2013 Volvo S60 – The Volvo S60 seems to be a lot of things that Volvo never used to be. But at the same time you can say it is a fresh, clean, and beautiful model for Volvo is working. As such, the S60 lineup design centered inside out, with class-leading safety, and performance in keeping with some of the top sports sedans – even if it’s not quite as sharply honed. And underneath it all, yes, there is still the leading safety features that distinguish the brand all together.
With its smooth contours and swooping lines matching a low, wedge front and pert tail, then framed with a large flashy alloy wheels, the S60 is indeed expressed in a way that Volvo has never been in the past. Inside, Scandinavian design with a little extra boasts a cabin that is to bring beautiful and functional. Textures, materials and design are far from ordinary, and the “floating” center stack control pushes the Swedish design ethos in a Hipper direction.
Performance-wise, the S60 has its sights set somewhere between the likes of the Acura TSX, Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. In the S60’s third year, Volvo is gaining more members of the S60 lineup; this time, all-wheel drive is offered in the base T5, making it available at any of the engines. Also new for 2013 is a retuned version of the base turbo five, with a higher compression ratio and a maximum turbo boost to 15 percent.
Last year Volvo rolled out a 2013 Volvo S60 R-Design model aimed at those who may just take their Volvo on the track once in a while. It provides a long list of performance upgrades, above all chipping the T6 models’ 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine to 325 kW. Both the 2013 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design models, the engine is very smooth, strong and sweet-sounding, with a solid rush of power when you need it. The only disappointment is the six-speed automatic transmission, which is not always respond as quickly as you can hope for a sports sedan and it lacks full manual control. It is also worth noting that while the S60 is a blast to drive in T6 or even R-Design forms, it just does not quite feel as sharp as focused enthusiast sedans like the Nissan G37 or BMW 3 Series .
The 2013 Volvo S60 is just a little smaller than most U.S. market mid-size sedan, but it’s a five seater with genuine space for four adults. Front seats are not quite the Volvo staging we like other larger models, they are a little shorter in the lower cushions. But back-seat accommodation is surprisingly good for adults, thanks to some clever contours. Factor in the quiet cabin and good ride quality and you have a true luxury-car feel – in all but the R-Design, which picks more severity way. 4C dynamic chassis system in the T6 makes it the choice of many for the combination of performance and comfort; T6 models manager chooses steering feel, too. The T6 R-Design throw it out in favor of a dedicated Sport suspension that lowers and noticeably stiffer.
In addition to all the expected safety features such as front, side, and the side curtain airbags anti lock brakes and stability and traction control, which sets the 2013 Volvo S60 apart is its safety technology. The Corner Traction Control directs torque throughout the engine to improve grip in aggressive, a radar-based Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake can identify and brake for pedestrians or other objects in the road as the driver the system indication they try to to avoid this, and there is even a new Road Sign Information System for 2013.