Volvo S60 Review

By Nishanth   |  May 15, 2013


Volvo's S60 premium sedan is a sportier and distinct car with a scintillating design, envious technology and an enthralling array of innovative safety features. The S60 is available in both petrol and diesel variants and features the world's first 'Pedestrian Detection' which detects pedestrians in front of the car, warns the driver and automatically applies full braking power if the driver does not respond in time. This is also the first sedan with Advanced Stability Control and a host of other features including Collision Warning with Full Automatic Braking. Competitively priced from Rs. 27 Lakh onwards, the S60 comes in D5 Kinetic, D5 Summum and T6 Summum trims. The new Volvo S60 takes on Mercedes Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. The Volvo S60 has been a great success at international level winning over 34 prestigious awards including 2011 International Sedan of the Year, Ward's 10 Best Interiors Award, Golden Klaxon in 'Technological Breakthrough' category, Russia, FuturAuto Award for Pedestrian Safety, Belgium, Scottish Executive Car of the Year' award 2010, Car of the Year 2011, Greece, Sports Car of the Year 2010, Russia and The Best Driving-Dynamic Luxury Sedan, China.

Volvo S60 Review

Volvo S60 Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 liter and pumps out 304 hp and 440 Nm of torque. It is teamed with a 6-speed automatic Geartronic transmission which offers fluid and precise gear selection. The D5 high-performance engine with twin-turbo generates 205 hp and 420 Nm of torque. The T6 Petrol S60 delivers a combine fuel economy of 9.8 kmpl and its diesel counterpart yields 14.1 kmpl. All-wheel drive is standard on the T6 engine. The transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or an automatic Geartronic gearbox. The petrol model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds while the diesel ones touch the 100 km/h mark in 8.1 seconds

Volvo S60 Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

The Volvo S60, inspired from the racing track, is an unmistakable representative of Scandinavian design at its best. The Volvo logo on the front grille is a symbol of luxury, safety, performance and comfort. The body, painted in one tone color, projects a more aggressive and stylish look with a prominent decor frame, sporty tailpipes, a front skid plate and a color-coordinated rear spoiler. 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 stepless 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 all-new infotainment system displays the information from the audio unit, navigation system, mobile phone and other functions on a 7-inch color 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 Volvo S60 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.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

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

    Design elements common with XC90.