European refinement and a sporty character
WEST COAST EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: Even however the 2014 model has a facelifted front end and redone interior, the Volvo S60T6 R-Design and style nevertheless manages to give me the anonymity I crave with the sporty feel I enjoy. Anonymous and fun to drive in the city — that is what I’;d say soon after a weekend in it.
Except if you have a BMW M5, hardly anyone’;s going to take a greater sedan like this to an autocross. So rather than alienate most purchasers with a harsh suspension match only for a racetrack, Volvo has managed to straddle sporty and luxurious and supply a automobile that can make daily urban driving a little a lot more fun than it may possibly otherwise be. The R-Layout trim level will get actual functionality enhancements, also, and not just these stickers and wings. Yes, it will get the silly aerodynamic cosmetics that I would just as soon do with out, as properly as the R-Design aluminum inlays and sport pedals, but it also gets stiffer springs, bushings, sway bars and monotube shocks. It rides far more than a half-inch lower than the stock S60, as well. The end result is a sensible sedan that is remarkably relaxed however even now mainly responsive for spelunking into city traffic. Perhaps if I’;d entered it in an autocross, I’;d recognize diverse dealing with traits exhibited only at the limit like, perhaps, understeer. But I did not. On empty freeway interchanges taken significantly faster than these yellow advisable pace indicators suggest, it held on smoothly. From a standstill, it acquired to 60 mph in just 5. seconds, a figure that would certainly have dropped by half a 2nd if I could have switched off the traction manage. As it was, TC and DTSC eradicated any advantage that may have come from brake-torquing off the line, leaving a half-second’;s worth of launch time at the starting line. Stomp on the gas and it sort of sits there as 5 tenths tick on by. Then off it goes, the shifter in Sport and the 6-speeds clicking off as you vroom away.
After the suspension upgrades, the next greatest issue I liked was the R-Layout seats. They grasp your gizzard like a extended-misplaced lover and do not let go until you’;re prepared to depart, which may possibly be a while. The rest of the interior was completely functional and not at all hard to dwell in.
My preconceived notion of price about this factor was about $ 15K far more than it actually price. Even in R-Design trim it was only $ 44,165. You could get a Chevy SS for that. The SS is much more effective and a half-second faster to 60, and of program the SS is a little much less refined, far more of a beast, but it is a delightful beast, if you can imagine that, 1 you will appreciate wrestling with. The Volvo delivers European refinement to go with its sporty character. The SS is a brawling Aussie who’;s had a few Fosters. You like the 2 of them, but the Aussie will get you in far more trouble, which perhaps you could stand recently. A comparable Mercedes-Benz (say an E350 Sport Sedan with the 3.5-liter 6 and 7-speed automated) is 8 grand much more, a BMW 535i xDrive Sedan with AWD, 3.-liter turbo 6-cylinder and 8-velocity automatic is $ 10K far more but everyone has these. You are not going to see R-Patterns going back and forth on your street. The Volvo is a way to satisfy the 2 the partner, who would like “a secure car” (stated with out knowing something at all about all people FMVSS hoops all cars have to leap by way of today) and your self, who needs a “fun” automobile (stated knowing how considerably exciting cars can be). You happen to be the 2 satisfied and both consider you have pulled a single above on the other. But you know best, never you?
ASSOCIATE WEST COAST EDITOR BLAKE Z. RONG: This Volvo arrived in the course of the most tenacious storm Los Angeles had witnessed in 3 years. The rain came down in sheets. Clouds marched overhead like an impending invasion. Haldex AWD felt light on its feet. The 3.-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder, breathed on by Polestar, is a beaut — it truly is quickly to be phased out for the 2.-liter turbo 4 underpinning Volvo’;s total lineup, so we had greater salute this although we still can. The S60 T6 is fast as all hell but its throttle is touchy, and launching from a stoplight in a non-frenetic way requires tapping the throttle, lurching forward, and lifting off ahead of the turbo lag finishes. Whoosh.
The S60 has some odd options, some sophisticated luxury attributes that omit some seemingly fundamental ones. There are adaptive headlights, but no navigation. Then there are automatic mirrors, but no rear camera. Individuals are part of a $ 3,000 Platinum bundle, one particular that we think will be a leap of faith for Volvo consumers.
Volvo aims to double down and turn into a worldwide player in the premium game after and for all. In that case, tactility is critical — the way factors truly feel impart additional emotions of quality, of detail, of acquiring what you paid virtually $ 44,165 for. Heck, I am typing this on an IBM keyboard old enough to graduate university, for that really cause: since I adore the way the keys truly feel. In the S60’;s situation, each and every lid and cover in the center console feels reluctant to open, for 1. The headliner can be pushed in by a good 3 inches. Doors close with mushiness, not Scandinavian security-minded surety. Stalk-mounted journey personal computers need to have to go away. An aggressive driver doesn’;t so significantly as bang the shifter into Sport mode but creak it more than like a recalcitrant front door. Volvo could do minor better than to make every single touch stage and each button and each and every sweated detail truly feel like an IBM Model M from 1984.
Volvo did nail it on the seats, which search and come to feel wonderful and characteristic bolsters fat sufficient to smuggle medium-sized waterfowl. The gauges themselves are gorgeous, responsive and precise. Volvo’;s floating dashboard is nonetheless chic but aggressively aging — this may be the only carmaker in the world that can make its dummy placeholder buttons, the ones that remind you how poor you are, for not ordering much more possibilities, real press-ready buttons. Europeans are obsessed with telephone numbers — see Benz, who only lately started hiding them. They perform well for presets, but who memorizes mobile phone numbers any longer?
And yet, what’;s brilliant about this Volvo is a button in the dashboard that, when pressed, orders the rear headrests to flop down as if ordered by a drill sergeant. There, greatest visibility. Genius. The government need to make this a requirement on each and every new auto in America, probably the planet.
2014 Volvo S60 T6 R-Layout
Base Price: $ 43,615
As-Tested Price: $ 44,165
Drivetrain: 3.-liter turbocharged I6 AWD, 6-velocity automatic
Output: 325 hp @ 5,400 rpm, 354 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Curb Bodyweight: 3,835 lb
-60 MPH: 5. sec (AW)
Fuel Economic system (EPA City/Highway/Mixed): 18/25/21 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economy: 21.9 mpg
Options:Metallic paint ($ 550)
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