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by Dan Carney

You review the 2002 Volvo S60 AWD

When they introduced the mid-size S60 sedan, Volvo said they intended to attack all aspects of the sporty European sedan segment. Asked if that meant an all-wheel-drive variant, the company candidly admitted from the beginning that it would.

Fans of proper sport sedans should rejoice, because the resulting S60 AWD is not a dressed-up, macho SUV wannabe. It is, instead, every bit the refined near-luxury sedan the S60 is, but it is one that is even more surefooted than the conventional front-drive version.

Sure-footed luxury

2002 Volvo S60 AWD

2002 Volvo S60 AWD

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The all-wheel-drive system adds a little weight (140 pounds) and cost to the S60, and surely siphons off a bit of performance in terms of straight-line acceleration. But only the added cost could be detected by a customer under normal circumstances because the all-wheel drive system is completely unobtrusive.

That’s because the system sends 95 percent of the engine’s power through the front wheels under typical dry, straight-line acceleration. If wheels start to slip, as when we floored it from a stop on a gravel road, power is rerouted as needed. Between the AWD system and the traction control, we weren’t able to induce any wheelspin on the gravel road, which bodes well for traction in rain and snow.

As always, the S60 is a supremely comfortable sedan, capable on twisty roads, where it feels agile, as well as in the school parking lot, where its spacious back seat carries three in comfort. Naturally, the car is loaded with safety features, such as just about every imaginable airbag and advanced seatbelts.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Volvo S60 4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E Premier FWD

Going to buy a V 60 also so we will have a sedan and wagon

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What can I say but the best seats I could find in a very solid well made auto . The Drive E blows any engine I have had away . MPG is out of this world but the smoothest ride I could find . Should hold its... + More »
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Sunday, September 13, 2015
For 2016 Volvo S60

Close but no cigar

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My review is about the 2015. My wife and I each owned earlier Volvos so when it came time to replace her small ute (kids are getting bigger), we were drawn to the S60 with the E engine. Right off, we loved the... + More »
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
2015 Volvo S60 4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E Premier FWD

Great car, love the way it drives! Very comfortable and fast!

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This is my first Volvo and I am impressed! I have owned Acura, Infiniti and BMW this beats them all. Loads of low end torque from the Drive E turbo four and quick shifts from the eight speed automatic. I find... + More »
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