2015 Volvo S60: Observations From a First-Timer
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on December 22, 2015
I'm not sure how I've managed to avoid our 2015 Volvo S60 for so long. It's a nice car — something I only discovered recently on my first trip home in the sedan. Following are a few thoughts after spending some time behind the wheel.
Certainly the most obvious piece of the car's character is its abundant, readily available power. With 302 horsepower, this shouldn't come as a surprise, but I didn't get into the S60 with any expectation. Volvo has done an admirable job (in most instances) of making this much power usable. I never wooded the throttle but always found the power delivery linear and intuitive.
I'd be surprised if there weren't some torque steer when using all the power, but hey, that just means there's torque. Overall, I'd say this is easily the most responsive luxury sedan in the class. What an engine.
I noticed and deactivated the auto start/stop feature almost immediately. My commute, like that of most folks here, requires enduring a lot of start/stop traffic. After the third awkward, stumbling restart (a drivability glitch we noted in our rating "B" rating of the S60), I figured saving the fuel wasn't worth it. After all, what are a few more drops in a car that's already missing its EPA estimated combined rating by 5 mpg (23 mpg overall vs. 28 mpg EPA combined estimate)?
I didn't toss the Volvo into any entrance ramps aggressively, but more modest maneuvers suggest that it doesn't inspire as much confidence as an Audi of equal size and cost (S4). Ride quality is admirable, though.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor