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2011 Volvo V60 R-Design: Car Throttle Review

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment
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Volvo V60

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Text and Photos by Julian Kho

Isn’t it ironic that the word ‘icon’ has been overworked to describe people and things that aren’t? When pop starlets to white loafers to automobiles are labelled as an ‘icon’, you know the term is in dire situation of losing its true meaning beyond the general sense of good looks. We reckon an icon brings about a number of intrinsic worth – revolutionary, triggers a series of emotions, inspirational, excellence and above all makes not just you, but many, tingle at the sight of it.

So where does the Volvo V60 stand?

We see the estate, or coupe as how Volvo would like it to be, as a contemporary vehicle. It represents the current trend that markets well amongst the young at heart. It symbolises time, truth and the occurring modernisation of automobiles. And to a near extent, Volvo has done very well. The S60 was well-received, both by the media as well as its fan base. Now, with its sibling offering extra space and flexibility without compromising on the sporty design, Volvo’s estate line-up will be a strong and competitive one.

Going up against other fellow estates such as the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and the Skoda Octavia Combi, the estate version of the S60 doesn’t see a 1.8 or a 2.0-litre engine. Instead, the 1.6-litre V60 has an in-line four-cylinder engine that connects very well with the creamy six-speed automatic Powershift transmission to produce what competitors can’t. This immediately places the V60 as a unique car that resides soundly with its sporty attitude.

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