Volvo would like you to believe this S60 is nothing less than the most dynamic-driving Volvo in the company’s 83-year history.
To an extent, we’ve been here before. The 850 promised and delivered far more dynamism than had been expected from a Volvo. Nonetheless, as that car matured into the S70 and V70, it was its practicality and solidity that underwrote its long-term appeal.
So while upping the dynamism ante is not an unappealing prospect, it’s one that enthusiasts will, presumably, hope hasn’t been made at the expense of Volvo’s traditional strengths.
The S60 has a range of engines in keeping with its compact executive dimensions and each power output gets a different designation. Petrol-wise the 1.6 T3 is a 148bhp motor, T4 is also a 1.6 with 177bhp, T5 is a 2.0-litre with 237bhp and T6 is a 3.0-litre with 300bhp. The impressively-efficient DRIVe models are 113bhp 1.6s, D3s are 161bhp 2.0s and D5s are 212bhp 2.4s.
There are even more trim levels going from top to bottom ES, SE, Lux, Premium, Lux Premium, R-Design and R-Design Premium. R-Design designates a sportier version, with bigger wheels and bodywork addenda. All-wheel drive is standard only on T6 versions.