The Volvo V60 feels safer than a bank volt crafted from diamond.
The Volvo V60 feels safer than a bank volt crafted from diamond. And guess what? The independent body that assesses vehicle safety – Euro NCAP – agrees. In fact, this beautifully cut mile-muncher earned their maximum five-star overall rating. This breaks down to scores of 94% for adult occupant protection, 82% for child occupants, and 64% for pedestrians. The V60 also managed a staggering 100% for the safety assist category that includes its seatbelt reminder system, driver-set speed limitation device, and electronic stability programme. The final system helps keep this rock lover pointing the right direction.But none of this is surprising as Volvo historically focuses on safety. Their other traditional strength is load-lugging, but here the V60 suffers. As such cargo capacity is only 430- litres, increasing to 1,241-litres with the rear seats folded flat. That is less than the Ford Focus Estate, so there might not be enough room for all your diamonds. The justification is that contrary to its appearance the V60 is a 'sports wagon' not an 'estate'. This – in theory – makes it look sleek. It is certainly attractive, but so is the V70 – its cavernous sibling. At least the solid handling, modest running costs, and safety features partly compensate. But the V60's looks and badge suggest it is a monstrous load-lugger - and it is not. What a pity.