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You can forget about the archetypal Volvo wagon being an on-road obstacle too, because the T6 has performance aplenty.
It’s easily accessible too with the 2.0-litre turbo belying its small capacity with lots of low-rev pulling power, aided by the extra supercharger bolted onto the inlet, all channeled to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive.
But conventional wagons are what Volvo has done historically, and done well from the viewpoint of practicality and dependability.
Adding the attributes of style, performance and greater comfort might just tempt some buyers away from the SUV wagon-train.
The steering is especially light and lacking in feedback, there’s a certain nose-heaviness to the handling balance but there’s plenty of grip from the large 19-inch tyres and if you really have to hustle on a twisting road the T6 gets the job done without fuss.
The diesel is a bit less fun, partly because performance is somewhat less invigorating than an initial squeeze of the sensitive throttle pedal indicates, and for some reason the eight-speed auto was slow to react to driver inputs, say when accelerating out of a corner.
The infotainment screen itself is a paragon of ergonomic brilliance in that navigation, ventilation, vehicle systems functions and all the rest are easy to access without needing to recruit a 14 year-old for assistance.
In this, Volvo may have researched its core demographic well.
It also joins the bigger V90 with which it shares Volvo’s SPA (scalable product architecture) platform, meaning the two wagons rely on similar engine, suspension and other components, along with the two larger SUVs.Volvo Australia hasn’t revealed which drivetrains we’ll get here nor any indication of price but with the current range starting at around ,000 for the front-drive diesel, it’s a fair bet this bigger and better specified V60 will be north of that.As well as the 2.0-litre diesel, the other main model will be the T6, which with its turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol engine good for 228k W of power and all-wheel-drive into the bargain will be a juicier although more expensive temptation.Even before turning the key – or rather, the knobby thing located on the centre console Saab-style – to start the engine, there’s a real sense of occasion about the V60’s interior.Anyone familiar with the XC60 will recognise the major elements of an LCD instrument cluster, a tablet-style central screen flanked by vertical air vents and a generally minimalist, uncluttered yet very cultured ambience to the cabin.
Even with its added off-road touches, the svelte design of the standard V60 carries over beautifully.