If you are finding it hard to hold on until the 50g/km Volvo V6 Hybrid to arrive, you can now buy the DRIVe version of the car. The good thing id that you can also have it as the S60 sedan if you don’t feel the need for an estate.
The S60 and V60 DRIVe models are powered 1.6 litre turbo diesel engines and produce 114 g/km and 119 g/km respectively and average 65.7 mpg for the S60 and 62.8 mpg for the V60 on the EU combined cycle.
With the R-Design specification, the S60 and 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. The S60 DRIVe ES will start at £23,49. Leasing rates for both the S60 DRIVe and V60 DRIVe start at £279 a month. The 120 g/km CO2 emission means that these cars also have tax benefits.
Production of the S60 DRIVe and V60 DRIVe will begin at the end of February with customer vehicles expecting to be delivered in April 2011.
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 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.