Saturday, 7 January 2017
REVIEW – Volvo V60 T4 SE Lux Nav
The V60 is a great looking car. The lines are a beautiful mix of sleek and bold. At the front you notice the bonnet lines emerging from the front bumper and sweeping away to the wing mirrors. The large Volvo badge has pride of place on the grille, and to the lower bumper lies integrated LED daytime running lights. At the side the sleek window line tapers away towards the back, and 17-inch alloys sit under the arches. At the back of the car exhaust surrounds are incorporated into either side of the bumper, a subtle rear spoiler frames the window, and a smart shark-fin aerial sits neatly on the roof. I missed the extra flair of the R-Design, with more aggressive bumpers and stance, but ultimately the basic shape of the V60 is still rather smart.
The cabin of a Volvo is a safe haven, filled with premium materials and all put together to the highest standards. The seats are inviting, although they lack the bolster support of the R-Design models. The centre console is a testament to Scandinavian design, fluid and sculpted. A soft leather steering wheel frames the TFT display dials nicely. You can choose from three themes: Elegance, Eco and Power. They’re all crisp and executive, but can suit your individual mood. There are absolutely no scratchy plastics in sight, and plenty of silver trim to provide contrast. The media screen is sunk into the centre of the dashboard, and the whole centre console is slightly angled towards the driver. I have said before, and will continue to say, that Volvo make some of the nicest interiors of any car on sale today.
Practicality – 10/10
Fun – 6/10
Ad that brings my week with the V60 T4. I personally missed the sporty touches of an R-Design, but the basic shape of the V60 is still nice. The T4 engine is quite good but is only as fast as the D4 diesel engine, which is much more economical and has the better 8-speed automatic gearbox (vs. the T4’s 6-speed option). It was interesting to see the petrol alternative to one of Volvo’s most popular engines, but ultimately I’d still go for the diesel. Prices for the T4 SE Lux start at £30,775. Throw in a few options and my test car cost £38,555. For more information head to your nearest dealer or log on to the Volvo website. The Volvo V60 is a great family car, but you’re probably better off with the diesel. Speaking of ‘Daddy Cool’, where’s that new V60 Polestar…?
Total Score – 38/50