Volvo’s new estate of the art

23 July 2018

VOLVO has revealed ambitious plans to rival established German executive saloon and estate players in the UK, to be spearheaded by its stylish new S60 saloon and V60 estate models.

Soaring sales have put the Swedish car company on course to hit its global target of 800,000 sales a year within two years, of which a record 60,000 will be in the UK.

The company’s other targets include one million electric models on the road by 2025, a quarter of each vehicle to be made from recycled materials, and not a single person to be seriously injured or killed by a Volvo within two years.

Having enjoyed incredible success with the XC60 and larger XC90 SUV ranges, the company says it is now struggling to meet demand for the smaller XC40 model despite increasing production to maximum capacity.

Such is the demand for its vehicles that Volvo is predicting matching the popularity of the rival Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class estate with the arrival of its new Volvo V60 range.

Costing up to more than £40,000, its arrival follows Volvo’s recent surprise announcement that the saloon version will be the company’s first car from which the diesel option will be deleted.

This marks a sustained move away from traditional combustion engines, with hybrids and all-electric vehicles due to become the norm in due course.

Volvo says that its aim is for at least half of all its vehicle sales to be electric within seven years, but for now the new V60 will come with an oil-burning option.

Prices start at £31,810 for the entry-level D3 Momentum manual model.

There is a choice of three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines initially, comprising D3 and D4 diesels, and a T5 petrol. A pair of petrol-electric plug-in twin engine hybrids and a second petrol engine are likely to be available within the next 12 months.

The models available to order from this month are front-wheel drive, with four wheel drive versions expected next year. Both diesel engines come with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the petrol model gets an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The D3 engine generates 150bhp of power, has official average economy of up to 64mpg and CO2 emissions from 117g/km. The D4 has an output of 190bhp, with the same economy and CO2 emissions.

The 250bhp petrol-powered T5 averages 43mpg with a CO2 figure of 150g/km, and costs from £34,360.

Volvo reckons that the V60 is particularly attractive as a company car, with business contract hire starting at £316 a month for the D3 Momentum, or £300 a month on a PCP with a deposit of £4,387, on a four-year contract with a 10k annual mileage limit.

Personal Contract Hire costs are also from £300 a month, based on an initial rental of £4,000, on a 48-month contract and a 10,000-mile annual mileage limit.

The entry-level Momentum versions come with LED headlights, a powered tailgate, two-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch driver’s information display and rear parking sensors.

Volvo’s Sensus touch screen control system is also standard. This nine-inch secondary screen works with voice-activated control technology to access the infotainment, convenience and safety systems. It includes satellite navigation with lifetime map updates, plus access to a range of cloud-based apps including Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search and Yelp.

The Volvo On Call connected services platform is standard too. This controls various functions from a smartphone or smartwatch, including the ability to set the satellite navigation system and heat or cool the cabin before entry. It can also download trip information for the past 100 days, which is aimed at business users claiming fuel expenses.

Inscription models are the most luxurious, with leather-faced upholstery, powered front seats with memory function, front parking sensors, wooden interior inlays and chrome exterior trim.

Both Momentum and Inscription versions are also available in higher specified Pro form. Momentum Pro adds leather-faced upholstery, a windscreen head-up display, bending LED headlights, handsfree opening for the powered tailgate, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Inscription Pro adds Nappa soft leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Ultimately there is the optional Xenium package at up to £2,000, which adds a panoramic glass sunroof, surround-view parking camera system and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90-degrees parking.

A Harman Kardon sound system is £825, with 14 speakers and a total output of 600W, whilst an alternative Bowers & Wilkins system with 15 speakers and 1,100W costs £2,500.

First deliveries of the new V60 are due here soon, with the Dynamic R-Design and Cross Country versions to follow next year.