Having driven the sporty S60 T5 R-Design model model before i was exceptionally interested to see how the D4 Luxury model would go, specially given my commute now.
I am a fan of the s60’s looks and I think the luxury version is exception to rule it still has a sporty hint to it thanks to the S60’s sleek looks, sloping roof line and beautiful curvy rear quarter. But the luxury has waft of elegance and upmarket look instead of the aggressive looks of the T5-R i’d driven before.
The D4 stands for the 2.0L 4cyl turbo diesel with start/stop technology pushing out 133kW and a max torque 350Nm, what can I say I think this engine is a little cracker. Performance wise though its might impressive it will more than keep up with traffic without breaking a sweat.
Should you put your foot down then it responds with excellent acceleration and it’s responsive at any speed thanks partly to the wonderful 8 speed auto.
One feature of the new Drive-E engine is the stop start feature which switches the engine off when you stop to save fuel, the economy is rather good indeed.
During the week I had the car I averaged around 8.3L/100km which was just plan city driving and at the moment the D4 holds the title as most fuel efficient car I’ve tested this year. Funny thing is I know you can definitely do a lot better than did but I wasn’t trying to maximize economy and on the highway the economy gets even better as regularly saw 4 and 5s
The wonderful 8 speed auto I mentioned before shifts extremely quick and smooth, move it into sports mode and you can take advantage of the engines torque band. Using the paddle shifts to explore the transmission more can be rewarding.
On the road the S60 rides wonderfully is not as stiffly sprung as the R-Design, so I found it rode the bumps even on some of Sydney’s typical crappy B roads and there was no hint of crash bang and the bigger bumps.
Even though it’s not sprung as stiff the S60 Luxury tackles corners with great poise, cornering nice and flat without any hint of body roll, the steering is a touch heavy but is responsive and decently weighted and I liked its feel.
As you would expect from the Luxury badge climbing into the S60 and you are met with a waft of luxury, the leather front seats not only offer great support while cornering but are comfortable as well and are perfect for a long distance drive.
The fit and finish and quality of the interior surfaces and materials just scream premium opulence.
The leather bound steering wheel is extremely comfortable to hold and was the perfect thickness for me.
It contains controls for the audio system, adaptive cruise control and hands free blue tooth.
The instrument panel is Volvo’s Adapted Digital Display which also has 3 different coloured themes to choose from.
Elegance which has a nice blue and black tone, Eco which is a green and my favourite scheme performance which is red.
The performance scheme gives you a large tacho with a digital speedo in the middle, flanking that to the right a power metre and to the left a temp gauge which is replaced by a gauge showing you what speed you have set the cruise control on when you’re using it. I really like the setup of this display and it has to be one of the best looking instrument panels I’ve seen.
The sculpture dash covered in soft touch material leads you to the centre stack which contains the 7 inch colour screen for Volvo’s Sensus Premium Sound Multimedia system.
I really like the system and it allows you to access what seems like an endless amount of settings for the car.
By selecting MY Car you get access to things such as the City Safety, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Radar Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Road Sign Information (RSI), lights, door mirrors, climate, central locking, audio and phone. The system also offers full Bluetooth connectivity and live audio streaming from your phone, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD, USB, AUX and full iwhatever connectivity.
The sat nav has voice control and works great, the system will also allow you to connect to the net by WIFI or by Bluetooth using your phones net connection. Although for some reason the only way I could get it to work was to set my phone up as a WIFI hotspot.
My only beef with the system is it’s a bit fiddly to use and not quite as good as some of the touch screen systems I’ve used.
But I did get a kick out of using the Tunein app to listen to my fav radio station K95 from my wifes hometown in Wichita Kansas.
The back seat offers plenty of legroom and is extremely comfortable, boot space is not but this car came with the optional space saver spare which is mounted on the floor which does eat into your boot space.
Volvo is a world leader in vehicle safety and you would expect this car has list of features longer than your arm including.
City Safety, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Advanced
Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Ready Brake Alert (RBA), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) with Electronic Brake
Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Emergency
Brake Lights with hazard light activation, Advance Stability Control
(ASC); driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags front, Curtain airbags, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) including SIPS airbags in front seats, Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), Intelligent Driver Information Sysnet (IDIS), three-point seatbelts, head restraints, anti-submarining, seatbelt pre tensioners and reminders on all seats, rear parking camera, rear parking sensors.
This car came with the optional driver support package which adds Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Alert System (Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Active High Beam Control, Forward Collision Warning and Road Sign Information), Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning
with Full Autbrake, Front and rear parking sensors, Auto dim rear view mirror and side mirrors to the already massive safety feature list.
After a week I found the Volvo S60 D4 Luxury to be a great car it drives, steers and handles well. There are more safety features than you can pole a stick at.
Volvo’s 2.0L turbo diesel Drive-E engine is great and is backed by a great 8 speed auto provides you with a wonderfully entertaining drive when you have that in mind. But will also return decent fuel economy when driven sedately.
The only issues I did have was while the start stop system is great for saving fuel it can be a bit intrusive at time, the Sensus system while loaded with features and providing great sound was a touch fiddly.
Volvo are hoping this car can take it up to its German rivals in the luxury sedan market and after my week in the S60 I think they up there specially when it comes to the fit, finish and quality of the materials used on the interior.
If you’re looking for a mid size sedan that is packed full of safety features, can return decent economy but deliver you a great drive then you should be taking a look at the Volvo S60 D4 Luxury.
For full details on Volvo’s S60 range check out their website http://www.volvocars.com/au
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