The 2011 S60 looks like a Volvo, yet its more rakish and aggressive than anything that's ever before been in this Swedish brand's stable. The S60 is handsome, expressive, and organic all at once from the outside, with smooth contours and swooping lines matched up with a low, wedgy front and pert tail, and framed with large flashy alloy wheels.
Inside the S60 has has an ultra-cool floating center stack of controls that pushes the Swedish design ethos into a hipper direction. Textures and design themes inside are far from the ordinary for luxury sedans.
Instead of simply wrapping the interior in lots of leather and matte-metallic trims, as some automakers do, Volvo has harnessed the starkness and contrasts of Scandinavian design and produced a surprisingly warm, functional interior. It not only employs contrast in the way of two-tone for the instrument panel and upholstery, but also up close in the texture of materials; the texture of the material atop the dash, for instance, was modeled after rippled water.