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 £35,000 to over £52,000, 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 50.4mpg and best CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
There's not much to separate the B3, B4 and B5 petrol versions, which deliver figures (on the combined cycle) of up to 40.9mpg, 41.5mpg and 40.4mpg, respectively. CO2 emissions range from 146g/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 reviewIf you want a luxurious and spacious estate, the Volvo V60 offers a relaxed alternative to German rivals
- 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 SafetyThe V60 delivers the usual high standard of Volvo safety