2020 Volvo S60 (First Impressions) | Asian Car Guide
November 12, 2019

2020 Volvo S60 (First Impressions)

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Volvo is on a roll… innuendo intended, with their widely utilized Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), first seen in the flagship XC90 SUV, and followed progressively with the likes of flagship S90 and V90 Sedan and Estate models, and the XC60 SUV.

The introduction of the S60 Compact Executive model closes the loop within Volvo’s mainstream car lineup in utilizing the SPA
underpinnings.

Design elements which have graced the likes of the S90 have also trickled out and evolved well for the S60 car. Key features, like signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ design front LED turning lamps have been subtly evolved for use in the headlamp clusters.

The Volvo S60 side profile, unlike the larger-grander S90 and V90 flagships, involves a little more emotive design play, with two sets of pen strokes virtually forming the car’s waistline and characteristic thick shoulders.

Volvo’s design team also made the expensive decision to move the rear door hinges simply to achieve a deeper concave curvature between the doors, in turn visually pushing out the wheels; resulting in a greater play of light on the fenders.

Boasting clean Scandinavian interior design cues, first introduced in the 90 series cars, natural materials like open pore wood surfaces are used, and blend well with the clever use of metal and quality plastics.

Like the 90 series cars, the S60 is equipped with a 12.3” adaptive driver display, and a portrait style 9” infotainment touch screen. Volvo’s connectivity and infotainment system – Sensus – comprises an intuitive touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications such as Spotify.

Smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Sleek air blade air-conditioning vents feature attractive knurled jewel knobs, which are inspired by the crowns of expensive watches. The interior is further highlighted by a large panoramic glass roof that fills the cabin with natural light.

Passenger room has also been improved upon, thanks to a wheelbase which is 10cm longer than the previous car. This translates to 240% more knee clearance for rear passengers.

The added space for rear passengers has also been helped by thinner-more elegant front seats, which do not compromise on
front passenger comfort.

The spec sheet reveals that the T5 and T8 cars complete a century sprint in 6.4 and 4.3 seconds respectively. That got us wracking our brains trying to visualize out how this sedan can be that potent in dishing out speed.

City Safety, standard on all Volvo models combines automatic braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to cover a range of potential accident scenarios, keeping passengers safe. City Safety, according to the Swedish manufacturer is the only system on the market that detects pedestrians, cyclists and large animals… the last bit would be a rarity here.

The system is also able to brake automatically to help reduce the impact and effect of a collision. It also has a reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors.

The Volvo S60 warranty covers three-years/unlimited km plus roadside assist.

Servicing is due every 12 months or 15,000km and buyers can purchase a three-year/45,000km inclusive service plan for around $1,600.

We like the new third-generation model S60 for its plush and modern-looking cabin. But more importantly, its well-sorted ride and linear power delivery make it a notch above many other turbocharged cars, especially with its remarkable fuel economy.

It also has its own unique way of delivering speed; in a soothing but more effective manner.

Model options are T5 Momentum (the base model), T5 Inscription and T5 R-Design, and, intriguingly, the top of line T8 R-Design turbo/supercharged/plug in hybrid. (Yes it uses all three methods of power and efficiency assistance, with
twin electric motors on the rear axle).

The Volvo Fixed Price Service Plans for 3 years or 45,000kms are:

  • S60, V60, XC40: $1,595.00
  • XC60, XC90 (Petrol): $1,795.00
  • XC60, XC90, V90 Cross Country (Diesel): $1,895.00

Volvo S60 T5 R-Design

  • Price: $64,990 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Power: 192kW
  • Torque: 400Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 7.3L/100km
  • CO2: 167g/km

Volvo S60 T8 R-Design

  • Price: $85,990 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged supercharged petrol, permanent
    magnet twin synchronous electric motors
  • Power: 311kW
  • Torque: 670Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 2.0L/100km
  • CO2: 46g/km