Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sleek V60 Is Still a Safe Bet

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sleek V60 Is Still a Safe Bet

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

WHEN is a Volvo estate not an estate? Apparently, it's when you can't load a washing machine into the back.

At that point, according to the Swedish car firm's designers, it becomes a sports tourer -and that's where Volvo is going with the new V60.

Crammed with safety systems and featuring two new lean and mean petrol engines, the new V machine will be on sale in November. It stretches the recently launched S60 saloon with sleek, almost coupe-like lines and Volvo is aiming the V60 at action families. Not since the 1960s has Volvo had such a vehicle in its line up and that was the P1800E.

The V60 will sit in the Volvo range between the established V70 and the V50 -both of which Volvo describes as estates.

This is relatively new territory for Volvo but over the past few years it has been flirting with some offbeat touches, adding models such as the trendy little C30 coupe and the giant XC90 seven-seat 4x4 to its core range of strong and sturdy saloons and estates.

In the V60 there is a touch of the C30 at the rear with plenty of glass in the tailgate while in profile it is swish and streamlined. The V60 is a handsome car, retaining just the right amount of Scandinavian functionality in the design to make it unmistakably Volvo.

While we couldn't find a washing machine to put Volvo's claims to the test on the recent V60 launch, the cargo space looks capacious enough. It ranges from 430 litres with seats up to 1,241 with the rear seats folding on a 40/20/40 basis.

Folding the rear seats flat takes only a few seconds and the head restraints can be collapsed electronically from a button on the dash to speed up the operation.

There's a little extra space beneath the boot floor where the tyre repair kit lives, while the V60 is also fitted with restraining points to hold bags in place. …

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