What is it?
This is the svelte Volvo V60 estate fitted with the new, confusingly named T5 engine. Confusing only because it is in fact a 237bhp, 2.0-litre turbo’d four-cylinder petrol engine rather than a five cylinder as the name suggests and that has historically been represented by the T5 nomenclature up until now.
Here we’re testing the car with a six-speed manual gearbox, though a dual clutch auto is available for an extra £1485. The R-Design spec also brings with it a new, firmer set-up for the V60.
What’s it like?
It is a very pleasant way to travel. The interior is a real selling point provided you’re looking for aesthetics and not practicality, as you’ll see in our full road test. Though the R-Design trim does bring with it some style tweaks inside and out it only enhances the appealingly clean, modern lines, so that’s no bad thing.
The engine has its strengths in refinement and flexibility. In particular the broad torque band makes the V60 T5 feel eager and responsive wherever you are in the rev range, and the solid gearshift completes the overall sensation that this is a car intended to offer performance without drama.
That shortage of drama comes mainly from a subdued exhaust note, refined cabin and slightly sterile controls, and for many the understated nature of the T5 will be exactly what appeals most about it.