|Still a very handsome sport-luxury sedan, the 2017 S60 also delivers a lot of value. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
That XC90 ushered in the second phase of Volvo’s metamorphosis, a wholesale brand-wide redesign that included an entirely new level of opulent luxury and future-tech feature sets. The XC90 was quickly followed by an entirely new mid-size luxury sedan dubbed S90 (replacing the S80), this model including a wagon variant named V90 (replacing the V70), plus an immediately more popular raised crossover model that-in Volvo tradition-goes by the name of V90 Cross Country (replacing the V70 Cross Country/XC70).
|The S60 benefits from an aerodynamic four-door coupe-like profile. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
This leaves the D-segment S60 being reviewed here, as well as its V60 and V60 Cross Country siblings, which I’ve reviewed previously, as the lone Volvo line yet to receive chief designer Thomas Ingenlath and company’s makeover (while the German-born ex-VW/Skoda/Audi designer simultaneously takes on the job of CEO for Volvo’s newly formed Polestar unit-with exciting future announcements, no doubt), plus of course an entire line of subcompact cars and SUVs that have yet to surface.
|HID headlamps with LED signatures, narrow LED fog lamps, and beautiful 18-inch alloy wheels add to the S60 T6 AWD’s allure. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
While I’m a big fan of Volvo’s new look, I must admit to still liking the current S60’s clean, uncluttered and especially aerodynamic design. It’s still elegantly sporty,
|Volvo carries some of the S60’s taillight styling into its latest designs. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
While most should agree the exterior sheetmetal is still plenty attractive, the cabin is particularly high in quality and designed with one part minimalism and another button-overkill,
|The beautifully finished, high-quality S60 T6 AWD interior will impress. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
Above that is a fully featured infotainment system with nice graphics and strong contrast for good depth of colour, and while not as impressive as the best-in-class tablet-style touchscreen interface found in the new XC90 and S90/V90 series, it’s quite serviceable and includes an available as-tested backup camera with active guidelines as well as accurate standard navigation with detailed mapping.
|The S60 T6 balances luxury and performance ideally. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
No matter the trim level the S60 delivers an upscale environment with superb attention to detail, very high quality padded soft synthetic surface treatments, tastefully applied satin-finished and brushed metals, and some of the best seats in the car industry. They’re upgraded to sport seats in T6 trim, and covered in high-grade leather with attractive contrast stitching around their edges, as are the door inserts and armrests.
Choosing the $47,350 T6 ($8,550 pricier than the base T5 FWD) means that Premier trim comes standard, its finery including proximity-sensing keyless access, stainless treadplates with embossed “VOLVO” branding, pushbutton ignition, an electromechanical parking brake, a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped multifunction
|Volvo was early in adopting configurable TFT instrument cluster technology, this attractive design an interior highlight. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
Additionally, the S60 T6’s exterior gets auto on/off HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, LED turn signals integrated into the side mirror housings, attractive machine-finish 18-inch alloys on 235/40 all-seasons, Volvo City Safety pedestrian and/or cyclist detection with autonomous emergency braking, loads of additional active and passive safety features, and more.
|The infotainment system’s navigation system worked flawlessly. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
Available options not featured on my loaner include a $1,000 set of “Portia” alloys;
|With plenty of high-quality buttons and knobs, the S60’s floating centre stack is paradise for classic hi-fi fans. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
Lastly, available accessories include a $2,160 rear seat entertainment system featuring dual eight-inch LCD touchscreens integrated in the backsides of the front head
|The S60’s sculpted leather-covered sport seats are amongst the most comfortable in the biz. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
I should probably also mention that a sportier $52,300 T6 AWD R-Design model is available, adding unique styling details, a different set of 18-inch alloys (with 19s available), plus a performance-tuned suspension with stiffer springs and dampers. Special sport seats, more contrast stitching throughout the cabin, additional aluminum trim, and a unique instrument cluster design go further to set the R-Design
|Rear seat roominess is good and comfort is great. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
That’s another car for another time (finger’s crossed), but I must say my T6 model’s turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder made for a very energetic sport sedan thanks to 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of near immediate torque, plus standard AWD fed through a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic with manual mode and an engaging set of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The combination makes for effortless highway passing performance too, while the standard Touring chassis provides one of the nicest rides in the industry that can easily double as a canyon carver when called upon. Again, turn to the Polestar if you want something more suitable to the track, but the off-the-rack T6 AWD would certainly fit my evenly balanced performance and luxury priorities more than adequately.
|The trunk can be upgraded with this handy flip-up grocery bag holder. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)|
Despite the S60’s age it’s hard not to like it. It’s still a great looking four-door sedan with the sporty, aerodynamic profile of a four-door coupe; it’s beautifully finished inside with electronic interfaces that are better than many of its peers; its standard and optional feature set is easily up to snuff; its performance is superb; comfort sublime; roominess about average for the class; overall quality above average; safety rating high; and value for money excellent. You should certainly take a closer look.
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