Volvo S60 notchback: A BMW 3 Series rival with extra assistance

The 4.76 metre long Volvo S60 is characterised by a notchback drawn in the typical Swedish style.

Volvo has expanded its mid-range line-up and is offering the S60 as a notchback drawn in its trademark Swedish style, which, with a length of 4.76 metres, is pitted against rivals like the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class.

With space for five and a boot volume of 470 litres, the S60 includes a generous safety package with half a dozen airbags and an army of assistance systems.

These include the lane guidance aid, emergency braking and an unconventional infotainment centre with an upright touchscreen.

With top speeds between 220 and 250 km/h, the saloon is also equipped with a new drive system and is Volvo’s first car not to be offered as a diesel in Europe.

Instead, there will first be three petrol engines with a capacity of two litres and 190, 250 or 390 hp, as well as a plug-in hybrid with 390 hp and an electric range of up to 54 kilometres. This reduces its standard consumption to 1.7 litres and CO2 emissions to 39 g/km.

For the conventional petrol engines, which will be upgraded to mild hybrids in the course of next year with integrated starter generators and 48 volt technology, Volvo quotes consumption values between 6.6 and 7.3 litres and CO2 emissions of 140 to 164 g/km.

All engines are coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The two weaker petrol engines have front-wheel drive, the more powerful versions all-wheel drive. The entry-level price for buyers in Europe is 43,200 euros (47,500 dollars).