2007 Volvo S60 Review
Firmer suspension delivers sportier handling.
The Volvo S60 combines excellent performance with outstanding safety features. It feels like a tight European sedan and does a good job of smoothing out rough roads. Its interior is handsome and the available leather has a high-quality look and feel.
The S60 fills the middle range in Volvo's lineup: It's larger than the compact S40, but not quite as large as the premium-luxury S80.
The high-performance S60 R features 300 horsepower and all manner of go-fast goodies.
For 2007, all S60 models benefit from a firmer, more performance-oriented suspension. Also for 2007, the sporty Volvo S60 T5 features the watch-dial instruments that were previously available only on the luxury-flagship S80 and high-performance S60 R.
Volvo has been a world leader in safety engineering since the mid-1950s and the S60 is stuffed with safety features and engineering.
The 2007 Volvo S60 comes in four models: S60 2.5T ($30,885), S60 2.5T AWD ($32,735), S60 T5 ($32,735), and S60 R ($38,985).
The 2.5T comes with a low-pressure-turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 rated at 208 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, while a five-speed automatic with Geartronic is part of an option package.
Standard equipment for the 2.5T includes fabric upholstery, dual-zone electronic climate control, central power door locks with keyless entry, power windows, front and rear fog lights, power heated outside mirrors with memory, tinted windows, a pollen filter, cruise control, trip computer, leather gearshift knob, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with illuminated cruise and audio controls, illuminated glovebox and vanity mirrors, power driver's seat with memory and lumbar support, spilt/folding rear seat, and 16-inch aluminum wheels with 215/55R16 tires. A 100-watt stereo with in-dash CD player is the standard audio system across the S60 lineup.
The 2.5T AWD adds all-wheel drive. For better traction in snow, the AWD model comes with narrower 205/55R16 tires, mounted on narrower rims (6.5-inch vs. 7.0). DTSC traction and stability control, which weren't even available last year, are now standard.
The T5 comes with a 2.4-liter engine that uses high-pressure turbocharging to produce 257 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (at 2100-5000 rpm) for much quicker acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a five-speed Geartronic automatic with Auto-Stick manual control is optional ($1,250). The T5 also gets a sports suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, and 17-by-7.5-inch alloy wheels with 235/45HR17 tires. Additional luxuries include a power front passenger seat, aluminum mesh interior trim, blue watch-dial instrumentation, a leather parking brake cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, and other interior upgrades.
The S60 R comes with a 2.5-liter high-pressure turbocharged five-cylinder with twin intercoolers and continuously variable valve timing; it boasts 300 horsepower, and 295 pound-feet of torque beginning at just 1950 rpm. The S60 R offers a choice of a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic with a manual mode ($1,250). The S60 R also features all-wheel drive, a uniquely tuned adaptive sport suspension, Brembo disc brakes with four-piston aluminum calipers, and 235/45ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero tires on 17-inch wheels. All conveniences from the T5 are standard on the S60 R, plus bi-xenon headlamps with washers and automatic level control, rear spoiler, a choice of aluminum or blue-stitched leather shift knob and steering wheel, multi-contoured power driver and passenger sport seats, blue-stitched leather parking brake handle, and either Black Navy or Gobi Sand soft leather upholstery.
Option packages include a Convenience Package ($955) with auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Homelink, rear park assist, grocery bag holder, and sunglasses holder. The Premium Package ($2,995) adds leather seats with power adjustment for the front passenger, genuine wood inlays for the dashboard, a power glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, and additional rear speakers. The Sport Package ($1,595) combines the Geartronic transmission with 17x7.5-inch alloy wheels, 235/45HR17 tires, sport seats, and a 235-watt stereo (HU-850) with 6CD in-dash changer, Dolby Pro-Logic II, premium speakers and diversity antenna.
Convenience ($795) and Premium ($2,400) Packages are also available for the T5, but cost less because some of the content is already standard. For the same reason there is no Sport Package for the T5, but the HU-850 stereo is available as a stand-alone ($995).
The Premium Package for S60 R ($2,400) combines a power tilt/slide sunroof and the HU-850 stereo. Buy the stereo and you can add a subwoofer ($300). Also exclusive to the R-model are Atacama untreated natural leather seats ($1,550); rear park assist as a stand-alone ($400); and an integrated child booster seat ($300). T5 and R-model buyers can also opt for 235/40 Z-rated tires on 18-inch rims ($995). A Sport Body Package ($1,995), consisting of the usual side sill and air dam extensions, plus a new-for-'07 deck lid spoiler, is also available for T5 and the R-model.
Climate Packages for 2.5T, 2.5T AWD, and T5 include heated front seats, headlamp washers, and Rainsense automatic windshield wipers ($675); a similar package ($1,212) replaces the headlamp washers with active bi-xenon headlights. The S60 R Climate Package ($600) comprises heated front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Stand-alone options for all models include DVD navigation with Sirius Satellite Radio ($2,120); Satellite Radio ($95); Active Bi-Xenon headlights ($800); wood steering wheel ($325); Interior Air Quality System ($200); and metallic paint.
Safety and security features that come standard on all models include frontal, side-impact and side-curtain airbags; head restraints for all five passengers; seats that move on impact to reduce whiplash injuries; an immobilizer and alarm; anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); Dynamic Stability Traction Control; and a tire-pressure monitor. Seat belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners are provided for all seating positions along with ISO-FIX attachments for rearward-facing child safety seats. The S60 features the Safety Cage construction that made Volvos famous.
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