First drive Volvo S60

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE - JACK EVANS


TO ADD an­other of­fer­ing in the var­ied small sa­loon seg­ment, here’s the Volvo S60 – a com­pact four-door from the Swedish brand, de­signed to take on the likes of the

Mercedes C-Class and the up­com­ing and all-new BMW 3 Se­ries. It’s based on Volvo’s Scal­able Plat­form and there­fore shares its un­der­pin­nings with the XC90 and V90, to name just two.

This is the first car in the mod­ern Volvo range to lack an oil-burner as an en­gine choice, leav­ing just petrol and plug-in hy­brid of­fer­ings in­stead. It re­flects Volvo’s push to­wards elec­tri­fi­ca­tion – and to clar­ify, that means the use of petrol and hy­brid of­fer­ings – not just solely elec­tric pow­er­trains.

This top-of-the-range T8 Polestar Engi­neered S60 utilises an in-line four­cylin­der petrol en­gine, which is both su­per­charged and tur­bocharged. This is linked to a rear-mounted elec­tric mo­tor which drives, un­sur­pris­ingly, the rear wheels. Com­bined, they pro­duce a sub­stan­tial 399bhp and 430Nm of torque, which can push the S60 to 60mph in 4.5 sec­onds and on­wards to a 155mph top speed.

De­spite this per­for­mance, and thanks to the in­clu­sion of hy­brid as­sis­tance, Volvo claims the T8 will re­turn 134mpg com­bined while emit­ting just 48g/km CO2.

Look closely and you’ll see six-pis­ton Brembo brakes peer­ing out from be­hind 20inch forged wheels, while Oh­lins ad­justable dampers have been fit­ted too. There’s also a bump in power over the reg­u­lar T8 –

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