If your greatest concern in selecting your next car is safety, you will never go wrong with a Volvo. The Swedish carmaker has been topping the safety department for several years. And with its S60, which has better-looking front fascia and powerful engine choices for 2014, it’s a good luxury brand to go for at just below $40,000.
NEW FOR THE 2014 S60
- refreshed exterior styling
- metallic interior trim
- enhanced transmission shifts for the Sport mode
- optional Sport Package and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) Package
UNDER THE HOOD
Motivating the 2014 Volvo S60 T5 is a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive system and a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.
The S60 T6 uses all-wheel drive system, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine which makes 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The same engine produces more power for the T6 R-Design model. It puts out 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are also standard.
The S60’s fuel economy ratings for 2014 stand at:
|turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cyl, FWD||21/30/24|
|turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cyl, AWD||20/29/23|
|turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cyl, AWD||18/25/21|
ON THE ROAD
The Volvo S60 is powerful enough for a luxury sedan, regardless of the engine. The T6 engines run smooth. Handling is composed. But the most applauded aspect of the S60’s on-road performance is its ride quality. In fact, the T5 model has touring chassis that enhances ride comfort. But even if the luxury sedan provides a very comfortable ride, its sporty driving characteristics are surprisingly not compromised.
INSIDE THE 2014 S60
The overall appeal and the quality of the materials used in the cabin are all appropriate for the S60’s luxury tag. The available in-car technologies are also impressive and very useful. The controls in the center stack are easy to use but many reviewers noticed that the buttons are too small and look quite dated. The navigation system too looks like it needs to be updated.
As expected of Volvo, the S60’s seats are comfortable and give the necessary support for both long trips and sporty driving. The backseat, though, is not as pleasing because the legroom feels tight for taller passengers.
In addition, the S60’s trunk is small for the class at just 12 cubic feet. But the foldable rear seats and front-passenger seat make up for this by expanding the available space.
T5: LED daytime running lights, inflatable curtains, rain sensor, tunnel detection, 8-way power driver seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth, dual-zone electronic climate control, HD radio, satellite radio, sport leather steering wheel, cloth upholstery, trip computer, USB/iPod connectivity, Volvo Sensus with 7-inch color display, 17-inch alloy wheels, puddle light, fog lights
T6 AWD: smart key, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats
T6 R-Design: auto-dimming rearview mirror, R-Design steering wheel, active bi-xenon headlights with washers, sport suspension
Premier: adaptive digital TFT display, 17-inch alloy wheels, smart key, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power front-passenger seat, leather seats
Premier Plus: rearview camera, Quickfold front-passenger seat, digital compass
Platinum: voice-activated navigation system, accent lighting, auto-dimming exterior mirror
BLIS Package: lane change merge aid, front and rear park assist, cross traffic alert, blind spot information system
Technology Package: road sign info, active high beam, distance alert, driver alert control, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection system, cyclist detection, collision warning, adaptive cruise control
Climate Package: heated steering wheel, windshield and seats
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