Driver Detail - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: Driver Detail

April 23, 2012

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Overall, the S60's total package doesn't feel quite as reactive as a 3 Series. The Volvo's five-cylinder sounds just slightly coarse and it doesn't change direction as fast as the class benchmark. But the S60 probably also doesn't get its due credit for being a real driver's car.

The steering wheel's scalloped, nearly-flat sides, for example, infuse the S60 with a measure of sport that complements that rest of its driver-centric controls and comforts. It's a small detail and, one could argue, slightly poseur-ish. But it's a small detail enhanced by the fun that the S60 can unleash when you roll on its throttle with some conviction.

Many buyers in this segment would probably opt for the 3 Series out of familiarity, perceived status, or genuine appreciation for the badge, the S60 presents a nice alternative: a small sacrifice in overall dynamic ability for traditional Volvo goodness like innovative standard safety features, quality cabin and the fact that you won't find yourself lined up against four identical models in the evening rush hour.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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