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 headlamps helping create this expressive ‘face’ with horizontal lines emphasised at both the front and rear. Together with details such as a wider grille and daylight running lights.

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

More noteworthy is the S60 R-Design. It features a unique face with a dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, 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.

R-Design interior

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

CHASSIS & POWER TRAINS

Four chassis choices

It seems as if the S60 buyer has a choice of four chassis types. It comes with modes called Touring, Dynamic, Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) and R-Design Sport Chassis. Previously only available on the R-Design version.

Powerful T6

The new T6 Drive-E engine has an output of 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features a class-leading combination of a compressor and a turbo charger. Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end gives the engine a big, naturally aspirated feel; all with a mechanically linked compressor starts to act immediately at low revs. Then while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up.  

Six-cylinder T6 with All Wheel Drive

The S60 also comes in an All Wheel Drive version with a six-cylinder, 3.0-litre T6 engine. It pumps out 304 hp and no less than 440 Nm of torque. The engine’s power delivering to the wheels via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission.

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: T4 with 180 hp and T3 with 150 hp.

D5 with 215 hp

The five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel has 215 hp and 420 (420 man, 440 aut) Nm of torque. The D5 with manual gearbox has fuel consumption at 4.5 l/100 km (CO2 emissions at 119 g/km).

All-new D4 at 97 g/km

The new D4 turbo diesel comes with 181 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features world-first i-ART technology that helps to cut fuel consumption. By featuring pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, i-ART makes it possible to continuously check and adapt fuel injection per combustion in the four cylinders.

Fuel consumption in an S60 with manual gearbox is down to a class-leading 3.7 l/100 km, translating into CO2 emissions at 97 g/km. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 4.1 l/100 km (107 g/km).

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, which is now introduced in the S60. It features a refreshed user deal with a number of creative functions offering customers a fully connected experience.

The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream favourite music seamlessly and 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, 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 the driver can enjoy an immersive sound stage.  All with improved bass performance. In addition, all the while 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 that give the driver the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel. Cars equipped with a rain sensor 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, is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the S60.

Electrical 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, making manoeuvring easier. Medium mode has somewhat lower power support 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 to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism 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, has made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.

The Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, 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 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 – or 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, 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 by taking over and operating the steering wheel 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 to help the driver steer back on the intended course.

If the car leaves the lane, the technology generates a distinctive warning 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 where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.

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

Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning 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 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 and downloaded via the iPhone and Android application stores. Finally, the app is designed to offer the owner an intuitive, easy-to-use relationship with the car from a distance.

Volvo S60

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