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Volvo V60 2.0T Momentum: Form Over Function
April 28, 2011   
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It is neither particularly spacious nor very functional, and yet it has roared to the top of the list among mid-range station wagons. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Volvo V60!

Until recently, Volvo station wagons brought to mind large angular vehicles with spacious interiors and cavernous trunks that could accommodate all your family vacation baggage. Until recently—because that changed last fall due to the Volvo V60. The newest Volvo station wagon was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, a few months after the launch of the sedan. The Volvo V60 station wagon is 4,628 mm long, 1,484 mm high and 1,865 mm wide. Although the station wagon is only slightly longer than the sedan, it seems to be more compact and balanced in terms of proportions.

The front part is the same as in the sedan or in the smaller compact c30. The ascending line of the windows, the sloping roof—like those found in coupes—and the sharply angled rear add to the dynamic look of the vehicle. The rear looks particularly original due to the large taillights that extend all the way from the rear window to the upper part of the bumper and side fenders. Their shape cannot be confused with those in any other car.

The dynamic bodywork styling affects the vehicle’s functionality. Even though the Volvo V60 station wagon has probably the most sporty look among all the Volvo models, it is the least functional. The capacity of the trunk is a disappointing 430 liters, no more than in compact cars. Admittedly, the luggage compartment is easy to arrange and has a regular shape. It is 110 cm wide and 85 cm deep. After the back seats are folded down, the capacity of the luggage compartment rises to 1,241 liters and objects with a length of up to 166 cm can be accommodated, especially as the floor is even.

Still, compared with its competitors in the Premium mid-range segment, such as the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Touring, the Volvo V60 is less functional. The vehicle more than makes up for that drawback with a wide range of safety features available as standard. In addition to all the typical systems offered by the competition, the Volvo V60 features its signature City Safety system, the only system of its kind in the market, which automatically applies the brakes if it detects an obstacle and the vehicle is traveling no faster than 30 kph. Many drivers who have had minor collisions or fender benders as a result of a moment of inattention or distraction can attest to just how useful such a system could be, especially in city traffic.

The test-drive model was fitted with a 2 l/203 hp turbocharged gasoline engine. This unit boasts excellent performance, with a maximum torque of 300 Nm available between 1,750 and 4,000 rpm. The vehicle takes 7.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph, according to the producer’s technical data, and achieves a top speed of 235 kph. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The engine ensures a sporty ride. It excellently handles the just over 1,500 kg vehicle. It is powerful and dynamic, and at the same time relatively economical for its capacity. During the test-drive, fuel consumption did not exceed 9 liters per 100 km on average.

The new Volvo has received enthusiastic reviews on the Polish market. The model was among the most eagerly awaited new launches, not only in its market segment. It is targeted at those customers who, in addition to the brand’s traditional strengths such as safety and driving comfort, will also appreciate its ultramodern look and sophisticated style. And functionality and capacity in terms of transport? When it comes to Volvos, it seems this has lost out for good to looks.
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