BMW 3-series rival is based on a stretched Mondeo platform
14 April 2010

The new Volvo S60 will cost from £23,395.

The car, which company officials describe as the most fun to drive Volvo ever, is being billed as a BMW 3-series rival. It is described by Volvo as a four-door coupe, and is based on an extended Mondeo platform, coupled with S60-specific revisions.

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The nearest equivalent 3-series in terms of engine power to the entry-level S60, the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics, costs £26,680.

There are three engines to choose from: two diesels and a petrol. The 203bhp D5 averages 53.3mpg, while the 161bhp D3 averages 54.3mpg.

The 300bhp 3.0-litre petrol averages 28.5mpg, but hits 62mph from a standstill in 6.5sec.

Standard safety kit includes stability control and Volvo's City Safety system, which acts to brake the car when a potential collision is detected. Options include Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection system with Full Auto Brake, which uses a radar to detect a possible collision, and which can stop the car to a standstill from speeds up to 21mph if it detects a potential impact.

Other standard kit includes climate and cruise control, alloy wheels, and leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever.

There are three trim levels, which add items including an upgraded stereo, larger alloy wheels, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather-faced upholstery and active bending headlights.

Deliveries will begin in August.

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14 April 2010

[quote Autocar]There are three engines to choose from, two diesels and a petrol. The 203bhp D5 averages 53.3mpg, while the 161bhp D3 averages 54.3mpg.[/quote] Interesting that they're calling it the "D3" when it's the 2.4 5 cylinder with one turbo and in a lower state of tune than the D5. Does this mean we're getting a D4? I think it looks good, but they're going to need a smaller diesel to compete with the 3 series et al. pretty soon (though 50mpg is not to be sniffed at), just something a bit better than the current PSA 2.0d 136.

14 April 2010

[quote Autocar]It is described by Volvo as a four-door coupe, and is based on an extended Mondeo platform, coupled with S60-specific revisions.[/quote]

The S60 is shorter than the Mondeo, so how could it be based on an 'extended' platform?

I'm eagerly awaiting for Autocar to review this and see how they slate it like they do all Volvos.

[quote theonlydt][quote Autocar]There are three engines to choose from, two diesels and a petrol. The 203bhp D5 averages 53.3mpg, while the 161bhp D3 averages 54.3mpg.[/quote] Interesting that they're calling it the "D3" when it's the 2.4 5 cylinder with one turbo and in a lower state of tune than the D5. Does this mean we're getting a D4? I think it looks good, but they're going to need a smaller diesel to compete with the 3 series et al. pretty soon (though 50mpg is not to be sniffed at), just something a bit better than the current PSA 2.0d 136.[/quote]

There is a new naming system for Volvo's engine range, based on power outputs rather than cylinder count. For example, 'T5' no longer means 'five cylinders'.

Regarding smaller engines; I don't know about the UK, but the rest of the world are getting the 1.6 litre PSA diesel engine and the new Ford/Volvo 1.6 litre EcoBoost petrol.

14 April 2010

I like it alot, very well rounded and good looking from most angles, much nicer than the Mondeo, but a good chassis from which to start. Looking forward to the full test now.

14 April 2010

[quote Volvophile]Regarding smaller engines; I don't know about the UK, but the rest of the world are getting the 1.6 litre PSA diesel engine [/quote] UK has had this engine for some time. It's in the C30 DRIVe, S40 DRIVE and V50 DRIVe. Also in some of the bigger Volvos, I believe.

14 April 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2][quote Volvophile]Regarding smaller engines; I don't know about the UK, but the rest of the world are getting the 1.6 litre PSA diesel engine [/quote] UK has had this engine for some time. It's in the C30 DRIVe, S40 DRIVE and V50 DRIVe. Also in some of the bigger Volvos, I believe.[/quote]

It is indeed. What I was saying is that I don't know if you are getting it in the S60.

14 April 2010

[quote Volvophile]There is a new naming system for Volvo's engine range, based on power outputs rather than cylinder count. For example, 'T5' no longer means 'five cylinders'.[/quote] RIP T5 (the real T5 I mean, not the low power one in the smaller models)

14 April 2010

According to Volvo UK's website, the new S60 starts at £20,995 for the basic petrol T3. The lowest-spec diesels start at £23,295. Not sure where you got £23,395 from...

14 April 2010

The D3 is a new Volvo diesel engine - two litres and 5 cylinders not a Ford/PSA engine.

14 April 2010

[quote Yellowbelly]The D3 is a new Volvo diesel engine - two litres and 5 cylinders not a Ford/PSA engine.[/quote] Is it not still 2.4 litres? Literature I've seen elsewhere states that it is a 2.4 litre, but is great news if it really is a 5 cylinder 2.0 (I always liked the sound of the Volvo 5 cylinder diesels compared to a 4)

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