Volvo just recently introduced the V60 Estate, and it was a huge departure over the outgoing model. It featured a sportier, more attractive design to go with an interior that was suitable to actually compete with the likes of Audi and BMW. That’s something the old model, with its heavily outdated interior, just couldn’t do. There’s no denying that Volvo put a lot of work into revamping the V60, but a lot of that work was borrowed from the larger S90, so it’s not exactly new DNA. Be that as it may, Volvo believes the new V60 is worthy of a price tag that is more than $10,000 higher than that of the outgoing model – now that’s one hell of a price hike.

The truth is, Volkswagen has only released pricing for the U.K., where it will carry a window sticker that reads £31,810 or £7,665 more than the outgoing model. Do the currency conversion (Accurate as of May 18, 2018), and that computes to $42,890 or $10,334 more expensive. Volvo claims that the higher pricing is due to the step up in engineering, quality, and equipment. The equipment we can certainly agree on as the last model had an infotainment screen that looked like it was borrowed from 2008, to be honest.

In the end, though, that Volvo’s excuse for such a massive price hike only goes so far. Sure, it’s nicer, more attractive, and more technologically advanced, but the real reason is that it finally brings the pricing of the V60 inline with the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Wagon. Volvo insists it will offer more equipment for the money, though, so maybe it won’t be so bad. Either way, a big selling point for the old V60 was that it was on the high side of affordable and now it officially moves into luxury pricing territory.

Sure, maybe it fits in the luxury category better. And, it does fit there better, but Volvo could have done much better to keep the pricing in a lower bracket compared to the competition. Either way, when it comes to the states, it’ll probably carry a price tag very similar to the A4 Allroad and the 3 Series Sport Wagon, its two main competitors in this market.

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• New V60 premium mid-size estate available from £31,810 (OTR)

• Four trim levels available at UK launch: Momentum and Inscription, each available in highly specified Pro form

• Range of efficient diesel (150hp D3 and 190hp D4) and petrol (250hp T5) engines

• Tax-efficient D3 version has CO2 emissions from just 117g/km

• Company car tax from only £147 a month

• PCP and PCH from £299 a month, with BCH from £316

• Generously equipped as standard, including nine-inch touch screen, voice-activated control system, power-operated tailgate, LED headlights and satellite navigation

• Innovative Volvo On Call connected services platform fitted to every model

• World-first application of City Safety automatic emergency braking to mitigate oncoming collisions

• Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive function available across the range

• V60 available to order now ahead of showroom launch on 12 July and first UK customer deliveries in late Q3 2017

• Dynamic R-Design and rugged Cross Country variants to follow

The new Volvo V60 premium mid-size estate is now available to order in the UK, with on-the-road prices starting at £31,810 for the D3 Momentum manual version.

The striking V60 is Volvo’s second new-generation 60 series model – after the multi-award-winning XC60 SUV – and is built on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. Every engine is a powerful yet efficient Drive-E unit, designed and built by Volvo. The V60 also brings much of the cutting-edge connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars – the S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV – to the premium mid-size estate segment.

A choice of three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines is initially offered – D3 and D4 diesels, and a T5 petrol. Two petrol-electric plug-in Twin Engine hybrids and a second petrol engine are likely to be available within the next 12 months.

The D3, D4 and T5 V60s are all front-wheel drive. Both diesel engines are available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the petrol comes with the eight-speed automatic as standard. The D3 offers 150hp, combined fuel consumption of up to 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions from just 117g/km. The D4 has 190hp, combined fuel consumption of up to 64.0mpg and CO2 emissions also from just 117g/km. The 250hp T5’s numbers are from 43.7mpg and 150g/km respectively*. These figures are sure to make the V60 attractive to company car drivers and private buyers alike.

Monthly costs

Other attractive figures are the V60’s monthly costs. Company car tax starts at just £147 a month for a D3 Momentum manual, while BCH (Business Contract Hire) is from £316 a month, based on a D3 Momentum, an initial rental of £1896 +VAT, a 36-month contract and 10,000 miles per annum. PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) starts at £299 a month, also based on a D3 Momentum, with a customer deposit of £4,387, a 48-month contract and 10,000 miles per annum. PCH (Personal Contract Hire) costs are also from £299 a month, based on an initial rental of £3,999, a 48-month contract and 10,000 miles per annum.

Luxurious equipment levels

Every V60 is generously equipped as standard. Even entry-level Momentum versions come with LED headlights, a powered tailgate, two-zone climate control with ’CleanZone’ air-quality system, a 12.3-inch driver’s information display and rear parking sensors.

Volvo’s innovative Sensus touch screen control system is also standard. This nine-inch portrait-style screen works in conjunction with sophisticated voice-activated control technology to provide access to the car’s infotainment, convenience and safety systems. It includes satellite navigation with lifetime map updates, along with access to a range of cloud-based apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search and Yelp.

Volvo On Call

The Volvo On Call connected services platform is fitted to every model. This ground-breaking service allows you to control various functions of your car from your smartphone or smartwatch, including the ability to set the satellite navigation system and heat or cool the cabin before you even get in the car. You can also download trip information for the past 100 days, which is perfect for business users claiming fuel expenses.

World-leading safety aids

As you’d expect from a Volvo, the V60 comes with a full suite of cutting-edge safety aids. These include City Safety, which brings automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and steering support to help you steer around an object in an emergency. It also features the world-first application of automatic braking to help avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

Inscription models are the most luxurious V60s. Additional highlights, on top of the already generous Momentum specification, include leather-faced upholstery, powered front seats with memory function, front parking sensors, Drift Wood interior inlays and chrome exterior trim.

Both Momentum and Inscription versions are also available in highly specified Pro form. Momentum Pro brings leather-faced upholstery, a head-up display in the windscreen, active bending LED headlights with adaptive shadow technology, handsfree opening for the powered tailgate, and heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Inscription Pro gets these, along with Nappa soft leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and 19" alloy wheels.

Semi-autonomous drive technology

Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous drive aid, is available across the V60 range. This assists with the steering (up to 80mph) and controls the acceleration and braking required to keep the car safely within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front. Pilot Assist is an important step towards fully autonomous driving.

An optional Xenium package is offered on every V60 (£2,000 on Momentum and Momentum Pro; £1,800 on Inscription and Inscription Pro). This brings a powered tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, a 360o surround-view parking camera system and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking.

A premium sound system by Harman Kardon is available (at £825), which offers surround sound from its 14 speakers, and a total output of 600W. For those wanting the ultimate audio experience, the superb range-topping Bowers & Wilkins system (£2,500) uses the same advanced digital surround sound processing as in the 90 series cars, and features 15 speakers and an output of 1,100W.

Care by Volvo

The V60 is the second Volvo – after the award-winning XC40 compact SUV – to be offered via the ground-breaking Care by Volvo subscription package. Designed to be the ultimate in convenience, this is one simple monthly payment that provides access to the car and covers the cost of scheduled maintenance, servicing, roadside assistance and insurance. It also includes access to another Volvo model for up to 14 days a year, plus a range of concierge services that will make living with your car easier and more convenient. Full details of the V60 Care by Volvo offer, including UK prices, will be announced shortly.

Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director, said: "The new V60 offers stunning looks and class-leading space and practicality, combined with Volvo desirability and quality. With its competitive prices, luxurious equipment levels and cutting-edge technology, it is sure to be a hit with company car drivers and private buyers alike."

The V60 is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in late Q3 2018. Dynamic R-Design and rugged Cross Country versions will be available at a later date.

For more information on the Volvo V60, and to use the new online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/new-models/v60

V60

Power

Torque

Combined fuel economy (from)

CO2 emissions (from)

BIK 2018-19 (%)

On-the-road price

D3 Momentum manual

150hp

320Nm

64.2mpg

117g/km

28

£31,810

D3 Momentum automatic

150hp

320Nm

62.8mpg

120g/km

29

£33,360

D4 Momentum manual

190hp

400Nm

64.0mpg

117g/km

28

£32,810

D4 Momentum automatic

190hp

400Nm

62.9mpg

119g/km

28

£34,360

T5 Momentum automatic

250hp

tbc

43.7mpg*

150g/km*

31

£34,360

D3 Momentum Pro manual

150hp

320Nm

64.2mpg

117g/km

28

£34,060

D3 Momentum Pro automatic

150hp

320Nm

62.8mpg

120g/km

29

£35,610

D4 Momentum Pro manual

190hp

400Nm

64.0mpg

117g/km

28

£35,060

D4 Momentum Pro automatic

190hp

400Nm

62.9mpg

119g/km

28

£36,610

T5 Momentum Pro automatic

250hp

tbc

43.7mpg*

150g/km*

31

£36,610

D3 Inscription manual

150hp

320Nm

62.8mpg

119g/km

28

£35,310

D3 Inscription automatic

150hp

320Nm

60.3mpg

123g/km

29

£36,860

D4 Inscription manual

190hp

400Nm

62.9mpg

119g/km

28

£36,310

D4 Inscription automatic

190hp

400Nm

61.4mpg

122g/km

29

£37,860

T5 Inscription automatic

250hp

tbc

43.7mpg*

150g/km*

31

£37,360

D3 Inscription Pro manual

150hp

320Nm

61.4mpg

122g/km

29

£38,310

D3 Inscription Pro automatic

150hp

320Nm

58.9mpg

126g/km

30

£39,860

D4 Inscription Pro manual

190hp

400Nm

61.8mpg

122g/km

29

£39,310

D4 Inscription Pro automatic

190hp

400Nm

60.1mpg

125g/km

30

£40,860

T5 Inscription Pro automatic

250hp

tbc

42.5mpg*

154g/km*

31

£40,670

*Preliminary figures

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