Volvo S60 Review | 2012 T4

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2012 VOLVO S60 T4

Vehicle Style: Luxury sedan

Price: $48,990 on-road costs)

Fuel (claimed): 7.4 l/100km

Fuel (tested): 9.1 l/100km

The arrival of the T4 takes the Volvo S60 ’s price below the $50k making the S60 the only European mid-sizer to dip under that

Powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine (essentially the Ecoboost engine used by the Focus ), the S60 T4 promises greater efficiency, however we found it to be a lot than anticipated.

But that#39;s not the end of the like all in the new Volvo range, the T4 is styled, has real on-road and is beautifully built.

Quality: the base-level model has no negative on the S60 T4’s cabin. Soft, dashboard plastics are complemented by wood veneers and silver

Volvo’s signature floating stack – a masterpiece in automotive interior design is the centrepiece of a premium classy

Comfort: The tilting and telescoping column has an extremely wide of adjustment, and getting settled at the is no challenge.

The driver’s seat is adjustable, and both leather-trimmed seats are supportive and comfortable. The seat offers decent and enough width for three adults. Face-level air vents on B-pillar provide welcome in hot weather.

Equipment: Standard on the T4 include dual-zone climate cruise control, a powered seat, an auto-dimming rear mirror, rear parking rain-sensing wipers and 17-inch wheels.

The optional Teknik ($5000) adds a powered seat, sat-nav, extra chrome trim, active headlamps and a blind sport system.

There’s a brace of other extras, including front and heated seats, a reverse camera, active cruise and 18-inch alloy wheels. You pay for such options though.

The S60 can fit up to 380 litres in its boot, with the split rear seatbacks down to free up more room.

A retractable cargo helps keep smaller in place when the boot is empty.

It’s not a terribly big for a car of this size, mind and there’s no additional storage the boot floor – an air pump and can of goo in lieu of an actual tyre.

Driveability: With and 240Nm, the turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6 GDTi engine has the right but it doesn’t translate to particularly on-road performance.

Don’t get us it’s an impressive motor its size and it’s not exactly But it’s overtasked when to haul the S60’s 1.5-tonne around town and fuel suffers as a result.

We only managed an average of 9.1 despite doing mostly cruising. That’s well off the combined cycle figure of 7.4 .

The T4’s twin-clutch six-speed transmission (borrowed from also judders a little than slur its way through the particularly while the engine is cold.

Kickdown performance is but it needs to be: at the slightest whiff of an the T4 needs to drop back a or two to keep its engine on the boil.

The cabin is quite well-Isolated and legendary build quality that there are no wayward

The drivetrain, as mentioned, could do some fine-tuning; engine is noisy at idle, with an diesel-like rattle. While noise penetrates the cabin, it is to hear such sounds a small-capacity turbo-four.

Suspension: It’s firm, but the is excellent handling and grip. The smooths out a lot at highway speeds, and the S60 T4 is capable when flung at a road.

There’s not much in the way of feedback, but the wheel is light and responsive.

Braking: The T4’s hardware provides reassuring power, but the pedal could use firming up.

ANCAP rating:

Safety features: The S60 T4 gets front side and curtain along with three-point ABS, EBD, brake traction control, stability and Volvo’s #39;City Safety#39; system as standard.

The optional package adds a blind monitoring system.


Warranty: 3 years/unlimited kilometres

Service costs: Service are set for every 15,000km/12 months. costs are not provided by Volvo Before purchase, check your Volvo dealer.

BMW automatic ($56,100) – 3 Series is getting on in years and an replacement is just around the With less cabin less power and less than the S60, the Volvo is value. (see 3 Series )

Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI ($58,900): An update in earlier this year has Benz’s C-Class fresh and its 1.8 litre engine almost the T4’s 1.6 for output.

However a pricetag that’s just $10k higher, the Mercedes is more expensive than the S60 T4, build quality is no better the Volvo. (see C-Class )

Audi A4 TDIe ($52,200) The entry-level A4 is a diesel, manual-only that comes closest to the S60 price, but can’t match it for or output.

Then again, it does four rings on its bonnet, matters to some. (Click for Audi A4 reviews )


We question the wisdom of putting a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine in the S60 T4 ; we not replicate the claimed fuel figures.

While it works enough and the S60 T4 is no slouch, the small has to work pretty hard things on the boil.

If Volvo can out the snatchiness in the twin-clutch driveline, would be improved somewhat. Our is that the larger 2.0 litre engine used by the T5 variant is a partner for the S60, and it only three grand more.

that comment aside, the S60 T4 is a stylish and well-built car; if shopping under $50k, a look.

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