2015 Volvo S60 | new car review
Compared to its German rivals, the S60 is simply stunning
It is extremely well priced
The powerful engine just completes the entire package
Interior same as other models
The 2015 Volvo S60 is a brilliant looking car, a refreshing change from the unimaginative dross that its German rivals like to slap into their showroom windows. Compare the front with the Mercedes C-Class and you’ll find the Volvo is more proportionate and charming. Now compare the side profile of the S60 with the side of a bland Audi A4… the Audi doesn’t even come close. Look at the back, how much prettier is it than that of the 3 Series? Much so. The S60 has taken on the three market leaders, and beaten them in every way.
Inside the S60 we find the comfortable and classy flat-pack furniture that we are now familiar with. The seats offer a fabulous amount of comfort and support and there is a generous amount of space available in the back. Because it looks good externally, your natural feeling inside is one of reassurance. You’ll feel like you haven’t followed the crowd, you’ll feel original.
Here we go again with the praise for Volvo’s great attention to safety. As you would expect, the S60 comes with the standard SIPS and the City Safety collision avoidance system. Yet again, Volvo leads the way with standard features, with the list seemingly endless. Things like parking cameras, a sunroof, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and blind-spot indicators are all included.
What’s on offer?
Two engines make their way into the S60 lineup; a T4 and a T5. The former, directs 180 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque to the front wheels, while the latter benefits from 240 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. Both engines get mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
If everyone in the compact executive car marketplace had sense, they would trade in their German models and head straight for the Volvo showroom. But that’s not going to happen, so we’ll keep this secret between ourselves. The S60 is far better looking than its rivals, is far more powerful, is faster, and is cheaper, too. It’s comfortable and classy, spacious and fabulously well-equipped. The only thing that may stop you from buying one is the fact that it is a Volvo, and I say to that: “Stop living in the past!”
|Specifications||2015 Volvo S60 T4||2015 Volvo S60 T5|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|180 hp @ 5,700 RPM||240 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|240 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||320 Nm @ 5,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.0 secs||7.5 secs|
|Price||AED 139,900||AED 145,900|