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When Volvo introduced the S60 in 2011, the Swedes advertised their mid-sized sedan as the naughtiest Volvo ever thanks to a 300HP turbocharged engine. While I'm sure former "R owners" would disagree, the S60 has met with sales success with over 18,000 units sold so far this year, a 14% increase over last year. In 2012 Volvo added a less powerful FWD model to the mix to cut the price of entry. For 2013 Volvo has further expanded the S60 line by adding a torque vectoring AWD system to the lightest S60. Volvo also tells us they have completely refreshed their T5 engine for 2013 and tweaked the transmission for the naughty Volvo's first retouch ahead of the rumored 2014 refresh. Huh? Yep, Volvo's gettin' down with the yearly refresh. Does that make the T5 AWD the naughtiest Volvo ever?
We should get one thing straight right up front: no matter how many wheels get the power, little is going to make up for having 3/5ths of your weight on the front axle. While many reviews complain about the fact that the Audi A4′s engine is completely in-front of the front axle, it still has a better (54/46) weight balance than the S60 with the engine completely above the front axle. That being said, the S60′s chassis is well composed on all road surfaces and is perhaps one of the best FWD platforms currently on offer in America. Checking that AWD option box however turns the S60 into a different animal on the road delivering [literally] 96% of the performance of the S60 T6 for $6,700 less. In addition, putting the S60 on an engine diet means the T5 AWD weighs 200lbs less than the T6 AWD.
When the road bends, the S60 T5 surprises with more handling prowess than its front heavy numbers would indicate. The primary reasons are the 235-width tires and Volvo's ABS system based torque vectoring software. Rather than using a limited slip differential, the Volvo system uses the ABS system to brake the inside wheels in corners to send power to the outside wheel. While the system is not as effective as the more expensive mechanical active diffs, it allows more rear end rotation than you would expect. The result is a car with extremely confident road manners in all driving situations. While the A4 can be more fun as it has a RWD bias, the A4 was less predictable and less composed on the back-country roads I frequent.
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With a starting price of $33,750, the S60 T5 AWD is the bargain choice in this segment undercutting the A4 Quattro by $850 and the 328xi by $4,750. Adjusting for feature content, the S60 comes out further ahead at around $1,300 less than the Audi and between $4,200 and $5,800 less than the BMW (depending on content). Despite being the segment's value choice, I'd call the S60 T5 AWD my second choice in this segment behind the 328i and ahead of the A4 Quattro. The BMW's larger dimensions, sportier aspirations and impressive list of "techogadgetry" justify the 14% price jump in my mind. Audi's rough and underpowered engine combined with their complicated MMI infotainment system help push the king of AWD one notch down below the confidant smooth S60. If value factors into your decision-making, then the S60 is about two paddle shifters and a 5% better weight balance away from perfection. Until then the 328i reins supreme in this segment, but the T5 AWD is an excellent option if you're cheap like me.
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD: Top 3 Unexpected Surprises
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD is a fast,
sleek and powerful Swedish sedan that has a well earned reputation for
safety. But what's is it like to live with the new Volvo S60 T5? We spend a
week driving and getting to know most vehicles that we review and sometimes
we discover some unexpected surprises. Here are the top three unexpected
surprises of the new Volvo S60 T5 AWD.
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Volvo. Only trouble is, getting all-wheel drive meant buying the more
expensive T6 model. Not anymore. The 2013 T5 can be had for significantly
less. Is it still a desirable car? Tom Voelk travels to Park City, Utah to
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2014 Volvo S60 First Drive Review: Turbo & Supercharged Swedish wonder car
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Volvo S60 is all new with a 2.0L engine
that's both tubro-charged and supercharged. In another accurate, fun and
informative TFLcar review Emme and Nathan drive and review the newest 2014
Volvo S60 in scenic Red Rocks Canyon in Nevada.
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2013 Volvo S60 Review - Kelley Blue Book
Defying Volvo's outsider status the latest generation S60 was built to
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2013 Infiniti G37 vs Audi S5 vs Volvo S60 0-60 MPH Mile High Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Infiniti G37x, the Audi S5
Quattro and the Volvo S60 T5 AWD all have just thing in common; they are
all-wheel-drive cars. But perhaps more importantly these three car
represent three very different ways to achieve power. The new Infiniti G37x
is normally aspirated, while the Volvo S60 T5 is turbocharged and the Audi S5 Quattro is
supercharged. So of course we were curious which of these three cars is faster to 60 MPH @ 1 mile above sea
level. In the process of testing all three cars from 0-60 MPH we also
wanted to find out just how much a driver can really influence a cars
performance so Roman and Nathan decided to have a small contest to see
who's faster. Is it Roman or
Nathan or perhaps Andre the Russian mechanic. Find in another fun TFLcar
The All-New Volvo V40 - Active TFT Display
The V40 is available with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster. This
active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display brings the interaction
between car and driver into a new dimension.The instrument cluster
expresses emotional functionality, always displaying the most important
information in any given situation right in front of the driver.
The driver can choose between three graphic themes.The Elegance theme has
amber illumination that creates a traditional and calm aura.The Eco theme
features green background illumination, designed to create an
environmentally inspired look. An Eco meter is displayed on the left. The
current and accumulated fuel consumption figures are displayed - and the
driver is rewarded with a green light when eco-driving is optimal.
The Performance theme has red background illumination, creating a sporty
Top 5 mid-sized sedans reviewed, driven and tested
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today? We at The fast Lane car are lucky to drive a different car every
week so we've had the chance to review, test and drive many (if not most)
the best mid-sized sedans on the market. Here are the top 5 mid-sized cars
that we've reviewed, tested and driven in 2011.
The Volvo S60 review
Bob takes the wheel of the new S60, can it really be a contender for the
uber saloon market
Volvo S60 2014 Road Test + Sensus Connected Touch Review
We've hopped behind the wheel of the new 2014 Volvo S60 -- a saloon that
Volvo reckons can challenge the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We
also took some time to check out the new Sensus Connected Touch
infotainment system with Spotify. But are they any good?
All-new 2015 Volvo XC90 premiere with interior multimedia and safety explanation - Autogefühl
1:07 interior multimedia explanation from Thomas M. Müller (Volvo)
5:39 more driving shots
9:48 crash test shots
12:21 safety explanation from Thomas Broberg (Volvo)
We are taking an exclusive first look at the 2015 all-new Volvo XC90 at the
world premiere in Stickholm. With Volvo vice president Thomas M. Müller we
are getting detailed information on the new interior featuring a completely
new multimedia system. Volvo Safety expert Thomas Broberg explains us the
Volvo S60 T6 Heico 330pk roadtest (english subtitled)
Wie zijn gewone Volvo wat saai vindt, kan in Duitsland terecht bij de
bekende Volvo-tuner Heico. Wij probeerden de gekietelde S60 T6 van de rare
Duitsers: 330 pk, strak onderstel, een foute bodykit en de sound van een
straaljager. Anabolen op zijn Zweeds!
2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Review
The Smoking Tire finds the perfect way to relax after a month of filming
reality: Tom wants to go fishing, and Matt wants to drive really fast on a
windy road. Fortunately, we've brought the Volvo S60 which handles both
2012-2014 BMW 328i Luxury Line Review and Road Test
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Alex L. Dykes takes a quick spin in the sixth generation BMW 3 Series. We
take a 328i out on the road, take a look at the interior and talk pricing.
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