The turbocharged 6-cylinder engine in the S60 is bred for smoothness and intuitive throttle response, not outright output. That doesn't mean it's not fast, and we even observed decent fuel economy when we weren't being test drivers.
Dynamically, the vastly improved S60 T6 with standard all-wheel drive, ventilated disc brakes and optional 3-way adjustable suspension falls in line with many other Euro-sport sedans. It's better than good, but shy of best-in-class.
As is the Volvo reputation, the S60 T6 feels stable and comfortable on highways and even broken pavement. On our tester with the optional 4-C active chassis, we wished for more distinction between Advanced and Sport modes.
On par with luxury-leaning sport sedans and slightly better than truly performance-oriented sport sedans. Volvo has given this car an assertive intake/exhaust note that no other Volvo has had.
While there is a Volvo-style logic to it, the S60's center stack does require some getting used to, with a few too many buttons to find and menus to sift through. It is highly stylized and symmetrical, however.
Factor out the parking sonar w/ reverse camera, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, collision-warning with pedestrian detection & auto-brake, and dynamic cruise control with auto stop/resume, it's just a sedan with a problematic roof line.
Seat Access & Space
Front seats are highly adjustable, comfortable and supportive. Rears are comfortable for two, but don't expect full-size-sedan legroom from a sedan that's technically sized as a compact.
Cargo & Storage
Sufficient interior nooks, cubbies and glovebox plus a small-ish (12 cu-ft) trunk that can be augmented with 60/40 split-fold rear seats and a fold-flat front-passenger seat. Makes the best of what it has.
This now-sporty Swedish sedan might represent a new direction for the recently sold marque, but for now, it remains a Volvo; meaning solid feeling, solid riding and solid safety.
Believe it or not, the S60 T6 is rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds when properly equipped -- not many sport sedans are.