The Volvo S60 hits the mark where it aims. Styling is beautiful, leather and aluminum interior satisfying, and its function nearly flawless. Expect great power and cornering with all-wheel drive, coupled with unmatched safety. The T5 is a great value with a ton of performance, the T6 good value with more performance. Ditto the R, on a higher rung. The S60 carries Volvo's Safe and Secure warranty plan, with free scheduled maintenance for the first 5 years or 50,000 miles, including wear and tear coverage and roadside assistance.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report after his test drives of Volvo S60 models in Oregon and northern California.
Model Line Overview
Volvo S60 T5 ($32,400), Premier ($34,900), Premier Plus ($35,550), Platinum ($38,250); T6 AWD ($39,250), T6 AWD Premier Plus ($39,900), T6 AWD Platinum ($42,600); T6 AWD R-Design ($42,700), T6 AWD R-Design Platinum ($45,700)
6-speed automatic with provision for manual shifting
Safety equipment (standard):
dual stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, side impact airbags, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, corner traction control, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock braking system with hydraulic brake assist, optimized hydraulic brakes, ready alert brakes and fading brake support
Safety equipment (optional):
Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with full Auto Brake, Pedestrian Warning with full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, blind-spot warning, all-wheel drive
5 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Volvo S60 R-Design ($42,950)
leather sport seats, dual zone climate control, CD/DVD/MP3 sound system, power seats, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch color display, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Climate Package ($800) with heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensor wipers, headlight washers, interior air quality system; Multimedia Package ($2700) with 650-watt Dolby Surround Sound 12-speaker audio system, navigation system, split-lens rearview camera
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.0-liter turbocharged I6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
325 @ 5400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
354 @ 3000-3600
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
12.0 cu. ft.
vented disc/vented disc w ABS, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 19, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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