Volvo aimed high with the 2018 V60 as a family-friendly vehicle that placed its bets on interior room, safety, and ecology without giving up the performances.
After the Ford era, the Swedish carmaker convinced its new owner, Geely Holding Group, to finance them for developing premium vehicles. The result was the Volvo SPA platform, which the carmaker used for the second generation of the XC60 and the S90. In 2018, the V60 showed up with a radical change in design over its predecessor. While the first generation of the V60 looked like a shooting-brake with four doors, the second generation returned to a more formal station wagon shape.
The car's exterior featured a new front fascia designed in the Swedish minimalist way. Its clean lines and flat surfaces resembled some IKEA pieces of furniture but sturdier. The profile revealed sculptured doors, body panels, and an ascending beltline towards the car's back raised above the enlarged rear fenders. A set of vertically mounted taillights flanked its tilted-forward tailgate in an already typical Volvo design.
Inside, the V60 provided room for five adults. At the front, Volvo installed two bucket seats separated by a square-looking center console. Unlike its predecessor, the dashboard didn't sport the floating center stack. A big, 12.3", portrait-type touch screen occupied the center stack flanked by a pair of vertical vents. The Sensus infotainment system was unusual for a car segment dominated by floating screens placed in a portrait mode above the center stack. On the rear 40/20/40 split-folding bench, it was room enough for three adults. The V60 provided 529 liters (18.7 cu-ft) of trunk space, expandable to 1,441 liters (50.9 cu-ft), with the rear seats folded down.
Under the hood, Volvo installed a choice of four-cylinder engines, turbocharged, both gasoline, and diesel. On top of that, the carmaker added two hybrid versions.
Volvo introduced the V60 in 2010 as a station-wagon for the S60 sedan lineup, and it received constant upgrades over its eight years lifetime.
The Swedish carmaker was known for its spacious station-wagon models. Vehicles such as the 440 or 740 were proof of LCV-like loading capacity. When the 2010 V60 was introduced, the carmaker showed that it turned its eyes to the lifestyle vehicle range. That station-wagon was designed for families, and even though it could carry more than a regular sedan, it was far behind its predecessors. The most significant advantage was that it didn't look like an LCV with windows on its sides.
For the 2014 model year, Volvo updated the V60 range and added several goodies, including a few engines.
At the front, the car featured new headlights with incorporated LED daytime running lights. A set of bi-xenon lamps was on the options list or fitted as standard depending on the car's version. Its sharper lines were enhanced, while the new hood amplified the muscular car's look. The carmaker introduced a new bumper with an a-shaped lower grille for the R-Design trim level and moved the DRLs into the side-scoops.
Inside, Volvo amplified the safety factor with its new, soft-touch panels and dashboard. There was a sense of luxury feeling thanks in part to the leather-wrapped interior and metallic trims on the center console, door panels, and dashboard. Its floating-design center console allowed a small storage space behind it, good to hide and forget small things.
Under the hood, Volvo introduced new turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. It offered the car with a very wide choice of engines. It was available with a front-, or all-wheel-drive system.
Volvo introduced the first generation of the V60 in 2010 under new management after Ford sold it to the Chinese giant Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
When the new owner stepped in in 2009, the Swedish carmaker already had most of the car developed. It was built on the same P3 platform used by Ford for the Mondeo and Land Rover for the Freelander since 2006. The design and the thinking behind the project were Swedish, and the new Chinese management considered that it had to stay that way. It even promised that the cars built for Europe would be made in Volvo's factory from Torslanda.
At the front, Volvo made a rounded front fascia with tear-shaped headlights swept back and upwards on the front fenders. The carmaker made an ascending beltline ended on the D-pillar at the back of the car. It resembled the look of a shooting-brake but featured four doors. Behind the rear doors, the designers placed narrow windows sloped-down on their upper side. The raked-forward tailgate sported a roof-spoiler, creating a dynamic look for the Swedish station wagon.
For the interior, Volvo chose high-quality materials. It was a premium brand and tried to fit its cars with premium materials, even though the Swedish carmaker carried over some of the switches and buttons from Ford's parts bin. The V60 featured a unique instrument panel with a central speedometer flanked by two screens on its sides and the fuel-level and temperature gauges on the sides. The V60's front bucket seats featured Volvo's patented WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) headrests, while the 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench extended the trunk size from 430 liters (15.2 cu-ft) to 1,246 liters (44 cu-ft) when they were folded down.