2015 Volvo S60: All the Power It Needs
August 6, 2015
Many luxury buyers scoff at the notion of a four-cylinder under the hood. It sounds low-budget, both literally and figuratively. This 2015 Volvo S60 will make people think twice about that preconceived notion. It may only have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, but it sure doesn't feel like it from the driver's seat.
Thanks to a little help from both a supercharger and a turbocharger, our S60 feels as quick as any six-cylinder in the segment. And it has the numbers to prove it.
Whether you're easing into it from a stop or mashing the gas to make a pass on the highway, it responds quickly and maintains a steady stream of power all the way to its 6,500 rpm redline. Add in the fact that it's working with an eight-speed automatic transmission and there's rarely a situation where it feels out of its element.
This engine's only real drawback is the sound. You won't get a deep, throaty roar from the engine no matter how hard you hammer on it. I'm guessing most Volvo buyers won't mind this aspect of the S60's four-cylinder-only lineup.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 7,411 miles