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The S60 helped launched a styling revolution that transformed Volvo's image from boring box to stylish Swede. Relatively unchanged since its inception, the S60's design has held up well, although newer designs from Audi, BMW and Lexus certainly appear more contemporary. The S60, however, is about far more than just good looks. The car is well-known for its extensive safety features and excellent crash-test marks; it is also available in a number of turbocharged versions ranging from the comfortable all-wheel-drive 2.5T to the tire-smoking S60 R performance sedan. With a roomy cabin, notably comfortable front seats and a long list of comfort and convenience items, the S60 deserves to be near the top of every premium midsize sedan shopping list.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a premium sedan with some style, the S60's sculpted hood, trunk and aggressive wheel and tire packages give it a much bolder look than its understated German and Japanese rivals. The S60 is also a bit wider than most of its competitors, which translates into generous shoulder room.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for the neutral handling only a rear-wheel-drive sedan can provide, the high-powered T5's noticeable torque steer can, at times, become annoying. The all-wheel-drive S60 R somewhat eliminates this concern, but its clutch and shifter are not as refined as those of the BMW M or Audi S4. The 2.5T is also not as powerful as many similarly-priced V6 models.What's Significant About This Car?
The S60 gets a slight exterior freshening featuring a revised grille and front headlamps, front and rear bumpers and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The S60's suspension has also been improved to provide better handling and a firmer ride. Volvo's Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) becomes standard across the line, as does a tire pressure monitoring system.Driving It Driving Impressions
Those who crave power should opt for the top-of-the-line S60 R. Though the R's twin-turbo five-cylinder configuration is not as smooth or refined as its competitors' six and eight-cylinder engines, the 300 horsepower it generates should make up for any supposed and slight refinement issues. The all-wheel-drive system enhances the R model's ability to stick to the road but, push this car to the limits, and you may notice the steering response becoming less crisp. As good as it is, the S60 R seems perhaps not quite as communicative as its counterparts from BMW and Audi. Still, the R packs a lot of performance into a sedan that costs less than $40K, and it should prove satisfying to most enthusiast-oriented drivers. And, finally, with any Volvo you cannot forget or ignore the brand's exemplary safety reputation.Favorite Features
The amazingly comfortable sport seats on the Type R grab hold of you and seem to never let go.
The optional navigation system features a retractable screen positioned atop the dash instead of integrated into the audio.