Volvo S60 sa­loon

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

AS car mak­ers strive for ever-im­prov­ing fuel econ­omy, we start to take for granted mpg fig­ures which could only have been dreamt of a few decades ago.

One such magic mileage mo­tor is the 2015 model Volvo S60 sa­loon – our test car this week – which has gen­er­ous size, style, in­te­rior space and com­fort... but is pos­i­tively miserly when it comes to con­sum­ing diesel.

On pa­per the fig­ures are im­pres­sive – a class-lead­ing 74mpg ex­tra ur­ban (67 over­all) yet ca­pa­ble of 143mph and a very re­spectable 0 to 62 time of 7.4 seconds from its 1969cc, 181bhp all-new D4 diesel en­gine that emits just 99g/ km CO2.

But it is only when you put those fig­ures into con­text you re­alise this car, with only a stan­dard 67.5 litre (just un­der 15 gal­lon) fuel tank, could drive from Manch­ester to Monaco (more than 1,000 miles) with­out ever stop­ping at a filling sta­tion, or that the av­er­age mo­torist do­ing 10,000 miles a year would only have to fill up nine times be­tween now and 2016.

And then it’s a Volvo – so it comes loaded with safety kit, in­clud­ing an­tilock brak­ing with elec­tronic brake dis­tri­bu­tion, brake as­sis­tance and auto brak­ing, col­li­sion warn­ing with pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion, queue as­sist, lane as­sist, driver alert con­trol, road sign in­for­ma­tion dis­play, self clean­ing head­lights which ‘bend’ the light around cor­ners and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing.

It is also well-equipped – heated seats, adap­tive cruise con­trol, cli­mate con­trol, speed sen­si­tive steer­ing, DAB ra­dio, voice com­mand, touch-screen sat nav, auto lights and wipers… even a gro­cery bag holder!

On-the-road prices for the S60 start from £20,675 for the T3 Business Edi­tion, with a 136bhp petrol en­gine, through SE, SE Lux and R-De­sign up to the R-De­sign D5 Lux Nav at £35,340.

●● Volvo’s S60 sa­loon is ‘sporty and dy­namic’

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