Volvo's 60 range comes in three flavours: S60 sedan, V60 estate and XC60 SUV. Given the South African predilection for all-terrainers, its not hard to guess which member of the Scandinavian trio is the most popular on local soil.
DEON SCHOEMAN braves a blustery Cape Town to get behind the wheel of the just-released, updated version.
Volvo means different things to different people. For some, the brand epitomises uncompromising safety. Others are drawn to its products by their somewhat quirky individuality. And then there's the marque's mix of premium appeal and exclusivity.
Pivotal to Volvo's identity, however, is its expression of Scandinavian design - even if the Volvos of the 1970s and 1980s were often more breadbin than Thomas Bernstrand. Three decades later, it's a combination of design and attention to detail that is at the core of the revised S60, V60 and XC60 models. Volvo doesn't like to describe these changes as a facelift but it has to be said that the model update amounts to just that. For now, the mechanicals underneath the distinctive sheet metal of the trio remain both familiar and unchanged.
But the aesthetic value of these Volvos has certainly increased, and that's as true...