2008 Volvo S60 2.5T Review

Posted on 21. Mar, 2008 by in Auto News

The S60 is Volvo's neglected middle child. Baby brother S40 is hipper, faster and get all the chicks. Older brother S80 is bigger and more luxurious. Where is the S60? Not languishing on dealership lot, there Volvo's best-selling sedan (if barely) is. But I'm hard-pressed to figure out why. Apparently can find Volvo not know why either-the S60 has reportedly been on the chopping block for a few years now, but nobody seems to be willing to make that Final Cut yet. So let me take a stab at it.

From the outside, the S60 is unmistakably a Volvo. It comes with the usual Volvo-esque design cues, with little to stand out from the other saloons save subtle trim differences (the T5 gets a spoiler, this one gets bupkis) to distinguish. These cars are so anonymous, they are part of the standard package you get when you enter a witness protection program. Maybe it's a security feature: People are less likely to accidentally swerve into your car if it is not suddenly not catch their attention (I'm sure people get to drive the Lambo and STIs that all the time).

The interior is reasonable, standard, not-an-inch-longer-than-necessary luxury embossed. The leather on our tester was about as unsightly and baby's-bottom buttery than pleather diner booth. Try not, that rat-fur headliner is a shadow of doubt, that the bean counters had their dirty, dirty way with this car to prove it.

The S60 Premium Package includes wood trim, which is a surprisingly good fit for the taupe interior. A ginormous center console dominates the dashboard, lost their glove-friendly, intuitive buttons in the oceans of plastic. It also sports a vertical storage slot, understanding everything you put there defying slides on the first application of gas.

Incomprehensible: a flip-out rear seat cup holder in the armrest, which renders useless while the rest used. Maybe I'm a big kid that wants my elbows comfortably somewhere.

And Junior does not need a big gulp anyway, if you are also attached it to the ridiculously under-sized rear seats. This is greater than the S40? No way. The larger proportions seem mostly go toward the trunk instead of the rear seating area; disappointing for everyone shopping for a "family" sedan.

Commissioning of the S60 engine reminds me of my mother, if only because she grew up driving tractors. I apologize and retract my earlier dismemberment of the Ecotec in the G5. John Deere enjoy even the unholy racket would be the five-cylinder turbo makes. While the engine makes quite satisfactory loud rumble when brisk acceleration, it also makes them the rest of the time, even at idle.

On the one hand, there is almost no turbo lag, and it mitigated by a high torque at low engine speeds. On the other hand, it is the loudest turbo I've ever experienced (or I'm just a spoiled enthusiasts who love the magic of a turbo Subaru and Volkswagen). Sure, the S60 offers mill a significant amount of driving, but Nine Inch Nails concerts are easier on the eardrums. All this, according should sport a sub-five-second 0-60 or STFU.

Handling-wise, the S60 safe where "nothing special" sense of the word. The sedan has. A great job dealing with average roughness average streets in average conditions The steering is numb, but not in an overly disturbing way. Without contact with the road, you still feel in control of the car. There is nothing to be excited, or anything to really hate. I would bet that the performance and handling is perfect for people 90 percent of the general driving. More demanding drivers would dissect it.

And speaking of safe, rule the S60 technologically advanced safety features of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, press the same features it. To punishment £ 3500 A few hundred pounds less in steel and safety features could only make this ugly duckling into a swan, but Volvo has something set apart. Too bad the Subaru Legacy GT scores. Higher on crash tests and is a thousand times more fun (and only slightly cheaper quality ago) Ford also promotes safety as a selling point. And let's not talk about depreciation. The S60 tanks faster than Ikea furniture.

The S60 falls short of the luxury features too. A new IS250 costs the same as a leathered-up S60 and comes up with some truly indulgent options. (Forget grocery bag holder, why have not the Volvo pre-collision avoidance and parking sensor?) I do not see how it competes with the S40 turbo, if you too wide for the S40 of the seats.

Maybe the Volvo S60 is a great car and I do not understand it, but I can not help that this car is not that someone else does not make someone better, think including Volvo.