Hybrid power, sharp styling and safety tech for new Volvo V60

Ted Welford

Though Volvo's lineup is becoming more and more SUV-focused, the brand is perhaps best known for its estate cars. Vehicles such as the Duett, Amazon, 240 and 850 remain icons even today. Now, the company's BMW 3-Series Touring rival, the V60, has been updated and replaced with an all-new model, which the company revealed at an event in its native Sweden.

Based on the same modular SPA platform as the larger V90 estate, the new V60 features a look borrowed from its sister vehicles – consisting of sharp-edged lines, a bold upright grille and distinctive 'Thor's Hammer' LED daytime running lights.

It borrows its underpinnings from those cars too, so expect to see the same range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines available, plus Twin Engine hybrid options. The V60 will be the first Volvo to debut two hybrid powertrains – both plug-ins, badged T6 and T8. They will produce 335bhp and 385bhp respectively.

The V60 will borrow much of its safety and entertainment technology from Volvo's range – a good thing, as the company currently has an unparalleled reputation for keeping occupants safe. A City Safety pack will offer autonomous emergency braking capable of detecting not just cars, but pedestrians and large animals, and is offered as standard.

On the options list are items such as Cross Traffic Alert, which detects vehicles oncoming from either side of the vehicle, as well as the brand's semi-autonomous Pilot Assist which is capable of steering, braking and accelerating the car on motorways and dual carriageways at speeds of up to 81mph.

As far as the exterior feels like a shrunken V90, the interior looks the same. A digital instrument panel, 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment display and minimal dashboard all feature, but so does lots of space. The V60's 529-litre boot comfortably outpaces the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate.

The V60 will arrive in UK dealerships from September, with prices starting from £31,810 for a manual, entry-level diesel model. Also expect to see an S60 saloon follow in the next few months.

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