First drive Volvo S60
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 –