Sunday Times Family Car of the Year - Volvo V60

The new Volvo V60 estate has been named The Sunday Times Family Car of the Year.

The new generation of Volvo’s mid-size estate car won from a shortlist featuring rivals from BMW and Jaguar, with the trophy presented at the first ever News UK Motor Awards in London.

The awards celebrate innovation throughout the UK motoring industry, and are judged by readers as well as automotive journalists across News UK’s four news outlets – The Sunday Times, The Times, The Sun and talkSPORT.

Will Dron, Editor of The Sunday Times’ Driving.co.uk, said: “Volvo has long been a family favourite thanks to its hard-earned reputation for safety and practicality, but in recent years it’s been wowing us with stunningly cool designs, too, and the V60 estate has curves in all the right places. Combine that with its Scandi-chic interior, clever storage solutions and other family-friendly features, and it’s no wonder our readers voted it their Family Car of the Year.”

The V60’s success follows on from a glowing review by Driving.co.uk, which praised Volvo for “producing some of the world’s coolest cars”. The report highlighted the V60’s sleek design, the stylish and uncluttered dashboard, and the spacious cabin and boot.

Nigel Paveley, Retailer Principal, at Waterhouse, said: “We’re delighted that the Volvo V60 has won this award because it reflects the opinions of motorists themselves who have made a considered decision about the best car when it comes to being practical, enjoyable to drive and rewarding to own. We are immensely proud of the V60 and we encourage car buyers in Chelmsford to come and test drive it to see how fantastic this family car is for themselves!”

Unveiled in February this year, the new V60 benefits from Volvo’s latest Drive-E family of clean and efficient petrol and diesel engines, and offers customers extensive choice with three core equipment grades, including the recently launched dynamic R-Design versions, all featuring a wealth of connectivity, safety, comfort and convenience features.

The V60 range is set to grow further with the recent announcement of the rugged Cross Country variant, which will join the UK line-up early next year.