Road Test

2014 Volvo S60 India Road Test Review

By   |   28 April,2014


I have fond memories of the previous S60 having driven it extensively but also for the fact that the colour that the said S60 came in, was attention grabbing like no other. The copper metallic shade meant that wherever I parked the S60 someone walked up to me to ask about the car.

Towards the end of last year Volvo had launched the facelifted S60 with a more mature face and added features to make it more value for money. What has not changed is the head turning ability of this car. The new Volvo S60 without a doubt looks stunning and the fact that the front-end wears a more grown up look does nothing to diminish its visual appeal.

Of course the fact that this one has the 'Passion Red' colour and the gorgeous alloys also helps. As said earlier the front gets the majority of the changes with a wider grille and daylight running lights, horizontal chrome bars and character lines on the bonnet.

This these changes makes the S60 look low and mean with a lot more presence than some of its rivals. The side and rear styling are the same and I am thankful for that as the S60 always looked good here with the distinctive rear-end especially those tail-lamps. Build quality and the quality of the paint finish is just fantastic.

While the exterior is attention grabbing and quite extrovert, the interior is a lot more subtle and I like that. Quality is superb and the general ambience is sporty with the black interior in our test car. The lay-out is the same as before with the button infested unique floating centre-console.

The biggest change in the cabin of the new S60 is the digital TFT Instrument Cluster with 3 Modes. There are three graphic display modes to choose from with “Elegance (Amber), ECO (Green), and Performance ( Red). We kept it in performance mode all the time. Elsewhere the audio system in particular was excellent and of course the comfy seats which are a Volvo trademark impress a lot.

The front electric seats offer excellent support and is easily much better than its rivals. Move to the rear seat and there is more room than what the picture suggests. While we liked the all black interior it hampers the feeling of space and overall we think S60 cabin is best for four passengers.

The S60 comes with two diesel engine options and yes I do miss the T6 petrol but its understandable why its not offered anymore. Anyways back to the diesels and we had the D4 on test with a 1984cc 161 bhp engine. There is a more powerful 211 bhp 2400cc diesel.

Now 161 horses may not sound massive in this day and age but it is quick thanks to also the 400Nm of torque. There is no turbo-lag and the S60 goes all the way to 215 km/h top speed while the D5 does 225 km/h. The 6-speed AT is reasonably quick but we would say keep it in Sport mode or better still in manual mode however there is some engine noise. 

Show it some corners and the S60 entertains the driver despite the FWD lay-out and tech like torque vectoring come into the picture. The body control is very good and there is hardly any roll. The ride whilst firm is not uncomfortable.

There are three trim levels and all of them are loaded with features. Being a Volvo you get a heap of safety kit like the 'City Safety' feature where a laser-based technology that can sense an impending collision at speeds of up to 50km/h and if you fail to brake, City Safety will apply the brakes for you and switch off the throttle to lessen the effects of a collision.

There is also Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) with Advanced Stability Control (ASC), Corner Traction Control (CTC), Engine Drag Control (EDC) aming other features.

The S60 Kinetic D4 is around Rs 32 lakh while the Summum D4 is priced at Rs 34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and for the D5 variant you have to pay Rs 37 lakh. The pricing is good and on-par with its rivals but its real appeal lies in the fact that the facelifted S60 is a capable luxury sedan. It looks fantastic, has superb build quality, is brimming with features and is also good to drive. Thus the S60 provides an interesting and a desirable alternative to the German luxury cars out there.

Photography- Rajeev