‘V TO DO WHAT YOU WANT’
Added 21st September, 2018
By Jonathan Crouch
Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This improved MK1 V60 found it easier than its S60 saloon stablemate to conquest sales from German rivals thanks to more stylish looks that built upon class-leading safety, solid build quality and a cool, classy Scandinavian feel. Particularly as in this case, these virtues were fused with more vibrant design, a driver-focused chassis and high-tech engine technology.
It's that last element that back in 2014, really revitalised this car's appeal as a more cost-effective alternative to German-brand compact executive saloons. Any car that can deliver 99g/km of CO2, 62mph from rest in around seven and a half seconds and nearly 75mpg in regular use has to be worthy of anyone's respect. A small brand Volvo may be but it was punching well above its weight here.
This is then, a tale of the unexpected, both in style and speed. True, the sweeping shape required practical compromises, but the result is a car that many buyers new to the brand might find hard to resist as a used buy. If you're just about to choose a premium used 3 Series or A4-sized estate made in the 2014-2017 era, then you might want to try one of these before you do. Swede dreams might just be made of this.