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While that's well above the outgoing car, there's gobs of additional power and kit, and crucially, it still seems like a very good value.
The 2011 Volvo S60 is also a relative bargain.
Finding a place to put iPhones and snacks is no problem in the S60, as the front door bins, glovebox and cupholders are generously sized
Start ticking off options, and you can easily push the price of the car north of $45,000.
Figure a well-equipped S60 will ring in somewhere in the low-$40,000 range, which is a lot for a Volvo but several grand less than a comparably kitted-out BMW 335i xDrive.
Car and Driver
From a base front-wheel-drive T5 model at less than $33,000, to a loaded S60 R-Design Platinum, which when loaded can approach $55k, the 2013 S60 spans a wide range, appealing as a safe, comfortable, tech-oriented sedan to some shoppers or a powerful sport sedan with some of the latest infotainment, convenience, and active-safety features to others.
Overall, Volvo has changed the way that S60 models are equipped for 2013; they still come in T5, T6, and R-Design models, but Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum guises determine the level of extras.
Entry-level S60 T5 models include power accessories, cruise control, driver control interface, a trip computer, Bluetooth hands-free communication and Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, USB/iPod/auxiliary input, CD/MP3 audio system, and more. For 2013 Volvo has added rain-sensor wipers, headlight washers, a tunnel-detection feature for the headlights, and new dual tailpipes for the base T5. Premier Plus models add leather, a power passenger seat, a garage-door opener, park assist, dual xenon headlamps, and a power moonroof, while Platinum models get Keyless Drive, a voice-control navigation system with real-time traffic, and a rear camera system. Heated rear seats are even offered on T5 models.
Those features are roughly the same for T6 and R-Design models, although all T6s get the Personal Car Communicator, larger 18-inch wheels, and a few other items. Unique elements to the R Design include: interior and exterior styling, a sport steering wheel, diamond-cut dark gray alloy wheels, and of course the R Design performance upgrades.
Throughout the lineup, a Technology Package includes a long list of active-safety items (including pedestrian detection with full auto brake, adaptive cruise control, and a new road-sign info system), all for just $2,100. Otherwise a climate package adds heated front seats, while rear heated seats and a blind-spot system are offered as standalone options. Other wheel options and Urbane Wood inlays are among other extras.
The 2013 Volvo S60 offers plenty of infotainment and cutting-edge tech features, but they can come at a steep price.