Monday, September 20, 2010
2011 Volvo S60 Review
The Volvo S60 has returned, and Volvo is calling it the sportiest Volvo ever. Reviewers enjoy the newfound emphasis on sport in the redesigned 2011 Volvo S60. Most consumers will enjoy the"Volvo S60" balance between sport, style, comfort and safety. If you want comfort, Volvo has you covered. Reviewers praise the comfortable front seats. If you want a car that focuses mainly on sporty driving, be sure to check out the BMW 3-Series. It starts at $31,450 and comes equipped with a fuel-efficient 211-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is optional. According to the EPA at 25 miles-per-gallon combined the front-wheel drive A4 tops the 21 mpg combined Volvo.
Those seriously interested in sporty driving will enjoy the S4’s extra power, six-speed manual transmission and available seven-speed automated manual transmission, and rear biased all-wheel drive system.
The 2011 Volvo S60 is available with either a performance-oriented dynamic suspension, or a comfort suspension. Dynamic is the standard suspension for the S60, though comfort is a no-cost option.
The Volvo S60 is an established yet unconventional member of the entry-level luxury sedan segment.
As you might expect, all Volvo S60s are protected by an umbrella of Volvo safety features -- including stability control, anti-whiplash seats and full-length side curtain airbags -- and have performed extremely well in crash testing.
EachVolvo S60 model has its own engine. A five-speed automatic transmission routes power either to the front wheels or all four on all-wheel-drive (AWD) models. Unfortunately, the T5 is front-wheel-drive only, but buyers have their choice of a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.
Trunk capacity measures nearly 14 cubic feet, and the 60/40-split rear seat folds to handle extra-long cargo.
The Volvo S60 2.4 came with a 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine that produced 168 hp. The most powerful engine was the 247-hp 2.3-liter five-cylinder in the T5. In '03, the AWD sedan switched to the current 208-hp 2.5-liter engine, prompting Volvo to rename it the 2.5T AWD. In '06, Volvo dropped the base 2.4 model and upgraded the 2.5T AWD model with a new all-wheel-drive system for enhanced traction. All '07 S60s received revised front fascia styling. For 2008, the high-performance R model was dropped