Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The Volvo S60 is the Swedish automotive maker’s entry-level compact sedan. It is a performance driven car with a three box design with a slew of high-tech features as standard, plus the availability of hybrid technology in the form of electric motors and a battery.
The S60 is a very handsome looking car for sure with its sleek, understated design that oozes class and good taste. There are currently three S60 models: S60 Momentum FWD, S60 R-Design, Inscription S60 and the Polestar Engineered version.
The S60 T5 R- design model as tested offers a few exterior tweaks: large intakes in the front fascia, sporty bucket seats high-gloss black grille with vertical instead of horizontal bars, black mirror caps, sport seats, metal mesh cabin trim, and the 2.0-litre four-cylinder which is both turbocharged and supercharged. The result is 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the eight-speed automatic transmission also offers paddle shifters in the R-Design model for those wanting sportier shifts.
Adding to the as tested R-Design is the Climate Package, which adds a rear seats, steering wheel and windscreen washers warmers up The vehicle also included the Advance Package which adds a head-up display, wireless phone charger, 360-degree parking camera and a feature called Pilot Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping into one smooth operating driver assistance feature
Stand Alone Options included metallic Paint and the superb Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System ($3,750), Park Assist Pilot + Park Assist Front and Rear ($250), 19’’ 5-Triple Spoke Matt black Diamond-cut Alloy wheel ($1,000) and Tailored Instrument Panel ($750) Price as Tested: $62,450 plus Accessories and Freight & PDI charge of $2,015
Volvo’s interior design is a study in precision, raw craftsmanship and restraint. Embracing minimalism, there is fastidious attention to detail the all-digital dash is cool, and the mesh metal inlay add a touch of class The large Sensus tablet-like infotainment display in the center of the dash is still a standout in its clarity, use and efficiency. What is also very impressive is the S60’s interior packaging – comfortable Nappa leather seats, plenty of legroom and headroom front and rear. The back seat meanwhile can accommodate 6-footer plus passengers with ease, however trunk space is about adequate.
Safety is high on the Volvo – as to be expected from a company known for building the safest vehicles in the world. The S60 has lots of airbags, anti-lock disc brakes and traction/ stability systems, plus an array of driver safety and assistive technologies. The S60 comes with automatic emergency braking that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals, making it one of the more comprehensive systems on the road. Blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are optional-and so is Pilot Assist, Volvo’s driver-assistance system.
On the road, the S60, feels rigid and composed thanks to its S90 and XC90 underpinnings. the supercharger and turbo work in unison to a smooth, refined power output. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time comes in a respectable 4.3 seconds, Power delivery comes fast from the mid-range and he driver is rewarded with a nice smooth progression of torque. You can also play with the various performance settings. I liked the taut, athletic ride, it is not too firm or soft and the Volvo exhibited controlled, crisp, handling, and precise linear steering. Body roll is minimal thanks to the light weight and great engineering. In the recent wet weather we had, the All-Wheel Drive provided exceptional road grip, while the suspension proved adept at talking on all manner of road surfaces.
The S60 proved to be a fast, satisfying car to drive with a pleasing exhaust note. The 2020 Volvo S60 T5 AWD is a fundamentally delightful car to own and, and is good alternative to the German competition it takes aim at. Every Volvo is special and the S60 is no exception. The S60 T5 with the R- Design package is excellent. A minor gripe was the sometimes fussy Sensus system that makes you swipe through multiple menus to adjust or change settings. The S60 should return a fuel efficiency (L/100 km): 10.8 City / 7.2 Highway / 9.2 Combined.
With attractive styling inside and out, an adequate level of performance and motoring confidence, and competitive pricing, the S60 should be on the shortlist of those seeking a superb entry-level luxury sedan.
2021 Volvo S60 t5 AWD R-Design: Price as Tested: $62,450 plus Accessories, Freight & PDI $2,015.
More info at www.Volvo.ca