2015 Volvo S60: Engine Still Impresses
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 27, 2016
Way back in the early days of our long-term test of this 2015 Volvo S60, I heaped praise on the four-cylinder engine for its smooth, quiet power. I was a little shocked by its level of refinement and performance. I half-expected it to become louder, rougher and less energetic once the miles piled up, but that hasn't happened.
There are now more than 18,000 miles on the odometer and the engine still feels refined and surprisingly powerful. It hasn't developed any new rattles, buzzes or anything else that would indicate it's anything less than a true luxury car engine.
I'm continually impressed by how strong it accelerates at highway speeds. This is typically an area where four-cylinders struggle, but the S60 has passing power to spare at almost any speed. The eight-speed automatic is a big help in this area, as it keeps the engine in its sweet spot and always ready to deliver.
Looking at the S60 on paper, I wouldn't have picked it as such a strong performer. Having driven it numerous times over the last several months, however, I'm convinced that this engine is every bit as good as some of the six-cylinder power plants found in the S60's competitors
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 18,011 miles