Are wagons the new SUVs? Not exactly. But looking at the Volvo V60 you’d be hard pressed not to be magnetically attracted to it. It’s just so well designed.

Wagons are a good fit for families because they have the interior space of an SUV without the bulk, and to be honest, I lean towards them aesthetically.

This V60 I test drove is the V60 T5 Inscription and it’s second in a range of four models.

It competes with cars like the Audi A4 Avant and VW Passat and costs $62,990 before on-road costs and extras – of which there are a few.

The Volvo V60 is a very smooth operator on the road. There are no lurchy bits, no awkward stop/start motions at the traffic lights, no jerky gear changes. Everything works really well together.

There is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and that is a good amount of power to get up hills quickly without the engine growling. It breezes along highways so I felt confident while overtaking.

The whole V60 range is AWD which gives you better traction on unstable road surfaces and when it’s wet.

And while it might not have the bulk of an SUV, it certainly has more length, so you’ll need to find larger car spaces. Still, I managed to squeeze into the tightest car park on the school run this week.

There’s a hi-res reverse parking camera and you can switch the view to 360 degrees when you need it.

I had a great week driving the Volvo V60. There were boxes to be picked up which fit easily in the car, there was enough space for the family, it feels luxe and it drives beautifully. I don’t think you have to go to the top of the range to get a great car but you may want to anyway because that’s the one with the hybrid engine.

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