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Sweet Swede: 2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design Test Drive

The Volvo S60 is evidence of just how much the company has changed. Until recently, I honestly didn’t think too much about Volvo. The only Volvo that really caught my eye was was the 240 sedan, as it was actually one of the first cars I became acquainted with when I started taking an interest in cars at the age of seven.

Then in 2014, after being sold by Ford to Geely, Volvo released the third-generation XC90 and it immediately caught my attention. Since then, they have pumped out some of the best cars in the luxury segment like the S90, V90, XC60, XC40, and the V60. However, now Volvo is taking on one of the most successful segments in the luxury market with the all-new Volvo S60 sedan.

Not to cut to the chase too much, but before I even delve into the details I discovered during my week-long evaluation, I’ll just go ahead and say it — this is the best of the new Volvos. Read on to find out why.

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2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design Exterior

If you’re already a fan of Volvo’s new design language, you’ll love the styling on the new S60. The new S60 is based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture which underpins all Volvos in the 90 and 60 Series. As with other modern Volvos, the S60 gets the iconic Thor Hammer headlamps, a grille with Volvo’s Iron Mark, and giant Volvo logo on the rear end.

At first, you may think that Volvo just shrunk the S90 and handed us the S60, but there are some design element departures. For instance, I really like the way they gave the rear taillights a bolder and sharper look when compared to the straight edge design they have on the S90. I also like the sharp character lines when you view it from the side profile. The model I tested here, the Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design, comes with some trim exclusive elements including 18-inch R-Design wheels, gloss black trim, and an R-Design Grille.

I honestly think that the 2019 S60 is one of the best looking models in this segment. To be honest, I think it looks better than most of its German and JDM rivals. Size-wise, the Volvo S60 is about two inches longer than the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which allows for some extra legroom for rear-seat passengers.

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2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design Interior

The interior of the S60 is no different from any other modern Volvos. And to me, that’s a great thing, since I love Volvo’s new interior design language. In my opinion, Volvo’s interior is in the top five, right next to Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz in terms of styling, comfort, and quality.

In terms of trims, you can pick from the base Momentum model, the sporty R-Design, and the top-of-the-line Inscription. No matter which you go with, you’ll enjoy a healthy amount of standard features including a nine-inch touchscreen display with the Sensus infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an array of driver-assist tech.

Prices start at $35,800 for the base S60 T5 Momentum. The T5 Inscription starts at $42,900, but there aren’t many differences in terms of the options you get. For instance, the Volvo S60 T5 Inscription doesn’t even offer standard heated front seats. So I’d skip over the S60 T5 models and go direct to the Volvo S60 T6 Momentum, which at $40,300, is actually priced less than the S60 T5 Inscription, and it has standard heated front seats. Plus, it’s more fun to drive than the T5. Prices jump significantly from there, with the S60 T6 R Design starting at $46,400, and the Volvo S60 T6 Inscription starting at $47,400. No matter which trim you go for, make sure you get the $3,200 Bowers & Wilkins sound system because it is the best sound system in any car right now.

Overall, the interior is comfortable with 35.2-inches of rear legroom which is on par with the segment and the same as the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Desig Performance

I’m going to be the outlier here and say that I would buy the S60 over all its rivals. Why? Because it just checks all the boxes for me. Now, that’s not to say that other models in this segment aren’t good but I genuinely feel that the driving characteristics of the S60 T6 are actually better than most of its opponents. The Volvo S60 T6 is one of the quickest when it comes to the models that are similarly priced. It is a surprisingly capable sports sedan that actually feels quite feisty when you push it. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine making 316 horsepower, the S60 T6 goes from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph.

When it comes to handling, the Volvo S60 T6 is particularly sturdy and leaves you feeling confident in its abilities. Acceleration is astonishingly quick in all speed ranges and you’ll actually cover a lot of ground in big doses.

Fuel economy wise, the 2019 Volvo S60 T6 averages an EPA-rated 21/32 mpg* (city/highway).

While the new Volvo S60 T6 is awesome in terms of performance, what’s more impressive is the way it soaks up bumps and road imperfections without any drama. I would say other models like the Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are a little smoother — but the S60 isn’t far off.

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2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Desig Overall

I’ve been a huge fan of Volvo’s resurgence and all the new models they’ve brought to market including the XC40, XC60, XC90, S90, V90, V60. However, out of all the new Volvo models, I have to say that S60 is by far my favorite. It is an excellent balance of comfort and luxury that’s packed into a very capable sedan when you’re ready to push it to its limits. Prices for the 2019 Volvo S60 start at $35,800** for the base T5 Momentum model – however you’re better off starting at the T6 Momentum due to the way Volvo has packaged and priced the S60. Visit your local AutoNation Volvo dealership for a test drive today.

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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