2011 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2011 Volvo S60
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Volvo engine is begging a comparison to BMW's 300-hp, turbocharged straight six; compared to BMW's six in the 335i, the Volvo engine makes its peak torque a bit higher - 2,100 rpm versus 1,400 rpm - and overall it doesn't churn out the torque just above idle like the BMW mill; meanwhile, the turbo V-6 in the Audi S4, making 333 hp, is closer in character to the Volvo engine.

The Acura TSX doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but new for last year was an Acura TSX V6 model that, although front-wheel drive, delivers satisfying performance and nimble handling.

Those seeking luxury over outright sportiness might prefer the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which The all-new Saab 9-5 also looks to be a worthy rival to the 2011 Volvo S60, with equally compelling Scandinavian design and performance potential.

Of the whole bunch (except perhaps the Saab), the Volvo has more usable, adult-sized backseat space.

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Quick Specs
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MSRP From  
$37,700$29,610$34,600
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas I6Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class  
CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan 328i RWD
Drivetrain  
All Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
Automatic,AutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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