Even back when Volvos were beige boxes, they were safe and a pleasure to drive. 2022 Volvo S60 B5 continues as a bullet-proof model in a declining market segment. Volvo is a Swedish car maker owned by Chinese giant, Geely, but make no bones about it, it is European from nose to tail.

The main difference between the slightly butcher V60 Cross Country (last week’s review), and the elegant and refined S60, is rear end. 2022 Volvo S60 B5 has the same drive line, AWD, 8-speed automatic, and safety and sound systems. It is simply a choice for those who like the look of an incredibly sexy sedan. The wagon looks a little boxy, but the sedan has a limo look that is so classy.

2022 Volvo S60 B5 is similar to the Polestar 2 EV we loved so much. The squared-off lines are deliberately masculine, and the front end, with Matrix LED headlights, feels aggressive with loads of personality. The Scandi cabin eschews the wanton excess of other brands, opting for tasteful restraint.  There is a sense of space and comfort even before a wheel has turned.

The Volvo S60 183kw/350Nm turbo 4 does the 0-100kph dash in 6.5 seconds. The mild hybrid system spins the engine into life with no vibration, and helps the 7.2L/100k economy despite a weight of 1849kg. CO2 of 168g/k is low for a car this size.

2022 Volvo S60 B5 is all about the drive, and with excellent highway driver assistance, a road trip would be a pleasure. The electronic screens include the HUD on the windscreen, wide screen for the driver instruments, and a portrait screen for the infotainment system. MY23 S60 will get the same Google interface seen in XC60/Polestar 2, and that is something I’d be waiting for.

Unlike many of her snobbier Euro-sisters, 2022 Volvo S60 B5 has standard suspension damping. There are no drive modes, but the drive doesn’t suffer. The 8-speed automatic is smooth and can be used manually by pulling the lever back while in drive, then shifting by moving the lever sideways. The gear lever is a shift-by-wire setup, and is topped by an Orrefors crystal knob that is lit from within.