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Review: We took the soon-to-be-launched Volvo S60 for a quick drive

Volvo India is getting ready to start 2021 with a stunner. We take the soon-to-be-launched Volvo S60 for a quick drive. Here’s the review of the Volvo S60.

Volvo S60

The entry-level luxury sedan segment is a tough place already, with the impressive Mercedes C-Class, the sporty BMW 3-series, Audi A4, and Jaguar XE. In a market that loves SUVs, a sedan needs to stand out to even be noticed. Volvo, though, is no stranger to making its cars stand out and one look at the new S60 is enough to tell you that. It does look like a scaled down S90 but that’s not a bad thing.

Volvo S60

The familial resemblance works in favour of the new S60 as it embodies the minimalist style that Volvo has mastered in its current model range. The exterior is toned and taut, with short overhangs, a longer hood and muscular fenders that suit the 18-inch wheels. While it doesn’t scream ‘look at me’, it does enough to make you do a double take, fitting perfectly with Volvo’s ethos of understated luxury. Elements like the vertical grille, C-shaped tail-lamps, and the instantly recognisable Thor’s hammer headlights all come together to give the S60 a balanced look.

Volvo S60

If the exterior is the hook, the interior has enough and more to reel you in. The build quality inside is superb, with upscale materials and an attention to detail one has come to expect from Volvo. Despite the design being carried forward from its elder sibling, the new S60 is a luxurious place to be in. I have always found Volvo’s seats to be supremely comfortable and the new S60 is no different. Rear seats are comfortable too, but I would have liked a little more under-thigh support.

Volvo S60

The 9-inch tablet, like in all new Volvos, is the centerpiece and while it looks stylish, it can be a little distracting to use while driving. Apple Car Play and Android Auto is standard on the new S60, making voice commands easy, and there is a host of features like a 12.3 inch digital cluster, ambient interior lighting, 4-zone climate control system, Clean-Zone air quality system, memory seats for the driver, and a long list of safety features including Collision Mitigation Support, Lane Keeping Aid, Pilot Assist, and Emergency Brake Assist. Impressive features and safety are a given on every new Volvo and the new S60 does not disappoint. I did miss the impressive Bowers & Wilkins sound system, but the Harman/Kardon does a good job too.

Volvo S60

The new S60 will be launched in the T4 Inscription trim, which comes with a 2-litre petrol engine that makes 190 hp and 300Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed gearbox. Performance is in line with the overall positioning of the car – understated but capable. The engine does deliver when pushed but it does not sound too happy outside its comfort zone. Considering there are more powerful engine options available, including the T8 hybrid which makes 400hp, one can always hope Volvo will bring them to India.

All in all, the new S60 is a huge improvement over the previous generation S60. Design, features, safety, and luxury are at par if not better than the current competition. Knowing Volvo’s track record, and the brand’s local assembly operations, they will price the new S60 well and I expect it to be in the Rs 40-45 lakh bracket (ex-showroom). Will it be enough to lure buyers from the German trio of Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi? If the buyers want to stand out, then for sure.

Images: Courtesy Volvo

Anubhav Sharma

After years of working with luxury brands like Ferrari, Porsche, Ducati, Maserati, Sharma decided to combine his passion for automobiles with writing. In the past, Sharma has worked with Motoring WorldBBC TopGear India, and PowerDrift. As long as something has an engine and wheels, it has his attention.