Talk about a turnaround. In the space of just five years, Volvo has gone from a brand that built unremarkable also-rans, to the form of its life. Today it makes cars that can mix it with, sometimes even beat, the very best from the premium-badged competition.
The S60 is, in essence, a saloon version of the Volvo V60 estate. However, unlike that car, the S60 isn't available with a diesel engine – and Volvo won’t be offering one in the future, either. Given the declining popularity of diesel, that could be a shrewd move in the long-term, but it does mean that fuel economy isn’t currently a strength of the S60.
We say ‘currently’ because a plug-in hybrid version of the S60 is on the horizon, but right now the only engine is a punchy 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol.
Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you how the Volvo S60 compares against its key rivals in all the important areas, including practicality, interior quality, driving dynamics and infotainment.