2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test: Introduction
February 20, 2015
What Did We Get?
There are many good reasons to consider a new Volvo. Style, comfort and safety all spring to mind, but a uniquely engineered four-cylinder engine is typically not one of them.
Small, efficient, four-cylinder engines are more important than ever these days, but instead of picking between supercharging or turbocharging to boost the power of its new direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Volvo decided to do both. To the same engine. At the same time.
The result is a small engine that puts out a big 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. And that's in a safe, handsome sedan that comes with a warranty, free scheduled maintenance for three years and an EPA fuel economy estimate of 28 mpg in combined driving.
Sure, we could have opted for this engine in the XC60, but we've already had one of those. And it's available in the upcoming XC90, too, but that SUV's release is too far away. Sedans are still relevant, especially midsize sport luxury ones, and this is the most interesting one in years.
What Options Does It Have?
Volvo doesn't give a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder to just any Joe off the street. The base model 2015 Volvo S60 gets a turbocharged-only version of the same engine that makes 240 hp. It starts at $34,890.
Our new long-termer is the top-of-the-line 2015 S60 T6 Drive-E. It features the 302-hp version of the 2.0-liter engine and a $40,190 starting price. Standard equipment includes paddle shifters, leather-covered sport seats and unique 18-inch wheels.
Since we like to test as many options as possible, we ticked some additional boxes. The first is the Platinum package ($3,750) that bundles the Technology package (adaptive cruise, collision warning with auto braking and lane-keeping assist) with the Convenience package (retractable sideview mirrors, rearview camera) along with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and xenon lights with washers.
From there we added the $1,550 Climate package that heats the front seats, rear seats and steering wheel, and the $925 Blind Spot Information package. Bright Silver paint added $560.
Add it up and our new Volvo wears a sticker price of $46,975.
Why We Got It
The new engine in our S60, dubbed Drive-E by Volvo, will be the backbone of Volvo's engine lineup from here on out. Every car Volvo makes will eventually have some version of this engine, so its importance to the brand can't be overstated.
This is our first chance to see how the innovative new power plant works in the real world. It certainly delivers impressive numbers on paper, but unless it feels powerful and sounds refined on the road, it won't make Volvo's cars and crossovers very competitive.
Efficiency is certainly a big part of the equation, too. There's no reason to stake a future on four-cylinder engines unless they deliver great mileage. After 12 months and more than 20,000 miles of service, we should have a good idea just how efficient the S60 T6 is around town and on the highway. Along the way we'll also test this sedan's comfort, technology and overall reliability as well.
Follow our Long-Term Road Test page to see how well this sedan delivers on its promises.
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.