2013 Volvo S60
India, may not be the biggest market for Volvo cars, but it sure does have the potential to be one. Steadily, Volvo has expanded their portfolio with the addition of new models and variants. Today, Volvo has five different models on offer. The S60 is among the best sellers, other being the XC60 crossover. In the year 2013, Volvo launched the updated version of the S60 sedan.
Initially, the Swedish car maker had its high power versions on offer which were then swapped for more economical and reasonably priced variants. The new 2014 Volvo S60 is now available with two diesel engine options. Gone is the all-wheel drive and a gas-guzzling T6 variant. Now, a more sensible 5-cylinder diesel range powering the front wheels make up the S60 line up.
The 5-cylinder engines are available in 163 horsepower and 215 horsepower avataars while a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission has been thrown in for a relaxed and efficient driving. The company has now significantly revised the prices for the S60 which now starts at INR 29.9 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.
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- Year: 2013
- Make: Volvo
- Model: S60
- Engine: inline-5
- Transmission: 6-speed Geartronic
- Horsepower @ RPM: 215 @ 4000
- Torque @ RPM: 325 @ 1500
- Energy: Turbocharged
- Displacement: 2.4 L
- 0-60 time: 7.6 sec.
- Layout: Front wheel drive
- Price: INR 2990000
- car segment: midsize cars
- car fuel: diesel cars
- body style: sedan
With the new S60, Volvo claims to have taken their "designed around you" philosophy to a new level. The exterior has been tweaked quite a bit. So much so, that the car looks more premium and fine details like the chrome elements on the grille slats add a sense of class to the vehicle.
I personally, have been a huge fan of Volvo design and the S60, as well. I like the simple yet, stylish and different exterior. The unique front end with the almost protruding grille, the strong shoulder line and the tail lamp cluster that follows the shape of the rear profile. It is a very unconventional take on car design and that’s fine by me.
Some of the other changes made to the exterior of the 2014 Volvo S60 include a redesigned bonnet, bumpers, tail pipes, premium wipers, LED day time running lights, aluminium wheels that add a touch of sportiness.
|EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS||In mm|
Compare the S60 with its German rivals and one thing that sets the Volvo apart is the exquisite interior and materials. The S60’s cabin feels way more premium than a Mercedes-Benz C Class, Audi A4 or the BMW 3-Series. It is the best-in-class cabin with a unique touch that is the floating center console.
The basic layout of the dashboard has been retained, however updated equipment which includes a new full-TFT instrument cluster is a must have. The display changes appearance depending on the selected driving mode. So, you have Eco, Elegance, Performance.
The steering wheel and gear shift lever have been reworked by Volvo designers. "City Safety" in now standard on the S60. This is a system which applies the brakes automatically, if the driver fails to react on time, in the event of an avoidable collision.
DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION
The 2014 Volvo S60 drops its all-wheel drive for a front-wheel drive layout. Gone is the 300 odd horsepower T6 for a more conservative 5-cylinder diesel engine. Volvo is offering three variants of the S60 with two engine options. Both 5-cylinder diesels are available with either 163 horsepower or 215 horsepower.
D4 Kinetic and D4 Summum use a 2.0-liter inline-5 pot turbocharged diesel which churns out 163 horsepower @ 3500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque @ 1500 - 2750 rpm. The D5 Summum version is powered by a 2.4-liter block of the inline-5 pot turbo-diesel engine. This configuration puts out 215 horsepower @ 4000 rpm and 440 Nm @ 1500 - 3000 rpm.
Both engines are coupled to a 6-speed Geartronic transmission which allows the D4 to sprint to 100 kph in 9.2 sec while the D5 manages this in just 7.6 seconds. Fuel economy of both powertrains is almost similar despite the added horsepower and performance of the D5.
|ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS||D4 Kinectic||D4 Summum||D5 Summum|
|Layout||Front-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive|
|Displacement||1986 cc||1986 cc||2400 cc|
|Power||163 bhp @ 3500 rpm||163 bhp @ 3500 rpm||215 bhp @ 4000 rpm|
|Torque||400 Nm @ 1500 - 2750 rpm||400 Nm @ 1500 - 2750 rpm||440 Nm @ 1500 - 3000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed Geartronic||6-speed Geartronic||6-speed Geartronic|
|0-100 kph||9.2 sec||9.2 sec||7.6 sec|
Volvo has now dropped the base price of the S60 D4 Kinetic to just under INR 30 lakh to INR 29.9 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. The D4 Summum variant is now available at INR 32.5 lakh while the D5 Summum which is also the top-spec S60 on offer costs INR 35.5 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.
|VARIANTS||D4 Kinetic||D4 Summum||D5 Summum|
|PRICE||INR 29.9 lakh||INR 32.5 lakh||INR 35.5 lakh|
For the same base price as the Volvo S60, you can have the Audi A4 2.0 TDI with an updated diesel engine. The engine in the new model puts out 175 horsepower coupled to a Multitronic gearbox. Until now, Audi A4 owners had to do with just 143 German horses. Thankfully, on the new A4, Audi upgraded the engine.
The exterior styling is rather conservative on the Audi A4. Like most Audi’s the styling is plain and simple. The interior is well appointed with fairly good quality materials and plastics. The seats aren’t as comfortable as the ones of the S60. Nothing can match the soft-feel leather of the S60.
The BMW is slightly expensive compared with the Audi A4. However, it excels in most other departments. The BMW handles like no other sedan in this segment partly because its rear-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter diesel engine in the Bimmer puts down 181 horsepower which is far more than the Volvo S60’s 163 horses. Quite unsurprising then, the BMW beats both the A4 and the S60 in a drag race.
The new BMW 320d gets a brand new front fascia with a headlamp cluster that blends into the twin-kidney grille. The interior of the car too has been updated. Having said that, the dashboard is oriented towards the driver, still. So, if you love driving other than being driven, the BMW is simply the best alternative.
Decision time. The Volvo S60 offers a whole lot more for the price. It is undoubtedly the safest car if you happen to get involved in crash. Volvo offers most kit for the buck. So, it is the most value-for-money compared to the Audi A4 or the BMW 320d. The interior of the car is well appointed and is the best place to be on a long drive. It loses out to the Bimmer in a drag race, but I will still go with the Volvo S60.
- * Scandinavian design
- * Superb interior and comfort
- * Frugal engine and safety features
- * Not as exciting to drive as a BMW 3-Series
- * Rarefied service network.
The new dynamic Volvo S60 design, with its purposeful, dynamic appearance, accentuates the car’s sporting nature.
"We’ve really increased the S60’s road presence with a new front design. The more focused and determined-looking headlamps help create this new, expressive ’face’. We were thinking of a wolf’s eyes when we designed them," explains Fedde Talsma, Design Director, Exterior. He adds: "We’ve emphasised the S60’s horizontal lines at both the front and rear. Together with details such as a wider grille, daylight running lights and a new LED light guide on the tail lamps, they give the S60 a striking, squat presence. The car has a beauty that is rooted in the natural world. The clean surfaces and contours give it a very Scandinavian feel."
Inside, there are upgrades such as new upholstery colours, new wood inlays, a new headliner, and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.
"The overall effect is very warm and cosy, like being in a warm Swedish house on a cold night. The colour themes correspond beautifully with the backlit white controls in the dash and elsewhere in the car," adds Lena Jiseborn, Design Director, Colour and Trim.
And under the skin, at the heart of the dynamic driving experience, is a wide choice of chassis settings, designed around the customer’s personal requirements. The Volvo S60 buyer has a choice of four chassis types - Touring, Dynamic, Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) and Lower Sport Chassis, previously only available on the R-Design version.
Sensus Connected Touch - connectivity on a new level
Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality and the all-new Sensus Connected Touch is the latest addition.
It enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars and handy in winter!
Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver’s mobile phone.
The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn and Orange Live Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with online traffic info and dangerous zone warnings, Free Parking locator, weather information, a number of native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as a Volvo service locator.
It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.
"You can find the track you want just by saying its name. The voice-activated system works on all music sources connected to the Sensus Connected Touch," explains Patrik Widerstrand. "TripInfo is another great feature that can read out Wikipedia information about interesting points along the route via the audio system."
Adaptive Digital Display
The Adaptive Digital Display, which debuted in the all-new V40, is now available in the new S60, V60 and XC60. This active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display takes the interaction between car and driver to a new dimension, always displaying the most important information in any given situation.
The driver can choose between three graphic themes:
The Elegance theme is the base mode with a traditional and calm aura.
The Eco theme features green background illumination, designed to create an environmentally inspired look. An Eco meter is displayed on the left. The current and accumulated fuel consumption figures are displayed - and the driver is rewarded with a green E light when eco-driving is optimal.
The Performance theme has red background illumination, creating a sporty atmosphere. In the centre, a rev counter scale replaces the speedometer displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions. Vehicle speed is shown digitally in the centre of the display. The right display includes a power meter - a gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much power is being used at any given moment in time.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid also comes with an additional Hybrid Theme with blue illumination. It includes hybrid and battery information that supports energy-efficient use of the ingenious driveline.
Lower fuel consumption
Volvo Car Group continues to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency and CO2 actions across the model and engine range.
The fuel consumption of the 115 hp, four-cylinder D2 diesel in the new Volvo S60 with a manual gearbox has been improved to a class-leading 4.0 l/100 km (EU Combined, preliminary figures), translating into CO2 emissions of only 106 g/km. The corresponding figures with the automatic gearbox are 4.1 l/100 km and 107 g/km (preliminary figures).
Its estate cousin, the new Volvo V60 D2, also has class-leading fuel consumption at 4.1 l/100 km (109 g/km) with the manual and 4.2 l/100 km (110 g/km) with the automatic gearbox (preliminary figures).
The automatic D3 (136 hp) and D4 (163 hp) versions of the new Volvo S60 and V60 now come with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km (4.9 l/100 km).
The new Volvo XC60 has also been improved, with both the D5 (215 hp) and the D4 (163 hp) versions with a manual gearbox and All Wheel Drive, delivering a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100 km (139 g/km).
There are improvements with petrol power too, with the S60 with the 1.6-litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine T4 (180 hp) or T3 (150 hp) and automatic gearbox now offering fuel consumption at 6.8 l/100 km (159 g/km). The corresponding figure for the V60 T4 and T3 is 7.2 l/100 km (167 g/km).
The three-spoke steering wheels can now be accompanied with paddle shifters for cars specified with automatic transmission. They turn the automatic box into a manual with the benefit of shifting gear with both hands on the wheel. The paddle shifters give the enthusiastic driver an additional edge, particularly when powering round twisty roads. And for the added comfort of drivers in Sweden and other cold countries, the steering wheel can also be specified with heating for increased comfort on cold winter days.
Permanent high beam with groundbreaking technology
The new Active High Beam Control makes journeys in the dark safer and more comfortable.
The technology eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible keep the headlights on full beam continuously.
When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp.
The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.
Cornering Light for better visibility
Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As an extension of the current Active Bending Light system, it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring - for instance, when turning into a small road or driving through a narrow gateway at night.
Cars equipped with a rain sensor can now benefit from an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days.
The S60, V60 and XC60 are also available with outer rear view mirrors with auto dim. Using chromatic glass, the mirrors automatically dim to avoid glare from other traffic, just like the inner rear view mirror.
IntelliSafe systems supporting the driver
IntelliSafe is Volvo’s blanket name for all active safety systems, and Volvo’s world-first City Safety technology plays an important part. Fitted as standard, this advanced safety system works at speeds of up to 50 km/h. All models can also get Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, which watches out for people walking into the car’s path.
The S60, V60 and XC60 can also be specified with the enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which is now radar-based. The technology can also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 m behind the car, while still informing the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car.
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view may be restricted.
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs on the instrument display.
"As the leader in automotive safety, we have reduced the risk of being involved in an accident or being injured in one of our latest car models by abound 50 per cent since the year 2000. By continuously introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.