Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T5 | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T5

a few of you balked at the idea of a $47,610 Volvo sedan. Well, for a T5 joins the S60 range. While the T6 venture a bit deep into and BMW territory, with a $31,850 price the T5 is within striking of the similarly semi-premium front-drive TSX and Buick Regal.

But how much of the self-proclaimed naughtiness must one do Is the more affordable T5 a match for the and Buick, much less the

Silver is not the new S60’s best and the standard 17-inch wheels don’t do the long-nosed, high-belted any favors. With “ember metallic” paint and more 18-inch alloys, the previously T6 was considerably more attractive. As the T5 appears less upscale some decidedly non-premium

Not that a 240 looked upscale, But Volvo loyalists won’t the object of their devotion in the coupe-like sweeping roofline. leaves the new S60…where?

The T5 has the same interior as the T6, though without the Premium Package (on both T5s) the former’s seats are in T-Tec (think soft-sided The optional leather has an attractively grain, and looks especially in “Beechwood.” Add the $800 Climate and the seats will also warm. Heated or not, seats are among the most and properly supportive you’ll

The Acura’s front buckets far behind, but the Buick’s are. The wins back points for and workmanship. An especially sore within the Volvo: the oversized feels clunky and literally hollow.

Though none of the in this class are especially the Volvo’s aft cabin is especially

Unlike GM, Volvo realizes 220-or-so horsepower is no longer for street cred. So ye olde five kicks out 250 horsepower at rpm in its latest iteration.

While is only ten more than the inline six offered in other the T5’s peak torque of 266 at 1,800 rpm outgrunts the six by 30. On paper the superior engine. Drop a of displacement and AWD, and the EPA ratings from the T6’s 18/26 to the more respectable 20/30.

is better than the TSX V6 (18/27), 2.0T (18/28), or the slightly Volvo S80 when fitted the naturally-aspirated six (19/27), but not quite as as an Audi A4 2.0T (22/30).

Problem is, the boosted five deliver its numbers with the feel and lusty sounds from a premium sport Despite the early torque at low rpm the engine feels soft and sluggishly. Even the turbocharged in the Buick sounds and feels

The responsive, sweet-sounding six in the TSX is beyond

Handling similarly takes a When I drove the T6 the salesperson that Volvo was concerned the car’s ride was too firm. The were a touch thumpy, but car felt alive in a way no Volvo had in recent memory. With the suspension, the S60 T5’s body are less well controlled. more lean in turns and bobbling over bumps.

The does a little better the Buick much better. The steering, though still quick, feels less and less precise than the Partly because the Michelin tires lack grip, the control cuts in far too early.

There’s no convenient button to it back; instead, this be done through menus iDrive, but with the controls up and to the right on the center stack). The Package, with the T6’s wheels, selectable effort and firmer suspension, would the handling gap with the Buick. a must for anyone who cares driving. But it also swells the by $900.

Even with package, the T5 lacks the additional flexibility provided by the T6’s

Even with the base the S60 T5 doesn’t ride as smoothly or as as the Acura or the Buick. Compared to cars it seems slightly and not in a good way. The ears a lesser car.

“Naughty” posturing notwithstanding, continues to push safety. Safety,” which can totally hitting objects in front of the car up to 9 mph and damage up to 18 mph, is standard on all I again lacked the nerve to it. A full array of more found safety features is standard, of course.

Equip an S60 T5 to the features of a $32,000 Buick 2.0T or a $36,000 Acura TSX V6, and the ends up at $37,300. So not far off the latter, and close to a similarly equipped Audi A4 2.0T. Discounts be larger on the Volvo, though.

notably, the Volvo S60 T5 starts a $7,725 lower than the T6, but how are you really saving? Equip with heated leather, adaptive xenon headlights, and the Package, and the difference shrinks to $36,250 vs. $40,875. (Add $2,700 to either for nav plus a surround sound audio Volvo charges $2,000 for in the XC60 crossover, so figure for the T6’s engine.

A little steep for just one cylinder, but in this case a must. Even if the inline additional performance isn’t the larger engine sounds and so much better than the five—it adds ten grand to the value of the car. The Germans certainly charged much for less.

Dwyer and Sons in Commerce Twp, MI, provided the car for review. They can be reached at 759-0593.

Michael Karesh TrueDelta. an online source of pricing and reliability data.

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