Given Volvo’s attempt to reposition itself as a genuine alternative to upmarket offerings from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes – one it has so far pulled off rather successfully – higher prices are to be expected.

Compared with the previous-generation V60, starting prices for the new model are almost £8000 more expensive, at £31,810. That said, standard equipment and perceived quality are now more abundant. Sat-nav, 17in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, climate control, a powered tailgate and an extensive array of active and passive safety systems are all included for no additional cost on entry-level Momentum models.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The Volvo performs better than both the Mercedes and the BMW, but its value retention isn’t outstanding.

Fuel economy is respectable enough too: we recorded a touring figure of 43.1mpg. As far as depreciation is concerned, forecasts for our £36,610 (before options) V60 D4 Momentum Pro aren’t exactly promising. After 36 months and 36,000 miles, it’ll hold just 42% of its original value, predict our experts.

That said, forecasts are even bleaker for similarly priced rivals. Over the same period, the 2019-model-year C220d SE estate is expected to retain 37% of its original asking price and the current 320d Sport Touring 32%. A large part of this is likely down to falling consumer confidence in diesel-powered cars.

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