Test Drive Results 2015 Volvo S60 Roadtest thoughts

Test Drive Results 2015 Volvo S60 Roadtest thoughts

Committed to luxury, sustainability and power, the Volvo S60 packs a punch. As well as then with a more powerful 302/hp. Cause bottom-line, this car is no joke.

The engine did more than expected on efficiency but only got 30 mpg. This proves powerful engines with luxury and weight can be a 30 mpg car.

In addition, their Drive-E powertrains combine the low-fuel consumption and a four-cylinder engine. That’s with performance like a six or eight-cylinder. Expect therefore a smooth ride.

Expect then a sporty feel emphasizing by comfortable sport seats.

DESIGN

Accentuated road presence

The front design increases the S60’s road presence. My test vehicle has focused and determined-looking. For example the headlamps helping create this expressive ‘face’ with horizontal lines. They are emphasized at both the front and rear. Together with details such as a wider grille and daylight running lights. I mean what a ride. The design is just amazing!

Furthermore, the S60 offers an extended wheel choice. Coming with a variety of designs that increase the personalizing possibilities for customers. To enhance the visual appeal of the car, it is possible to specify the S60 with expressive 19-inch wheels and keep the same profile height as 18-inch ones, without compromising comfort.

Refined interior

Most noteworthy, the Scandinavian design exemplifying by beautiful.

This is clear in the S60 interior and exterior. On the interior, the authentic materials. Materials, such as real wood and leather. In addition and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience. Model Year 2015 news include a new Piano Black deco option. Also a rotary jewel-like knobs in the centre stack and a frameless inner rear-view mirror.

Comfortable sport seat

Supportive yet comfortable seats that ensure a fresh and relaxed arrival. All after a long trip taken from New York City area into Pennsylvania. It was longest of journeys I’ve taken. It has great hugging side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders. So the seat keeps the driver firmly in place when cornering at speed.

R-DESIGN

Unique new front

So let’s talk some S60 R-Design. It features a unique face with a dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes. Also a silk metal diagonal and a refined R-Design emblem. Plus, the DRL lights in the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression. At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes. Then the R-Design version is now available with 19″ Ixion II wheels.

Interior R-Design

The sport seat comes as standard in the S60 R-Design. It features a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather.

CHASSIS & POWER TRAIN  

All-new T5 with 245 hp

The new four-cylinder Drive-E engine T5 has 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 5.9 l/100 km (137 g/km) in the S60. Furthermore, there is a 1.6-litre GTDi engine available in two versions. So the come in the T4 with 180 hp and T3 with 150 hp.

SENSUS

Adaptive Digital Display

The Adaptive Digital Display uses an active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display to bring the driver personalised information. There are three themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance.

New infotainment experience – census Connect

The Digital Display theme colours are also echoed in the connected infotainment system Sensus Connect. One which is now introduced in the S60. It also features a refreshed user deal. For that’s with a number of creative functions. All offering customers a fully connected experience.

The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car. For they can discover new restaurants at the destination. That’s streaming your favorite music seamlessly and so much more. The driver can also have text messages read out aloud without taking hands off the wheel.

The brand new app Connected Service Booking is only the first step.

A step in making the dealer workshop fully integrated into the digital eco-system. Therefore, the car will tell the driver when it’s time to visit the garage. It’ll however also suggest an appointment at the Volvo dealership.

Premium Sound system

The Sensus family also includes an improved top-of-the-line Premium Sound system. Car came with a 5x130W amplifier with the next-generation sound enhancement software.  Software called Dirac Live and up to 12 loudspeakers. That’s also including a new long-throw woofer for enhanced bass. Also expect a new soft dome tweeters for soft highs and new, larger mid-range centre and door speakers. Boom!

So with the new Premium Sound system by Harman Kardon. All so the driver can enjoy an immersive sound stage.  Also with improved bass performance. In addition, being able to turn up the volume with full audio clarity.

Heated steering wheel and paddle shifters

To give drivers in cold climate extra comfort, three-spoke steering wheels can be specified with electric heating. Cars with automatic transmission can get paddle shifters. Those that give the driver the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel. I had that vehicle to test. It was amazing to shift by a paddle. A new feeling.

Cars also are equipped with a rain sensor. All so it can now also get an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days.

SAFETY AND SUPPORT

IntelliSafe, Volvo’s blanket name for all active safety systems. For it is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the S60.

Power Assist Steering

The Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS), available with the all-new Drive-E engines. Engines using an electrical motor to support the steering rack. Plus and the driver can choose between three levels of power assistance.

So in Low mode the system provides a high degree of power support. Thereby making manoeuvring easier. Medium mode has somewhat lower power support. All to offer more road response at higher speeds.

High mode is the greatest setting for the enthusiastic driver. Thereby contributing to the car’s dynamic character.

Electrical Power Assist Steering

Permanent high beam with groundbreaking technology

The Active High Beam Control eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible keep the headlights on high beam continuously.

When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps. All to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver. That’s by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism. One that’s integrated into the headlamp.  The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology

New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing. For it has made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ present detection. Including auto brake technology. All to cover certain cyclist situations as well.

The Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped. All with an advanced sensor system. One that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car. For that’s as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent. For there is an instant warning and full braking power applied.

The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn. It can also and automatically activate the brakes.

City Safety – active up to 50 km/h

The S60 features the upgraded City Safety system. This system is active at speeds up to 50 km/h. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops. Also if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.

Cornering Light for better visibility

Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As extending the current Active Bending Light system. So it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring.

Park Assist Pilot

Most interestingly, Park Assist Pilot makes parallel parking easy and precise. That’s by taking over and operating the steering wheel. All the while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed. The parking manoeuvre basing itself on front, rear and side-facing ultrasonic sensors.

Lane Keeping Aid

Lane Keeping Aid helps the driver stay in the lane. Lane Keeping Aid applies gentle steering wheel torque. For that’s to help the driver steer back on the intended course.

If the car leaves the lane, this technology generates a distinctive warning. Like through a haptic vibration in the steering wheel.

Enhanced Blind Spot Information System – for better visibility

The S60 offers the enhanced Blind Sport Information System (BLIS).

Cross Traffic Alert – covering your back

Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car. All to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas. Especially where the side view might be limited. That’s due to infrastructure. Also vegetation or other parked cars.

Road Sign Information – an extra “eye” on the traffic environment

Let’s be clear, because “Road Sign Information” supports the driver. All by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function. That which provides the driver with a visual warning. All in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeding speed.

Volvo On Call combined with Bluetooth

Keep in touch via mobile application

A mobile application that makes sure that the driver can stay in touch with the parked car. This is via an iPhone or Android smart phone.

In conclusion, owners of all new models with Volvo On Call can download the application that opens up a range of connectivity possibilities. The mobile app is free. It. can also and downloaded via the iPhone and Android application stores. Finally, the app is designed to offer the owner an intuitive, easy-to-use relationship. That’s with the car from a distance.

Volvo S60

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