Few cars match the Volvo S60 Drive-E when it comes to combining performance and economy. Despite having 181hp (179bhp), the Volvo achieves 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 109g/km of carbon dioxide.
We put the S60’s fuel efficiency to the test with What Car?’s True MPG team, towing on a route of A-roads and motorways. The car achieved 30.1mpg – not bad when the combined weight of car and caravan was well over three tonnes. Back at the test track, we recorded a 30-60mph time of 11.6 seconds.
At the legal limit the Volvo proved stable, although not as unflappable as the Jag XF or BMW 3 Series. In windy conditions there was some movement above 60mph.
In the lane-change manoeuvre the back of the S60 was pushed around by the caravan on the third and fastest run. However, it’s worth noting that the Volvo was supplied with winter tyres, which won’t have been at their best in mild spring weather.
In day-to-day driving the Volvo handles well, although it doesn’t engage the driver as well as a BMW 3 Series. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable.
In terms of practicality, the Volvo suffers from having a small boot, and being a saloon, access to the luggage space is awkward compared with an estate or SUV.