2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Review

Uploaded by thecarconnection on 01.09.2012

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 \ The luxury sports sedan market is led by BMW,
Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. But Volvo's a contender, especially with the S60, its mid-size sporty
sedan. For its third year on the market Volvo has updated the powertrain lineup for the
S60 to better take on the competition. Hi, I'm Joel Feder with High Gear Media, and today
we are going to review the 2013 Volvo S60, the Swedish take on a luxury sports sedan.
Let's just get the obvious out of the way: the new S60 is clearly a Volvo, but it's also
one of the most rakish and aggressive-looking Volvo's we've ever seen. We love the sharp
front end and wedgy rear end design, while the sides wear the smooth contours and sweeping
lines quite nicely. While the exterior is aggressive and forward
thinking for Volvo, the interior is really where the Swedish design ethos shows. The
textured surfaces surround the cabin with a soft-touch dashboard and contrasting hues
inside. Certain models feature unique wood and metal accents around the cabin. And the
captivating floating center stack really really sets a design direction.
\'a0How does that look translate into interior room and comfort?\'a0The front seats are good,
but the lower cushions are a little shorter than we'd like--just a little shy of the usual
Volvo best in class standard. Moving to the backseat, two adults will fit just fine and
there's a surprising amount of legroom thanks to smart contouring. Some taller people that
may not fit in the backseat of an Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C Class will actually fit
in the back seat of an S60. Under the hood of the 2013 Volvo S60 you'll
find either a turbocharged inline five-cylinder or a turbo six-cylinder. The six-cylinders
start at \'a0300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Option for the R Design and you'll
up that rating to 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Our tester has the updated turbo
inline five-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
All S60 models feature a six-speed automatic transmission that unfortunately doesn't feature
a full manual control mode or paddle shifters, while the competition does. We'd also really
like to see a six-speed manual transmission as an option in the T6 R-Design model--to
date, it hasn't offered one. While the base 2013 S60 T5 is front-wheel
drive, all-wheel drive is now an option for $2,000. All T6 S60s feature all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy wise the 2013 S60 T5 is rated by the EPA at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg
on the highway. Option for all-wheel drive and you'll low 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg
on the highway for a rating of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The more powerful
T6 engine is rated at 18 mpg in the cry and 26 mpg on the highway.
The S60 steers and handles quite well with good road feel. Some models feature a MyCar
menu which allows you to tune certain aspects of the drive experience--throttle response
and shift speeds. While the S60 is nimble enough for hairpins and maneuverable enough
for tight city streets, it feels and drives a little heavier than it looks.
Volvo's are known for safety and the S60 is no different. It earned top five-star ratings
in all categories from the NHTSA and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS with good
ratings in all test categories. In addition the the usual assortment of airbags, the S60
also features a ton of safety technology including City Safety, and tunnel detection. New available
safety systems include Corner Traction Control, and a radar-based Pedestrian Detection system
with Full Auto Brake, which means the car can bring itself to a full stop if it detects
an obstacle at speeds of up to 22 mph. The 2013 S60 starts from just over $31,000
and includes Bluetooth hands free, Satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable
driver's seat, and leather seats. Our test model is an S60 T5 AWD model priced from bout $38,000
A full loaded
T6 R-Design model will push near $55,000 with all the bells and whistles including a Volvo
Premium Sound System, blind spot monitoring system, navigation, and rear heated seats.
So what's the bottom line with the 2013 Volvo S60? It's stylish and performance runs from
luxurious to edgy, all while hitting the mark for safety and top-notch interior design.
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