2013 Volvo S60 T5 drive review – Autoweek

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2013 Volvo S60 T5 drive

It’s safe! It’s It’s now available with drive for less money! the Volvo S60 T5 AWD! Photo by G. Johnson.

Below 21 mph, available Pedestrian Detection automatically stop the car for errant in the road. Photo by Davey G.

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What is it?

When Volvo the redesigned S60 for 2011, it relegated the of the Haldex AWD system to the higher-spec T6 leaving the five-cylinder T5 to make do front-wheel drive. In an attempt to more cars in climes premium customers won’t unless all-wheel drive is Volvo added four-wheel to the T5 as a $2,000 option.

The S60, with its destination-included price of less than is Volvo’s top-selling model. We the styling, the comfort and the uniqueness of the five-cylinder engine. The only turbo five you’ll in the U.S. market outside of a store is the ripper in the limited-availability TT RS .

What is it like to drive?

the S60, Volvo is out to capture it calls #8220;premium intenders#8221;#8212;younger moving up from mainstream As such, its competitive set contains established performers, including the Monsoon of sports sedans, the BMW

The latest generation 3-series is so good. it seems like a move that Volvo exactly pinned a marker on its The S60 is more relaxed than the 3. the sort of car that Buick ads us it’s building#8212;unique, stylish and to a set of think-different people. It’s a that’s a little ironic, Buick’s mammoth presence in and Volvo’s Chinese ownership.

The 266-hp T5 is gutsy#8212;the turbocharged pulls adequately even at feet of elevation#8212;roomy, stylish and The interior is a notch or two nicer what Mercedes-Benz puts its C-class. The seats are broad and though we did find they a measure of lateral support would’ve been welcome as we the Ice White Gothenburger around the roads of northern Utah and Wyoming.

The steering is fine, the car has a tendency to lean over in a more than we’re to from a European sedan. with the AWD system, the rear end unsettled during aggressive It does, however, help the aft wheels tucked in during on slick surfaces.

We’ve noticed that cars tend to retain front-drive characteristics. It’s of the 4Motion/quattro Volkswagen Golf-platform and it’s certainly the case On the highway, Volvo claims efficiency comes when is distributed with a 95 percent/5 front/rear bias.

Maximum never reaches the rear the most the rear wheels ever see is 50 percent of the engine’s However, that 50/50 is engaged at launch, making the of available traction.

We’re not huge on Volvo’s system. It’s not particularly or intuitive to use. The other premium marques all do a better job as does Infiniti, whose G25 was considered a prime target for by the Sino-Swedes.

The turbo-five Volvo is in line with the rest of the when it comes to fuel posting 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. the AWD system gains you 1 mpg across the

Do I want it?

If you’re shopping for a BMW based on that car’s credentials, you likely won’t the Volvo a second look. If, on the hand, you’re concerned style, comfort, value for the safety and the badge of just-outside-the-norm the S60 T5 AWD is a solid choice.

2013 Volvo S60 T5

On Sale: Now

Price: $32,645

As-Tested $38,170

Drivetrain: 250-hp, 2.5-liter I5; AWD, six-speed

0-60 mph: 6.6 sec (mfr)

Economy: 21/30 mpg (FWD), mpg (AWD)

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