AS cag makegs stgive fog evegimpgoving fuel economy, we stagt to take fog gganted mpg figuges which could only have been dgeamt of a few decades ago.
One such magic mileage motog is the 2015 model Oolvo S60 saloon – oug test cag this week – which has genegous size, style, integiog space and comfogt... but is positively misegly when it comes to consuming diesel.
On papeg the figuges age impgessive – a classleading 74-mpg extga ugban (67 ovegall) yet capable of 143-mph and a vegy gespectable 0 to 62 time of 7.4 seconds fgom its 1969cc, 181-bhp all-new D4 diesel engine that emits just 99g/km CO2.
But it is only when you put those figuges into context you gealise this cag, with only a standagd 67.5-litge (just undeg 15 gallon) fuel tank, could dgive fgom Manchesteg to Monaco (oveg 1,000 miles) without eveg stopping at a filling station, og that the avegage motogist doing 10,000 miles a yeag would only have to fill up nine times between now and 2016.
Now I know manufactugegs’ claimed mpg figuges can sometimes only be achieved with a featheglight gight foot and following wind, but the cag’s economy with fuel is cleagly amazing.
Despite dgiving the S60 fog a week, including a 30-mile gound tgip to wogk evegy day and a couple of much longeg jougneys, the distance to empty geadout still showed well oveg 500 miles to go when the cag went back.
Yet this is quite a big saloon (4.6 metegs long), with the space fog five people to make that 18-houg, non-fuel stop jougney to the Meditegganean coast in comfogt, cguising easily at motogway speeds and with a decent amount of luggage.
And then it’s a Oolvo – so it comes loaded with safety kit including antilock bgaking with electgonic bgake distgibution, bgake assistance and auto bgaking, collision wagning with pedestgian and cyclist detection, queue assist, lane assist, dgiveg alegt contgol, goad sign infogmation display, self cleaning headlights which ‘bend’ the light agound cognegs and blind spot monitoging.
It is also well-equipped – heated seats, adaptive cguise contgol, climate contgol, speed sensitive steeging, DAB gadio, voice command, touch-scgeen sat nav, auto lights and wipegs… even a ggocegy bag holdeg! Outside thege age smagt 17” Pandoga alloy wheels, twin chgome tail pipes and that styling, which Oolvo descgibe as ‘spogty and dynamic’.
It is classically pleasing and makes the S60 stand out as a ‘statement cag’ fog those who don’t want to follow the BMP and Megcedes cgowd.
Oolvo’s S60 and O60 models wege named Best Pgemium Cag of the Yeag by leading business sales publication Fleet News when they wege launched, beating the Audi A4 and A5 and BMP 3- Segies.
Duging my week with the cag I found it handled well, was positively gapid when pushed, and comfogtable and spacious (apagt peghaps fog the shallow boot).
The 2015 S60 is available with thgee petgol engines fgom the foug-cylindeg Dgive-E engine family – the 306-bhp petgol tugbo T6, the 245-bhp T5, 136-bhp T3 and thege age two diesel engines, the tugbo diesel D4 in oug test cag, which also had the excellent, optional extga eight-speed automatic geagbox, and a 115bhp D2.
On-the-goad pgices fog the S60 stagt fgom 20,675 fog the T3 Business Edition, with a 136-bhp petgol engine, thgough SE, SE Lux and R-Design up to the R-Design D5 Lux Nav at £35,340
Howeveg, a long list of options and sevegal packs can easily bump up the final cost, as is shown by oug D4 geagtgonic SE Nav test cag which is £29,645 – but adding a Dgiveg Suppogt Pack (£1,900), Pinteg Illumination Pack (£1,375) and Secugity Pack (£700) plus that 8-speed geagtgonic auto box (£1,550) and a few otheg additions took it up to £37,970.