The styling changes, clearly intended to give the car a bit more visual muscle next to fresher German opposition, consisted mainly of stronger horizontal body creases and larger features.
SE-spec cars, as pictured, aren't as bold as the R-Design models, which get an even more widely altered look. It struck most testers as neat and pleasant enough, but not quite as appealing – and certainly not as distinctive – as the outgoing S60.
The 2014-model-year facelift also brought some key interior revisions, including a new multimedia system, new seats and new instruments – all of which we’ll come to. Among the new safety highlights added to the options list, and fitted to our test car, are the ‘permanent high-beam’ camera-based active headlights.
That lot would all be window dressing without the headline addition: Volvo’s Drive-E 1969cc all-aluminium twin-turbocharged common-rail diesel engine. It’s no exaggeration to say that this engine has been the saviour of Volvo’s European fortunes, so much so they have created a range of different output versions.