when it comes to running costs, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

    As you can see from the tables above, the V60 scores a ‘C’ in most categories. We don’t currently have fuel consumption data for the petrol and diesel models, but given that their CO2 scores are a B, it’s entirely likely that the fuel consumption scores would be similar.

    Insurance and servicing costs are also slap-bang in the middle of our A-to-E scale. Although the plug-in hybrid looks to be very efficient on paper, scoring an A for its fuel economy and emissions, that’s simply a function of the rather useless EU/UK government lab tests that produce completely unrealistic results for plug-in hybrids.

    On a positive note, an official battery range of more than 50 miles is very good for a plug-in hybrid, meaning that you can do most of your day-to-day running on electric power – as long as you are able to keep the battery charged on pretty much a daily basis.

    Security rating

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    Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

    Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
    Relay Attack: Fail

    Date: 2019

    The Volvo V60 automatically received a Poor rating from Thatcham because it failed a relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. The Volvo S60 and V60 are susceptible to thieves intercepting the car’s keyless signal and using it to steal the car.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo V60 has received

    2023

    • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year + Winner, caravan weight 1,900kg category (under £60k)

    2019

    • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Estate
    • News UK Motor Awards – Family Car of the Year
    • Tow Car Awards – Winner, caravan weight 1,500 – 1,700kg category

    2018

    • Carbuyer Awards – Compact Executive Car of the Year
    • News UK Motor Awards – Family Car of the Year
    • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Large Family Car
    • carwow Awards – Practicality Award
    • Scottish Car of the Year – Estate Car of the Year

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    The Volvo V60 range has received consistently good media reviews, with particular praise for its design, quality and comfort.Volvo V60