My PrefeRence is R - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: My PrefeRence is R

March 30, 2012

Volvo S60 R-design.jpg

Several staff members here have discussed the merits of the Volvo S60 T6 over our long-term 2012 Volvo S60 T5. My preference, not surprisingly, is the S60 R-Design.

Like the T6, it has the inline turbo 6 and AWD, but the R-Design is rated at 325 hp vs. 300 for the T6. This kills the T5 with its 250 hp and FWD. Of course, the R-Design's base price is just more than 10K over the $31,300 base price of our T5. But the R includes a few standard features including Xenon headlamps. Regardless, you did buy your Mega Millions tickets, right?

The real reason I prefer the R-Design is for the styling, of course. While our long-term T5 is nice, the styling is pretty plain. The S60 R-Design is great looking, sexy even. You can't say that about too many Volvos.

Hit the jump to see the video of the S60 and V60 R-Design in action.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~14,500 miles

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