Volvo S60 saloon

£21,005 - £36,725

The Volvo S60 is Volvo's main rival for the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, and as such it's a premium, high-quality car that offers better performance and greater desirability than we've come to expect from Volvo. However, the manufacturer is quick to point out that it's still very much in keeping with the brand's reputation for safety and comfort. So, even though the S60 has smaller dimensions than many of its rivals, it's still comfortable and is perfect for smoothing out bumpy, rough roads.

You get a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, with top-spec models fitted with four-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre diesel D2 DRIVe model is the most efficient and emits less than 100g/km of CO2, which means no road tax. The S60 is available in Business Edition (which superseded the old ES specification in 2012), SE, SE Lux and R-Design models.

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