The new Volvo S60 is a vast improvement. With exciting styling and better dynamics, it’s a real rival to the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. And the punchy new five-cylinder diesel provides a fine blend of performance and running costs which is sure to appeal to private and business buyers alike.
Badges can be confusing. Take the new Volvo S60, for example. When the BMW 3-Series rival arrives next month, buyers will get a choice of a 3.0 six-cylinder T6 petrol and a 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 diesel. But the top seller will be an all-new D3 diesel – which, despite the badge, is not a three-cylinder.
Instead it’s a 2.0-litre version of the D5 five-cylinder with one turbo, rather than two. As a result, power is down from 202bhp to 161bhp – although torque output drops by a mere five per cent.