2012 Volvo S60 T5: Just Get This Engine
January 17, 2012
If you need more power than this in a Volvo, there's something wrong with you. The S60's T5 engine has a wonderful low-end punch and gets up to speed just quick enough that it makes you ponder, "Why would someone need more than this?"
From zero to 60 mph, the difference between T5 and T6 is certainly not insignificant -- 7.3 seconds versus 5.9. The T6 R-Design would be quicker still. And true, if you want all-wheel-drive, then you'll have to step up to the quicker T6.
While there's nothing wrong with wanting more power than T5 provides, I just don't get why you'd need it in this car. If you want guts, buy something sportier like the 335i, C350 Sport or G37. Having a 300- or 325-horsepower Volvo S60 just seems sort of pointless. That's not slagging the S60 in any way (it's a wonderful car), but most people don't need that much power. I'm just saying that "most people" should feel good about their choice to stick with the T5.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor