2015 Volvo S60

Fuel Sipping Sweede. A powerful yet efficient sedan.

  • Likes
  • Acceleration
  • fuel-economy
  • materials quality
  • interior design
  • Dislikes
  • Front-drive handling dynamics
  • turning radius

The 2015 Volvo S60 T6 is down two cylinders from last year's model, but up in both power and efficiency, thanks to its innovative twin-charged engine. Though displacing only two liters, this new four-cylinder, part of Volvo's Drive-E family of motors, manages to put out 302 horsepower at a relatively low 5,700 RPM, thanks to having both a turbo and a belt-driven supercharger.

The benefits of the new engine include scalability, fuel-efficiency and emissions reduction. Volvo says the Drive-E motor in the 2015 S60 T6 produces 30 percent fewer harmful emissions than last year's 6-cylinder. EPA ratings are also up, to a laudable 24 mpg city/35 highway. That's diesel territory, and especially impressive in a 3,500-pound sedan making over 300 horsepower.

The smaller engine actually adds some sportiness to the staid S60 driving experience. Power comes on early and continues in a smooth, nearly unremitting surge till just shy of redline. Thanks to the supercharger working at low revs, there's little noticeable lag. It's a cliche to say that small, forced-induction motors try to "feel" like big V8s, but if a driver of the 2015 S60 T6 weren't told what's under this Volvo's hood, only the sound would give away the unique nature of its powertrain. At full throttle, a faint whine accompanies the initial spool of the supercharger, which is replaced by the swish of the turbo as the transmission upshifts.

Our silver-metallic test car came very well equipped, with just about every bell and whistle you'd expect on a $47,000 luxury sedan. The optional "platinum" package added a navigation system with real-time traffic, Volvo premium sound, Homelink, and a rear park assist camera. The 2015 S60 also lives up to Volvo's reputation for safety, winning the Insurance Institute's Top Safety Pick + award.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 4-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance; 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance; 12-month/5,000-mile no-charge first scheduled maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $38,150

As Tested: $38,150

  • 24 / 35 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 302 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 140 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged DOHC direct injected 4
  • Horsepower: 302 hp
  • Torque: 295
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 3,500 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 109.3 in
  • Length: 182.5 in
  • Width: 62.1 in
  • Height: 58.4 in
  • Turning circle: 39 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS
  • Suspension: Independent MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
  • Traction: traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 108 ft.
  • Top Speed: 140 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 35 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags, whiplash prevention system, inflatable head protection curtain, city safety crash avoidance system

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