It was another night to remember for Volvo at the 2019 Scottish Car of the Year Awards as the new S60 won Executive Car of the Year at a gala presentation in the historic city of Edinburgh.
Praised for its sleek, sporting style and discreet class, the win for the premium mid-sized saloon continued an impressive record at the awards, with honours received every year since 2015 for the Scandinavian brand.
The Scottish Car of the Year awards are determined by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, and President, John Murdoch, gave a glowing reference, stating that:
“The S60 embodies all that an executive car should. Discreetly classy, sleek and with a sporting style, it delivers the ideal combination of comfort, driving engagement and equipment, blended with Volvo’s superb safety kit to make it the envy of any corporate car park.”
With a distinctive contemporary design, hand-crafted quality, intelligent application of an advanced powertrain and impressive safety technologies the premium mid-sized saloon has taken the top prize just six months after its UK launch, demonstrating that it has what it takes to succeed in a highly-competitive corporate car market in a short space of time.
It’s also the first modern Volvo not to feature a diesel engine, offering instead a T5 petrol unit with front-wheel drive or a T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive, both matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Built exclusively at Volvo’s plant in Charleston, South Carolina, the third-generation S60 is available in the UK in three grades with distinctly different characters.
The R-Design plus focuses on a dynamic edge, with sharper styling details for the interior and exterior. With the Inscription Plus majoring on a luxury ambience, and the range-topping T8 Polestar Engineered getting a raft of high-performance upgrades to its suspension, brakes, wheels, engine and transmission.
Speaking on behalf of Volvo, UK Sales Director, Matt Galvin said: "We're delighted that the Association has given us this award because it reflects how we are building the strength of our complete model range, not just our SUVs and estate cars. With the new S60, we have seized the initiative in the premium mid-size saloon market to challenge the established players and show customers how we are delivering an alternative that is fully aligned with their priorities."