The Volvo S60 has dived right into the deep end of the crowded premium sedan pool with a distinctively different style backed by exceptional value and packing the performance to make everyone else nervous.
The 2012 S60 is styled like no other car on the road. It wears sheet metal that features the trademark Volvo broad-shouldered stance that’s both pleasing and unlike anything else. Inside, the Volvo S60 surrounds you with intelligent Scandinavian design and high-quality materials for segment-leading comfort. The S60 also offers tremendous value, with more equipment at a lower cost than the competition. The S60 also offers more interior space than choices like the Infiniti G37, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Mercedes C-Class.
There are three S60 powertrains for buyers to choose from, each offering exceptional performance and value. The front-drive S60 T5 is powered by the powerful turbocharged Volvo five-cylinder engine. In this configuration, you get 250 hp and more torque at significantly lower rpm than you’ll find in the Acura TL; the T5 delivers its full 266 lb/ft of torque by 1,800 rpm, versus waiting until 5,000 rpm for the 254 lb/ft maximum the TL can deliver. The T5 also incorporates an overboost feature that briefly bumps peak torque to 295 lb/ft at wide-open throttle, nearly 100 lb/ft more than the more expensive BMW 328i – that’s like getting a whole extra engine’s worth of torque.
The S60 T6 AWD uses a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and fast-acting all-wheel drive for both thrilling performance and secure all-weather handling. The 300 hp at 5,600 rpm and 325 lb/ft of torque at 2,100 rpm is a significant boost over competitors like the Audi A4 2.0 and Infiniti G37, which manage just 258 and 269 lb/ft, respectively, and it completely crushes the paltry 200 lb/ft of torque the BMW 328i xDrive manages.
In the S60 R-Design, a 350-hp version of the turbo-six generates 325 lb/ft of maximum torque. In both the T6 AWD and the R-Design, a twin-scroll turbocharger provides immediate responsiveness, and reduced internal engine friction and brake energy regeneration boost fuel economy.
The S60 is more than just a sultry engine bolted to a six-speed Geartronic transmission. There’s also a new steering gear that’s 10 percent faster than any Volvo before, plus Corner Traction Control with Torque Vectoring to keep cornering speeds up and wheel-spin down.
All S60 models are equipped with exclusive Volvo occupant protection technology, too. City Safety, which monitors your closing speed and applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate collisions, is a standard feature, and all S60 models also feature the Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS) for the front seats. Also available are Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Control, Distance Alert Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake.
All S60 model offer HD Radio™ capability, a feature that’s going to cost you on the competition, plus a standard 40/60-split folding rear seat with a pass-through and a folding front passenger seat for ultimate cargo flexibility. The factory audio system in the S60 is on par with the premium systems in other cars, and there’s a Premium Sound System with Audyssey MultEQ technology available as a factory-installed option, as well.
The Volvo S60 offers more performance, outstanding efficiency, a long history of safety innovation and supreme cabin comfort for a better value than the usual suspects can muster. If you want a car that makes its competitors nervous and sets you at ease, the 2012 Volvo S60 is head and Swedish-styled shoulders above the rest.