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Steve Says The S60 , Volvo’s Stalwart Sedan, Still Has The Right Stuff

Volvo’s latest generation of vehicles showcases a turning point for the Swedish automaker, highlighted by captivating design, high technology and an aspiration of electric motoring. And this all-new, American-made S60 is just another example of Volvo throwing down the hammer. 

Slotted in the middle of Volvo’s SUV- and wagon-heavy lineup is a pair of traditional cars – this here is the smaller of the two – the S60 priced from $37,000.  While many of their other models have come and gone through the years, the S60 has remained steadfast in delivering a sporty, luxury alternative. 

I’ve already driven the V60 wagon so I knew going in that this car wouldn’t let me down.  First off, Volvo’s current design language is spectacular – so distinguishing, fresh and best of all different from the Germans.

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This Fusion Red S60 R-Design has the look and backs it up with a very likeable drive – one characterized by a sumptuous yet athletic suspension tune and a willingness to satisfy both the casual and enthusiast driver.      

At 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, this all-wheel drive S60 feels lively – working through an 8-speed auto to produce a snappy 0-to-60mph time of 5.3 seconds.  And though I haven’t fully embraced this mouth and nose breather in their flagship models, here in the S60 it feels more appropriately placed and adequately refined.  Furthermore, its weight and space saving transverse leaf spring rear suspension contributes to the dreamy ride quality for which Volvo’s in the recent past have been known.      

The S60 is a phenomenal sedan, blending sportiness and luxuriousness in a very Volvo kind of way. There is a specific ride quality present that is absolute perfection – old school hallmark Volvo – really soft and forgiving yet full of feeling. It’s light, nimble and fun to drive. The sports seats make getting in and out a chore and – nothing new here – the infotainment system requires a steep learning curve. 

I’ve driven a million Volvos with this version of Sensus so I know how to get around but there’s just too much distracting swiping needed to get to what you want.  Even a smattering of redundant buttons would go a long way to simplifying it.  For instance as a perfect parking nut that I am, I love surround view cameras but there needs to be a conveniently placed button to activate it…you don’t bury it deep into screens.

As for Pilot Assist – like the many similar systems on the market – it’s cool but it’s a tease.  Having to frequently touch the steering wheel feels half-baked when Cadillac offers SuperCruise which is true hands-free driving.

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