On the Verge of Sporty - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: On the Verge of Sporty

November 15, 2011

I tend to forget that Volvo has positioned the latest S60 as more of a sport sedan than ever before. Instead, I keep thinking it's just a midsize luxury sedan that's surprisingly fast.

With that in mind, I hustled our S60 around a little faster than normal when I could this weekend to see if it really was an legit alternative to a base A4 or 3 Series. Turns out, it's pretty damn close.

As smooth as the ride is during normal driving, the S60 doesn't just flop over when you toss it into a turn. There's plenty of grip, the steering is reasonably precise and it doesn't constantly want to push its way off the road. So in other words, it can hold its own when asked. Ultimately I would probably rather have something with rear wheel drive for myself, but I couldn't blame anyone for compromising a little steering feel to get the S60's level of performance and comfort.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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