Volvo V60 tyres
Boxy practicality has been the key features of Volvo estates for generations. However, the V60 marks a huge change as practicality has been placed at less of a priority than style. This is certainly a good-looking car. A tapering roof betrays the fact that in sacrificing a boxy design, Volvo has also compromised on the practicality of this car.
For some, that’s akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater. However, the V60 competes with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, just as its saloon relative the S60 does. To make the car appeal to the same buyers as those cars, Volvo has had to get rid of the boxiness. If some boot space has had to go, too, that’s a necessary evil. It isn’t as moving a grandfather clock is a daily event anyway, is it?
The V60 retains all the core Volvo strengths of safety, comfort and sensibility. In common with its ancestors, it is very much a family car. Greater ground clearance and four-wheel-drive is found in the Cross-Country model of the V60, aimed at those who enjoy the great outdoors, while a diesel hybrid version is available, too. Diesel engines are by far the most popular and these offer outstanding mpg figures.
Indeed the only bad thing you can really say about the V60 comes down to tyres. Maddeningly, it comes with no spare wheel, not even a space-saver one, and additionally there’s no well to put one in if you do go and buy one. Nor does it feature the run-flat tyres worn by its BMW rival. A can of sealant is provided instead, but that won’t repair all damage or every kind of puncture. As a long-term supplier to the industry, we can’t help but be disappointed by this on moral and safety rather than commercial grounds.
As is the case with the S60, the saloon version of the V60, the most commonly factory-fitted tyres for this car are Bridgestone‘s Potenza range. The type used has a reinforced sidewall to support a higher load rating since the V60 is quite a heavy car. These tyres are known for their all-round ability and longevity, rather than any great emphasis on sporty driving performance. As such, they complement this car perfectly, as do another factory-fitted range, Michelin’s Primacy tyres.
Another original equipment range, Continental’s SportContact tyres, is one designed with more of a focus on performance. These tyres are common across much of the Volvo range. In contrast, S60 DRIVe models, engineered for optimum fuel economy and reduced emissions, are usually fitted with Michelin’s Energy Saver range.
Since the V60 is a relatively new model, most drivers will replace a damaged tyre with one of the same type from the same manufacturer. This is a sensible course of action since it preserves the original integrity of the car and means that each corner has a tyre of the same pattern.