With the Volvo S60 T6, Volvo is begging a comparison to BMW's 300-hp 335i sedan, as well as the 333-hp Audi S4.
Both engines--especially the BMW unit--are a little more immediate in their power delivery, although the new T6 R-Design sharpens the Volvo's responses so that it's close.
In terms of handling, the 3-Series remains the champ, although the S60 is both capable and fun to drive.
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 this year introduces an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine (in the C250).
But of all there models, except maybe the TSX, the S60 offers the most usable passenger space in the back seat.
|2012 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings||2012 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi S4Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas Supercharged V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Compact||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact|
|FWD 4-Door Sedan T5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic|