2015 Volvo S60: Why I Might Not Share It
April 13, 2015
After a week with our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I believe it may be my new pet car in the long-term road test fleet, i.e., the one I'll be loath to share with my colleagues. It's a superb car for commuting and not just because of its fantastic driver seat.
To start, the twincharged (supercharged + turbocharged) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is more enjoyable than I thought it would be. The audible supercharger whine gives it a little bit of character when you're diving into holes in traffic, and when you really need torque for passing, it's there just like it was when "T6" designated a car with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine (of course, the all-wheel-drive Volvos still do have five- and six-cylinder engines).
When we performance-tested our 2015 S60, it hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The last six-cylinder S60 T6 we tested ran it in 5.9 seconds, albeit with a six-speed automatic instead of the new eight-speed.
I also like the balance of ride quality and handling on this car. For the most part, our S60 gives you a composed yet forgiving ride. It's never too harsh. In normal driving, it feels good going around corners, too. It's almost athletic and the steering is precise. Really, the only time you're reminded that it's front-wheel-drive (rather than rear-drive like a few of its rivals) is during abrupt acceleration in a straight line. There's just a bit of torque steer, but not enough to be a nuisance.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 3,192 miles