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Volvo V60 driving report: Almost as flat as a Porsche


The new Volvo V60 models have a flatter roof than usual. You can find out in this driving report whether this restricts the usual driving comfort.

The new Volvo V60 models have a flatter roof than usual.

You can find out in this driving report whether this restricts the usual driving comfort.

  • The Volvo V60 is offered with six electrified engines.

  • The battery should help to save fuel.

  • The B4 petrol engine with 197 hp can only convince to a limited extent in the test.

The times are long gone when the station wagons from Volvo * were still box-shaped.

The current V60 ducks into the wind almost like an elongated sports car and has become a little flatter in its second generation: the height has shrunk by 57 mm to 1,427 mm.

This means that the Swede is only slightly higher than a Porsche Taycan * (4,381 mm).

Otherwise, the V60 has grown in all areas: compared to its predecessor, its length has increased by 126 mm to 4.76 meters, the wheelbase by 96 mm to 2.872 meters and the width by 25 mm to 1.85 meters (without exterior mirrors).

Volvo V60: Less space in height, more in width

This makes itself felt differently for the occupants.

While you are seated already move slightly when entering the head, in order not to bump on the flat roof and interior not huge to-ceiling has a lot of space at the top, usually found

on the five seats

much space

before - for the knee area and width .


Typically Volvo: Elegant, tidy cockpit.

© Volvo



volume also increases by 99 to

529 liters

and can be increased

to 1

by folding the rear seat backrests


441 liters can be


The permissible trailer load is 1,800 kg.

Volvo V60: Six different engines

Of course, the low roof height should radiate sportiness.

Volvo wants to

emphasize this

with its

six electrified engines

that it offers for the V60.

The petrol versions are B3 (163 PS), B4 (197 PS), B5 (250 PS) and B6 (300 PS), as diesel the B4 with 197 PS, and also a plug-in hybrid.

All models already meet the emission standard Euro 6d (petrol) or Euro 6d-Temp (diesel).

In all


variants, the power is transmitted via a further developed



speed automatic

- depending on the engine, to two or all four wheels.

Standard on board all have engines, a











It comprises a belt-driven starter generator, a 48-volt architecture and braking energy recovery (recuperation) * that feeds the 14 hp electric motor.

In addition, there is cylinder deactivation for the gasoline mild hybrids, an electric compressor for the most powerful gasoline engine, a new high-pressure fuel pump for precise injection and a new exhaust gas recirculation system.

All in all, according to Volvo, the innovations should "

reduce fuel consumption and emissions

by up to 15 percent

under real conditions


Also interesting

: hybrid or MILD hybrid - which is better?

Volvo XC60 in the test.

This is how the Volvo V60 performs as a B4 petrol engine

We have the



petrol engine with 197 hp

tested and came up with an

average consumption of 8


9 liters per 100 km

- not exactly a record high for a unit of this category.

But the inline four-cylinder with turbocharger is definitely fun.

It pulls well, sometimes seems a bit strained, but always has a slightly pithy sound that exudes a bit of aggressiveness.

The petrol engine pulls through properly at all speeds, the cylinder deactivation occurs unnoticed when the vehicle is quiet, and at the top the propulsion



at 180 km




Then the V60 is limited - as Volvo does with all new models.

This is not done suddenly, but gently.

According to the speedometer, it goes up to almost 185 km / h.

Then it's over.

Also read

: VW ID.3 in the driving test: The Golf of the electric era?

Additional functions in the Volvo V60

The new

Care Key

is also on board as standard

: a key that

can be programmed

at an

individual maximum speed

before the vehicle is lent to family members and novice drivers, for example.



parking aid

and a full-sounding audio system are already included in the basic version of the Momentum Core.


extended air quality system

with fine dust filtering according to air quality standard PM2.5

is now optionally available


The technical new rules associated includes a

Curve Wizard

, which automatically lowers the pace of sharp curves when the set speed is considered too high.

That costs the V60 models

Prices start at just under



000 euros

for the B3

up to just under



000 euros

for the







we tested

starts at 41


867 euros

in the "Momentum" version.

With some optional equipment, however, it quickly goes towards the 60,000 euro mark - or above.

Conclusion on the Volvo V60

The Volvo V60

is a practical and high-quality premium



that offers a lot of comfort.

The flat roof and the increased fuel consumption are a minor drawback.

Which doesn't really disturb the very good overall impression of the Swede.

(joi) * is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Engine and gears:

Mild hybrid inline four-cylinder



Cubic capacity 1,969 cc

197 hp at 4,800 to 5,400 rpm.


Torque 300 Nm at 1,500 to 4,200 rpm.

14 HP electric motor

max torque 40 Nm

Geartronic eight-speed automatic transmission

Front wheel drive

Driving performance:

O to 100 km / h in 8.0 seconds

Top 180 km / h

Fuel and power consumption:

Inner-city: 8.3 l / 100 km (NEDC)

Extra-urban: 4.9 l / 100 km (NEDC)

Combined: 6.3 l / 100 km (NEDC)

Combined: 6.9 l / 100 km (WLTP)

Test consumption: 8.6 l / 100 km (super)

CO2 emissions 156 g / km (WLTP)

Mass and weight:

Length / width / height 4,425 / 1,863 / 1,652 mm

Empty weight 1,777 kg

Payload 463 kg

Trunk volume 529 to 1,441 liters


47,826.18 euros

These cars will become classic cars in 2020 - is yours included?

These cars will become classic cars in 2020 - is yours included?

Source: merkur

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