Volvo V60 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Four-cylinder engines provide decent economy, with plug-in hybrids promising the best economy
Prices for the Volvo V60 range from around £34,000 to £51,000, and you get a decent amount of kit for the money. However, Volvo does offer a variety of option packs and extras that can ramp up prices, so be careful when speccing up your car.
The most efficient V60, outside of the plug-in hybrid versions, is the B4 diesel, which has a claimed maximum economy of 51.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
There's not much to separate the B3, B4 and B5 petrol versions, which deliver figures (on the combined cycle) of 40.9mpg, 41.5mpg and 40.4mpg, respectively. CO2 emissions range from 152g/km to 170g/km.
The more powerful B6 variant is unsurprisingly less efficient with claimed economy of 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions from 175g/km.
The most powerful cars in the V60 lineup, the T6 and the Polestar Engineered T8, manage to return impressive figures thanks to their plug-in hybrid powertrains. Official economy figures range from 113mpg to 156.9mpg, but these are best taken with a pinch of salt – getting close to these will require constant recharging of the batteries and a light right foot. In our test – incorporating a combination of backroad and urban driving – the T8 returned an average of 80mpg, which still represents efficient driving. CO2 figures for the T6 start from 41g/km, while the T8 is slightly higher at 50g/km.
Volvo's focus on safety helps the V60 keep insurance groups low, with cars falling into Groups 24-32. This is slightly lower than insurance ratings for its rivals.
The Volvo V60 is expected to hold on to around 41-48% of its value after 3 years/36,000 miles, with the best performer being the diesel Momentum version. Used values are almost on-par with the BMW 3 Series Touring rivals.
In this review
- 1Volvo V60 reviewThe Volvo V60 is a spacious and stylish choice in the premium estate car sector
- 2Engines, performance and driveRefinement is the main focus of the V60 driving experience, although plug-in hybrid versions offer great blend of performance and economy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingFour-cylinder engines provide decent economy, with plug-in hybrids promising the best economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyVolvo leads its rivals on interior design – the V60 has a cool and calm cabin, while technology is class best, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBest-in-class boot space is backed up by impressive knee room in the back. Foot space is a little more cramped, though
- 6Reliability and SafetyVolvo aims for there to be no road deaths in a new Volvo from 2020 onwards, so the V60 is packed with the latest safety technology