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2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Volvo S60: What's New for 2016

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 19, 2016

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If you've been reading the long-term test of our 2015 Volvo S60 and have decided to buy one for yourself, you've got a choice to make. You could walk into a dealership and possibly get a smoking deal on remaining inventory of 2015 models, or you could purchase a newer-than-new 2016 version. Sometimes waiting a year can make all the difference and sometimes there's no variation at all.

In a nutshell, the biggest changes for the 2016 Volvo S60 are the additions of the Inscription and Cross Country models and the T6 R-Design AWD's new engine.

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2015 Volvo S60: Almost Makes the Grade

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 5, 2016

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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.

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2015 Volvo S60: Engine Still Impresses

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 27, 2016

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Way back in the early days of our long-term test of this 2015 Volvo S60, I heaped praise on the four-cylinder engine for its smooth, quiet power. I was a little shocked by its level of refinement and performance. I half-expected it to become louder, rougher and less energetic once the miles piled up, but that hasn't happened.

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2015 Volvo S60: Observations From a First-Timer

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on December 22, 2015

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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.

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2015 Volvo S60: Stop-Start Won't Go

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on December 16, 2015

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Most of my daily driving is done in stop-and-go traffic, whether on the freeway during rush hour, or neighborhood streets driving kids on a 12-mile round-trip to and from school. Those sound like the ideal conditions to benefit from the 2015 Volvo S60's fuel-saving stop-start system, but that's exactly when I turn it off.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for November: Average Fuel Economy Barely Budges

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on December 4, 2015

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After a car has been in our fleet for a few months, its average fuel economy more or less levels off and stays consistent throughout the rest of its stay. Case in point: the 2015 Volvo S60. Even though we averaged 24.2 mpg over 1,381 miles in November, the S60's overall fuel economy increased by just a tick, from 22.9 mpg to 23.0 mpg.

That's about what the average has been since the end of April. The best fill for the month was 28.8 mpg over 425 miles, set by Messrs. Romans and Schmidt.

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2015 Volvo S60: Twin-Charging That Just Works

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 20, 2015

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Computer graphics in film work best when you don't see it. Mad Max: Fury Road used tons of CG, but it wasn't obvious. The effects improved scenes in ways you didn't notice while sitting in the theater watching a rad movie. The engine in our 2015 Volvo S60 is less rad, but similar. It is remarkably complex, but this complexity is invisible to its driver.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is twin-charged, meaning it uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger. This has always been an interesting concept, but much like how Rube Goldberg machines are interesting. A few rally cars famously employed the concept in the 80's, though it's been uncommon in production cars.

What's the concept? Let's back up a bit.

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2015 Volvo S60: Finding the Meaning of the Power Meter

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 18, 2015

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What does this gauge mean? I spent the weekend in our 2015 Volvo S60 trying to figure that out. It says "Power" — which I take to mean a good thing — but it offers no other identifying information. No other text or numbers.

There are just two elements: A yellow line on the left and the yellow arrow on the right. Oh, and they move. The non-descriptive nature reminds me of the boost gauges you'd see in old Saabs. They didn't show psi in numbers; the needle simply went from white to red.

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2015 Volvo S60: Road Trip Regret

by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 22, 2015

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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.

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2015 Volvo S60: Auto Start/Stop Slow to Reignite Engine

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2015

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I'm ok with the fuel-saving auto start/stop in vehicles as long as they don't impede the driver's commands. Unfortunately, our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is prone to big stumbles and delayed reactions.

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2015 Volvo S60: All the Power It Needs

August 6, 2015

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Many luxury buyers scoff at the notion of a four-cylinder under the hood. It sounds low-budget, both literally and figuratively. This 2015 Volvo S60 will make people think twice about that preconceived notion. It may only have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, but it sure doesn't feel like it from the driver's seat.

Thanks to a little help from both a supercharger and a turbocharger, our S60 feels as quick as any six-cylinder in the segment. And it has the numbers to prove it.

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2015 Volvo S60: Double The Boost, Double the Trouble?

May 27, 2015

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Turbocharged and supercharged. It still sounds a little ridiculous, like some sort of powertrain combo your little brother cooked up in Gran Turismo for his fully-modded 600-horsepower Toyota MR2. But a real world car? A front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Volvo no less? No way.

Yet here we are in our 2015 Volvo S60 T6, a car that doubles down on boost like a card shark in Vegas with an 11 at the blackjack table.

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2015 Volvo S60: Why I Might Not Share It

April 13, 2015

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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.

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2015 Volvo S60: Auto Braking by City Safety

March 31, 2015

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Caroline and I were driving into our office complex after a lovely lunch when we were met with a rather abrupt surprise.

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2015 Volvo S60: Road Trip to San Jose

March 30, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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.

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2015 Volvo S60: Performance Tested

March 26, 2015

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The most significant feature on our 2015 Volvo S60 is its new powertrain. Its eight-speed transmission is new as is its 2.0-liter inline-4. The new engine is both supercharged and turbocharged which, on paper, promises a wide torque band to maximize the S60's 302-horsepower. Our track day put the forced-induction duo to the test.

The owners' manual didn't specify an engine break-in period so we followed our internal guidelines, driving carefully for the first 1,000 miles. Once we broke through our self-imposed barrier, it was time to go to the test track.

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2015 Volvo S60: Five-Star Safety Rating

March 25, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Crash test results are in, and the 2015 Volvo S60 earned the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2015 S60 received five stars in the front, side and rollover crashworthiness tests.

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