2015 Volvo S60: Never Have to Apologize for the Ride Quality
by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on August 27, 2015
If I was about to buy an entry-level luxury sedan, I'd be wary of getting one with 18-inch wheels and tires. I generally like the way our long-term Audi A3 rides on its 18s, for example, but could I deal with its occasional semi-harsh impacts over neglected surface streets day in and day out? I'm not sure I'm tough enough anymore.
Since our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is a Drive-E T6 model, it has 18-inch wheels and 235/40R18 95H tires (Continental ContiProContact in our case) as standard. And I have no problem with them.
Honestly, I never even remember that our S60 has 18s until my eyes land on those fancy wheels while it's parked in such idyllic spots in my neighborhood. They look like such large wheels for a Volvo.
But they don't ruin the ride. This car is superbly comfy over most roads, and it's in keeping with the S60's easygoing personality.
Easygoing might sound like faint praise, something you might say about a Camry. But I mean it in a nice way. Even with the switch from six-cylinder to four-cylinder power in front-wheel-drive T6 models, there's nothing frenetic or annoying about driving this car.
The power comes together so easily with the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that you never have to work for it, at least not during normal driving on public roads. Alongside that, you have an agreeable ride and steering that's maybe a little too light but still precise.
I wish I had more time for road trips.