Spent about 3 weeks reviewing 2014-2016 sport sedans (Lexus, Audi, Volvo, Infiniti) and settled on the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar. Purchased a 2014 with 32k miles on it. The acceleration is amazing with automatic and shifting gears. Nice to enter the freeway and go from 25mph to 75mph in a matter of seconds. Living in Houston, all you see is Lexus, Infiniti and BMW's.....not a ton of Volvo's and especially not many T6 R-Design. That's fine---they can pay the higher dollar to drive one of those and feed their ego. This car is as good or better than cars costing a lot more (IMHO). I have two 10 year olds (twins) and love the safety reputation of the car, as well. Very pleased.
So far I like this car and it is fun to drive. It works very well as a daily driver and has some good kick, although it is still far from a sports car. I have one major issue with this car. Volvo has built heating elements into the windshield (small wires every few millimeters). At night all lights reflect off of these wires and makes the lights blurry. It is a huge safety issue and is extremely annoying. Due to this issue alone, I am not sure if I will keep this car very long. Although it is nice to have a heated steering wheel, skip the Climate Package if you buy this car.
ÂThe seats are the best I have ever had in a car.
Not only are they supportive and comfortable, I can even use the headrest which is the first time I have even experienced this in a car that I have owned.
ÂThe engine power is great and has good power
ÂThe BLIS system is actually pretty good because there are some big blind spots due to the large c-pillars
ÂThe new display is great and I love being able to change the colors
ÂThe re-designed front of the car is a really nice change.
I personally think that back of the car could use a redesign.
ÂThe transmission does shift fast for a standard transmission but this car really needs a dual clutch transmission to compete.
ÂThe driving dynamics need some
When pushing the car, I donÂt feel connected to the road as I do with German equivalents (I have owned many BMWs and Audis).
Secondly I can feel the weight of the engine and itÂs placement over the front axle when cornering, this results in under steer.
ÂThis car should have wider tires.
They have decent grip however the car is not too light and could use some bigger tires.
ÂThe paddle shifters are too small.
ÂSkip the NAV system it is not very good
ÂVolvo needs to upgrade the materials to compete, too much hard plastics, cheap key fob,
ÂThere need to be more interior color options for the R-design
I just purchased an S60 R-design and hope to pick it up today. Has the same specs as an Audi S4 but costs much less after negotiation. I assume the S4 has better driving dynamics but they just won't come down on price much for the car. I will update my review after spending a few weeks with the S60.
Does anyone know where to find a good online video review of this car? Volvo has done a really bad job of getting this car in front of the car mags.