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0 to 62mph (secs)
6.5
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4
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Engine
2.0 L
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Body Type
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34E

Review: A less retiring sixty
2019-06-07 12:50:00

Ten Second Review

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

Background

Does life really begin at sixty? If you're a potential Volvo owner, the answer may well be yes. The Swedish maker's third generation S60 saloon is, we're told, the most dynamic Volvo ever, both to look at and to drive, something of a departure for a brand that has built its reputation on substance and safety rather than style and sportiness. But then something pretty radical was needed to break the German stranglehold on the BMW 3 Series-dominated mid-sized executive market where this car must compete. This MK3 S60 has provided it. If in buying a Volvo, you expect all the design flair of a chartered accountancy firm, then this car will come as quite a shock, with sharp styling that sets it apart, both inside and out. The promise is that this will be matched with a greater emphasis on driver involvement than any model the company has produced in its history - a much harder thing to deliver. Particularly if, as we're promised, all this has been achieved without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Does it all add up? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this MK3 S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. This third generation S60 design is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company's commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. That's some way off yet though and for the time being, most S60 sales will be centred around the brand's usual conventional T5 petrol powerplant, which has a power output of 250hp channelled through 8-speed auto transmission. The T5 manages 62mph from rest in 6.5s en route to a maximum of 145mph. The alternative is to opt for the brand's Twin Engine plug-in technology. There are two top AWD variants of this car that use that. The standard T8 uses a 303hp version of the 2.0-litre engine and offers a WLTP-rated all-electric driving potential of up to 36 miles when fully charged. The ultimate S60 though, is the top 'Polestar Engineered' T8 flagship derivative, which tweaks that petrol powerplant out to 318hp and includes a set of adaptable Ohlins DFD dampers. Handling's improved courtesy of 5% stiffer springs and 245-section Pirelli P Zero tyres. Whichever of the T8 models you choose, you'll find the engine's total output boosted by an 87hp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel.

Design and Build

This is one of the best looking Volvos we've seen for a good few decades and it's also notable for being the first model the brand has made at its American plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Style-wise, there are elements in the design of the larger S90 saloon, but with this mid-sized model, there are much shorter overhangs, a lipped boot lid and a racy standard body kit to emphasise the point that this Volvo is aimed at people who enjoy their driving. Under the skin, as expected, sits the same sophisticated 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform that we've already seen, not only in this car's V60 estate showroom stablemate but also in all the brand's other most recent mid and large-size models. At the wheel ('the most important part of any car' according to Volvo's Head of Design) it's all very nice indeed, with a premium feel right across the S60 range that you only really get on the more expensive versions of BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals. The brand says that when creating interiors, it applies the same principles that you would when designing a living room. High-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Swedish interior that's simple and elegant. As you might expect, the cabin directly mirrors that of this model's V60 estate stablemate, with a neat dashboard highlighted by a smart and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen. There's a 442-litre boot.

Market and Model

Around 85% of S60 sales will be accounted for by the T5 version that we tried, mostly in 'R-Design Plus' form, which costs around £38,000. For around £900 more, there's also a more luxury-oriemtated T5 'Insciption Plus' derivative. If you want the T8 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid, you'll need a £50,000 budget for the standard model - or around £56,000 for the uprated 'Polestar Engineered' version. All S60 models come well equipped, with full-LED headlights, auto headlamps and wipers, active high beam and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, there's a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's instrument display to display conventional instrument binnacle dials. Plus there's 2-Zone electronic climate control, heated front seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 9-inch portrait-style centre touch screen that gives you access to a 170-watt 10-speaker DAB audio system, Sensus navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free 'phone system, plus compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

Cost of Ownership

The conventional T5 petrol version manages up to 39.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 152g/km of CO2. Obviously, the best returns come from the Twin Engine Plug-in T8 hybrid variants. The 'Twin Engine' part of the name references the way that with these models, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated to an 87hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a rechargeable 10.4 kWh battery pack. This delivers an all-electric driving range that's WLTP-rated at up to 36 miles for the standard T8 variant, assuming you switch into the 'Pure' all-EV driving mode that's provided with the Twin Engine powertrain. More usually though, S60 Plug-in hybrid owners will be driving in one of the other provided drive mode settings - usually 'Hybrid', which sees the powertrain switch seamlessly between petrol and electric power, as required. There's also the option to 'Hold' the battery's charge for use later in your journey - say for town driving at the end of a long trip. Until that point though, you'd be at the wheel of quite a thirsty, mid-sized estate that'd become even less economical if you were to use the option to charge the batteries up the car on the move with the engine acting as a generator. It'd be much better of course, for an S60 Twin Engine model owner to do as much charging as possible from the mains before setting off. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours.

Summary

Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical - but sporty and stylish? In the past, buyers with those things as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. This third generation S60 changes that kind of thinking. It incorporates the vibrant design that's been creeping into other Volvo products for a while now and accentuates it in a sleek four-door package with a driver-focused chassis and a range of high-tech engine options highlighted by the latest-generation 'Drive-E' engines. There's a roomy cabin and the bundle of advanced safety equipment we've always expected from Volvo is also in evidence. Overall then, what we have here is a less retiring Sixty, a highly impressive package that's an intriguing alternative to the mid-sized executive mainstream. You should try it.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 7
  • Handling: 7
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 6
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 6
  • Equipment: 7
  • Economy: 7
  • Depreciation: 7
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 71

Review: A less retiring sixty
2019-06-07 12:50:00

Ten Second Review

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

Background

Does life really begin at sixty? If you're a potential Volvo owner, the answer may well be yes. The Swedish maker's third generation S60 saloon is, we're told, the most dynamic Volvo ever, both to look at and to drive, something of a departure for a brand that has built its reputation on substance and safety rather than style and sportiness. But then something pretty radical was needed to break the German stranglehold on the BMW 3 Series-dominated mid-sized executive market where this car must compete. This MK3 S60 has provided it. If in buying a Volvo, you expect all the design flair of a chartered accountancy firm, then this car will come as quite a shock, with sharp styling that sets it apart, both inside and out. The promise is that this will be matched with a greater emphasis on driver involvement than any model the company has produced in its history - a much harder thing to deliver. Particularly if, as we're promised, all this has been achieved without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Does it all add up? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this MK3 S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. This third generation S60 design is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company's commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. That's some way off yet though and for the time being, most S60 sales will be centred around the brand's usual conventional T5 petrol powerplant, which has a power output of 250hp channelled through 8-speed auto transmission. The T5 manages 62mph from rest in 6.5s en route to a maximum of 145mph. The alternative is to opt for the brand's Twin Engine plug-in technology. There are two top AWD variants of this car that use that. The standard T8 uses a 303hp version of the 2.0-litre engine and offers a WLTP-rated all-electric driving potential of up to 36 miles when fully charged. The ultimate S60 though, is the top 'Polestar Engineered' T8 flagship derivative, which tweaks that petrol powerplant out to 318hp and includes a set of adaptable Ohlins DFD dampers. Handling's improved courtesy of 5% stiffer springs and 245-section Pirelli P Zero tyres. Whichever of the T8 models you choose, you'll find the engine's total output boosted by an 87hp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel.

Design and Build

This is one of the best looking Volvos we've seen for a good few decades and it's also notable for being the first model the brand has made at its American plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Style-wise, there are elements in the design of the larger S90 saloon, but with this mid-sized model, there are much shorter overhangs, a lipped boot lid and a racy standard body kit to emphasise the point that this Volvo is aimed at people who enjoy their driving. Under the skin, as expected, sits the same sophisticated 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform that we've already seen, not only in this car's V60 estate showroom stablemate but also in all the brand's other most recent mid and large-size models. At the wheel ('the most important part of any car' according to Volvo's Head of Design) it's all very nice indeed, with a premium feel right across the S60 range that you only really get on the more expensive versions of BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals. The brand says that when creating interiors, it applies the same principles that you would when designing a living room. High-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Swedish interior that's simple and elegant. As you might expect, the cabin directly mirrors that of this model's V60 estate stablemate, with a neat dashboard highlighted by a smart and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen. There's a 442-litre boot.

Market and Model

Around 85% of S60 sales will be accounted for by the T5 version that we tried, mostly in 'R-Design Plus' form, which costs around £38,000. For around £900 more, there's also a more luxury-oriemtated T5 'Insciption Plus' derivative. If you want the T8 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid, you'll need a £50,000 budget for the standard model - or around £56,000 for the uprated 'Polestar Engineered' version. All S60 models come well equipped, with full-LED headlights, auto headlamps and wipers, active high beam and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, there's a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's instrument display to display conventional instrument binnacle dials. Plus there's 2-Zone electronic climate control, heated front seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 9-inch portrait-style centre touch screen that gives you access to a 170-watt 10-speaker DAB audio system, Sensus navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free 'phone system, plus compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

Cost of Ownership

The conventional T5 petrol version manages up to 39.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 152g/km of CO2. Obviously, the best returns come from the Twin Engine Plug-in T8 hybrid variants. The 'Twin Engine' part of the name references the way that with these models, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated to an 87hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a rechargeable 10.4 kWh battery pack. This delivers an all-electric driving range that's WLTP-rated at up to 36 miles for the standard T8 variant, assuming you switch into the 'Pure' all-EV driving mode that's provided with the Twin Engine powertrain. More usually though, S60 Plug-in hybrid owners will be driving in one of the other provided drive mode settings - usually 'Hybrid', which sees the powertrain switch seamlessly between petrol and electric power, as required. There's also the option to 'Hold' the battery's charge for use later in your journey - say for town driving at the end of a long trip. Until that point though, you'd be at the wheel of quite a thirsty, mid-sized estate that'd become even less economical if you were to use the option to charge the batteries up the car on the move with the engine acting as a generator. It'd be much better of course, for an S60 Twin Engine model owner to do as much charging as possible from the mains before setting off. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours.

Summary

Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical - but sporty and stylish? In the past, buyers with those things as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. This third generation S60 changes that kind of thinking. It incorporates the vibrant design that's been creeping into other Volvo products for a while now and accentuates it in a sleek four-door package with a driver-focused chassis and a range of high-tech engine options highlighted by the latest-generation 'Drive-E' engines. There's a roomy cabin and the bundle of advanced safety equipment we've always expected from Volvo is also in evidence. Overall then, what we have here is a less retiring Sixty, a highly impressive package that's an intriguing alternative to the mid-sized executive mainstream. You should try it.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 7
  • Handling: 7
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 6
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 6
  • Equipment: 7
  • Economy: 7
  • Depreciation: 7
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 71

Review: A less retiring sixty
2019-06-07 12:50:00

Ten Second Review

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

Background

Does life really begin at sixty? If you're a potential Volvo owner, the answer may well be yes. The Swedish maker's third generation S60 saloon is, we're told, the most dynamic Volvo ever, both to look at and to drive, something of a departure for a brand that has built its reputation on substance and safety rather than style and sportiness. But then something pretty radical was needed to break the German stranglehold on the BMW 3 Series-dominated mid-sized executive market where this car must compete. This MK3 S60 has provided it. If in buying a Volvo, you expect all the design flair of a chartered accountancy firm, then this car will come as quite a shock, with sharp styling that sets it apart, both inside and out. The promise is that this will be matched with a greater emphasis on driver involvement than any model the company has produced in its history - a much harder thing to deliver. Particularly if, as we're promised, all this has been achieved without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Does it all add up? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this MK3 S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. This third generation S60 design is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company's commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. That's some way off yet though and for the time being, most S60 sales will be centred around the brand's usual conventional T5 petrol powerplant, which has a power output of 250hp channelled through 8-speed auto transmission. The T5 manages 62mph from rest in 6.5s en route to a maximum of 145mph. The alternative is to opt for the brand's Twin Engine plug-in technology. There are two top AWD variants of this car that use that. The standard T8 uses a 303hp version of the 2.0-litre engine and offers a WLTP-rated all-electric driving potential of up to 36 miles when fully charged. The ultimate S60 though, is the top 'Polestar Engineered' T8 flagship derivative, which tweaks that petrol powerplant out to 318hp and includes a set of adaptable Ohlins DFD dampers. Handling's improved courtesy of 5% stiffer springs and 245-section Pirelli P Zero tyres. Whichever of the T8 models you choose, you'll find the engine's total output boosted by an 87hp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel.

Design and Build

This is one of the best looking Volvos we've seen for a good few decades and it's also notable for being the first model the brand has made at its American plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Style-wise, there are elements in the design of the larger S90 saloon, but with this mid-sized model, there are much shorter overhangs, a lipped boot lid and a racy standard body kit to emphasise the point that this Volvo is aimed at people who enjoy their driving. Under the skin, as expected, sits the same sophisticated 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform that we've already seen, not only in this car's V60 estate showroom stablemate but also in all the brand's other most recent mid and large-size models. At the wheel ('the most important part of any car' according to Volvo's Head of Design) it's all very nice indeed, with a premium feel right across the S60 range that you only really get on the more expensive versions of BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals. The brand says that when creating interiors, it applies the same principles that you would when designing a living room. High-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Swedish interior that's simple and elegant. As you might expect, the cabin directly mirrors that of this model's V60 estate stablemate, with a neat dashboard highlighted by a smart and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen. There's a 442-litre boot.

Market and Model

Around 85% of S60 sales will be accounted for by the T5 version that we tried, mostly in 'R-Design Plus' form, which costs around £38,000. For around £900 more, there's also a more luxury-oriemtated T5 'Insciption Plus' derivative. If you want the T8 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid, you'll need a £50,000 budget for the standard model - or around £56,000 for the uprated 'Polestar Engineered' version. All S60 models come well equipped, with full-LED headlights, auto headlamps and wipers, active high beam and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, there's a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's instrument display to display conventional instrument binnacle dials. Plus there's 2-Zone electronic climate control, heated front seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 9-inch portrait-style centre touch screen that gives you access to a 170-watt 10-speaker DAB audio system, Sensus navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free 'phone system, plus compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

Cost of Ownership

The conventional T5 petrol version manages up to 39.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 152g/km of CO2. Obviously, the best returns come from the Twin Engine Plug-in T8 hybrid variants. The 'Twin Engine' part of the name references the way that with these models, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated to an 87hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a rechargeable 10.4 kWh battery pack. This delivers an all-electric driving range that's WLTP-rated at up to 36 miles for the standard T8 variant, assuming you switch into the 'Pure' all-EV driving mode that's provided with the Twin Engine powertrain. More usually though, S60 Plug-in hybrid owners will be driving in one of the other provided drive mode settings - usually 'Hybrid', which sees the powertrain switch seamlessly between petrol and electric power, as required. There's also the option to 'Hold' the battery's charge for use later in your journey - say for town driving at the end of a long trip. Until that point though, you'd be at the wheel of quite a thirsty, mid-sized estate that'd become even less economical if you were to use the option to charge the batteries up the car on the move with the engine acting as a generator. It'd be much better of course, for an S60 Twin Engine model owner to do as much charging as possible from the mains before setting off. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours.

Summary

Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical - but sporty and stylish? In the past, buyers with those things as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. This third generation S60 changes that kind of thinking. It incorporates the vibrant design that's been creeping into other Volvo products for a while now and accentuates it in a sleek four-door package with a driver-focused chassis and a range of high-tech engine options highlighted by the latest-generation 'Drive-E' engines. There's a roomy cabin and the bundle of advanced safety equipment we've always expected from Volvo is also in evidence. Overall then, what we have here is a less retiring Sixty, a highly impressive package that's an intriguing alternative to the mid-sized executive mainstream. You should try it.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 7
  • Handling: 7
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 6
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 6
  • Equipment: 7
  • Economy: 7
  • Depreciation: 7
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 71

Review: A less retiring sixty
2019-06-07 12:50:00

Ten Second Review

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

Background

Does life really begin at sixty? If you're a potential Volvo owner, the answer may well be yes. The Swedish maker's third generation S60 saloon is, we're told, the most dynamic Volvo ever, both to look at and to drive, something of a departure for a brand that has built its reputation on substance and safety rather than style and sportiness. But then something pretty radical was needed to break the German stranglehold on the BMW 3 Series-dominated mid-sized executive market where this car must compete. This MK3 S60 has provided it. If in buying a Volvo, you expect all the design flair of a chartered accountancy firm, then this car will come as quite a shock, with sharp styling that sets it apart, both inside and out. The promise is that this will be matched with a greater emphasis on driver involvement than any model the company has produced in its history - a much harder thing to deliver. Particularly if, as we're promised, all this has been achieved without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Does it all add up? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this MK3 S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. This third generation S60 design is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company's commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. That's some way off yet though and for the time being, most S60 sales will be centred around the brand's usual conventional B5 mild hybrid petrol powerplant, which has a power output of 250hp channelled through 8-speed auto transmission. The B5 manages 62mph from rest in 6.5s en route to a maximum of 145mph. The alternative is to opt for the brand's Recharge plug-in technology. There are two top AWD variants of this car that use that. The standard T8 uses a 303hp version of the 2.0-litre engine and offers a WLTP-rated all-electric driving potential of up to 36 miles when fully charged. The ultimate S60 though, is the top 'Polestar Engineered' T8 flagship derivative, which tweaks that petrol powerplant out to 318hp and includes a set of adaptable Ohlins DFD dampers. Handling's improved courtesy of 5% stiffer springs and 245-section Pirelli P Zero tyres. Whichever of the T8 models you choose, you'll find the engine's total output boosted by an 87hp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel.

Design and Build

This is one of the best looking Volvos we've seen for a good few decades and it's also notable for being the first model the brand has made at its American plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Style-wise, there are elements in the design of the larger S90 saloon, but with this mid-sized model, there are much shorter overhangs, a lipped boot lid and a racy standard body kit to emphasise the point that this Volvo is aimed at people who enjoy their driving. Under the skin, as expected, sits the same sophisticated 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform that we've already seen, not only in this car's V60 estate showroom stablemate but also in all the brand's other most recent mid and large-size models. At the wheel ('the most important part of any car' according to Volvo's Head of Design) it's all very nice indeed, with a premium feel right across the S60 range that you only really get on the more expensive versions of BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals. The brand says that when creating interiors, it applies the same principles that you would when designing a living room. High-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Swedish interior that's simple and elegant. As you might expect, the cabin directly mirrors that of this model's V60 estate stablemate, with a neat dashboard highlighted by a smart and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen. There's a 442-litre boot in the B5 (it's 390-litres in the T8).

Market and Model

Around 85% of S60 sales will be accounted for by the B5 version, mostly in 'R-Design' form, which costs around £39,000. For around £900 more, there's also a more luxury-oriemtated B5 'Inscription' derivative. If you want the Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid (which uses a 303hp engine), you'll need a £45,000 budget for the standard model - or around £50,000 for the uprated 'Polestar Engineered' version (which uses a 318hp engine). All S60 models come well equipped, with full-LED headlights, auto headlamps and wipers, active high beam and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, there's a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's instrument display to display conventional instrument binnacle dials. Plus there's 2-Zone electronic climate control, heated front seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 9-inch portrait-style centre touch screen that gives you access to a 170-watt 10-speaker DAB audio system, Sensus navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free 'phone system, plus compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

Cost of Ownership

So to the WLTP figures. The conventional B5 mild hybrid petrol version manages up to 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 153g/km of CO2. Obviously, the best returns come from the Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid variants. With these models, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated to an 87hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a rechargeable 11.8kWh battery pack. This delivers an all-electric driving range that's WLTP-rated at up to 36.7 miles for the standard T8 variant, assuming you switch into the 'Pure' all-EV driving mode that's provided with the Recharge powertrain. More usually though, S60 Plug-in hybrid owners will be driving in one of the other provided drive mode settings - usually 'Hybrid', which sees the powertrain switch seamlessly between petrol and electric power, as required. There's also the option to 'Hold' the battery's charge for use later in your journey - say for town driving at the end of a long trip. Until that point though, you'd be at the wheel of quite a thirsty, mid-sized estate that'd become even less economical if you were to use the option to charge the batteries up the car on the move with the engine acting as a generator. It'd be much better of course, for an S60 Recharge T8 model owner to do as much charging as possible from the mains before setting off. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours.

Summary

Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical - but sporty and stylish? In the past, buyers with those things as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. This third generation S60 changes that kind of thinking. It incorporates the vibrant design that's been creeping into other Volvo products for a while now and accentuates it in a sleek four-door package with a driver-focused chassis and a range of high-tech engine options highlighted by the latest-generation 'Drive-E' engines. There's a roomy cabin and the bundle of advanced safety equipment we've always expected from Volvo is also in evidence. Overall then, what we have here is a less retiring Sixty, a highly impressive package that's an intriguing alternative to the mid-sized executive mainstream. You should try it.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 7
  • Handling: 7
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 6
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 6
  • Equipment: 7
  • Economy: 7
  • Depreciation: 7
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 71

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's information display
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Hands free boot opening
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Trip computer
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call
Entertainment
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
Exterior Features
  • Active high beam
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatic active bending LED headlights with adaptive shadow technology incorporating day running lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome deco lower front bumper
  • Chrome window surround
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Front LED fog lights with cornering function
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • High gloss black front grille with chrome inserts
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Rear diffuser
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Centre console cupholders
  • Driver and front passenger seat cushion extension
  • Fixed rear seat and headrests
  • Floor mats
  • Front and rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Front and rear reading lights and centre armrest Storage Illumination
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • Luggage compartment net pocket
  • Multicolour theatre lighting
  • Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated upholstery
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power front seat side support
  • Power passenger seat with memory
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Rear head restraints
  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Underfloor cargo storage
Safety
  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front passenger airbag cut off switch
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
Security
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Keyless drive (includes keyless entry and keyless start) with remote tag
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Nappa leather key integrated remote control central locking including fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for bootlid
Technical
  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

Optional Extras

Driver Convenience
  • Cruise control
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Intellisafe-Blind spot system + steer assist, cross traffic alert with autobrake, rear collision mitigation and autodimming exterior rear view mirror
  • Rear park assist camera
Entertainment
  • Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound - access to a range of selected web apps, connected service booking, 2 x USB, 10 speakers/170W output
  • Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Bowers and Wilkins, dirac live, dolby pro logic II surround sound, 14 speakers/1100W output and subwoofer
  • Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Harman Kardon, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound, Dirac Unsion,13 speakers/600W and subwoofer
Exterior Features
  • Metallic paint
  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain
  • Premium metallic paint
  • Solid paint
Interior Features
  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console plus luggage compartment
  • Heated outer positions rear seats
  • Luggage compartment load hooks
Packs
  • Convenience pack - S60
  • Intellisafe pro pack - S60
  • Winter pack - S60
  • Winter pack in combination with headup display - S60
  • Xenium pack - S60
Paintwork
  • Metallic - Birch light
  • Metallic - Bright silver
  • Metallic - Denim blue
  • Metallic - Fusion red
  • Metallic - Maple brown
  • Metallic - Onyx black
  • Metallic - Osmium grey
  • Metallic - Pebble grey
  • Metallic - Pine grey
  • Metallic - Savile grey
  • Premium metallic - Crystal white
  • Solid - Black Stone
  • Solid - Ice white
Technical
  • Active four-C chassis + four corner adaptive damper
  • Dynamic chassis
  • Lowered sport chassis
Trim
  • Driftwood inlays
  • Linear lime inlays
  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated seats - Amber
  • Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated seats - Blond
  • Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated seats - Charcoal
  • Nappa soft leather perforated and ventilated seats - Maroon brown
Wheels
  • 18" 10 Multi Spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels
  • 19" 5 multi spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels
  • 19" 5 Open Spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels
  • 20" 10 Spoke fan black diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Tempa spare wheel and jack
  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE
  • CO2 (g/km): 152
  • HC+NOx: Not Available
  • Particles: Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 161
Engine and Drive Train
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: Yes
  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: Yes
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 38.2
General
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: No
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 250
  • Based On ID: Not Available
  • Coin Description: T5
  • Coin Series: Inscription Plus
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 34E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: No
  • Special Edition: No
  • Special Order: No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
Performance
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 250
  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Top Speed: 145
Test Cycles
  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated
Tyres
  • Alloys?: Yes
  • Space Saver?: No
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
  • Height: 1437
  • Height (including roof rails): Not Available
  • Length: 4761
  • Wheelbase: 2872
  • Width: 1916
  • Width (including mirrors): 2040
Weight and Capacities
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2190
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 442
  • Max. Loading Weight: 584
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1606
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3