S OMEWHERE OUT there in Melbourne there’s a long, sweeping bend that I occasionally take. On approach, other vehicles ease off. Even those road warriors determined to carve through traffic touch the brakes. I do the opposite. Such is the poise of the V60 that it sits completely planted through the arc and I smile like an idiot as I leave the other cars in my wake.
Like its handling, there are many aspects of Volvo’s brilliant wagon to admire, but after nine months we’ve come to the point I’ve been dreading – it’s time to hand back the keys.
With so many positives to cover, let’s get the few negatives out of the way first. Our fuel consumption hasn’t been anywhere near Volvo’s ADR figure of 7.3 L/100km, but I have to put my hand up and take partial blame for that.
Damn my heavy right foot. Also, the AEB has proven to be a bit touchy and takes over in situations where I felt I had everything in control. I do think it’s tech that still needs more refinement, as we’ve had issues in various cars that have come through the Wheels Garage.
If you’re contemplating a V60, we reckon the addition of adaptive dampers is a must – as they are with pretty much any Volvo in the range. On our car this is included as part of the Versatility Pack ($1400), although it may still feel a touch stiff for some. The standard 19-inch alloy wheels can be switched for 18s if you’d prefer a little extra tyre sidewall to aid ride comfort.
Now let’s get onto the good stuff. The V60 is visually stunning. The design is clean and simple; its stance planted and purposeful. During my time with the car, I have never had anyone say anything negative about its looks, which is a testament to the evolution of Volvo’s design language. The Light Birch paint, which initially underwhelmed, really grew on me.
Does this mean I’m getting old?
The interior is clean and elegant, highlighting the Scandinavian craftsmanship, with nice touches of driftwood inlays. The driving position is great, and all touch points are logically placed and well made. The massage feature on the front heated/ cooled seats also gets the thumbs up. In the rear, the heated seats are great, although leg room is a let-down.
But what I will miss most is the brilliant 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. As part of the Lifestyle Pack ($3000, including panoramic sunroof and tinted rear windows) it’s a must-have for any music lover.
At over $70K the V60 sure isn’t cheap, but it is jam-packed with features and safety tech compared to its premium European rivals.
So would I take the plunge? Yep, without hesitation. I’m definitely on the Swedish bandwagon.
VOLVO V60 T5 INSCRIPTION
Price as tested: $72,390
This month: 603km @ 11.8/100km
Overall: 6688km @ 10.9L/100km