Volvo V60 - car review

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For decades, Volvo station wagons were built on the principle: maximum space, easy loading, absolute rationality. But then the concept changed. The V60 is a dynamic and youthful vehicle. It is based on the S60 sedan. The model was released in 2010. The exterior has kept the Volvo family spirit.

The appearance of the car form characteristic of the Swedish brand grille, clearly traced belt line, easily recognizable shape of the rear lights. The shoulder line extends upward, and the side windows gently taper towards the rear, creating a wedge-shaped shape. The Volvo V60’s unique design feature is the “double wave” that starts from the headlights, passes through the entire body and ends on the rear lights. Passengers in the cabin is spacious. Moreover, the rear part of the roof is not tilted down, and therefore access to the second row was noticeably more convenient, and several centimeters of free space was added above the heads of the passengers.

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Volvo V60 boasts a magnificent transformation of the passenger compartment: the rear seats are folded in the 40/20/40 ratio, you can completely omit the front passenger seat, thereby creating a spacious and completely flat platform. The boot capacity is 430 liters (50 liters more than the sedan). Under the boot floor provides compartments for small belongings. The driver's seat V60 is distinguished by good ergonomics. The shape of the seat, the location of the main controls, extensive adjustment options - the driver of any body size will be comfortable behind the wheel. Technical equipment Volvo V60 is also at altitude. First of all, this is an impressive range of engines.

Opens a line of power units, available in Russia, petrol "four" 1.6 with two degrees of forcing - 150 hp (V60 T3) and 180 hp (V60 T4). The two-liter engine version of the V60 2.0 T develops 203 power, and the “six” of the V60 3.0 T - all 304 “horses”. Fans of diesel engines have nothing to choose from: only the V60 D5 with the row “five” 2.4 with a power of 205 hp. But in Europe there are also 115-strong 1.6 DRIVe and 163-strong D3 with a two-liter turbodiesel. Volvo engineers have developed two different suspension options. Dynamically tuned suspension has more rigid shock absorbers, compared with a comfortable option.

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For European buyers, the car will be offered with a tough option, and in other countries with a comfortable one. For an extra charge in the car, you can also order special FOUR-C electronics, designed to adjust the rigidity of the shock absorbers in real time. This system is a modernized active chassis, which uses a lot of various sensors that constantly monitor the condition of the road and the behavior of the car on it. If necessary, the electronics gently and imperceptibly, literally in a fraction of a second, softens the movement of the car over a poor and low-quality coating.

The station wagon is equipped with all kinds of security systems, including the innovative Volvo systems Pedestrian Detection and City Safety, capable of analyzing surrounding objects and automatically slowing down the car in case of a danger of a collision. The braking system of the Volvo V60 is considered one of the most advanced in the world. In particular, the car is equipped with a unique engine drag control system (Engine Drag Control) that prevents the wheels from locking when the engine is braked on a slippery surface.

The driver is simultaneously protected by the aforementioned dynamic stability system and the anti-skid system, which has a number of complex features that make you feel completely safe even with emergency braking on an unstable surface. And of course safety is also the responsibility of the trailer stabilization system (Trailer Stability Assist program), which helps to reduce car drift during towing. In addition, the V60 acquired a new entertainment system that includes a large 5 or 7-inch screen in the center of the panel and a rear-view camera.

Volvo V60 - a versatile car that will appeal to many potential buyers. A large-scale one-time modernization of 2013 immediately affected six cars of the Swedish brand, among them was the Volvo V60. The main changes in the exterior are concentrated on the front of the car. The grille in the form of an inverted trapezoid with smooth contours has become significantly larger. It is in harmony with the new bumper, which is decorated with a stylish air intake and aerodynamic elements.

There are new headlights with soft lines and smooth corners (with technology Active High). Separate daytime running lights moved down and became horizontal. Changes in the rear part were reduced only to a slightly different bumper and exhaust pipes. Updated V60 wagon began to look in profile more holistic and attractive, thanks to the harmonious stern and the correct proportions of the body.

In the colors of body painting, new tones appeared. The car body is made of strong, high-strength and heavy-duty steel, aluminum and magnesium, which positively affects not only the rigidity of the body on torsion, but also on corrosion resistance. Additional anti-corrosion and anti-gravel coating of the bottom and wheel arches protects the lower parts from mechanical damage and the effects of aggressive reagents.

Salon updated wagon V60 retained the familiar architecture. The main innovation in the interior can be considered a digital instrument panel. On the touch screen on the center console displays a huge amount of information about the work of components and assemblies of the car, the driver needs. Also on the center console is installed a new multimedia system Sensus Connected Touch with a 7-inch touch screen, which displays information from 3D-navigation, Internet applications, etc. In the interior, new front seats appeared. They became thinner, which increased legroom for rear passengers.

As for the motor range, it remains the same. But in the course of this modernization, the engines received a number of improvements that significantly reduced the amount of harmful emissions, as well as improved fuel efficiency. All cars with automatic transmission are now equipped with gearshift paddles for shifting gears.

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