Volvo S60 T5 2020 review

Overall Rating

5 0 5

Plus Minus

  1. Plus Smooth drivetrain; neat design; interior comfort

  2. Minus Engine a few spices brief from ideal; float competence feel a bit organisation on internal roads

  3. The Wheels Verdict: What a change a era can bring. The new S60 is a distant improved tender than it was before and a awaiting of penetrating pricing, a five-year guaranty and cheaper servicing could make this a convincing hazard to normal German rivals.


Volvo says it’s turn an SUV company, yet it hasn’t totally abandoned a roots either. A new era mid-size sedan, a S60 is underpinned by a same Scalable Product Architecture that underpins a SUV-twin, a XC60. The T5 will paint a entry-level drivetrain choice in Australia, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

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As a sedan spin-off to a 2018 Wheels Car of a Year leader (the XC60), we’d be insane not to see how good (or bad) a S60 is. It won’t land in Australia until Aug this year, so we went to exam it on Scandinavian backroads in Sweden forward of a arrival.


With a launch of a S60 sedan and V60 car in Europe this year, Volvo’s XC90 becomes, incredibly, a oldest indication in a line-up. Having launched as recently as 2015, it’s still comparatively shiny, yet a Swedish builder has subsequently expelled strike after SUV hit, recording behind to behind Wheels COTY wins with initial XC60 and afterwards XC40.

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Historically, a S60 was never all that peep as a reward sedan. A sort-of opposition to a German complicated hitters like a BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, a Swede’s blocky steering and normal float never did difficulty that contingent much. It somehow managed to both underpromise and underdeliver. But how times have changed.

For starters, only demeanour during a thing. Like a latest fusillade of models led by a Thor’s hammer-inspired span of headlights and somewhat wider grille, a S60 is a honeyed looking thing. Even adult opposite a reward German triumvirate, or maybe a Brit’s Jaguar XE, it will presumably explain new fans. But it’ll also damp diehards, carrying all of a latest active pushing support tech. Volvo tends to be utterly good during that arrange of thing.

Newfound success for a builder is a outcome of Chinese owners Geely, that has entrusted Volvo with a bag of cash, and afterwards taken a refreshingly hands-off approach. The outcome is a convincing apartment of drivetrains, sharp aesthetics and some of a latest record opposite of a new models.

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Step inside a new S60 and there’s a small some-more room from somewhat teased-out dimensions, yet distinct a new 3-Series that bust open a shirt as it grew, a Volvo is visually a bit gentler. The seats are gentle and supportive, and a ergonomics are fine, solely for a steering circle which, yet feeling good in a hand, can put a buttons too tighten to a palms on turning. In a behind is a 442L foot that’s on customary with a shred and there’s copiousness of storage and courteous touches around a cabin, most as we find in a XC60.

Dollar for dollar, Volvo Australia says it will aim a homogeneous German models yet will supplement some-more gear, earnest a apartment of goodies for reasonable coin. We’d design this T5 to enter a marketplace during a small over $60,000, with inclusions such as a 9.0-inch infotainment system, 12.0-inch digital driver’s display, programmed pushing assists, exhilarated seats front and back and retractable back window blinds as standard.

Underneath a T5’s carp is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, generating 184kW and 350Nm by an eight-speed involuntary transmission. It lacks a punch of a twin-turbo T6, and positively a mumbo of a plug-in hybrid electric ‘twin-engine’ T8, yet it’s good for well-spoken acceleration and cruising along a highway. Volvo claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.5sec that competence be probable in ideal conditions yet was hampered for us by torrential Swedish rain. We were also pushing a front-wheeler that hampered grip. The all-wheel-drive chronicle that Australia is set to accept is a hold quicker and will be presumably grippier.

We were told Swedish roads – hermetic ones in spring, during slightest – are flattering boring. Perfectly smooth, prosaic and lacking most in terms of change of direction, it was tough to sign a S60’s finish highway manners. The 20-inch alloys with low form 245/35 Pirelli P Zero rubber were planted in corners yet contributed to a somewhat organisation ride. While not irritable on well-spoken Scandi bitumen, they competence not hurl over severe Aussie roads as smoothly. The float and doing has changed on leaps and bounds, a steering is good weighted and healthy and extraneous sound siege is impressive. It feels like a most some-more staid sedan and one that’s easy to live with.

Volvo Australia expects batch to arrive in Aug that will expected be accessible to business from September. A sweetener for extraordinary shoppers is that Volvo Australia is deliberation a five-year guaranty and cheaper servicing, that could good rouse this reward sedan charity adult a ranks over other reward makers with a three-year guarantee. And if we need some-more space, a incoming V60 and V60 Cross Country will be good value a demeanour when they arrive in late-2019.


Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Jaguar XE


Model: S60 T5 R-Design
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Max power: 184kW
Max torque: 350Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
0-100km/h: 6.5sec
Price: $65,000 (estimated)
On sale: Aug 2019

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