VOLVO

VOLVO S60 SALOON SPECIAL EDITIONS 2.0 T8 Hybrid Polestar Engineered 4dr AWD Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.4s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

A LESS RETIRING SIXTY

Volvo's MK3 model S60 saloon has the market's most elite mid-sized executive saloon models in its sights. If you're thinking of something 3 Series-sized, Jonathan Crouch thinks you should also consider an S60 too.

Ten Second Review

Sportier and more stylish, this more dynamic third generation S60 mid-sized sports saloon addresses the areas where previous Volvo executive cars have ultimately failed to deliver. It's engineered to be a far better driver's car than its predecessor and both quality and cabin design have taken a huge step forward. Plus it's the safest contender in its class. If you're looking for a change from your usual A4, 3 Series or C-Class, this S60's worth a look.

Background

Does life really begin at sixty? If you're a potential Volvo owner, the answer may well be yes. The Swedish maker's third generation S60 saloon is, we're told, the most dynamic Volvo ever, both to look at and to drive, something of a departure for a brand that has built its reputation on substance and safety rather than style and sportiness. But then something pretty radical was needed to break the German stranglehold on the BMW 3 Series-dominated mid-sized executive market where this car must compete. This MK3 S60 has provided it. If in buying a Volvo, you expect all the design flair of a chartered accountancy firm, then this car will come as quite a shock, with sharp styling that sets it apart, both inside and out. The promise is that this will be matched with a greater emphasis on driver involvement than any model the company has produced in its history - a much harder thing to deliver. Particularly if, as we're promised, all this has been achieved without sacrificing the substance and safety part of the brand value proposition. Does it all add up? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Volvos have tended to feel like the safe cars they are when you get them out on the road but with this MK3 S60, more emphasis than ever before has been placed on instilling some excitement. This third generation S60 design is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company's commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. That's some way off yet though and for the time being, most S60 sales will be centred around the brand's usual conventional B5 mild hybrid petrol powerplant, which has a power output of 250hp channelled through 8-speed auto transmission. The B5 manages 62mph from rest in 6.5s en route to a maximum of 145mph. The alternative is to opt for the brand's Recharge plug-in technology. There are two top AWD variants of this car that use that. The standard T8 uses a 303hp version of the 2.0-litre engine and offers a WLTP-rated all-electric driving potential of up to 36 miles when fully charged. The ultimate S60 though, is the top 'Polestar Engineered' T8 flagship derivative, which tweaks that petrol powerplant out to 318hp and includes a set of adaptable Ohlins DFD dampers. Handling's improved courtesy of 5% stiffer springs and 245-section Pirelli P Zero tyres. Whichever of the T8 models you choose, you'll find the engine's total output boosted by an 87hp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel.

Design and Build

This is one of the best looking Volvos we've seen for a good few decades and it's also notable for being the first model the brand has made at its American plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Style-wise, there are elements in the design of the larger S90 saloon, but with this mid-sized model, there are much shorter overhangs, a lipped boot lid and a racy standard body kit to emphasise the point that this Volvo is aimed at people who enjoy their driving. Under the skin, as expected, sits the same sophisticated 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform that we've already seen, not only in this car's V60 estate showroom stablemate but also in all the brand's other most recent mid and large-size models. At the wheel ('the most important part of any car' according to Volvo's Head of Design) it's all very nice indeed, with a premium feel right across the S60 range that you only really get on the more expensive versions of BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals. The brand says that when creating interiors, it applies the same principles that you would when designing a living room. High-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Swedish interior that's simple and elegant. As you might expect, the cabin directly mirrors that of this model's V60 estate stablemate, with a neat dashboard highlighted by a smart and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen. There's a 442-litre boot in the B5 (it's 390-litres in the T8).

Market and Model

Around 85% of S60 sales will be accounted for by the B5 version, mostly in 'R-Design' form, which costs around £39,000. For around £900 more, there's also a more luxury-oriemtated B5 'Inscription' derivative. If you want the Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid (which uses a 303hp engine), you'll need a £45,000 budget for the standard model - or around £50,000 for the uprated 'Polestar Engineered' version (which uses a 318hp engine). All S60 models come well equipped, with full-LED headlights, auto headlamps and wipers, active high beam and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, there's a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's instrument display to display conventional instrument binnacle dials. Plus there's 2-Zone electronic climate control, heated front seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 9-inch portrait-style centre touch screen that gives you access to a 170-watt 10-speaker DAB audio system, Sensus navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free 'phone system, plus compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

Cost of Ownership

So to the WLTP figures. The conventional B5 mild hybrid petrol version manages up to 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 153g/km of CO2. Obviously, the best returns come from the Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid variants. With these models, a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated to an 87hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a rechargeable 11.8kWh battery pack. This delivers an all-electric driving range that's WLTP-rated at up to 36.7 miles for the standard T8 variant, assuming you switch into the 'Pure' all-EV driving mode that's provided with the Recharge powertrain. More usually though, S60 Plug-in hybrid owners will be driving in one of the other provided drive mode settings - usually 'Hybrid', which sees the powertrain switch seamlessly between petrol and electric power, as required. There's also the option to 'Hold' the battery's charge for use later in your journey - say for town driving at the end of a long trip. Until that point though, you'd be at the wheel of quite a thirsty, mid-sized estate that'd become even less economical if you were to use the option to charge the batteries up the car on the move with the engine acting as a generator. It'd be much better of course, for an S60 Recharge T8 model owner to do as much charging as possible from the mains before setting off. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours.

Summary

Volvo executive cars have usually been safe, reliable and practical - but sporty and stylish? In the past, buyers with those things as priorities may have felt inclined to look elsewhere. This third generation S60 changes that kind of thinking. It incorporates the vibrant design that's been creeping into other Volvo products for a while now and accentuates it in a sleek four-door package with a driver-focused chassis and a range of high-tech engine options highlighted by the latest-generation 'Drive-E' engines. There's a roomy cabin and the bundle of advanced safety equipment we've always expected from Volvo is also in evidence. Overall then, what we have here is a less retiring Sixty, a highly impressive package that's an intriguing alternative to the mid-sized executive mainstream. You should try it.

  • Front and rear power windows
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Heated aqua blades

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill start assist
  • Polestar Engineered Front and Rear Brake Callipers
  • Floating front brake discs
  • Polestar optimised engine and gearbox

  • Sports floor mats

  • Electric rear axle drive
  • Polestar Engineered chassis

  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call

  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

  • Hands free boot opening

  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's information display

  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored instrument panel

  • Lithium-ion battery

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Rear diffuser
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Front aluminium tread plates
  • Front and rear polestar emblems
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with high gloss black surround
  • Polestar Engineered black chrome exhaust pipes

  • Headlight cleaning system
  • Automatic active bending LED headlights with adaptive shadow technology incorporating day running lights
  • Active high beam
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Puddle lights

  • B Pillar ventilation
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions

  • Front tunnel net pocket
  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console plus luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment net pocket
  • High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Leather sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/textile upholstery
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • Centre console cupholders
  • Charge cable bag
  • Black headlining
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Sports leather gear knob
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Sports pedals
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders

  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Front and rear reading lights and centre armrest Storage Illumination
  • Multicolour theatre lighting
  • Front and rear footwell and side step illumination

  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Road sign information display
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Front passenger airbag cut off switch
  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat cushion extension
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Fixed rear seat and headrests
  • Front and rear gold seatbelts

  • Nappa leather key integrated remote control central locking including fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for bootlid
  • Keyless drive (includes keyless entry and keyless start) with remote tag
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 26.7
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 11.6
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • HC+NOx: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 48

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 61

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 104.5

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 89324
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 405
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Coin Series: Polestar Engineered
  • Coin Description: T8 Hybrid
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.4
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - BHP: 405
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 298
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 Y SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4761
  • Width: 1916
  • Wheelbase: 2872
  • Width (including mirrors): 2040
  • Height: 1437
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1979
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2500
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 521

  • Heated front windscreen: £0

  • Front and rear park assist: Included
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Rear park assist camera: £375

  • 4.5m Type 2/mode 3 charge cable: £50
  • 4.5m Charge Cable with 3 pin plug: Included

  • Intellisafe-Blind spot system + steer assist, cross traffic alert with autobrake, rear collision mitigation and autodimming exterior rear view mirror: £625
  • Head up display in windscreen: Included

  • Fresh air subwoofer: Included
  • Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Harmon Kardon: Included
  • Sensus Connect with Premium Sound by Bowers and Wilkins, dirac live, dolby pro logic II surround sound, 14 speakers/1100W output and subwoofer: £1,675

  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain: £1,200
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £675
  • Premium metallic paint: £975

  • Luggage compartment load hooks: Included

  • Intellisafe pro pack - S60: £1,625
  • Convenience pack - S60 T8: £300
  • Xenium pack - S60: £1,800

  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £675
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £675

  • Solid - Black Stone: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

  • Heated outer positions rear seats: £200
  • Power passenger seat with memory: £400
  • Power height adjustable passenger seat with multi directional Lumbar Support: Included

  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/textile - Charcoal/open grid: £0

  • 19" 5 Y Spoke polished/black forged alloy wheels: Included
  • 20" 5 Y Spoke polished/black forged alloy wheels: £850

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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