As well as revising the XC60, Volvo has facelifted the V60 as part of the update of its whole range – and again, the executive estate benefits from a new look, but no real changes under the skin.
The styling update here is less obvious than on the SUV, although the V60 features a number of similar changes. A new bonnet incorporates additional flowing creases, while the washer jets are hidden under the wipers. The fresh headlights also include a cornering function and an auto-dimming main beam.
There’s a new bumper, too, with more chrome trim and daytime running lights, while the Volvo logo is bigger. Plus, the rear bumper gets integrated exhaust finishers.
As with the XC60, Volvo hasn’t changed much inside. The seats are comfortable, the driving position is good and the dials (borrowed from the smaller V40) are easy to read.
There’s a new shifter for the six-speed Geartronic auto box, replacing the gearknob which looked like a block of ice. But the box (a £1,485 option) often gets caught between ratios and doesn’t shift that smoothly. So it hampered the performance of our potent 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel model, and also hikes its CO2 by 42g/km, to 162g/km.
At least the facelift has brought the option of some steering wheel paddles, at £150. They feel as if they’ve been taken from an arcade game, as there’s no travel, although we have no complaints over the speed of their response.
Otherwise, the V60 retains its light steering, and the ride is still rather firm, particularly at low speeds. Our car had 18-inch alloys, but you can now specify 19-inch rims, although these use the same profile tyre so shouldn’t compromise the ride too much.