‘The S60 has a cush­ioned ride and a whis­per-quiet in­te­rior at mo­tor­way speeds’

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It is se­ri­ous fire­power, too. The tur­bocharged four­cylin­der en­gine that drives the front wheels makes roughly 320bhp, and al­though it’s not the most re­spon­sive de­vice, an 85bhp elec­tric mo­tor on the rear axle en­ables the car to leap for­ward force­fully. Top speed is 155mph and the 0-62mph sprint can be com­pleted in 4.7sec – an ex­act match for both the Audi S4 and the C43.

In­side, the S60 is a tri­umph of qual­ity and char­ac­ter. Like other re­cent Volvos, the S60 has a 9.0in touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Some will find this a lit­tle fid­dly to use, but the res­o­lu­tion is su­perb and re­sponse times have been im­proved. There’s also Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto smart­phone mir­ror­ing, as well as ac­cess to var­i­ous apps.

This be­ing a Volvo, there’s plenty of safety kit, too. The au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing (AEB) seems par­tic­u­larly clever, able as it is to iden­tify pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and even larger an­i­mals. Volvo also claims the S60 is the world’s first mid-size saloon to use AEB in the event of an im­pend­ing crash with an on­com­ing car.

Volvo hasn’t put a def­i­nite price on the S60 yet, but the en­try-level T4 is ex­pected to start at about £30,000, while the flag­ship T8 Polestar En­gi­neered will de­mand £50,000 to £55,000. Ad­mit­tedly, these aren’t num­bers to lure in buy­ers on a bud­get, but first im­pres­sions sug­gest that Volvo has a right to be con­fi­dent in its pric­ing. Keen driv­ers might find the S60 a touch blunt in its han­dling, but for ev­ery­one else, this is a re­fined, quick and at­trac­tive ex­ec­u­tive saloon.

Ma­te­ri­als are lux­u­ri­ous and ev­ery­thing feels solidly built

Eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box is stan­dard on all mod­els

T8 Polestar gets be­spoke al­loys and dark chrome de­tails

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