Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

It is: All new four-door saloon with V60 es­tate model fol­low­ing at the year’s-end. Size: It is 182 in long. Mo­tor: Two-litre diesel in 160.7 tune (also of­fered in 202bhp tune and there is a 300bhp 3-litre petrol straight six). Price: From £23,295. For: Safety kit, styling, cabin ar­chi­tec­ture, sporty han­dling. The diesel is smooth and gives swift ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Against: The test car was un­com­fort­able on moor­land roads. The roof pil­lars and head rests im­pair side­ways and over-theshoul­der vi­sion thus you may need that safety pack; poor turn­ing lock with the 17 in wheels and they may con­trib­ute to the poor ride on some roads; wind noise from the doors; hiss­ing from the dash­board vents even on a mod­est fan speed. Ad­di­tion­ally, the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem some­times gave the road speed limit, some­times didn’t, and gave 30mph in Heb­den Bridge’s 20mph zone. In the Calder Val­ley it ceased giv­ing in­struc­tions at sev­eral junc­tions.

Econ­omy: 38 to 50mpg ac­cord­ing to the trip com­puter.

Ver­dict: Flawed but en­joy­able. Valid al­ter­na­tive to the usual Ger­mans. The Dy­namic chas­sis must have been aimed at the Ger­mans who have smoother, calmer ter­rain.

More: 08457 564636.

Pic­ture: Fred­eric Manby

SMOOTH: Volvo S60 SE Pre­mium.

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