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It looks like a stumpy V90. Or is it a V90? They all look the same! There comes a point where a strong family resemblance becomes cut-and-paste styling, but even though the V60 looks very much like the V90, there’s lots of differences - you just need to park them together to really see them. This is definitely a case of having a clear style and aesthetic across the range, knowing it works, and implementing it well, though. In our opinion. Kind of complicated-but-not, so we’ll start with the basics. The V60 is the second of the mid-sized Volvo ’60’ vehicles (after the XC60 SUV) that follow the full-size ’90’ variants. They’re all on the same Volvo Scaleable Product Architecture platform (SPA), and feature a lot of the same tech and motivation. So what we have in the V60 is a mid-sized estate car that starts at £31,810 in the UK, initially featuring a range of engines suitable for the daily grind. That means a choice of three 2.0-litre four-pots, two diesels (150bhp D3 and 190bhp D4) and a petrol T5 with 250bhp. Combined fuel consumption figures on the official cycle are 64.2, 64 dead - both 117g/km - and 43.7mpg respectively, and all are front-wheel drive with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed auto (standard in the T5). Later, we’ll get a pair of petrol-electric plug-in Twin Engine hybrids and a second petrol engine, tougher-looking R-Design models and an all-wheel drive, slightly raised Cross Country. Still with us? Good, because the V60 really is a very nice bit of kit. Yes, some people might complain that it looks like a scaled-down V90, but - as previously mentioned - there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the V60 has been sympathetically shortened, with plenty of detail changes, including less rake to the rear windscreen and different headlights that sweep wider (still featuring the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ graphic though, which is nice).