The Volvo engine is begging a comparison to BMW's 300-hp, turbocharged straight six; compared to BMW's six in the 335i, the Volvo engine makes its peak torque a bit higher - 2,100 rpm versus 1,400 rpm - and overall it doesn't churn out the torque just above idle like the BMW mill; meanwhile, the turbo V-6 in the Audi S4, making 333 hp, is closer in character to the Volvo engine.
The Acura TSX doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but new for last year was an Acura TSX V6 model that, although front-wheel drive, delivers satisfying performance and nimble handling.
Those seeking luxury over outright sportiness might prefer the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which The all-new Saab 9-5 also looks to be a worthy rival to the 2011 Volvo S60, with equally compelling Scandinavian design and performance potential.
Of the whole bunch (except perhaps the Saab), the Volvo has more usable, adult-sized backseat space.
Get FREE Dealer Quotes
|2011 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings||2011 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi S4Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas supercharged V6||Gas I6|
|4-Door Sedan w/Moonroof||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV|
|All Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||All-wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan|