Volvo S60 Drive Review | Cars | CNET UK

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With prices climbing faster a chimp on steroids, it’s no that car manufacturers are doing in their power to ensure vehicles are as fuel-efficient as possible.

efforts in this area around the models in its Drive They’re specially adapted of existing cars, tweaked to fuel economy, reduce and save customers’ money. The model to roll off the assembly is the diesel Volvo S60 Drive a £27,445 executive saloon sits above the S40 and below the S80 in the food chain.

Look and

Gone are the days when were ‘boxy but good The company’s now embracing curves, and the of its cars are real lookers. the S60 Drive doesn’t push the envelope — it’s the of car you could easily lose in a car park for days at a time, as it really stand out. once you find it, you’ll be pleased that you own it.

You can use this remote to control the audio system.

You’ll be happier with your once you hit the road, because the S60 is a blast to drive. Alright, its engine isn’t especially but it has plenty of torque, so it accelerates from a standstill and cruises at speed. Its seats are incredibly without being too soft, the position is superb and, cornering, it grips the road than a newborn does a teat.

Scale of economy

The S60 is largely identical to the standard S60 for a few key additions that help fuel economy. Volvo’s the car with low-rolling-resistance tyres, so it more freely across the of the road. It also has a smoother to improve the aerodynamics, and features electronic trickery to tweak the of the engine slightly.

The car features a system that turns the off when you come to a standstill and neutral, before starting it up the minute you depress the clutch and are to pull away. The car’s control unit has also reprogrammed to reduce the amount of fed into the cylinders — like an inkjet printer ink droplet sizes on a sheet of to prolong cartridge life.

Run, Forrest! Run!

to Volvo, the tweaks help the S60 deliver an impressive 65.7mpg on the cycle, and carbon-dioxide emissions of — impressive figures for an saloon. In the real world, the figure proved a shade — we averaged just while driving a total of 856 between England and Austria. a route that primarily motorways.

We did everything in our power to the claimed figure, driving lorries, changing gear as as 2,000rpm, switching off the air-conditioning and the windows closed to optimise efficiency. Alas, it was not to be. Your own may vary.

Van diesel

The S60 Drive’s are a point of contention. It emits dioxide at a rate of 120g/km, is relatively low for a car of this ilk. But like most manufacturers, very forthcoming with related to the other emissions by its diesel cars.

The S60 Drive’s diesel engine nasty carbon monoxide, oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter that can or aggravate respiratory diseases. If you in a built-up area and you care keeping smog levels to a we’d advise you to look

Safety car

The S60 Drive has an absurdly list of safety features. Its information system uses mounted below each mirror to detect vehicles alongside the car. When a is detected, a warning light is to alert you not to change lanes.

and radar sensors mounted the front of the car scan the road for traffic. If you happen to be closing in on an — a car or building, for example at a rate that suggests an is likely, the S60 Drive’s collision-detection will beep audibly and a red warning light onto the to inform you that you, or else, may shortly end up ….

The sat-nav’s dual-map mode both a precise and more indication of your whereabouts.

the driver fail to apply brake pressure to prevent a the S60 Drive takes matters its own hands. Its city-safety feature brakes, applying enough to avoid or reduce collision The system also works pedestrians so, if errant children hop in path, they’re far less to be smeared across the windscreen.

the worst happen, the S60 Drive’s wipers do a great job of removing filth.

Nav no-no

The S60 Drive’s system has plenty going and against, it. The 6-inch display at a pleasant-enough resolution, so text and are rendered well. It also has an dual-map mode that can two maps simultaneously — one a close-up of the road you’re travelling along, and another shows a bird’s eye view of location.

The system has its drawbacks, though. It accept full seven-digit UK so you’ll have to manually part of the postcode, as well as the of the street you’re trying to which can prove fiddly.

more frustrating is the inconsistency of the data. When trying to a well-known A road in London, we surprised to find that the in question wasn’t listed in the database, despite the fact a smaller B road, attached to the A road, was present.

When we the sat-nav to guide us to that B it took us via the ‘missing’ A road and audibly read out the name of the A That’s an amazing feat the sat-nav was supposedly unaware the road even existed.

of praise

The S60 Drive’s stereo is commendable and has plenty of inputs. can play music via a USB key, or iPhone. There’s also to DAB, FM and AM radio.

The sound quality of the basic stereo system is mediocre, but the performance’ option in our test car a more rounded sound. It trouble the Bang Olufsen kit in Aston Martin’s cars. but it has of low-end thump, and an adjustable equaliser lets you modify the to your tastes.

Unusually, the S60 comes with an infrared control. This allows the and passengers to adjust the volume, stations and — if the car is fitted an optional rear-seat entertainment — control DVD playback on 7-inch screens mounted on the of the front-seat head rests.

The Volvo S60 Drive is a fabulous It’s great to drive, as as an armour-plated house, and delivers fuel economy. Being a it isn’t quite as environmentally as many would have you but, filthy emissions this car is a breath of fresh

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