Volvo S60 Review

By Nishanth   |  April 30, 2014

Overview

Volvo's S60 premium sedan is a sporty and distinct car with a scintillating design, new technology and oodles of innovative safety features. The S60 is available with a diesel engine and features the world's first Pedestrian Detection system which detects people walking in front of the car, warns the driver and automatically applies full braking power if the driver does not respond in time. This sedan also first debuted Advanced Stability Control and a host of other features including Collision Warning with full automatic braking. Competitively priced, the S60 comes in 3 variants – the D4 Kinetic, D4 Summum and the D5 Summum trim levels. The new Volvo S60 takes on the Audi A4, Mercedes Benz C Class and the BMW 3 Series. The Volvo S60 has been a great success at international level winning several prestigious awards.


Powertrain & Performance

The new S60 is powered by one of 2 diesel engines. Customers can choose between a 2.0 litre, 5 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 163 hp or a 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that develops 215 hp. Both these engines are teamed with a 6 speed Geartronic automatic transmission which offers fluid and precise gear selection. The engines, while not responding instantaneously like their German counterparts, provide smooth acceleration with a linear power delivery. In typical Volvo fashion, this car orients itself more towards providing a smooth, comfortable and safe ride than out of this world, bone-shattering performance and handling like its other European rivals.


Build & Styling

The Volvo S60 is an unmistakable representative of Scandinavian design at its best. The Volvo logo on the front grille is a symbol of luxury, safety and comfort. The new S60 differs from its predecessor on the outside as it has a wider front grille, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps. The ergonomically designed front and rear seats are equipped with side supports and luxurious padding and are widely accepted as some of the finest in the car world. The driver's seat features step-less lumbar support. The instruments and centre stack are to create a sensation of focus and control. The Electronic Climate Control system provides a pleasant in-car climate and a built-in cabin filter prevents dust, pollen and exhaust particles from entering the cabin via the ventilation system. The new leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel gives you the command over the road. The S60's new infotainment system displays information from the audio unit, navigation system, mobile phone and other functions on a 7 inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre console. It also includes Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity. The S60 features a high performance audio with DVD and 8 speakers. The car comes with range of unique safety features including City Safety, world's first standard fitted collision avoidance technology, active bending lights, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), ready alert brakes; hydraulic brake assist and ABS with electronic brake force distribution. The options include Driver Alert Control which detects and alerts tired, distracted drivers, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver, if the SUV runs across the lane markers without the turn indicator being used and the Park Assist Camera.


Verdict

Till now, Volvos have not seen much success in India partly due to the costs that are higher than its German rivals and also due to their staid looks. With the S60, Volvo has addressed one of those issues. This car does not look anything like Volvos of the past but instead, the designers have made it look very funky and purposeful with its angular stance. This will definitely appeal to the new age luxury car buyers in India. Also, if the costs come down, potential customers will have a viable alternative in the luxury car segment.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Advanced Stability Control
    • All wheel drive
    • Smooth shifting manual gearbox
  • Cons

    • Dull driving experience