We all know Volvo's reputation of old – safe but boxy. The Swedish manufacturer has been working hard over the past few years to establish itself as a credible alternative to the premium German brands, to crack the compact executive class. The S60 is therefore Volvo's answer to the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series, and it really does feel like a very high-quality product indeed. Yet Volvo is keen to stress that it is not divorcing the S60 from its pedigree of safety and comfort in its quest to raise their performance and desirability profile. Smaller in dimensions, the S60 is more comfortable than its rivals, which is a good thing given the ever-worsening condition of UK roads. The S60's engine range includes four petrol and three diesel engines, with top-of-the-range models coming fitted with four-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre diesel DRIVe model is more focused on economy and emits less than 115g/km of CO2, which works out at around £30 in annual road tax. The S60 is offered in Business Edition (which replaced the old ES specification in 2012), SE, SE Lux and R-Design models.