2011 Volvo S60 T6 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Volvo S60 - Road Test Specs

2011 Volvo S60

(3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Volvo S60 T6 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$38,550
Options on test vehicleFlamenco Red Metallic ($550); Technology Package ($2,100 -- includes collision warning and pedestrian detection with full auto brake, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning); Premium Package ($1,500 -- includes power glass moonroof, power front passenger seat, dual xenon gas-discharge headlights with active bending lights; Four-C Active Chassis ($750 -- includes driver-selectable system of three driving modes -- Comfort, Sport or Advanced -- semiactive suspension system with continuously controlled Monroe-Öhlins shock absorbers, integration with stability and traction control systems, engine, brakes and steering to further enhance performance).
As-tested MSRP$43,450
Assembly locationGhent, Belgium
North American parts content (%)1


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, port-injected, inline-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,953cc (180 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 2,100
Fuel type87-octane recommended + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/manual modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 4.148; 2nd = 2.370; 3rd = 1.556; 4th = 1.115; 5th = 0.859; 6th = 0.686
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.33


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire make and modelContinental ContiSport Contact 3
Tire typeAsymmetrical all-season, performance (38 psi cold front; 38 psi cold rear)
Tire size235/40R18 95W
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.4-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.4
0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.2 @ 99.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)37.3
@ Full throttle (dB)90.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,150

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsResponds only marginally to throttle/brake pedal overlap, and too long hurts time. Even so, the S60 is pretty lazy initially, and while it's not what I'd call classic "turbo-lag," power does come on abruptly. Upshifts are smooth, but not particularly quick -- even in "Advanced" mode at WOT. In fact, our fastest run was recorded in "Sport" mode.
Braking commentsDead straight, minimal dive, zero ABS flutter or buzz. No drama whatsoever. Firm pedal and no fade observed from five consecutive stops.
Handling commentsSlalom: In "Advanced" mode, with ESC off (and it's not entirely off), it only seems to intervene when the tires lose traction, and especially so if I lift to rotate -- which it refuses to do. The grip is quite high, so non-defeat ESC isn't much of a hindrance to a rapid pass. It's too bad it's still lingering in the background, however, because this car is so close to being "chuck-able" like a giant Mitsu Evo at the last cone or two. Alas, if I lift to rotate and can only go to WOT to try to drive through the ever-so-slight understeer. Skid pad: Quite a large difference between clockwise and counterclockwise directions, but there's quite a lot of grip here. Easy to place on the circle with minimal steering. In "Advanced" mode, ESC is quite lenient, allowing mild understeer without interfering. In "Sport" with ESC on, it takes throttle away dramatically. Noticeable steering weight added in Advanced mode.

Testing Conditions

Test date11/2/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)86.1
Relative humidity (%)12.6
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.0
Wind (mph, direction)8.75 crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,533
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)38/38

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/26 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)17 worst/22.3 best/18.8 average (over 1,001.5 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.8
Driving range (mi.)462.8

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description160-watt, AM/FM/Sirius, in-dash single CD, with 8 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (6 months free)
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional dual 7-inch LCD monitors built into the headrest; dual DVD players; Wireless headphones
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard with music streaming
Navigation systemOptional DVD with traffic
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional with full-stop/resume
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional collision warning and pedestrian detection with full auto brake
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard instantaneous/average fuel economy

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,812
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,890
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)182.2
Width (in.)73.4
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62.1
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.2
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.8
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.0
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)26.9
GVWR (lbs.)5,050
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,307


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance5 years/60,000 miles

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