Dec 28, 2012
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $48,195: 3.9-liter 6-cyl, turbocharger, 325 horsepower. 6-speed automatic w/Sport mode. S60 Platinum package
Likes

Blindingly electric “Rebel Blue” paint. Sleek, sexy styling is only vaguely reminiscent of the boxy Volvos of decades past, yet still subtle and understated. The 3.0-liter aluminum, CVVT, twin-scroll supercharged 6-cylinder absolutely sings, launching to 60 mph in under 5.4 seconds. Boost arrives with minimal lag. Very comfortable seats offer ample side support while cornering hard. And it’s safe.

Dislikes

Steering wheel feels heavy in the hand; normal micro-adjustments while driving in a straight line are a chore. Shiny, low-crontrast analog gauges difficult to read, although the digital readout for the cruise control helps. Knob-controlled navigation and stereo not intuitive or ergonomic. Can’t pop the trunk from the outside while car is running.

Verdict

A tremendous performer for its sub-$50k price point. My family has owned a V70, 940 and countless 240s — I actually drove this car 600 miles round trip on Christmas Eve to purchase an ’85 240 wagon with a third-row seat. Oh, how far you have come, Volvo. We made record time without speeding, and arrived home refreshed and in high spirits. The S60 offers all the safety and practicality that the Volvo brand is so well known for, with a beautifully executed sports car engine under the hood. Shoppers considering an Audi S4 or Benz C350 should give this Swedish Turbo Brick a shake.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating
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