You really can think of the s60 as the Volvo S90’s mini-me, not just in terms of overall style, but in terms of overall amenities. On the inside, for you wag and lovers out, there fear not Volvo has not forgotten you and there will be an all new v6 t wagon as well. That means that Volvo will have two basic wagons and four different flavors eventually because you can get the v60, the v9 t and both of those vehicles will be available in cross country flavors, which will be slightly elevated and have a little bit more rugged.
The front end is definitely designed in an elegant and restrained fashion. But I don’t find this austere, like the Jaguar XE. That’s pretty typical, of course, for the luxury segment, especially for European luxury brands. If you want something, that’s a little bit overly styled, perhaps then you might want to look at something like the Lexus is up front.
We get standard LED headlamps with the distinctive Volvo Thoris hammer in there. These are full LED units, LED high beams and LED low beams, and this center strip turns into the turn signal. When you put your blinker on, we have fog, lamps below and well-integrated parking sensors. Volvo is a brand that is absolutely obsessed with safety, so, as you’d expect, that of any modern Volvo, we have all of their latest safety systems on the s60 and a lot of them are standard.
This generation of Volvo City safety system will not only do automatic emergency braking for frontal collisions. It also detects pedestrians, cyclists, large animals like moose and certain types of deer there’s a fairly aggressive lane keeping assistance system. We also have available semi-autonomous driving. This is a hands-on system sort of like Tesla’s autopilot system, although the steering is not as aggressive as what we see in the Tesla units and doesn’t do lane changes for you.
But in that vein, it is pretty similar to the semi-autonomous systems from Mercedes Audi and BMW. The blind spot monitoring system now has a rear, cross-traffic detection autonomous brake feature. So, if you’re backing out of an alley and there’s cross traffic that it thinks is going to hit you, this will attempt to slow you down or stop you to mitigate that accident. That’s in addition, of course, to run off road mitigation and now oncoming traffic mitigation.
So if the car thinks that someone is steering into your lane, it will pre-charge the brakes. It won’t attempt to stop you but it’ll pre-charge them that way when you do apply the brakes, all that stopping power is immediately available. The overall side profile of the s60 has changed significantly in this generation. We get this new long hood design.
It is fairly horizontal, which gives us those classic luxury car proportions. We also have an overall design that looks a little bit more rear-wheel-drive than front-wheel drive, based with this long distance between the door and the front tire right there. That’s enabled by the fact that this uses Volvo’s latest platform that is shared with the S 90. Xc90, xc60, etc at 180, 7.4 inches long.
This is exactly the same length as the new Volvo v60 and it is a significant stretch over the previous generation s60. A lot of that room goes right back here to the back seats, which were a little bit small for the segment before but now are among the largest. We also get one of the largest trunks in this segment and a definite trunk back here. Not a shortened off sort of sloping angle like we found in the last s60, gives us overall, a more classic luxury proportion.
The overall size of the s60 and where it fits in the landscape
Well, as you can see down there at the bottom of your screen, this is not as long as an Infiniti q50, which is sort of a tweener vehicle it slots between the compact luxury category and the mid-size luxury category. Volvo is still calling this a compact luxury sedan, so this competes very directly with the 3-series, the a4, the Mercedes-Benz c-class Lexus IS Cadillac, ATS, etc, but this is a little on the long side for the segment overall, although we do expect the 3-series to grow in Its upcoming new generation – it’s probably going to be about this same size overall. This is notably shorter than something like a Honda Accord, which is a midsize sedan in America, but it is a little bit longer than a Honda Civic.
If you want to compare this to more mainstream varieties, this is significantly shorter than an S 90, however, because that is more than a foot longer depending on the country you’re in, a few different engines will be available under this hood in a big departure From Volvo’s past there will be no diesel engine offered in the s60 or v60. We’re told this is the first time in recent memory that Volvo has released a new vehicle with no diesel in its future. For the United States, things will start out with a t5 engine that is a 2-liter four-cylinder. Turbocharged engine produces 250 horsepower.
Then we step up to this engine right here, which is a t6 that does not take away the turbocharger, but it adds a supercharger for 316 total horsepower. Then we get the t8 plug-in hybrid system out of the xc90 and xc60 and that produces 400 horsepower by adding an electric motor to the turbocharger and the supercharger. So this is the only turbocharged supercharged hybrid plug-in available in the United States. At this time, all engines are mated to a standard, 8-speed automatic transmission, the t6 get standard, all-wheel drive, the t5 is front-wheel drive only and again.
The t8 is the e all-wheel-drive system, in kind of an interesting twist, Volvo rates, all s60 and v60 models with an actual towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. If you want a little bit more shove in your s60, then you can get this model right here, which has this interesting little badge on the front. This is not a full-on performance version of the s60. Arguably, it’s not quite an s60, our replacement either, but what we get under the hood are some interesting performance upgrades.
So this is the same t8 powerplant that we find in the lesser t8 models, but they have increased the power a little bit up to 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. After that point, most of the changes in the Polestar engineered s60 primarily focus on handling and a little bit on style. We get a little different front bumper down here than we find in the other models. There’s a lot more black going on the vehicle we get öhlins dampers that can be adjusted via these little knobs right here under the hood.
Volvo tells us that they opted not to use an adaptive damper technology in this vehicle because they didn’t like the way adaptive suspensions really behave when it comes to overall performance dynamics, they felt that these were a little bit better. We get strut braces large Brembo brakes. All the way around yellow seatbelts and all the other changes that you see on your screen right now, I’ve moved over the shades, so you can see the tail lap modules a little bit better. We have basically the same sort of shape that we see in other modern balls.
Those sedans backup lights are right here in the middle of the tail lamp module and the turn signals, as you can see, are red not amber. Like we see in the XC 40. I actually think that is a little bit of a pity, because I do prefer amber turn signals. Volvo tells us that this was entirely a style choice.
They think Americans prefer red turn signals to be sure. Let me know what you think about that down there. In the comments section below this model is the our design trim, so you’ve noticed up front. We have the black accents.
Those continue out back well integrated exhaust tips right there in the rear bumper. These are actually real exhaust tips, so exhaust gases are actually coming out of those openings, not like the fake ones that we see in a lot of modern outtie products in Europe. Only one rear fog lamp is required, and that’s why we have this asymmetrical design with the rear fog lamp over here on the driver’s side. Only as you’d expect out of a modern Volvo front seat.
Comfort is excellent. The model that we’re driving has extending thigh cushions and a four-way lumbar support. We also have available front seat massage, which is actually apparently the only entry in this segment that offers that particular feature. That’s because Volvo basically is just using the same seats that we find in their upper end models and bringing them right down here to the s60 and v60.
We have a manual tilt telescopic steering column, which is a little bit unusual in this segment these days, but Volvo is dedicated to a manual steering column to position. Driver memory over there on the door and the front passenger seat has exactly the same range of motion as the driver’s seat, the biggest change between this generation of the s60 and the ones that preceded. It is really right back here in the rear passenger area, because the s60 has never really been known for a great deal of rear passenger legroom. This is a frequent question.
I get about any compact luxury car. Remember that, even though this starts at about $ 40,000 or so it is still a compact vehicle, as are the other entries in this particular segment. So if you’re looking for a more leg room with a similar price tag, your only real option would be to move across to something like a lexus ES which is not really in the same segment as the 3-series, c-class, s60, etc. Headroom is also fairly generous.
If I sit upright in this seat back, my hair is touching the ceiling I have about a quarter inch left, but I don’t have to my head to one side in terms of overall comparisons that puts this sort of in the middle of the pack. As far as where Headroom goes, the v60 gets about half and of additional Headroom. If I move over to the center seating position, then my head does touch the ceiling. If I lean back, I do have to kind of crane my head to one side in order to touch that headrest back there.
If I move all the way over to the right side of the vehicle, where this front seat is all the way back in its tracks, you’ll notice the big difference between this and the previous generation model, and that is that I actually have a little bit of Leg, room back here about an inch left or so rear passengers get a fold-down center armrest their cupholders that pop out of there and a storage compartment behind. We also have available for zone climate control, which is another unique feature in this segment. Again, thanks to its relationship to the s 90, they just brought that feature right back down. We have a 120 volt power inverter there, but, interestingly enough, no USB charge ports back there.
We have fold down 60/40 rear seats, not 40/20/40 folding rear seats like we find in Volvo’s wagon lineup, and they aren’t electrically actuated by a button over here behind the driver. Now, I think, that’s actually kind of an odd choice in a way because there is no corresponding button over here on my side. So if you want to fold down the rear seats, you do have to go to this side of the vehicle press that button. Then you can fold down the seat back that I’m sitting against.
In addition to growing the passenger compartment, Volvo has also made the trunk significantly larger than before and they’ve, given it really more of a trunk shape, because the previous generation s60 arguably had a trunk opening. That was a little bit taller than it actually was deep. And this is a little bit more evenly arranged. It also is large for this segment at 15.6 cubic feet and spare tire fans rejoice, because Volvo has actually given us a compact spare tire under there, rather than just giving us a blank spot like the last generation model.
We also apparently have some high visibility vests in there not sure whether those are standard or not, as we look around this interior, keep in mind that we are in an our design trim with a number of options, so this isn’t gon na be exactly what you’ll See in some of the other trims, all s60 models for 2019 do have a standard panoramic roof as Volvo calls it, but in reality it is a little bit more of a moonroof and a half because it actually doesn’t go all the way back there to the Rear passengers heads that likely was for structural rigidity reasons because, obviously cutting a big hole in the top of your sedan is gon na make its body a little bit less rigid than it would be. Otherwise, the driver and front-passenger get height adjustable shoulder belts, which is a feature that we’re actually starting to see a little bit less of in the luxury segment and we have fixed height headrests, as we’ve seen in Volvo’s for some time. Although a nice touch with this generation of the latest Volvo’s is that the back of the headrest now is made of stitched material rather than a hard plastic gives it more of a premium feel, especially for the rear seat. Passengers and the kind of interesting touch.
The rear seats also get that same sort of treatment. The seats are a combination of nappa leather and fabric in the our design, which is another really interesting choice. So this is actually real leather in there and it’s a higher grade of leather than we find in the average car they’ve a little Swedish flag right there on the side of the seat, as we see in other modern Volvo’s as you’d expect out of a modern Luxury car the front door panels are made from mainly soft touch materials. There are a few hard plastics going on lower, but actually the bulk of this door is made from a slush injection molded plastic.
We have more matching fabric right there in that Center insert in the door moving from the doors on over to the dashboard, we find the optional Bowers