Auto Review: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD: One for a fans


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By Ron Amadon
, MarketWatch

DAMASCUS, Md. (MarketWatch) – If we are a Volvo fan, maybe even dating to when they all looked like ’41 Fords, there is zero in a new S60 to expostulate we divided from a brand.

Comfortable seats for a prolonged day or week’s drive? Check.

All a latest reserve systems and afterwards some? Check.

Included in that package is a radar-computer complement that will detect a walking or rising automobile that a motorist competence not have seen in city traffic. The complement works during speeds adult to 19 miles per hour and will stop a automobile quicker than a motorist could to equivocate conflict someone who forgot we are ostensible to use only a crosswalks. (Try explaining that judgment to a New York City pedestrian!)

There is also adaptive journey control, collision warning, stretch warning and lane-departure warning. That final object was engaging in that it doesn’t only beep, though sounds like it’s personification a initial 9 records of a “William Tell Overture.” we suspicion a Swedes would have left with ABBA …

The extraneous styling positively looks like a Volvo, though Mrs. Evaluator gave a clever thumbs-down to a ‘Vibrant Copper Metallic” paint scheme. The extraneous pattern is contemporary, during a unequivocally least.

And this Volvo is a truly an general car. Now owned by Geely Automobile Holdings Group of China
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 after being sole by Ford Motor Co.
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 in 2010, Volvo was creatively owned by a ball-bearing builder and afterwards for a good cube of a life by AB Volvo of Gothenburg, Sweden. This weekend’s exam automobile was fabricated in Ghent, Belgium, from tools made in Germany and Sweden.

2011 Volvo
S60 T6 AWD


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Okay, let’s impact a doors (a gratifying kerthunk), and in a difference of Steppenwolf, “Head out on a highway.” Wind sound is good contained, though there was some highway sound on less-than-smooth pavement.But nothing of this is unequivocally an emanate inside a cabin.

The three-liter inline 6 has some-more than adequate energy to uniformly combine onto interstates or take advantage of a opening in city traffic. The 300-horsepower energy plant also is good for 325 lb.-ft. of torque. It is tied to a six-speed involuntary with a manual-shift mode with “Dynamic” and “Sport” selections accessible depending to a driver’s mood. Handling is secure, though don’t go chasing an M-class BMW down a off-ramps.

The float is only ideal in a customary “Dynamic” mode for prolonged days behind a wheel. For tolerably longer trips, a S60 would be a elite approach to go though all a hassles of drifting these days. Volvo is pronounced to be tough during work on new systems to make certain a outing is some-more secure. One would be means to clarity if a motorist has suffered a seizure or heart attack. It would delayed a vehicle, activate puncture flashers and pierce a automobile to a protected hindrance by a side of a highway regulating a multiple of radar and mechanism controls. It seems like a flattering good thought to me.

Most of a buttons on a core console are intuitive, with a outline of a tellurian being used for last where exhilarated or cooled atmosphere will be distributed. The navigation complement was too picky for my tastes; however, it does come with real-time trade alerts and voice controls.

I was a bit astounded during a miss of toe, knee and leg room for rear-seat occupants, given that Volvo had a uninformed start here. Kids would fit in only fine, though a adult seating ability of this automobile is dual unless someone adult front moves a chair forward. That is of flourishing interest, given other makers such as Kia and Hyundai
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, for instance, are conceptualizing cars with additional space for rear-seat passengers.

Make no mistake. There is a lot to like here over reserve and seats. Good acceleration is one, with zero-to-60 times of only over 6 seconds consistently. For 2011, Volvo also took another gander during a stop complement and interlude distances were lowered as a result.

This entry-level sedan doesn’t come cheap. With $2,700 value of options, a exam automobile would set your bank comment behind $46,200.

There wasn’t adequate essence in this automobile to pierce yours truly out of his initial dual choices during this level, a Audi A4
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, or a BMW 3
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series. But if reserve and confidence arrange aloft on your criteria list, a spin in a new S60 should be mandatory.

In short, we can see Mikael Blomkvist pushing one, though never Lisbeth Salander. If those names don’t ring a bell, we have 3 sparkling Stieg Larsson books to read.

Hubcaps

Volkswagen will theatre 3 events globally to symbol a phenomenon of what it is job a 21st-century Beetle. In New York, a Black Eyed Peas will perform on Apr 18 to betray a automobile and symbol a new attribute between a organisation and VW. The builder expelled small information on a new New Beetle. we wish it still has a blossom vase.

BMW will deliver a sedan chronicle of a M5 during a arriving automobile uncover in Shanghai. For opening buffs, this one gets a new turbo V-8 tied to a new seven-speed involuntary that drives a back wheels. It will be means to obstruct all that energy to a left or right palm sides depending on need or conditions. It competence be expensive.

Coming adult in this mainstay will be sum of a new Honda Civic
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 and a Chrysler 300. Given stream gasoline prices, a concentration will be on a Civic. we have seen a outside, though not a inside, of a new indication that will entrance this fall. Obviously, embargoes placed on a information will foreordain when we can persevere a mainstay to this unequivocally critical further to a Honda lineup.

Vehicles tested in this mainstay are on loan from a automobile companies by internal distributors.

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Ron Amadon writes about cars for MarketWatch from Washington.



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