Drivers wanting the highest levels of driving dynamics and class-leading safety as well as the lowest levels of emissions now have yet another choice in the Volvo range. The new Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 offer sub-120 g/km emissions from their 1.6 litre turbo diesel engines.
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop technology, the Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 DRIVe models produce just 114 g/km and 119 g/km respectively. These low CO2 producing models also achieve low fuel consumption figures of 65.7 mpg for the Volvo S60 and 62.8 mpg for the Volvo V60 (EU combined cycle).
The low CO2 emissions and a starting price of £23,495 on the road for the Volvo S60 DRIVe ES offers good news for company car buyers looking at their Benefit In Kind payments. The Volvo V60 tops its' segment while the Volvo S60 beats its' German rivals. For the Volvo S60 DRIVe ES, drivers will pay just £52 a month for 20% tax payers and £58 a month for the Volvo V60 DRIVe ES. Leasing rates for both the Volvo S60 DRIVe and Volvo V60 DRIVe start at £279 a month.
The new 1.6 litre DRIVe engine ensures both models fall below the 120 g/km threshold meaning that there is no first year road tax and thereafter, only a £30 a year road tax bill meaning it is good news for both retail and business users.
Production of the Volvo S60 DRIVe and Volvo V60 DRIVe will begin at the end of February with customer vehicles expecting to be delivered in April 2011.
The Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 were launched in 2010 and became Volvo's most dynamic cars ever, both cars featuring ground breaking safety technology along with distinctive Scandinavian design. Both models have recently benefited from the R-Design treatment with restyled bumpers, chassis dynamics and interior enhancements. All engines, including the new DRIVe 1.6 litre diesel are available in R-Design specification. The Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 are available from £22,495 and £23,670 on the road, respectively, with a wide range of diesels and petrol engines, including the newly launched T3 with start/stop, T4 with start/stop and the T5.
Volvo's DRIVe badge is fitted to those models that offer the best environmental performance in their respective size segments. Volvo's belief is that economy should come without any detriment to the driving and usability of the vehicle, therefore the interior and versatility of each DRIVe vehicle does not differ from its' other variants.
Those models already offering DRIVe versions include the London Congestion Charge beating Volvo C30, S40 and V50, along with the Volvo XC60 and XC70, while in spring 2011 the Volvo V70 DRIVe (119 g/km) and Volvo S80 DRIVe (119 g/km) will become available with the further-enhanced Euro V diesel engine.
This means that drivers will have a choice of nine DRIVe models, of which seven produce CO2 emissions of under 120 g/km and three below 100 g/km.Published 23 February 2011