2019 Volvo V60 – Superb family estate
Is the Volvo V60 better than a Mercedes, BMW, and Audi?
With the unveiling of the new 2019 Volvo V60, questions have been raised regarding whether the car can compete with other car manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. The car competes with cars like the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3-Series Touring, and Mercedes C-Class Estate. Previous generation of the V60 have always been overshadowed by these cars, but now Volvo have stepped up their game and we reckon they have it in them to compete with other manufacturers such as the Germans.
First impressions of the car, the design of the car at the front is absolutely spot on. At the front exterior, the new revised front bumper gives the car a sharper look to it, and the car’s front LED headlights styled like Thor’s hammer, one of the best design features of the car is an absolute eye candy. The headlights features Active Bending Lights that turn in the same direction as the steering wheel (up to 30′ in either direction), to provide a better view through corners.
To top it off, Volvo’s trademark front grille with the company’s logo just gives the car a more aggressive look. It’s sleek front design continues to the side of the car, with graceful curves flowing through the side of the car. Onto the back, the design is very subjective. The taillights have a very unique look, like the V90 and XC60. Some may like it and some may not. It does give the car a very modern look to it.
Onto the interior, Volvo have made the interior very clean and refined. Like all of the current generation Volvo models, the car is fitted with a 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen infotainment system which comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G connectivity capabilities. The air vents at the front have a vertical central strip finished in metal which give it a unique look. The center console has only a handful of buttons and knobs, it isn’t overwhelming with buttons making it very easy on the eyes.
The car will come standard with a panoramic moonroof that provides a lot of natural light into the car and with the special tinted glass, it reduces unwanted heat and UV radiation. High quality materials are used all around the car, you won’t find any cheap materials in the car. Overall, the interior is gorgeous. It has a very clean and modern design to it. And with the high quality materials used and the large infotainment system, the car’s interior has a very luxurious feel to it.
Since this is a family wagon, you’d must want to know how much cargo space the car has. It has a total cargo capacity of 529 liters (18.6815 cubic feet), isn’t that small compared to the V90’s 560 liters (19.77621 cubic feet) of cargo space. Compared to its rivals, the C-Class Estate has a cargo capacity of 490 liters (17.30419 cubic feet), BMW 3-Series Touring has 495 liters (17.4808 cubic feet), and the Audi A4 avant has 505 liters (17.8339 cubic feet). Thus, Volvo excels in the cargo department.
Moving onto the technical specs, the car will be available in 5 engine variants which includes 1 petrol, 2 diesel units and 2 plug-in hybrids. The T6 AWD petrol variant produces 310HP and 400NM of torque. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8s and has a top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.1L – 9.L/100km.
The T6 Twin Engine AWD PHEV variant produces 253HP and 350NM of torque. The engine is paired with an lithium-ion battery that produces 87HP and 240NM of torque which results in a combined output of 340HP and 590NM of torque. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8s and has a top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.1L/100km. The electric range is rated at 45KM.
The T8 Twin Engine AWD PHEV is the most powerful variant here which produces 303HP and 400NM of torque. The engine is paired with an lithium-ion battery that produces 87HP and 240NM of torque which results in a combined output of 390HP and 640NM of torque. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8s and has a top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.1L/100km. The electric range is rated at 45KM which is the same as the T6 Twin Engine AWD.
The D3 diesel version produces 150HP and 320NM of torque. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 9.9s and has a top speed of 205 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.2L – 6.0L/100km.
The D4 diesel version produces 190HP and 400NM of torque. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9s and has a top speed of 220 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.1L – 5.9L/100km. Both diesel variants come with an optional manual gearbox and front wheel drive.
The car has many technological features to aid driving more easier and enjoyable, such as the Pilot Assist system with helps the steering, braking, acceleration on most roads at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). Another feature is the City Safety with Autobrake system, which helps the car avoid collisions, it detects vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, large animals, and any oncoming collisions. There is also the semi-autonomous driving system, Pilot Assist, which comes with a few steering assistance features. The car also features voice control function which allows you to operate the climate control, navigation, media, and telephone features just by speaking.