Volvo V60 T4 1.6 Review
Estate of the Art

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
25 Feb 2011

The V60 is more than just a stylish estate variant of the new Volvo S60. Raymond Lai explains why.

Introduction, styling

Station wagons can generally be separated into two kinds - the lifestyle type and the practical workhorse. The former sacrifices in space and practicality for looks and style while the latter is conceived to haul cargo. The new Volvo V60 is then, the former as it doesn't have the boxy profile and style that traditional load hauling Volvo wagons like the V70 and it looks well, rather stylish.

As its name implies, the V60 is the wagon version of Volvo's very capable new S60 executive saloon. In terms of size and positioning, the V60 sits in between the smaller V50 and the larger and more practical V70 in Volvo's V model estate line-up.
The V60 really looks good for a compact estate. Volvo's estate cars tend to have boxy and squarish styling (including the existing V50 and V70) to maximize their practical nature and utility but the V60 shuns this styling characteristic to look sleek, sporty and purposeful. There's even a hint of the traditional shooting brake as well as inspiration from Volvo's own iconic P1800ES in the way the V60 is styled.

I've always loved the way the S60, the car that the V60 is based on, looks, especially the elegant way the C-pillars meet the boot lid. The V60 obviously has a different roof line to the S60's and has different body panels aft of the front doors. With a more obvious rising belt line and a more swoppy roofline than the S60, the V60 somehow looks even more purposefully formed, dynamic and better proportioned than its saloon sibling. Bigger alloy wheels than the 17-inch ones fitted on the T4 model here will make the V60 an even more garang looking estate car.


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Engine Capacity 1596cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (79 x 81.4)mm
Power 180bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 117.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Wagon
(L x W x H)
(4628 x 2097 x 1484) mm
Wheelbase 2776 mm
Turning Circle 11.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1528 kg
Boot Capacity 430 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 67 L