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Volvo V60

The sleek new Volvo V60 estate will feature a plug-in version

It also features Level Two-autonomous driving.

LET’S BE HONEST, when it comes to designing estate cars, Volvo knows a thing or two. While more recently it has been gaining worldwide acclaim for its range of super stylish SUVs, the Swedish carmaker has just pulled the covers off its newest estate, the V60.

The V60 name isn’t new, and the 60 Series goes up against cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

Later this year the company is due to reveal its saloon version, which will be called the S60, but for now, we’re just as excited about this new estate. It will offer plenty of space inside and gets a 529-litre boot, which is even bigger than the range-topping V90 estate.

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The interior is right up there with Volvo’s other new models, and features typically cool Scandinavian design. At the centre of the dashboard is the large tablet-like touchscreen display that contains almost every controllable feature in the car. Sumptuous seats and high-quality materials are the highlights of what is a nicely designed cabin.

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Safety is also synonymous with Volvo, and the V60 will have all of the company’s latest technology. Its Pilot Assist system offers Level Two-autonomous driving, meaning the car can control the speed, braking and steering for short periods of time without the driver touching the controls.

Its adaptive cruise control is one the best on the market and the car features numerous systems capable of preventing or mitigating accidents.

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Engine-wise the range will be topped by a 400hp plug-in version while a second PHEV with 340hp will keep the performance enthusiasts happy. More conventional engines include 150 and 190hp diesels and a 245hp petrol unit. There’s no word yet on pricing, but it is expected to cost more than the outgoing model.

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