Is the Volvo V60 the best looking load lugger in its class? From the back, quite possibly it's the prettiest big-booted vehicle Volvo has ever made. There are hints of the Volvo C30 hatchback from the back, with a large glass display that almost looks like a tailgate on its own, and the side profile shares the coupe-like exterior of the Volvo V60's saloon brother, the S60. Compared to the stout sides, the Volvo V60's nose looks a little severe but as a whole the Volvo V60 stands out ahead of its competitors.
There's a lot of of room for occupants in the Volvo V60, and despite the car's swooping coupe-like roofline, both headroom and visibility is very good. Volvo has even managed to find around 20mm extra for back passenger legroom. The boot measures in at 430 litres, and the tailgate opens with a high sweep to reveal a flat floor with some add-on underfloor cargo. It's, however, significantly smaller than the Ford Mondeo Estate's 542 litres. All three back seatings can fold separately to create a flat load space, and the front passenger bench folds to create an even longer flat load space.
The Volvo V60's equipment levels eclipses those of its German competitors. There are three versions: ES, SE and SE Lux. All models include a trip computer, cruise control, a 5-inch colour display, powerful audio system with helm-mounted controls and 16-inch alloy wheel. The SE adds various dashboard trim, a leather helm, automatic headlights, wipers and dimming back view mirror, park sensors and 17-inch alloys. The SE Lux adds electric leather seatings, bending-beam headlights and headlamp washers.
The 2011 Volvo V50 is a stylish and roomy luxury wagon, but there are better choices available. Volvo V50 Wagon offers the following pros: Impressive front seats; stylish and well-made dashboard. Volvo V50 Wagon drawbacks are: Not quite a luxury vehicle despite luxury pricing; handling falls short of true sport wagons; all-wheel drive is unavailable.
The 2011 Volvo V50 is a five-passenger compact wagon that comes in T5 and T5 R-design versions.
Traditional equipment contains 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory options, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, neoprene-like T-tec upholstery (also known as Dalaro), Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio with CD player, optional stereo slot and Usb/ipod stereo interface.
The T5 R-design adds aluminum roof rails, a sunroof, sporty look trim, a sport-tuned suspension, partial leather upholstery, a performance passenger bench and special R-design floor mats, helm, gauges and shift knob.
A Preferred suite is provided for the base T5 and adds a sunroof, a performance passenger bench and leather upholstery. The Climate suite is available with both trims, and contains headlight washers, automatic wipers, automatic conditioning and heated front seatings. The Multimedia suite adds a navigator and a 12-speaker luxury surround-sound system that contains radio. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, integrated back booster seatings, keyless ignition/entry, radio and back park assist. .