Against the performance-oriented, top-of-the-line R-Design model, Volvo wants to be compared to the 300-hp 335i sedan, as well as the 333-hp Audi S4.
While the Volvo's respectable for power, both rival engines are a little more immediate in power delivery; likewise, they're sharper in handling, although the S60 is a blast to drive fast on real roads, and its ride quality especially in T6 guise is excellent.
The Acura TSX is a good intermediate choice and an alternative to the T5; it doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but there's a V6 model that provides strong performance.
The C Class, especially the C250, with its new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, could be a good alternative to the T5 as well.
Back-seat space remains better in the S60 than most, due to its contoured seating, allowing adults to fit.
And to throw a wild card into the mix, we also see the 2013 Buick Regal GS to be a worthy rival to the S60 in some respects.
While the Regal's interior is cramped and not nearly as well design, it hits some of the same marks for features and has surprisingly satisfying performance.
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