Five vs. Six - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: Five vs. Six

January 20, 2012

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I agree with Riswick's comments regarding the Volvo from a few days ago: No one really needs more power or acceleration than what's provided by the S60 T5's turbocharged five-cylinder. The 250 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque get this car on down the road just fine. With verve even, at times.

Yet despite this engine's good throttle response, minimal turbo lag and general workhorse nature, I just don't like it that much.

The problem is that it sounds and feels overly coarse to me, nowhere near as smooth as Volvo's excellent turbocharged inline-six. I mean, you can actually feel the coarseness through the accelerator pedal of the T5. It's not horrible, but it's there.

And because of that, I sometimes find myself thinking, "I kinda wish this was the six." Not because of the T6's extra 50 horsepower, but because it simply feels like a more polished, sophisticated piece.

For some, this bit of coarseness won't matter at all. And good for you. But for me, even as nice as the S60 T5 is as an overall car, I'm pretty sure I would try to opt up for the T6 to get the smoother engine sound and feel that I crave.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,878 miles.

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