VOLVO has taken a blow from its appalling and badly acknowledged advance on the SUV and acreage car sectors and angry its absorption to its mid-sized controlling saloon, the S60.
In abounding ways, the S60 faces the toughest assignment of all the newcomers in the Volvo abiding because it goes arch to arch with BMW’s bullet-proof 3 Series and it does so after a agent agent option.
In actuality the S60 is not alone the aboriginal Volvo anytime to be awash after a agent assemblage – signalling the company’s charge to electrification and a abiding approaching above the acceptable agitation agent – it is additionally the aboriginal Volvo archetypal to be congenital in the USA. Expect the aboriginal absolutely electric Volvo aural the abutting two years.
Determined to agitate a area for so continued bedeviled by the 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C-Class, Volvo boasts that this is its best activating car anytime to drive and it has akin this to a technology fest, the expectd class-leading assurance appearance and chic Scandinavian design.
It has been launched initially with alone one agent and trim choice. For now, your S60 will be an R-Design Edition powered by a 250bhp 2.0-litre T5 petrol assemblage that will abscond from 0 to 62mph in an absorbing 6.5 seconds.
There’s little to animosity about this engine, unless you adopt one that matches its ability with some vocals, because it does the job with a hushed accuracy that is both adequate and reassuring.
Trim levels to chase are the analogously defined R-Design Plus, comfortable Inscription Additional and performance-oriented Polestar Engineered (T8 accompanying agent only).
What’s more, there’s no chiral transmission, and with acceptable reason. Instead, you get an eight-speed automated gearbox acceptable abundant to accomplish you admiration why you would anytime appetite to comedy about with a gearstick, additional comfort, eco and activating alive modes and a alive approach that can be set up to your alone preference.
Built on Volvo’s SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which additionally underpins the S90, V60, V90, XC60 and XC90, the four-door S60 comes with a brand apartment of collision-avoidance and occupant-protection systems.
These accommodate automated emergency braking, which can ascertain vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and ample animals in advanced of the car and automatically administer best braking force and advancing blow mitigation, which detects and reacts to cartage travelling appear you, allowance to abstain collisions with advancing vehicles.
In addition, there’s an alternative dark atom advice arrangement with council abutment that automatically applies the council to accompany the car aback into its own lane and abroad from any cartage in your dark spot.
Away from the aberrant absorption to safety, Volvo has additionally activated some clear capacity to the apple-pie Scandinavian lines.
From its characteristic headlights with their T-shaped daytime alive lights and indicators to the tail-lights that advice emphasise the car’s able rear haunches, the S60 looks avant-garde and able on its 19-inch admixture wheels.
The S60 is aloof as affected on the inside. It has the aforementioned Sensus touchscreen ascendancy arrangement as Volvo’s added new models, which allows the berth to be around chargeless of buttons and switches.
Interior highlights accommodate a 12.3-inch alive agenda driver’s advice display, voice-activated ascendancy system, Sensus nine-inch touchscreen, dual-zone altitude ascendancy and a best audio arrangement with ten speakers.
Every S60 is powered by a adaptation of Volvo’s own 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E petrol unit. These all-aluminium engines are advised and congenital by Volvo.
The 250hp T5 petrol will be supplemented by a 390hp T8 Accompanying Agent and 405hp T8 Accompanying Agent Polestar Engineered petrol-electric constituent amalgam versions. A T6 petrol and a T6 Accompanying Agent petrol-electric amalgam powertrain may accompany the agency at some point in the S60’s lifecycle.
Petrol versions are front-wheel drive, admitting the hybrids are all-wheel drive, with the petrol agent alive the advanced auto and the electric motor the rears.
The S60 has bifold wishbone advanced abeyance and an basic articulation rear axle. It offers activating yet anticipated administration and a bland if close ride.
Despite actuality Volvo’s aboriginal saloon, the S60’s continued wheelbase – up about 10cm on that of the antecedent bearing – agency amplitude is absolutely acceptable in the advanced and rear seats, and there’s the advantage of a across-the-board bottle roof for those who adopt a added aerial feel to the cabin.
Hands-free cossack aperture is adapted as standard.. Simply put your bottom below the rear bonanza and the cossack lid will open.
The cossack offers 442 litres of baggage space, but Volvo is annoyingly allurement barter to angle out an added £400 for a alleged accessibility backpack that allows you to bend the rear seats bottomward collapsed at the blow of a button. This enables burden up to 1,797mm in breadth to be transported.
In the final assay I am larboard allurement myself how the S60 compares with the sector-leading BMW 3 Series 330i. The Beamer absolutely has the bend in agreement of a activating drive and acceleration, but the S60 wins out in agreement of abundance abaft the caster and the affection of the interior.
AT A GLANCE
Volvo S60 T5 FWD R-Design
Engine: Four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol bearing 250bhp
Transmission: Eight-speed automated alive advanced wheels
Performance: 0 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds; top acceleration 145mph
Economy: 39.8mpg combined
CO2 emissions: 155g/km
Value For Money: ****