The 2015 Volvo S60 offers a mix of powertrain options and trim levels that provides a remarkable amount of variety in one of Volvo's mainstay vehicles for the U.S. market. It allows you to choose a a stylish, safe, and comfortable family car or specify a more powerful sport sedan with many of the latest technology, convenience, and active-safety features.
The basics: You can get T5 and T6 models (meaning 250-300 hp, or 300-plus hp, respectively), each with the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive--making four variations, each with a different engine this year--plus the higher-performance R Design model with all-wheel drive only. On top of that, you can choose Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels.
All Volvo S60 models, from the entry T5 up, come standard with power accessories, cruise control, a trip computer, driver control interface, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free communication, HD Radio, USB/iPod/auxiliary input, CD/MP3 audio system, and more. Recent additions to the standard-equipment list include rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and a tunnel-detection feature for the headlights, and new dual tailpipes for the base T5. If you go for the more powerful T6 or R Design models, Volvo adds larger 18-inch wheels, Keyless Drive, a Personal Car Communicator, and a few other items.
The Premier level you get upgraded alloy wheels, bright window trim, and a new adaptive Thin-Film Transitor (TFT) display that has Elegance, Eco, and Performance themes. 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.
The Technology Package, a popular option, bundles 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 $1,500. Then there's the Climate Package, at $1,550, which provides heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and windshield, and heated nozzles for the windshield washers. Finally, the Sport Package adds the Dynamic Chassis setup, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a retuned suspension. Additional wheel designs and some interior trim add-ons are among the stand-alone options.
S60 prices this year start at $33,300 for the T5 in front-wheel-drive form, and rise to almost $55,000 for a loaded R Design Platinum model at the very top of the range.