2012 Volvo S60 T5 Review and Road Test | CarShowroom.com.au

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2012 Volvo S60 T5 Review and Test

Volvo S60 Overview

The turbocharged T5 model was a recent to the Volvo S60 line-up – it was not when the first drove the new S60 at its in Tasmania last year. In ways the turbocharged, direct 2.0-litre variant, the S60’s is the star of the S60 line-up.

Sized Volvo’s S40 and S80 models, for us the S60 T5 is just a nicely packaged, high European four-door sedan more interior space its predecessor and very handy enthusiasts will appreciate.

Why mid-size European buyers at the Volvo S60? Well from its sporty driving the Volvo S60’s stylish stands out from the crowd the looks and beautifully crafted are very contemporary and different the Germans.

Volvo S60 Engine

Volvo S60 The

And unlike some in this the Volvo S60 delivers enthusiast a seat-of-the-pants feel they but usually only get in high vehicles. That means not supportive seats but also the between pedals and steering which is conducive to sporty

And the Car Showroom juniors were in the back (extra knee in the current Volvo S60 addressed of the previous model’s crowded seat).

Volvo S60 Exterior

Volvo S60 On The Road

While up-scale Volvo S60 employ all-wheel-drive and a six-speed the T5 models are front wheel via a six-speed sequential auto. that with the turbocharged, injection, 177kW/320Nm 2.0-litre and slick chassis dynamics and the is sporty sedan enthusiast will enjoy.

Volvo chassis is similar to the S80, XC70 and XC60, but tuned for a dynamic. During development, benchmarked the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 and undertook on-road testing on British B-roads with touring car racer John calling the shots.

Corner Control a development of the Dynamic and Traction Control – torque vectoring to brake the front wheel under for reduced understeer and improved Compared to the previous S60, firmed-up the dampers and bushes and the steering ratio by 10 per cent fitted a smaller, sportier wheel) for an overall dynamic is much more akin to driving.

The result, over our high-speed roads loop, was right up with the BMW and Audi duo. Our S60 was balanced, turned-in nicely, overly perturbed by mid-corner and responded nicely under acceleration.

Back in the city, the S60 was a handy performer light, to drive and of course with acceleration for freeway merging. In our CBD car park, the 11.9-metre turning was not the smallest we have tested but all-round visibility assisted

Volvo S60 Challenges

For the Volvo S60 T5, a camera remains a $795 while even Mitsubishi now this undoubted safety as standard form across a of its models.

Volvo S60 Verdict

when we first drove the S 60 we said this vehicle be a game changer for the Swedish History and our automotive media now agree with our view.

The addition of the 1.6-litre turbocharged T4 priced at $48,990, is a smart by Volvo to broaden the S60s However the 2.0-litre turbocharged T5 as – stickered at $51,950 is still remarkably good when shopped against European sedans.

And of course you can#039;t overlook commitment to road safety and despite the reversing camera being an option – the list of standard safety included in the S60.

But best of all the S60 just looks so darn on the road and that#039;s not a claim you can about some Volvos of

Volvo S60 The Competition

In considering the Europeans you must take account the $51,950 Volvo S60 177kW/320Nm, 2.0-litre engine to get a value comparison.

Audi’s A4 at $52,100, but that buys you a 1.8-litre powerplant. To get close to the output you are looking at a 2.0-litre A4 (155kW/350Nm) which starts at

It#039;s a similar story sister brand Volkswagen the 118kW/250Nm Passat competitively at $38,990, while the $55,990 Passat Highline actually the Volvo S60 in both price and with 220kW/350Nm.

For the BMW 3 Series need $71,900 for the 325i its 160kW/250Nm, 2.5-litre, six-cylinder (starting price $56,100 for the 320i).

Mercedes-Benz C-Class at $58,940 (135kW/270NmC200) while the C250 starts at $65,900.

excellent value compared to all is the IS 250 with its 2.5 L V6 (153 kW/252Nm) at $53,400.

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