Is the Volvo S60 most dynamic Volvo ever? Possibly, but that doesn’t underline what Volvo’s latest S60 is about. Instead of its composure on twisting roads, we were impressed most by its ergonomically sound cabin and a fine ability to crush straight-line distances.
It adequately cossets its occupants and offers reasonable levels of interior and boot space. Seat comfort is a particular forte, as is ergonomic excellence.
Being a Volvo, it also carries an impressive array of safety and security equipment that has continued to lead the market in many respects.
You’ll also get excellent comparative economy from most models, especially the D4 model. That D4 is also comfortably the fastest model that you’d actually consider buying (the T6 would be quicker, but its running costs are considerably more.
Every model comes nicely equipped, too, with even the entry-level S60s getting a beefy audio system and full climate control. Interior quality, while not quite at BMW or Audi levels, is certainly a notch above the mainstream. And that highlights the S60s pecking order – it’s a cut above a Mondeo or Passat, but not quite a 3 Series or an A4.
As for how it drives, if you think of ‘dynamic’, don’t read ‘sporting’. Instead, just consider it able. Volvo almost risks becoming a victim of its own hype, because if you come at the S60 expecting 3 Series-beating levels of dynamics, you won’t find them.
What you will find is a saloon car that is more able, composed and competent over bad road surfaces than any Volvo before it.
It’s also unusual for us to road test a car whose stand-out feature is not a new body or structure but solely what sits beneath its bonnet, in this case the new D4 engine.
However, the S60 is an exception that, as it turns out, has proved worthy in every way imaginable: it’s more frugal, quicker and quieter than the previous stand-out powertrain in this class, which is a cracking result for this new engine and bodes remarkably well for Volvo’s upcoming powerplants.
It’s mated to a car that remains as likeable as ever. Small updates since its launch have maintained the S60’s competitiveness, and although it’s far from the most dynamically rewarding car in the class, it’s a remarkably easy one with which to rub along.