You’ll remember we drove the S60 recently. It positively bristled with high tech gadgetry designed to keep you and you darling safe and sound even when you do make a teensy mistake. We Volvo took the comments to heart and Hey Presto the Rdesign now has a big basket of tempting goodies. Common sense says Volvo will roll these out across their entire range in due course. Is it worth it? After giving those features a thorough workout I am impressed enough to say they are worth their weight on gold.



Here’s what Volvo  had to say:


  • New 400Nm D3 five-cylinder turbodiesel blends strong performance with low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions
  • Highly fuel-efficient 132kW 1.6-litre turbo petrol T4 engine brings exceptional economy, power and refinement, along with high value in S60 and V60
  • Six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission in T4 models
  • Blind Sport Information System (BLIS), Active Bending Lights (ABL), Volvo Navigation System (VNS) standard on T5 R-Design
  • High Performance Multimedia with 7-inch screen standard on all S60 and V60 models

Volvo gave the mid-size premium car segment a big shakeup when it introduced the groundbreaking, all-new S60 to Australia in December 2010.

The rakish, coupé-style S60 sedan was then joined by the svelte V60 sports wagon that was introduced in March 2011, making headlines with its combination of performance, safety, luxury and stunning good looks.

The S60 and V60 represented the highest levels of technology, introducing a long list of innovative functions that re-set the benchmarks in mid-size premium segment and confirmed their status as the most high-tech Volvos of all time.

Both S60 and V60 featured Volvo’s City Safety as standard, and scored a world first by introducing Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection.

With more space for passengers and luggage, plus the inclusion of standard all-wheel drive on the premium T6 model, Volvo’s new S60 and V60 represent a powerful new presence in the mid-size premium segment.

Now, both cars benefit from the arrival of two new engines: the super-efficient five-cylind