2009 Volvo S60 | new car review

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 by


2009 Volvo S60

The S60 is ’s offering to the  midsize segment of the automotive market.

Gone are the boxy and chunky body lines of the older Volvo range, and in instead are curves, rolls and easy-edges of the S60. That trademark Volvo front grille begins an exercise in super-smooth design that makes the S60 a rather handsome chap, indeed. Front to rear the car moves under a gentle arc which is very easy on the eye in a pure and uncomplicated fashion. When done right, this type of ultra-basic design can work beautifully, however it is not as easy as it looks, but Volvo really hit the bull’s-eye with the S60.

Inner space is about right for this size of car, but nothing over and above the norm, with five passengers getting a ride home in this Volvo, but four of them would definitely be more comfortable.

2009 Volvo S60Like the exterior, the interior is very clean and basic; not that the Volvo will arrive on your driveway with any less gizmos and gear that its rivals, its just that it will be presented to you in a different, more understated way, and for many buyers, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just that perhaps here in the Middle East, more than anywhere else, many buyers in this and the more expensive segments like to see, and show off, where their money has been spent, and that showing-off is not really the Volvo style.

The Middle East gets five different power plants to propel the S60, some of them are quite special, others are fortunately that bit less special, and cheaper. These include a basic 2.0-litre turbo and a 2.5-litre turbo for the run-of-the-mill S60 sedan models, a 2.4-litre turbo for the sporty front-wheel-drive T5 and a highly-tuned 2.5-litre turbo for the all-wheel-drive S60 R.

 

2009 Volvo S60All engines are five-cylinder, and have automatic gearboxes with tiptronic gear shift options, although some can be had with a manual too, at the lower end of the range.

Whilst their safety image is impressive, Volvo did manage to surprise the world with the launch of their first T5 model a few years ago, and they have managed to build on this sportier image with the T5 and R models within the S60 range.

Making good use of torquey, turbocharged 5-cylinder engines and competent chassis, suspension and braking systems, these higher-power turbo cars could well be worth a test drive, especially if you fancy the sportier side of automotive life, but with a decent sprinkle of safety and exclusivity sprinkled-in, too.
2009 Volvo S60
Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan2.5210320A
2.0179240A
2.4260350A

Price Range (AED) 109,000-135,000

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