VOLVO S60 D3 SE PREMIUM
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.
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SMOOTH: Volvo S60 SE Premium.