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Used Volvo S60 Saloon 2000 - 2009 review

(2000 - 2009)
Volvo S60 Saloon (00 - 09)
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Which used Volvo S60 saloon should I buy?

The D5 is the one to go for, thanks to its punchy five-cylinder turbodiesel engine. We'd opt for the 180bhp version (upgraded to 185bhp in 2005), because it has plenty of overtaking oomph while still being refined when cruising. It also returns economy of around 42mpg - very respectable given that it's no slouch.

You'll also find some bi-fuel cars (running on petrol and cheap LPG), although these offer less performance and economy than the D5 models, so we'd stick with the diesel. All the petrol models are strong performers and came with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. There was also an optional auto 'box, which is smooth and effective.

You may be tempted by the S60 R AWD model, which has four-wheel drive and a 296bhp engine to make it the fastest model in the range, cracking 0-62mph in 5.7sec. However, it also has Volvo's active ride technology, which makes the ride much too firm.

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Which used Volvo S60 saloon should I buy?

The D5 is the one to go for, thanks to its punchy five-cylinder turbodiesel engine. We'd opt for the 180bhp version (upgraded to 185bhp in 2005), because it has plenty of overtaking oomph while still being refined when cruising. It also returns economy of around 42mpg - very respectable given that it's no slouch.

You'll also find some bi-fuel cars (running on petrol and cheap LPG), although these offer less performance and economy than the D5 models, so we'd stick with the diesel. All the petrol models are strong performers and came with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. There was also an optional auto 'box, which is smooth and effective.

You may be tempted by the S60 R AWD model, which has four-wheel drive and a 296bhp engine to make it the fastest model in the range, cracking 0-62mph in 5.7sec. However, it also has Volvo's active ride technology, which makes the ride much too firm.

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