The swoopy coupé-like lines of the new S60 have been translated into the estate-car genre with some success in the latest-generation V60. Want a traditional big-box estate car? Go and look at our XC range of SUVs, says Volvo.
Like its S60 sedan sibling, the V60 has a distinctly sportier, harder edge dynamically. For those who want something even more hardcore, the R-design version comes with a sport chassis as standard, using damping and suspension subframes biased towards performance and less towards comfort. All variants except the R-Design can be specified with the optional FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, and allwheel- drive is also available. Like the S60, the V60 is fitted with Advanced Stability Control, which incorporates a roll angle sensor able to identify incipient skids early and precisely, and traction control that uses torque vectoring in corners – braking the inner wheel, resulting in more power being channelled to the outer wheel to tighten the cornering line and reduce understeer. It comes with the same imposing suite of safety aids as the S60, including pedestrian detection with full automatic braking.
Engines range from a 110 kW four to the turbocharged 224 kW T6 with its 3-litre Six. The new T5 version doesn’t, as you might think, run a 5-cylinder: it’s an uprated version of the four-cylinder 2-litre that produces 177 kW and 320 N.m. Two 5-cylinder turbodiesels are available. The engine options introduced on the V60 have been extended to the S60. Prices range from R317 700 to R474 700 (excluding the R-Design).
Volvo stylin’ – on your iPad or iPhone. Apps for Volvo’s S60 and S80L allow prospective buyers to style their cars on their mobile devices. Among the functions is a search tool that uses the mobile phone’s built-in GPS function to locate and specify the route to the nearest Volvo dealer. It is also possible to book a test drive, and a configurator allows the user to build his or her own S60. These new functions are linked to the local market site and offer access to the latest news from Volvo Cars. Unique features include using the mobile phone’s built-in gyro to look around inside the car. If you turn the phone, the image viewed moves too, creating the impression that you’re actually sitting inside the car, according to Volvo. In some countries, the company already offers mobile device software that controls the car’s heater for customers who subscribe to the Volvo On Call system.
Wallpaper: To download the wallpaper image of the Volvo V60. [click here]