Are you sitting comfortably? That may be just one of the many questions that need to be answered by anyone going through the process of choosing their next car. But it is a critical consideration for the business motorist, as comfort is of paramount importance for those who spend extensive periods at the wheel on a regular basis. It is also the starting point for achieving the correct posture that helps maintain concentration levels over long distance travel.
After a week of fairly intensive use, our test car is living up to Volvo’s reputation for delivering comfort that makes progress easier and, crucially, aids road safety. Despite being the entry level version, the D2 comes with well-shaped seats with generous proportions and quality upholstery.
Arriving at a destination feeling fresh and alert after 500 miles speaks volumes for an environment that’s as good as you can find in C-sector transport, and automatic transmission makes the car even more suited to long-distance work. A worthwhile option, it has only six speeds but features a high top ratio for quiet, economical cruising and, even though modest engine output means initial acceleration is adequate rather than dramatic, shifts between ratios are usually difficult to detect. It makes the mid-size business model undemanding to drive with a relaxed demeanour that positions it somewhat above the average in job-need transport.
From any angle, the V60 is one of the more handsome load luggers, although rakish body styling means the business end of the car is less practical than some rivals because the lower roofline compromises internal height and potential cargo volume. However, a low rear door sill allows easy loading and a square-shaped floor area copes well with luggage and boxed items.
As a bonus, the rear seat offers better than usual comfort with adequate legroom in a robust package that appears durable with high build quality and a high degree of luxury.