Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Volvo S60 Saloon?

You should buy one if you're looking for a move away from BMW, Mercedes or Audi. The S60 is exceedingly good looking and has an interior that matches anything that Germany has to offer. Plus its crash-avoidance tech is seriously impressive, and it's semi-autonomous functionality, called Pilot Assist, is one of the best around.

Once you get used to the Sensus infotainment system, it should prove to be a rewarding choice. Well, as long as you don't want a diesel.

'The Volvo S60's ability to satisfy are incredibly deep – it's relaxing and rewarding to drive, reasonably economical and roomy for your family. I can't wait for the model range to expand in the coming years.'

Keith Adams, Editor

The T5's CO2 figure of 149-155g/km is on the high side for company car drivers, and private owners might find the £530 per year it costs to tax a bit on the steep side compared with its diesel rivals, though. It's capable of a claimed combined 35.3-38.9mpg fuel economy figure, its BIK tax rating sits at 34-35% or £212 per month for a standard-rate tax payer.

Meanwhile, performance fans will head straight for the T8 Polestar Engineered version, which boasts 405hp from its turbo- and supercharged 2.0-litre PHEV drivetrain. Yes, it's lacking the cylinders of its German rivals, the BMW M340i, Audi S4 or Mercedes-AMG C 43, and it's not as sporting, but it's greener and a slightly different proposition to just what sporting is. It's cheaper to tax and run than any of them, too. Especially for company car drivers.

It's a seriously strong effort from Volvo, well worth looking at as an alternative premium saloon. We'd take one over a Jaguar XE or Alfa Romeo Giulia, but going against the tougher German opposition is an altogether different matter. Luckily, we don't all buy on rational grounds.