The Swedish automaker Volvo is taking strategic measures to gain a respectable market share in the luxury car segment. Few months back it has launched the refurbished XC90 SUV and just few days back, it introduced their V40 hatchback. Now again, it has rolled out a new variant in its high end sedan series, S60. This is a petrol trim, which carries a 2.0-litre turbocharged under engine the hood. By introducing this T6 variant, the number of trims in this series has gone upto four. Depending upon the variants, this vehicle is available with a six speed and an eight speed automatic transmission gearbox. The overall look and interior design remains to be the same. This car is already considered as one of the most stylish vehicles in the luxury sedan segment, owing to its aerodynamic body structure and sleek silhouette. It has several fashionable features like projector headlamps, chrome based radiator grille, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. This sedan has a lengthy list of features including an electronic climate control system, electrically adjustable seats, rear window defogger and a sunroof too. At the same time, the entertainment aspects have been taken care of by incorporating a touchscreen infotainment unit that supports navigation along with a surround sound system.
The insides has a well furbished cabin featuring lavish seating arrangement, which can comfortably accommodate five occupants. Here, its front seats have power adjustable facility along with memory function as well. Its cabin has a dual tone color scheme along with extensive chrome accents that only makes it look plush. Volvo cars are all about innovative safety aspects unlike any other vehicle in the world and this S60 is one such model. It has sophisticated city safety function that applies brakes when necessary with the help of lasers. It has a reinforced body structure with impact protection bars, which can safeguard the occupants and minimize the risk of injury. This vehicle will now compete against the likes of BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C Class and Audi A4 in the country's automobile market.
The Swedish auto giant has made no changes to this vehicle, as it has only introduced a new petrol variant. The appearance of this sedan is layered well with elements, which enhance its visual image. It has a very attractive grille with signature logo placed in the center of it. The headlight cluster too looks attractive with projector headlamps. The low end variant gets a chrome waistline molding, whereas the other trims gets the entire sills with chrome treatment. The outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable, retractable and also have a heated function integrated in them. This sedan has its fenders fitted with sturdy set of alloy wheels, which further amplifies the side facet. The rear section has beautifully designed taillight cluster featuring LED look-alike brake lights and turn indicators. Its bonnet gets the Volvo lettering in chrome garnish, which is an added attraction.
This car is well built and has a proper physique to impress the car enthusiasts, who looks to buy stylish vehicles. It has a total length measuring 4628mm, width of about 2097mm and a total height of 1484mm. The wheelbase is quite huge and measures at 2776mm, while the ground clearance is just 136mm.
Ed's Take : The interiors of the S60 are stylish and trendy. The sedan offers good amount of space and even the bells and whistles on offer are good.
The cabin is rich with multiple elements starting with leather upholstery into all its variants. Whereas, the base variant, D4 Kinetic is given an option of having sport leather seats at an additional cost as per the buyers preference. The driver seat is incorporated with adjustable function along with memory setting. The passenger seat also offers good comfort, as they are offered with a six way adjustment in a mechanical way. On the other hand, the high end variants are fitted with power adjustable front seats, which are also integrated with heated function. The interiors of its cabin is decorated with shimmer graphite aluminum. The steering wheel in both the base and mid variants has three spokes and are wrapped in leather. The top variant also gets a leather wrapped steering wheel, which additionally got decorative inlays. All the trims are offered with a leather wrapped gear shift knob, which adds to the inside look as well as driver's comfort. For further assistance to the driver, gear shift paddles have been incorporated to the top end trim. The cabin is also integrated with an instrument cluster featuring a digital TFT display.
The manufacturer has introduced the new petrol variant on the top end trim platform. This sedan series comes with uncountable comfort features, which makes the drive special. The seats have comfortable pillows that adds to extra head support. This sedan is bestowed with sunshade for rear windows, which can be attached easily. These sunshades provide effective protection from the heat and glare of the sun. And when the sunshades are not needed, they can be removed easily. An efficient HVAC unit adds to the comfort of longer journeys. Moreover with a remote starter the driver can activate the air conditioning unit without any hassle. And if your car is equipped with Volvo On Call, you can send an SMS to your car from your mobile phone to start the HVAC unit as well.
The front headroom measures 955mm, whereas the rear headroom is 951mm. The front shoulder room is of 1447mm whereas the rear shoulder room is about 1401mm. The front legroom is about 1064mm and the rear legroom is of 852mm. The front hip room measures 1395mm and the rear hip room is 1359mm.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's Take :The acceleration produced by the S60 is at par with any other luxury car in its segment. The D5 of course being the more powerful one.
The petrol variant is capable of reaching a top speed of 230 Kmph by breaking the 100 Kmph mark in just 5.9 seconds. The diesel trims with 2.0-litre engine can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in 9.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 215 Kmph. The top end diesel version can break the 100 Kmph speed barrier in 7.6 seconds and clocks a top speed of 225 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
Ed's Take : The engines on offer are two diesels, which are good power on tap and even the fact that it has sufficient torque throughout the bandwagon.
This vehicle is now available with one petrol and two different diesel engines to choose from. The petrol trim is fitted with a T6 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that comprises of 4-cylinders. This mill is capable of churning out 301bhp at 4000rpm along with 400Nm of pounding torque at just 1500rpm. Mated with this motor is the 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox. As for the diesel variants, its D4 versions are fitted with a 2.0-litre, engine that produces a maximum power of 163bhp at 3500rpm and can generate a peak torque of about 400Nm at 1400rpm. This 1984cc motor is also mated an 8-speed automatic transmission. The top end D5 variant is incorporated with a 2.4-litre mill. This 2400cc engine produces a maximum power of 215bhp at 4000rpm and can churn out a peak torque output of 440Nm at 1500 to 3000rpm. Its transmission duties are handled by a six speed automatic gearbox.
Ed's Take : The Volvo S60’s fuel-efficiency is as good as any other luxury diesel cars, but the D4 is more fuel-efficient of the two.
The existing Kinetic and Momentum diesel variants are affixed with a 2.0-litre engine that delivers an average mileage of approximately 24 Kmpl (as claimed by the company). The top end (Inscription) diesel version houses a 2400cc mill that delivers an average mileage of 16.94 Kmpl. While the newly launched petrol variant houses a 1969cc engine that gives away 15.62 Kmpl.
Power of Volvo S60
Ed's Take :The power produced by the S60 is good enough not just on paper but also in the real world conditions.
The top end diesel version houses a D5 engine that can produce a maximum power of 215bhp and yields a peak torque output of 440Nm. The base and mid range variants are equipped with a D4 diesel mill that churns out 181bhp of power along with 400Nm of hammering torque. The newly launched petrol trim houses a T6 turbocharged motor. It is capable of unleashing 306bhp and releases a torque of 400Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's Take : The Volvo S60 has several accessories like in-dash music system, steering mounted audio controls etc, and it offers a TFT screen which is a segment first and also it changes colour depending on your driving style.
This model series is blessed with an audio unit that offers best in-car entertainment to its occupants by allowing them to listen to their favorite tracks all through the journey. It has a Symphony radio featuring 6-disc MP3 compatible CD changer, 12 station memory as well as AM/FM reception with soft key operating concept. Also, it has a 3-line graphic display that includes 5-channel amplifier as well as nine loudspeakers. There is also an option to connect mobile phones to the music system with the help of Bluetooth interface. The advanced MMI high resolution color screen comes with an integrated navigation system. On the other hand, customers have an option of selecting BOSE surround sound system. This features an eight channel amplifier that gives sound output of 255 watts. It also has 12 high performance loud speakers that also includes a sub woofer as well as a center speaker.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take : The handling characteristics of the S60 is sporty, which means one can go out and have absolute fun in this sedan.
This vehicle has impressive features to assist in smoother driving along with perfect handling as well. It comes fitted with an advanced city safety feature, which helps in avoiding collision by applying brakes automatically within a stipulated range and up to the speed level of 50 Kmph. This vehicle gets disc brakes on all its four wheels that delivers superior braking performance irrespective of weather conditions. The manufacturer has also blessed with a speed sensitive electric steering system, which is based on a rack and pinion mechanism. This offers precise response and makes it quite simpler to handle.
Safety & Security
Ed's Take : The safety features that the S60 offers are more than what competition offers. Airbags, ESP, ABS and city safety package too.
The features inculcated in this series are developed to safeguard the vehicle as well as the occupants in it too. As a first benefit feature that can be noticed is that it has been bestowed with efficient airbags for driver along with co-passengers. And then there are inflatable curtains airbags too integrated for extra support. These airbags are offered to all the variants, which is quite remarkable. It also gets a whiplash protection system, which is an advanced mechanism for protecting the occupants neck from any injuries caused by the impact from the rear rear side. These front seats further have been fitted with seat belts and they are backed up with a seatbelt reminder for more protection. Emergency brake assist is an added feature that provides a huge benefit in reducing the drive follies or unexpected collisions. The emergency brake light has a flashing facility to it which is useful. It is equipped with an intelligent driver information system, which displays multiple notifications of various warnings and indicators whereas it has a a prioritizing option built into it.
The low end variant, D4 Kinetic is fitted with 'Pandora' wheels of 17 inches that are covered with tyres of size 215/50 R17. The mid range trim, D4 Summum trim gets a set of 'YMIR' rims that are of size 18 inches with tyres of size 235/40. The top end trims including the newly introduced petrol variant gets 'Titania' wheels of 18 inches, which have been affixed with tyres of size 235/40.
1. Safety features are a major advantage.
2. Leather upholstery is offered in all trims.
3. External image is very detailed and edgy.
4. Plenty of storage capacity is incorporated.
5. Well equipped with comfort aspects.
1. Expensive price range.
2. Service dealership network is less.
3. Ground clearance can be improved.
4. Interior design can be improved.
Volvo S60 price
|D4 KINETIC |
|34.4 Lakh ||36.32 Lakh ||38.42 Lakh ||33.96 Lakh ||36.92 Lakh ||35.83 Lakh ||31.75 Lakh
|D4 Momentum |
|37.26 Lakh ||41.44 Lakh ||41.15 Lakh ||39.53 Lakh ||40.82 Lakh ||39.75 Lakh ||35.98 Lakh
|D5 Inscription |
|40.86 Lakh ||48.14 Lakh ||44.32 Lakh ||43.67 Lakh ||44.05 Lakh ||43.25 Lakh ||40.11 Lakh
|43.26 Lakh ||49.58 Lakh ||45.73 Lakh ||45.7 Lakh ||43.0 Lakh ||42.75 Lakh ||44.46 Lakh