New Volvo V60 Is A Sexy Wagon Packed With Advanced Tech

Volvo has revealed its all-new V60 estate, a rival to premium estates like the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring.

Crisp, angular, and lush, Volvo's V60 midsize wagon redesigned for 2019 is everything folks want in an SUV-just without that elephantine ride height and abundance of vertical sheetmetal and glass.

Bringing its compact executive offering into line with the rest of its stylish range, Volvo has given the V60 a sharp new look, updated engines, up-to-date infotainment and the very latest safety technology.

The new mid-size premium wagon is Volvo's first SPA-based model to be offered with two plug-in hybrid powertrains, at least in Europe that is. Both feature four-cylinder engines paired with an electric motor.

Unsurprisingly, there will be the usual diesel and petrol options - V60 D3 and D4 diesels and T4 and T5 petrols - although the petrols won't be available at launch. If it's speed you're after, the S60 Polestar puts to use a T6 engine to produce 362 hp (269 kW); here's hoping the new model will see the same go-fast treatment. When the rear seats are up, it has capacity of 529 liters and when the seats are down it increases to 841 liters.

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It's business as usual in the V60's smart interior, too, with a design that echoes the other cars in the range. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technologies, and supplies 4G Wi-Fi connectivity.

Practicality is set to be impressive, with 529 litres of boot space on offer - that's more than you'll find in an Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring or Mercedes C-Class Estate.

Typical of current Volvo products, the V60 will offer all-wheel drive as standard in most of its trim levels.

On the safety side, the V60 will come with automatic braking and detection systems that recognize pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. Available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power, the V60 will cost £31,810 when it arrives in September and be one of the first Volvo cars to be available on a deposit-free subscription service, with a flat fee covering finance, insurance and servicing costs.

Prices for the V60 will start from £31,810, with deliveries beginning in the United Kingdom in the third quarter of this year.

  • Toni Ryan