On sale: Early 2019 Price from: £27,000 (est)
Volvo is on a roll at the moment. Its cars top the tables in Euro NCAP’s safety tests, it’s successfully competing against premium marques which even a few years ago would have been out of its league, and it makes our reigning overall Car of the Year, the XC40. With the new V60 estate also proving to be very competitive against its rivals, the next model on Volvo’s list to reinvent is the S60 saloon.
2019 Volvo S60 dimensions and styling
The new S60 is larger in almost every dimension than the outgoing car, with the objective of freeing up more space inside. It also means you’ll be able to get more luggage into the boot than before, although the V60 is outclassed in this regard by its German competition.
Unsurprisingly, from the front the S60 is almost a carbon copy of the V60, and that’s no bad thing, because its aggressive stance and prominent front grille will help to turn the heads of company car drivers who so frequently turn to its key rivals, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2019 Volvo S60 engines
However, company car buyers might have reason to pause for thought, because the S60 will be sold with no diesel engines at all. Instead, there will be two 2.0-litre petrol options to choose from: the 247bhp T5 and the 306bhp T6, the latter of which also offers four-wheel drive. T5 versions emit as little as 164g/km of CO2 under the new WLTP fuel economy tests, and return an average of 39.2mpg.
There’s also Volvo’s now-familiar T8 Twin Engine hybrid set-up, which mates a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, giving a combined 299bhp and CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km – although the latter figure is based on the old, less accurate NEDC test. The T8 is also offered with upgrades from Volvo’s Polestar performance arm, boosting the power output to 312bhp. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range.
2019 Volvo S60 interior
Inside, the S60 borrows much of its layout and technology from the V60, including Volvo’s standard Sensus touchscreen infotainment system.
As you’d expect from Volvo, safety kit is a big priority and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard.
2019 Volvo S60 prices
Official prices have yet to be announced, but as with the old car we’d expect the new S60 to undercut its key rivals, with prices likely to start at around £27,000. Buyers will also be able to drive the S60 under Volvo’s Care by Volvo scheme, which operates via a monthly fee.
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The best used executive cars
The new S60 certainly looks enticing, but even if its price tag puts it out of your range, there are plenty of used executive cars to choose from at a fraction of the cost. So what's the best used executive car for you? Our handy guide to the 10 best on the UK market will help you decide
10. Volvo S60
Comfort and class – that’s what the Volvo S60 offers in a nutshell. Granted, it’s a little stodgy to drive compared with some of the other cars here, but if you’re not fussed about that, you get a beautifully styled and appointed interior with some of the best seats on the market, not to mention plenty of equipment.
One thing to note, though: the back seats and boot don’t offer as much room as some other executives.
9. Skoda Superb
If space is your top priority, then the Skoda Superb makes a whole heap of sense. There’s oodles of room for both front and rear seat passengers, and while it might look like a saloon, it actually has a huge hatchback boot.
What’s more, it feels classy and well-built inside, and it’s reassuringly stable at speed, which makes it an ideal choice if you undertake regular long trips. And don’t forget what great value it is.