Volvo S60

 volvo s60

S60 SALOON - 2.0 T5 R DESIGN Plus 4dr Auto



BEST PRICE

£36,750 

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Volvo's MK3 model S60 saloon has the market's most elite mid-sized executive saloon models in its sights. If you're thinking of something 3 Series-sized, Jonathan Crouch thinks you should also consider an S60 too.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
S60 SALOON
2.0 T5 R DESIGN Plus 4dr Auto
PETROL
£36,750.00
S60 SALOON
2.0 T5 Inscription Plus 4dr Auto
PETROL
£37,650.00
S60 SALOON
2.0 T8 Hybrid R DESIGN Plus 4dr AWD Auto
X
£49,150.00
S60 SALOON SPECIAL EDITIONS
2.0 T8 Hybrid Polestar Engineered 4dr AWD Auto
X
£55,450.00

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.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
152
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
CC
1969
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
25.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
24.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
38.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
34.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
47.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
42.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
43.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
37.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
35.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
10.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
11.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8
General
Coin Series
R DESIGN Plus
Coin Description
T5
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
34E
Badge Power
250
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
35.7
Engine Power - KW
184
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
258
Engine Torque - NM
350
Engine Torque - RPM
1800
Engine Power - BHP
250
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
6.5
Top Speed
145
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Wheel Style
5 DOUBLE SPOKE
Tyre Size Front
235/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear
235/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2872
Length
4761
Width
1916
Width (including mirrors)
2040
Height
1437
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
442
No. of Seats
5
Max. Roof Load
75
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.3
Minimum Kerbweight
1616
Minimum Kerbweight
1606
Gross Vehicle Weight
2240
Gross Vehicle Weight
2190
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
55
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
60
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Max. Loading Weight
624
Max. Loading Weight
584
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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.
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