• Volvo’s premium mid-size S60 saloon now features eagerly awaited 390hp T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, available exclusively in R-Design Plus trim
• Existing T5 petrol engine now available in new R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus trim levels
• Inscription Plus features modern Swedish luxury, with premium materials including Nappa leather upholstery for the heated and cooled seats, and Driftwood interior inlays
• R-Design Plus focuses on dynamic style and cutting-edge technology, with high-gloss black exterior trim, sports seats, steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles and a head-up display
• T5 R-Design Plus versions also get lower, stiffer suspension settings
• T8 Twin Engine R-Design Plus and T5 Inscription Plus versions get more comfort-oriented suspension
• Standard equipment includes touchscreen and voice-activated control system, adaptive LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free boot opening, sat-nav and Volvo’s City Safety autonomous emergency braking system
• S60 priced from £37,935 on the road (T5 R-Design Plus), while company car tax costs are from only £212 a month
• T5 R-Design Plus available from £299 a month on PCH finance
• T8 Twin Engine versions start at £49,805 on the road
• Full details of 405hp S60 T8 Polestar Engineered variant to be announced shortly
Volvo has extended its S60 range – the third generation of the firm’s premium mid-size saloon – to incorporate further powertrain choices and equipment grades, including an all-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid and a trim level that focuses on luxury and craftmanship.
Electrifying hybrid powertrain
The existing T5 turbocharged 250hp petrol unit has been joined by an all-wheel-drive T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, combining a 303hp petrol engine with an 87hp electric motor for a total output of 390hp. Performance is suitably electrifying, with 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The T8 Twin Engine’s 11.8kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 36 miles, with CO2 emissions from just 39g/km. Fuel economy (on the WLTP combined cycle) is up to 176.5mpg.
Like the T5, the T8 Twin Engine uses a Volvo Drive-E petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Dynamic or new luxurious trim levels
The R-Design Edition launch trim has been replaced by R-Design Plus and is joined by the new Inscription Plus variant.
R-Design Plus is designed to provide a more focused driving experience, thanks to (on T5 versions) stiffer springs, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height (petrol-electric hybrid R-Design Plus variants come with the standard suspension settings). Other R-Design Plus highlights include a head-up display, gearshift paddles, high-gloss black exterior trim elements, a choice of 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, Metal Mesh aluminium interior inlays and part-leather sports seats.
Inscription Plus trim is for those who appreciate their high-end luxuries. The exterior features chrome trim along with a different design of alloy wheels, projecting exclusivity and refined Scandinavian style. Inside, fine Nappa full-leather upholstery and beautifully crafted details such as the Driftwood décor inlays reward the senses. Inscription Plus versions also benefit from cooled seats, on top of the heated seats of other S60s.
Suspension tailored to your preference
The S60 can now be fitted with adaptive dampers. This system allows you to select the firmness of the suspension to tailor the car’s dynamics to the road surface or your personal preference. Known as Active Four-C Chassis, the adaptive dampers are optional on T5 R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus versions and are controlled via the S60’s standard Drive Mode settings, which also alter the responses of the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes and climate control system.
S60 in context
The S60 brings all the dynamic ability, ground-breaking technology and striking Scandinavian design from the company’s latest models to the premium mid-size saloon segment. It is built at Volvo’s new Charleston plant in South Carolina, USA, on Volvo’s SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which also underpins the award-winning S90, V60, V90, XC60 and XC90. It is the first modern Volvo to be sold without a diesel engine, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. As you’d expect from a Volvo, it also offers cutting-edge collision-avoidance and occupant-protection technology.
Commenting on the S60 range expansion, Matt Galvin, Sales Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “The S60’s spring launch couldn’t have gone better. The high-specification R-Design Edition variants were extremely well received by both customers and retailers. Now, with R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus, we can offer the choice of a more focused driving experience or something more luxurious – qualities that resonate strongly with private owners and business users in the premium mid-size saloon market.
“Add the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine to the mix and we’re sure the extended S60 range will make a significant contribution to Volvo Car UK’s continued sales success.”
The expanded S60 range is available to buy now, priced from £37,935 on the road for the T5 R-Design Plus. Company car tax costs are from just £212 a month for a 20% taxpayer for the same version, while PCH finance payments are from £299 a month (based on an initial rental of £5,062, an 18-month contract and 10,000 miles per annum; excess mileage charges apply).
The T8 Twin Engine R-Design Plus is £49,805 on the road, while its tax-efficient petrol-electric drivetrain means a 40% taxpayer would pay just £265 in company car tax a month.
The S60 range will soon be joined by a 405hp T8 Polestar Engineered version, full details of which will be announced shortly.
• Volvo Car UK makes a major advance in in-car connectivity, information, entertainment and safety, installing a data SIM card as standard in all new models
• Vodafone SIM card allows car and occupants to be fully connected, with a WiFi hotspot, access to apps, real-time traffic information and safety alerts
• Access to up to 100GB of data, independent of the user’s own SIM-enabled devices
• Operation is seamless across 42 European countries and territories
• Enhanced connectivity is available for up to 12 months for no extra charge on top of the car’s initial purchase price
• Initial usage contract lasts one year, after which the customer has the option to extend the agreement and continue to use the service by way of purchasing a data plan from Vodafone
• SIM card available on all Model Year 2020 Volvo models, with a simple retro-fit option for those already purchased
Volvo Car UK is boosting its in-car connectivity offering by fitting a data SIM card as standard to all its new models. The feature is being introduced on all Model Year 2020 cars from today, and can be retro-fitted with ease to any that have already been delivered to customers.
The SIM card allows the driver and their passengers to be fully connected at all times, with access to 100GB of data for up to one year, making this the longest and most generous Vodafone plan currently offered by a car maker in the UK. What’s more, this facility is available for the first 12 months for no extra cost on top of the car’s initial purchase price.
Operation of the SIM card, which is supported by Vodafone, is independent of any of the occupants’ own SIM-equipped devices, so there is no impact on their personal or business data usage, or device’s battery charge.
The provision of an integrated SIM card brings multiple benefits in terms of access to entertainment and information apps, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) for efficient journey planning, and cutting-edge connected safety services. Users also benefit from a stronger signal while on the move, since reception is through their car’s antenna.
The SIM card creates an on-board WiFi hotspot that can be used by up to eight devices. This makes life easier and more enjoyable for everyone on board – especially those customers with children, who can keep themselves entertained on long drives by streaming music or movies, or playing online games. It also gives seamless access to all the native information and entertainment apps that are built into the car’s Sensus touchscreen system, including Spotify, TuneIn, Google Local Search, Yelp, Park and Pay, Record & Send, Glympse, Weather and WikiLocation.
It allows Real Time Traffic Information to be gathered and viewed on the navigation screen, keeping you up to date on incidents and delays, and provided with efficient re-routing options for your programmed journeys. Further convenience is provided by over-the-air updates for the Sensus system’s navigation maps and apps.
Automatic roaming covers 42 European countries and overseas territories, so performance is uninterrupted on any long, cross-continental drives.
As part of Volvo’s industry-leading commitment to safety, the SIM card also enables alerts to be received and transmitted when a similarly connected (Volvo) car’s hazard lights are triggered nearby, or slippery road surfaces are encountered. By sharing information in real time via a cloud-based network, Volvo cars can give drivers early warnings about potentially dangerous conditions ahead, reducing the risk of an accident.
For customers who have already taken delivery of a Model Year 2020 Volvo, the SIM card can be installed at the next workshop visit upon request, or they can contact their retailer to organise a convenient time for the necessary work to be done.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: “Being connected is a hugely important part of modern life, and in-car connectivity brings a whole host of benefits in terms of entertainment, information, journey planning and safety while on the move. By fitting a data SIM card to every new Volvo, we are ensuring that our customers can enjoy the cutting-edge technology in our cars to the full, while also making their lives easier and more enjoyable.”
The Volvo XC40 has claimed yet another significant honour, adding the New Car of the Year title in the Motor Trader 2019 Awards to its impressive collection. Its success confirms its status as a game-changing model in the fiercely competitive premium compact SUV market, more than a year on from its UK debut.
Motor Trader’s judging panel was full of praise, saying: “The XC40 is a star turn. It shines on all the crucial fronts: convenient size, engaging driving dynamics, impeccable safety credentials and excellent build quality. These combine to make it an outstanding car.”
The XC40 was admired for its restrained styling in contrast to more “pumped-up” SUVs, projecting a look that is “more mannerly and less confrontational”. The judges were also impressed by the car’s ride, handling, performance and refinement, which help make it an accomplished companion over long distances. Further appreciation was given to the “cool Scandinavian interior” and the impressive array of safety features fitted to every version in the range.
Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “This latest award is a fantastic result, especially because it names the XC40 as the all-round best new car on sale. The XC40 has enjoyed an exceptional reception from the media and public alike, and we will continue to develop and improve its qualities to ensure it remains the car that sets the standard in its class.”
The XC40 exemplifies Volvo’s transformation of its entire model range. It’s a car that addresses all the priorities of today’s premium-market customers in a package that is highly desirable yet full of practical touches to make life easier. Its popularity has helped power Volvo’s exceptional UK sales growth – up 27% in the first six months of 2019. In fact, more than 15,000 XC40s have been snapped up by customers since its launch in February 2018.
A large part of this appeal is down to the XC40’s clean, contemporary Scandinavian styling, while its cabin is a calm, comfortable and luxuriously appointed place to be. It also delivers the latest in seamless on-board connectivity with unmatched safety technology.
The heart of the XC40’s connectivity is the Volvo Sensus system, which includes a central nine-inch touchscreen and advanced voice-activated control system. This allows easy control of the car’s entertainment and information technology, along with access to a range of online apps. A wireless phone charging pad is also available.
A recipient of the maximum, five-star rating from independent safety testing organisation Euro NCAP, the XC40 has excellent impact protection engineered in, while its array of advanced systems include City Safety, which alerts you to a collision risk and can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency as required.
The XC40 is available with a range of Volvo-designed-and-built engines, engineered for smooth performance with good fuel economy and low emissions across the board. Manual and automatic transmissions are available, together with front- or all-wheel drive, depending on the engine.
Volvo has introduced a series of upgrades for the seven-seat XC90, making its flagship luxury SUV an even more appealing proposition with new styling details, additional equipment, upgrades to petrol-electric plug-in versions and the UK debut of a new mild-hybrid powertrain.
Efficient 48-volt mid-hybrid diesel powertrain
On sale now, the 2020 model year XC90 range is the first to offer Volvo’s new mild-hybrid engine range, in this case a diesel designated ‘B5’. This combines Volvo’s established 2.0-litre 235hp diesel engine with a 48-volt battery, a KERS kinetic energy recovery system and an integrated starter generator. The system improves fuel economy – by up to 15 per cent in real-world driving – and produces lower NOx emissions than the outgoing D5 XC90 it replaces.
Energy captured by the KERS system when the car brakes or decelerates is stored as electricity in the battery. This is used to supplement the engine’s performance when accelerating and to power ancillary functions such as the headlights and audio system. The technology will be applied to petrol engines in the XC90 line-up in the coming year.
The B5 also gets an updated automatic transmission, which brings improved fuel efficiency and superior gearshift quality. Acceleration from a standstill is sharper, too, thanks to a greater torque capacity in the lower gears. The B5 also breaks new ground for Volvo by using a brake-by-wire system.
Upgraded battery for plug-in hybrid versions
The XC90’s T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain has been revised, with an increase in the high-voltage battery’s capacity from 10.4 to 11.8 kilowatt hours. This increases the car’s electric-only driving range from up to 21.7 to a maximum of 28.6 miles – more than enough for an urban commuting journey.
Evolutionary styling updates
The styling changes focus on detailing, with new grille and lower front bumper designs. The air intakes also have a fresh look and new alloy wheel designs have been introduced. All XC90 versions also now come with integrated roof rails and dual integrated exhaust tailpipes as standard.
R-Design variants have been given an even more purposeful look with a new black high-gloss finish for the exterior trim, including the door mirror casings, window frames and roof rails. Inscription-grade XC90s feature a new chrome strip that runs the full width of the rear bumper. There are also new exterior paint options, with the introduction of Thunder Grey, Pebble Grey and Birch Light shades.
Inside, the R-Design versions can now be specified with a new Slate upholstery colour, offered in addition to the established, darker, Charcoal option.
Luxurious equipment list
Across the board, the XC90 is now fitted with two USB ports in the cabin as standard. Momentum-grade models add power adjustment for the front passenger seat and the T8 Twin Engine versions are now supplied with a purpose-designed bag to store the recharging cable.
The XC90 has an impressive standard specification that perfectly expresses the model’s status as a luxury vehicle. Key features include the Sensus nine-inch multimedia touchscreen with voice-activated control, navigation system and access to the Volvo On Call connected services platform. City Safety equips the car with extensive systems to warn of and help avoid many common accident risks, and to provide optimum protection if a collision does happen. Other equipment fitted as standard includes a power-operated tailgate, LED headlights, a rear parking camera and keyless entry and start. Like every other new Volvo, the XC90 also benefits from a data SIM card, which provides access to up to 100GB of data for 12 months.
Matt Galvin, Volvo Car UK’s Sales Director, said: “The XC90 led the way in our brand transformation and has enjoyed great success at the pinnacle of our multi-award-winning SUV line-up. The changes we have made are designed to reinforce its popularity and to deliver the benefits of even more efficient powertrain technology in the form of our new mild-hybrid system and the uprated battery in petrol-electric plug-in versions.”
The new XC90 range is available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription versions – each also available in more highly specified ‘Pro’ form. There are four powertrains: the new 235hp B5 mild-hybrid diesel; 250hp T5 and 310hp T6 petrols; and the 390hp T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Every XC90 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
On-the-road prices are from £52,235 for the T5 Momentum, while PCP and PCH agreements are both available from £499 per month (terms and conditions apply, for full offer details go to www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/new-models/xc90/offers).