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Volvo S60 and V60 DRIVe


The new Volvo S60 is capable of 65.7 mpg and 114 g/km CO2, and the V60 DRIVe estate returns 62.8 mpg with emissions of 119 g/km.

These are respectable figures for a large saloon and estate, which should help to save money at the fuel pumps.

As both models fall below the 120 g/km threshold, there is no first year road tax. For subsequent years road tax will cost just £30 per year.

Both cars come with a new 1.6 litre DRIVe engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop technology.

The S60 DRIVe ES costs £23,495, and leasing rates for both the S60 DRIVe and V60 DRIVe start at £279 a month.

Company car buyers will pay just £52 a month Benefit In Kind (for 20% tax payers) for the S60 DRIVe ES, and £58 a month for the V60 DRIVe ES.

Production of the S60 DRIVe and V60 DRIVe is now underway with customer vehicles expecting to be delivered in April 2011.

The Volvo S60 and V60 were launched in 2010. Both models have recently benefited from the R-Design treatment with restyled bumpers, chassis dynamics and interior enhancements. The S60 and V60 also come with a range of other diesel and petrol engines. All engines, including the new DRIVe 1.6 litre diesel, are available in R-Design specification.

Volvo’s DRIVe badge is fitted to those models that offer the best environmental performance in their respective size segments.

Those models already offering DRIVe versions include the C30, S40 and V50, along with the 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.