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2017 Volvo S60 Driving Impressions


Each S60 version steers adeptly and handles well. Lighter weight of the four-cylinder Drive-E engine helps front-drive T5 models behave nimbly. Ride comfort ranks as competent, but not exceptional.

Three powertrain modes can be set: Drive, Sport, and Eco+. The S60 driver can also tune the suspension while underway. Suspension firmness may be set to Dynamic or Touring, while Comfort, Sport, and Advanced modes affect driver control.

The S60 T6 R-Design has sportier suspension tuning, yielding crisper handling.

The additional ride height of the S60 Cross Country is noticeable in corners, but the body doesn’t lean much and handling is comparable to other S60 models.

Volvo’s direct–injected base engine, in the T5, is somewhat noisy and coarse, lacking in refinement. Stop/start, that annoying feature that shuts off the engine at intersections adds to the roughness. All of this is particularly noticeable in stop-and-go traffic.

Upper trim levels with the turbo/supercharged engine perform better, but it’s limited by all-wheel drive that adds 250 pounds.

The 8-speed automatic transmission in all S60s is a sore point, too eager to shift up in an attempt to limit fuel usage. Noise from wind, tires, and road surfaces are satisfactorily suppressed.

Thriftiest S60 is the front-drive T5, EPA-rated at 25/36 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops fuel economy to 23/31 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. The T6 R-Design, with its stronger engine, isn’t much different, at 22/32 mpg City/Highway.

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