Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design Take Two

Posted on 19. Feb, 2012 by in Auto News

While the Volvo occasional flirtations with the power (and the 850R S60R/V70R twins immediately to mind), the Swedish brand had most know for a commitment to safety. It was the security that allows me to my first Volvo, a 1998 S70 T5 (5-speed manual transmission, of course), but it was the performance that led to my second Volvo purchase, buy a 2006 V70R (6-speed manual transmission) tightened. Unlike my Swedespeed.com brothers, but I had no illusions about the future of the R brand Volvo doubled-down on their core competencies. The R-Design models are a concession to the speed freaks with a Swedish weakness. Let's see if they can fill the gap.

Much like Audi, Volvo believes in the "one sausage different lengths" School of Design. From S40 to S80 and even the XC60, the Volvo "look" of "narrow at the shoulder, wide at the hips" is unmistakable, often imitated and undeniably sexy, in a safe, convenient way. During the approach to the S60 is long compared some of the German options, the overall look has grown on me since I was not R-Design S60 drove last year. While the S80 remains the best of the group proportioned screams of greenhouse S60 four-door coupe, which is inexplicable on everyone's lips. R-Design models get a subtle change to the bumper with stabilizing fins, a tiny spoiler, aggressive exhaust, a new front bumper that ditches half of chrome for a more aggressive stance and a set of 18-inch 5-spoke wheels.

While the outer side of the R-design was treated received on the same level of update of the old R models, the interior less love. That's not to say that the interior of the S60 is not competitive – the build and parts quality is just a notch behind Audi and a decent pace on the Mercedes C-Class, there's just not much to say inside, "I have the sporting a "save a small emblem on the steering wheel. True to Volvo minimalist style, the buttons are clear, easy to read and easy to reach. If you are looking for some funky Swedish character, you will not find in modern Volvos. They are almost Germanic in their arrangement. Speaking of these controls, the slot for the "key" is pretty high on the dash, so if you do not do to $ 550 for the Keyless Go option pony, your key to beating in a rather undignified manner. Volvo should make this feature by default in a market where discount Nissan had to be with him.
All S60 models sold in the U.S. with Volvo 7-inch LCD infotainment system come with or without navigation. Our R-Design tester was $ 2,700 Volvo "multimedia package" bundles navigation, rearview camera and premium audio system fitted together. Should you decide to navigate solo, it will set you back $ 1,895. Compared to the heavy hitters on the market, Volvo slots neatly in the middle behind iDrive and MMI but well ahead of Mercedes and Lexus' aging systems and perhaps a tie with Infiniti. Menus all logically arranged and easy to navigate, iPod and Bluetooth integration are quite simple. While I prefer a hybrid controller / touchscreen system like Infiniti, I must say that the controls on the steering wheel found on the Volvo and a decent welcome alternative. A week back, in a BMW back proved that, during use iDrive is by far the more attractive and more feature-rich, Volvo interface is easier and less disruptive.

Rear passengers in one of the small European sedans are not as happy as they would be in a Lexus ES350 or an American car, but compared to the A4 and the C-Class, the Volvo offers essentially the same dimensions in the back. While the former S60R and V70R came with acres "pearlescent" leather crazy colors orange and blue, the R-Design available confronted with sensible black leather seats. As someone who has held a full-leather upholstery V70R, I find myself between the feeling of genuine leather on the doors and dashboard and the hours I had to spend caring for them all torn.

Volvo funky and polarizing 5-cylinder turbo engine is now a matter for the history books. While I loved my 5-cylinder Volvo, I have to agree that they were a little different sounding. The