Volvo V60 2.0T5 Ocean Race: Racy But Safe
August 29, 2014
Since 2001, Volvo has sponsored a major around-the-world sailboat race that is 39,000 nautical miles long and leads through five oceans. The race is held every three years and attracts the best sailing crews in the world. Especially for this occasion the company prepares limited-edition versions of its models, marked with the “Volvo Ocean Race” symbol. The cars are fitted with the most powerful engines in the Volvo range and have the most extensive equipment, in addition to a special logo and a blue paint job.
The Volvo V60 was unveiled in the fall of 2010 at the Paris auto show. Last year the body underwent a minor facelift that was largely limited to the front. The car, 4,635 mm in length, 1,484 mm in height and 1,865 mm in width, catches the eye. Although it is slightly longer than the sedan, it seems to be much more compact and have better proportions. The front is the same as in the sedan. The side, with a rising window line, sloping roof—as in coupes—and a sharply truncated rear, emphasizes the sporty shape of the body. The rear is original in terms of style, mainly due to the large headlights, which stretch from the top tailgate window all the way to the bumper and fenders. They cannot be confused with those of any other car.
The test-drive unit was equipped with a responsive 2l./245 hp turbocharged gasoline engine with a maximum torque of 350Nm available in the range between 1,500-4,800 rpm. According to the producer’s technical data, the car takes 6.4 seconds to hit 100 kph from standstill and achieves a top speed of 230 kph. Power is transferred to the front wheels by an eight-speed sequential automatic transmission, with the possibility of manual shifting using the gear stick. Or you can change gear using the steering wheel paddles. The engine copes well with the over 1,500 kg car. It is powerful and at the same time economical (considering its responsiveness). During the test-drive, average fuel consumption was 9 liters per 100 km (rather than the 6.2 liters per 100 km promised by the producer in the car’s technical data).
While the V60 is probably the most sporty-looking of all Volvo models, it is also the least functional, despite being a station wagon. The luggage capacity is a disappointing 430 liters, no more than in compact cars. Fortunately, the trunk is easy to arrange and has a regular shape. It is 110 cm wide and 85 cm deep. When the back seats are folded down, the capacity of the luggage compartment increases to 1,241 liters and you can transport objects up to 166 cm long. However, compared with rival mid-range premium cars, such as the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Touring, the Volvo V60 is less practical. But the Volvo more than makes up for this with its standard safety equipment, which—in addition to all the devices used by the competition—includes the City Safety system, which after recognizing an obstacle automatically brakes the vehicle if it is traveling at a speed not exceeding 50 kph. Many drivers who have had fender-benders or minor collisions due to carelessness or distraction can testify to just how useful such a system can be, especially in city traffic.