Though its Total Car Score places it in the middle of the segment, the 2011 Volvo S60 has become a much more desirable entry-level luxury sedan this year.
A full redesign for 2011 has given the S60 new styling, a roomier interior, a more powerful engine, better handling and added safety features. Reports have been glowing, with critics calling the new S60 “rakish,” “handsome” and “the best Volvo yet.”
Reviewers did find fault, though, with the S60's smallish back seat and navigation and audio controls that are a bit dated compared to its rival’s electronic interfaces.
The first-generation S60 joined the Volvo lineup in 2000 and ended production after the ’09 model year. No S60s were sold the previous year.
The 2011 Volvo S60 entry-level luxury sedan is currently offered in just one trim level, the T6.
Standard equipment is fairly generous for the T6 and includes 18-inch wheels, leather seating, a power driver seat, eight-speaker audio system and dual-zone automatic climate control. The S60 also comes with City Safety, a slow-speed accident prevention feature.
Major options include adaptive HID headlights, a premium audio system, a navigation system and adaptive cruise control.
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that generates 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Power flows to all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.
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