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New diesel-free Volvo S60 now on sale

Volvo has started UK sales of its third-generation S60 saloon – the first of its models to go diesel-free.

The new Volvo S60 R-Design Edition

Marked out as the first Volvo car made in the US, the S60 is based on the same ‘SPA’ architecture as models including the new V60, XC60 and the 90-series cars.

It arrives in UK showrooms from 11 May in just one high-spec launch version – the front-wheel drive, petrol-engined R-Design Edition – but further trim levels and powertrain options, including petrol-electric hybrids and all-wheel drive, will follow this year. However, there will be no diesel models, in line with Volvo’s announcement 10 months ago that it’s phasing out diesel engines.

Priced from £37,920 OTR, the launch model has a performance focus, as shown by its lowered sports suspension and 19-inch alloys with a contrast diamond cut and black finish. The cabin gets heated sports front seats that are partially upholstered in Nappa leather, along with black headlining and metal mesh interior trim.

The launch specification also puts a focus on premium features, including driver’s head-up display, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, 600W 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, Sensus Connect touchscreen control and simple smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Driver assistance features include Pilot Assist, which brings semi-autonomous driving, plus BLIS – Blind Spot Information System – with Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision Mitigation.

Intended as a “pathfinder” to the rest of the forthcoming range, the R-Design Edition is powered by Volvo’s 250hp T5 turbo petrol engine with eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive: WLTP combined cycle fuel economy ranges from 35.3 to 39.8mpg, CO2 emissions are from 152g/km (NEDC Correlated) and the 0-62mph time stands at 6.5 seconds.

First deliveries of the S60 R-Design Edition are expected from May this year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.