It measures 380 litres with the rear seats in place; some way short of rivals such as the BMW 3 Series
and Mercedes C-Class
, and way behind comparable small SUVs. There is, however, no load lip, so sliding heavy items in is pretty easy and the rear seats fold completely flat, extending the load bay.
It is very well equipped, with Bluetooth, climate control, DAB radio, loads of safety kit, electric seats, 18-inch alloys and full-leather sports seats all coming as standard
The D4 engine is a real highlight, offering strong, smooth progress and feeling every bit as punchy as its 187bhp and 295lb ft of torque suggests, and official economy figures of 67.3mpg is impressive. You’ll only pay £30 a year in VED, thanks to CO2 emissions of just 111g/km. The six-speed manual gearbox, however, is a weak point. It’s notchy and truculent, especially when shifting from second to third gear. The eight-speed auto ‘box is better, being smoother, easier to drive and more efficient.
This isn’t a car which has been designed to keep the driver entertained; the steering is rather numb while there’s a fair bit of body roll in the corners and pitching under braking. It is, however, much more comfortable on the road than the standard S60 saloon. It absorbs the bumps more effectively, thanks to the greater suspension travel, but this extra comfort doesn’t come with any unwanted float – it settles down nicely over crests and at a steady motorway cruise.