The first generation Volvo S60, introduced back in 2000, has come to be seen as a real used car bargain. You can get a racy T5 model in fairly tidy order for a couple of grand, and it's a car that attracts very little in the way of attention to itself. But what of the second generation car? Could that move the S60 a little more upmarket? After all, the sight of banger-priced first generation cars probably wouldn't fill you with confidence as to the residual values of the second generation version.
That model appeared in 2010 and it was soon joined by an estate variant, the V60, which seemed to make a bit more sense for most people, outselling the saloon by nearly three units to one. Six engines were available from launch; two diesels and four petrols. Entry into the range was the 163PS 2.0-litre D3 diesel model, while further up the line-up was the 205PS 2.4-litre D5 engine, offered with either manual or Geartronic transmission.
Petrol engines entered the range with the 150PS 1.6-litre T3, then there was the 180PS 1.6-litre T4 variant, the 2.0-litre 240PS T5 and the flagship all-wheel-drive T6 petrol model with Geartronic gearbox. Featuring a 304PS 3.0-litre engine, the high-performance T6 remains a relatively uncommon sight. In February 2011, Volvo launched the 119g/km DRIVe 1.6 diesel model, while in December of that year, an automatic gearbox was offered with the DRIVe engine, keeping emissions and economy unchanged.
In March 2013, Volvo revamped the R-DESIGN trim level, offering a more aggressive front end, smarter wheels, better seats and a more customisable digital display. R-Design models could be combined with all the engines available for the standard versions. Opt for the T6 and you could optionally boost performance to 329PS by opting for the Polestar software that charged the cars with an extra 25PS. The S60 range was replaced by an upgraded line-up for the 2014 model year.