The luxury sports sedan market is led by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. But Volvo's a contender, especially with the S60, its mid-size sporty sedan. For its third year on the market Volvo has updated the powertrain lineup for the S60 to better take on the competition. In our latest video road test we take a look at the 2013 Volvo S60, the Swedish take on a luxury sports sedan.
The new S60 is clearly a Volvo, but it's also one of the most rakish and aggressive-looking Volvo's we've ever seen. We love the sharp front end and wedgy rear end design while the sides wear the smooth contours and sweeping lines quite nicely.
The interior is really where the Swedish design ethos shows. The textured surfaces surround the cabin with a soft-touch dashboard and contrasting hues inside. Certain models feature unique wood and metal accents around the cabin. And the captivating floating center stack really sets a daring design tone.
Under the hood of the 2013 Volvo S60 you'll find either a turbocharged inline five-cylinder or a turbo six-cylinder. Our tester has the updated turbo in-line five-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. All S60 models feature a six-speed automatic transmission that unfortunately doesn't feature a full manual control mode or paddle shifters, while the competition does. The 2013 S60 T5 is rated by the EPA at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Opt for all-wheel drive and economy drops to 20/28 mpg. The more powerful turbo in-line six is rated at 18/26 mpg.
Volvo's are known for safety, and the S60 is no different. It's earned top five-star ratings in all categories from the NHTSA and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS with good ratings in all test categories. In addition the the usual assortment of airbags, the S60 also comes with City Safety, which slows down the car automatically when it senses obstacles. This year there's also a radar-based Pedestrian Detection system with Full Auto Brake, which means the car can bring itself to a full stop if it detects a person in harm's way, at speeds of up to 22 mph.
The 2013 S60 starts from just over $31,000 and includes Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, and leather seats. Our test model, an S60 T5 AWD, is priced from just over $38,000, and includes features such as a power passenger seat, keyless entry, power moonroof, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. A fully loaded T6 R-Design model will approach $55,000 with all available features, including a Volvo Premium Sound System, blind-spot monitors, navigation, and heated rear seats.
So what's the bottom line with the 2013 Volvo S60? It's stylish, and performance runs from luxurious to edgy, all while hitting the mark for safety and top-notch interior design.