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2015 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country review notes05/04/2015
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I like station wagons, and this one is no exception. It looks good to me, sleek and low key. The interior is pretty, build quality is quite good, and the seats are just awesome. I still think Volvo’s seats lead the car biz. Backseat room is OK, but not great. If I had one beef about the inside, it’s that there are a whole lot of buttons in there; I didn’t count them all, but it’s more than I like to deal with.
The car drives well, the ride is soft and ably soaks up road imperfections, and there’s decent power here, especially above 3,000 rpm. Acceleration is neither quick nor slow. On the freeway, it’s luxury-car quiet inside. In fact, I think the excellent freeway manners might be one of the best things about the car. The steering is well assisted without feeling synthetic or overboosted.
Overall, it’s a stylish and clean-looking wagon. It’s worth a look.
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2015 Volvo S60 T6 Platinum review notes02/11/2015
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: If this four-cylinder is the future of Volvo powertrains, I’m in. There’s a lot of power here, all of it widely and easily accessible thanks to Volvo’s turbo-supercharging efforts. It punches way above its 2.0 liters and it’s smooth and fuel-efficient to boot; what else could you want?
If the engine seems like a big leap forward, other parts of the S60 seem to be more or less unchanged. That’s not necessarily bad; I love the way the car looks inside and out -- very mature. This package seems destined to age well. The seats remain super comfortable while still offering more than ample support, and controls remain intuitive and simple.
If only the underpinnings could be as well-balanced as the seats. Instead, it’s a somewhat muddled compromise between comfort and composure; the car “thunks” over potholes and uneven road surfaces without the communicative certainty of a sport chassis or the plushness of a cushy luxury chassis. There’s a lot of roll, and steering is light and numb.
2015 Volvo S60 Polestar review notes01/28/2015
ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Only 40 lucky (crazy?) enthusiasts will be able to own a 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar if they’re willing to throw down $60K. That’s a lot of loot -- nearly BMW M3 money, which starts at $62,950. Is the Polestar worth that kind of money? Whew. I’m not sure, but there’s no mistaking that there is some serious equipment here, along with a little extra grunt.
The 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder is here and kicks out 20 additional horsepower and 15 lb-ft more torque compared to the same engine S60 R-Design. That’s a respectable output bump coming by way of massaged engine management software, a stainless exhaust with 2.5-inch pipes, new twin-scroll Borg Warner turbochargers and new intercooler.
Polestar also did work to the transmission with new calibration for quicker gearshifts and launch control capabilities. The Haldex four-wheel-drive system also has Polestar tuning for more rear torque distribution, and the stability control system has been massaged.
2015 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E first drive01/02/2015
What is it?
Volvo is in the midst of a product revolution, and while the limelight for the moment has been grabbed by the all-new XC90 SUV and the debut of the V60 Cross Country, Volvo also made a few crucial changes to the S60 and V60 cars while no one was looking.
The second generation S60 has been on sale since 2011, so it's still relatively fresh, but new for 2015 is the Drive-E family of engines. This new four-cylinder engine family will be found in just about every Volvo in the next couple years. While the engine itself is new, the T5 and T6 badging traditionally appended to five-cylinder and six-cylinder variants of the S60 is staying. In other words, the turbocharged S60 T5 Drive-E produces 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 Drive-E adds supercharging, for an output of 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both versions of the four-cylinder feature the new eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with manual shift capability.
2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E review notes08/13/2014
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I’ll confess to having kind of written Volvo off lately -- though the cars have been solid entries, sales have been low enough to inspire whispered rumors of the brand’s imminent demise. For comparison’s sake, the Lexus ES and Mercedes E-class each outsold Volvo’s entire lineup in July 2014. Even perennial dead-brand-walking Mitsubishi sold more cars.
In this 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E, though, there are signs of a Volvo renaissance. So far we’ve heard plenty of lip service paid to Volvo’s future, mainly from its ever-cheerful executives, but this car is the first tangible evidence that the last remaining Swede could have a very bright future indeed.
Our V60 tester gets the brand’s new, and soon to be ubiquitous, 2.0-liter I4 featuring turbocharging and direct injection in this state of tune. It’s backed by an eight-speed automatic per current custom, and the combination suits the family sport-wagon dynamic just about perfectly. Yes, it’s still FWD but you can get AWD if you need it (you probably don’t), and only the purists will gripe -- torque steer is almost nonexistent, and vibration through the wheel is equally absent.