by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 5, 2016
We didn't add the 2015 Volvo S60 to our fleet just to compare it to a BMW 3-Series.
Boring. Cliché. Overcooked. Been there, done it.
Instead we were more interested in its new four-cylinder engine that incorporates a supercharger and turbocharger and promises the best of both worlds: low-end bursts of power from the former, boosts of highway-passing speed from the latter, and hopefully pretty good fuel economy from both.
I'm still going to compare it to the 3-Series.
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.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 15, 2015
Once or twice a week, I wind up commuting through Los Angeles's infamous rush hour traffic. I cover 45 miles in about two hours, staring at a sea of red brake lights and losing part of my soul in the process. That is, unless I'm in our 2015 Volvo S60.
Like many new cars, our S60 has adaptive cruise control. But unlike many new cars, Volvo's system works extremely well.
The plus and minus buttons adjust the target speed, while the buttons with the arrows on them set the follow distance. Once you get it going, the S60 smartly maintains speed and distance. When the car in front stops, so does the S60. When it's time to move again, the S60 gets back up to speed. No gas or brake pedal use required.
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 22, 2015
Recently one of our editors drove our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 round-trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and upon his return wrote that "the S60, outfitted as ours is (fully loaded, of course), is a wonderful car for a long-distance drive. We've got a number of long-term posts attesting to this, so I won't go on except to say, again, that this is a great road car. The sport seats are also superb."
Having read that, I jumped at the chance to road-trip the S60.
I won't be doing that again. The Volvo and I just didn't get along.
by John O'Dell, Senior Editor on September 25, 2015
1: The A/C works really well. That may not sound like much, as most modern cars have air conditioners that function well. But when it's 108 outside, the system's ability to maintain a nice, even 69 degrees inside is something you notice
2: The Volvo S60 is a lot prettier than the new Prius, IMO.
3: The S60, outfitted as ours is (fully loaded, of course), is a wonderful car for a long-distance drive. We've got a number of long-term posts attesting to this, so I won't go on except to say, again, that this is a great road car. The sport seats are also superb.
4: The lane keeping assist system is helpful, but can toss you an unwelcome surprise now and then.
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.
July 17, 2015
Why have the seats in our 2015 Volvo S60 received such mixed reviews? I have no idea. After driving the S60 again last night, I found no problems with the comfort of the driver's seat.
They have plenty of adjustments to fit my 6-foot 2-inch frame comfortably and the bolsters aren't overly intrusive. There's been considerable talk about the height of the seat, but that didn't bother me either. Throughout a two-hour slog through afternoon traffic, I never felt the need to shift around to remain comfortable, which is rare.
Then there are the headrests.
June 15, 2015
Compared to other entry-level luxury sedans, the 2015 Volvo S60 doesn't have the biggest back seat. A BMW 3 Series, for instance, gives you a couple more inches of legroom and a Lexus ES 350 is palatial in comparison. But unless you plan to use your S60 as an Uber car, I suspect this smaller-than-average backseat will still be effective enough.
I've sat in the back of our S60 with the driver seat positioned for me. I'm 5'10" and there's enough legroom and headroom to keep me comfortable. There's always going to be some variation based on how the front seat is positioned and your relative body proportions, but I'll say that adults shorter than 6 feet won't complain at all.
May 21, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 just cleared 5,000 miles. We normally try to capture the moment when the odometer clicks over, but the jet-lagged editor who took this photo didn't notice the five-grand mark until his personal fog had cleared 100 miles later.
Taking a look back at our Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, so far there have been zero mechanical failures and zero reasons to visit the dealer. For the most part, this Swedish sedan has been easy to live with, praised for its powerful engine, good handling-to-ride compromise, classy interior and comfy front seats. It should be noted the S60 has also been panned for its seats, but Mike Magrath is an "outlier," as we say. I don't want to imply his opinion doesn't count, but...
Truth is, we don't love everything about Volvo's new supercharged/turbocharged four-door. In fact...
April 17, 2015
Okay, that's a little extreme, but I do have some serious issues with the seats that keep me from driving it more often than not.
April 14, 2015
I remember a Volvo official from Sweden making a big fuss over the new instrument panel in the 2015 Volvo S60 at the launch event in Spain. It was understandable. Previously, the S60 had pretty conventional looking (but attractive) gauges with equal-size dials for the speedometer and tachometer. As is fashionable these days, the new gauges are reconfigurable.
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.
April 8, 2015
You expect a rear-facing convertible car seat to be easy to install in a car like the 2015 Volvo S60, right?
And sure enough, it took me very little time and minimal brainpower to get my child's oversize seat nice and snug using the LATCH anchors in the passenger-side rear position. The rolled-up towel helped me achieve the desired seat-back angle while compressing the seat during the installation, but otherwise, there's nothing difficult about it.
March 30, 2015
I attended the 2015 Nv idia GPU Tech Conference in San Jose, CA recently. This conference is further proof that cars are no longer mechanical devices and are instead becoming advanced computers on wheels.
I took the long-term 2015 Volvo S60 because it was quiet, comfortable and had plenty of power for highway passing. Here are a few impressions, my road trip fuel economy and a slight issue that happened on the way back.
March 16, 2015
Last Tuesday night I drove home from a bike ride in our 2015 Volvo S60. When I jumped in the car the temperature was in the low 40s. It was chilly. I activated the heated steering wheel and driver seat.
The next day I got a surprise.
March 9, 2015
"Schmidt, have you spent any time in a Volvo with the sport seats? They are amazing. We need to test one just so we can sit in those things for a year." Thus began my begging crusade to add any Volvo to our long-term fleet as long as it had the sport seat option. Luckily for me, Volvo just loaned us a 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, which comes standard with the ultra-comfy buckets.