This white little Swedish number was waiting for Ruth and I at DIA upon our return from Chicago last week. In Latin, the word Volvo means “I roll”, so we rolled up to Greeley, and I was forced to familiarize myself with the controls in the dark (late arrival). This was my third Volvo to test, and I must say I have liked them all. Volvo was founded in Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1927, and is currently owned by Geely Automobile of China (since 2010). My S60 came in “Ice White”, which was no big deal, but the leather seats were “Beechwood” and black leather, and very attractive.
This S60 T5 is the Volvo that comes with an in-line five-cylinder, 2.5 liter alloy engine sitting crosswise under the hood. With the turbocharger, it puts out 250 horsepower and 266 lb. ft. of torque. It’s coupled with the electronically-controlled AWD system from Haldex and a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with sport mode. Acceleration of the T5 is reportedly zero to sixty in 6.6 seconds, and fuel economy ratings are 20/city and 29/highway. I observed 23 mpg during my time with the Volvo. The AWD system only sends a trickle of power to the rear wheels when cruising, enhancing fuel economy. But for snow or sporty driving, more power is sent to the rear. The ride and drivability are satisfying for this five-passenger car, as you might expect from Volvo.
The AWD system adds $2,000 to the M.S.R.P. of the S60, and I cannot see why someone would buy the car without the option. Other options on this car were the premier package ($2,200), climate package ($700), trunk spoiler ($375), and 17” Njord alloy ten-spoke wheels ($250). The premier equipment included moon roof, key-in-your-pocket ignition, leather seats, and a power passenger seat to go with the power driver’s seat. The base price, freight, and these options brought total list price to $38,170. This Volvo comes standard with Sensus, incorporated into the dashboard’s 7” display as an intuitive computer command system. No navigation or rear camera was present on this Volvo, but it had satellite radio, CD, Bluetooth, and a USB setup. Of course it had power windows, locks, tilt/telescope, and heated front buckets. Additionally, the car had City Safety, a system of frontal collision avoidance utilizing a laser sensor. I did not participate in this program.
The styling of Volvo’s S60 is certainly acceptable, and has been reconfigured as of last year. It’s an upgrade from the old S60, and my test car garnered a lot of looks around town and in parking lots. The little spoiler on the trunk was attractive, as were the dual exhausts back there.
If I were in the market for a luxury European weather-fighter with classy looks, this Volvo would be on my shopping list, equipped pretty much the same as my test car.