The much-awaited Volvo S60 luxury sedan is finally here. Despite being priced at Rs 27 lakh for the D5 Kinetic diesel variant, Rs 32 lakh for the D5 Summun and Rs 34 lakh for the T6 petrol model, the S60 is still the cheapest Volvo in India.
The Volvo S60’s competitors include the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4.
In terms of styling, the S60 is the most sporty Volvo yet. It has the Volvo-signature grille, longer front engine bay, and sculpted headlamps that lend the S60 a distinct look and great road presence. Related: Luxury cars in India
On the inside, the S60’s dual-tone colors are eye-catchy. The in-car entertainment includes a 7-inch DVD screen on the central console with support for Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod connectivity and a USB slot. With respect to infotainment, the S60 features a GPS-based satellite navigation system.
The S60 is offered in both petrol and diesel versions. The T6 twin-turbo petrol engine belts out 304 bhp of maximum power at 5,600 rpm and a maximum torque of 44.6 kgm at 2,100 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard.
The S60 is the only car in its segment to come with a high-performance T6 petrol engine, making it the fastest car. The T6 S60 can accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in just 6.5 seconds and red lines at 250 km/hr.
The D5 diesel mill is also a twin-turbo, 2.4-litre, straight-five motor that produces 205 bhp of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 42 kgm of maximum torque at 1,500-3,200 rpm. The diesel S60 will be available in both manual and automatic transmission options.
In terms of performance, the S60 is powered by the D5 engine and can accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in 7.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 230 km/hr. Also read: Volvo S80 launched in India
S60 safety and convenience features
Like any other Volvo sedan, the S60, too, comes with a raft of safety features – much more than any of its rivals. The features are pedestrian detection technology, adaptive cruise control, lane departure control, laser-assisted auto braking, traction and advanced stability control, emergency brake assist, cornering torque control, front parking camera with 178 degree assist, front airbags and side curtain airbags. A first for India is the Blind Lane Information System (BLIS).
The Volvo S60 petrol version will stand on 18-inch wheels, while the S60 diesel version will shod with 17-inch wheels.
The S60 is available in two chassis versions namely, the dynamic chassis (optional) and the comfort chassis (standard). The damper settings and the front and rear subframes of the comfort chassis will have a softer setup while those of the dynamic chassis have a harder setup. Also read: Volvo XC30 India launch in 2013
Besides offering the suspension setup to the user, the Volvo S60 sedan also has the Four-C setup. By using this setup, the driver can alter the steering, throttle response and transmission on the go for a sporty drive.