Thankfully, the move to in-house underpinnings and adjustable dampers has done nothing to sully the V60’s ability to round off all but the worst the UK road network can throw at it. In fact, barring a tendency to feel a touch over-sprung at inner-city speeds, this chassis feels right on the money in terms of everyday comfort compared with rivals.
That said, at a cruise, the tyres do transmit more noise into the cabin than those of a C-Class or A4, and we can’t vouch for the R-Design package, which, with its lowered suspension, should be selected as an option with caution.
The sporting side of the equation is more complicated. The V60 possesses satisfactory balance and cuts an unflustered figure even as speeds become most unbecoming of a Volvo estate.
The V60 met Millbrook’s Hill Route in resolute fashion. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say body control is a cut above what we’ve come to expect from Volvo estate cars and the resulting grip and traction allowed this front-driven chassis to make quick, sure-footed progress at all times.