It’ll take a keen eye to spot the changes, but this is the new, refreshed Volvo S60, demonstrating chief designer Steve Harper’s efforts to ‘tone up’ the S60/V70/XC70 range.
That means new grille and bumpers (different to the V70’s to further separate the models), sill extensions, clear light lenses, water-repellent glass and Audi-style flat-blade wipers.
Before year’s end you’ll also be able to specify Volvo’s new BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), which uses cameras beneath the door mirrors to detect cars and motorcycles in your blind spot and activates a warning light on the inside of the door. Inside there’s a soft dash-top, an even better sound system and an all-new central tunnel.
There are two cupholders by the handbrake, two in the new multi-function glovebox and two more in the rear armrest. Volvo drivers obviously get very thirsty. Soft-touch plastics, solid build and superbly trimmed optional (£2600) Sovereign leather give a real impression of quality.
Increasing capacity from 2.3 to 2.4 litres has boosted power by 10bhp to 260bhp. Torque is up too from 243 to 258lb ft, but, more importantly, the yawning gap of past T5s while you wait for the turbo to spool has gone, and a hefty 225lb ft is available from 1800rpm.