The S60 T6 (and the T5, with the Sport Package) gets new sport seats that are a little bit better bolstered than the sport seats of last year's model. They still felt as supportive and all-day-comfortable as ever.
Choose your own gauges
Also new—and included on all but the base S60 T5—is a TFT gauge cluster that has three user-configurable 'themes,' with Elegance, Eco, and Performance themes. The Eco setting has a green background and efficiency gauge, while the Performance one is red and has a central 'analog' tachometer sweeping around a digital speedometer readout.
One surprise is that these themes are exactly that—just display themes. To change steering effort you can still go in through the 'MyCar' menu when stopped, while sliding the shift knob over to the Sport (S) side, where you get sharpened throttle response.
Among all the feature improvements in the 2014 model, a heated windshield and heated steering wheel are newly included with the Climate Package—which still includes heated front and rear seats. Also, the S60's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) has been bolstered to include Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Change Merge Aid, and there's now a cyclist-detection algorithm with Full Auto Brake.
Competent, charismatic, more fuel-efficient
We've just returned from Southern France, where we drove prototype versions of the Drive-E powertrain fitted to showroom-correct (albeit Euro-spec) versions of the 2014 Volvo S60. To revive a turn of phrase that we used when the current S60 was first launched three years ago, we ended up finding this refreshed S60 to be relatively benign, yet definitely more charismatic than Volvos of the past.
Be sure to read those impressions for more detail, and if you're in the market for an S60 be aware that there will be many different powertrain combinations out at the Volvo dealership—and pricing remains up in the air at the moment. Volvo is already conservatively anticipating an EPA Combined figure of 29 mpg for the lower-output version of the new engine, so if mileage matters, you may want to hold out for these new Drive-E Volvos.