No! This first photo is of cos not the new Volvo S60 T5, it’s a 740 Sedan by Volvo in the 1980s. A classic and very powerful drive I must say.
The past weekend was filled with lots of driving around and enjoying the comfort of driving and being driven in the new Volve S60 T5. The second time I got to drive a Volvo, my previous drive was a vintage Volvo Sedan from the 1980s which my dad was lucky enough to own it for 2 years some 10+ years ago before it was sent to the scrap yard. And like before, the drive in the Volvo S60 T5 is remarkably comfortable and safe, and very drivable. The vintage Volvo I drove looked something like the one above.
Before I begin…
Like my tech gadgets, I am not into the technical aspect of things. For me, its how I feel using it, how well it matches my lifestyle and whether or not it falls under the needs or the wants in my list. If you want to know the “human” element of how the Volvo S60 T5 performs, read on. If you are into the details and technicality of the vehicle, head over to read Chester’s experience during his drive with the Volvo S60.
For the Sporty Family Guy
When I first saw the car at the Volvo Showroom, I was immediately attracted by it’s smooth curves and fierce “jaw lines” on the face of the Volvo S60 T5. Designed to resemble the eyes of the wolf, the headlight design gives the S60 a more focused and determined look. With emphasised horizontal lines at the front, wider grille without chrome frame which adds to the sportiness and modernity, and daylight running lights positioned low to the ground gives the S60 a striking, road-hugging presence.
The steering wheel comes with paddle shifters that give you the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel. Think dragging like a real race car driver!
For family guy who wants a sporty looking car, Volvo S60 comes with new Sports seat that hugs and supports you from the thighs to your shoulders keeping you firmly in position when cornering at speed. The S60 also is very functional and usable as a family sedan, with ample boot space in the S60, fitting in not just our bulky City Select Double Stroller, but fits everything else that we had to lugged out with two kids and all the shopping we did over the weekend. This car can also be used for the once in a blue moon home decor visits to Ikea, with the back seats flat down, you can probably fit a dining table top right into the S60 too.
High Power Yet Fuel Efficient
Over the three days drive, we clocked about 184KM in total and the tank was still about three-fifth filled when we returned the car. The Volvo S60 comes with a 2.0L turbocharged T5 variant with 245 bhp and 350 Nm of torque, and a new 8-speed automatic gearbox which contributes to the refined drive and excellent fuel economy. With CO2 emissions down to a class-leading 139g/km, the fuel consumption is as low as 6.0L/100KM (lowest in the T5 series). Acceleration from 0-100KM in 6.3 secs, fastest in the T5 series.
Very Safe Drive and Ride
The Volvo S60 has a very solid and steady body, we felt very safe and protected when traveling in it. The solid built gives everyone an extra sense of confidence and I for once wasn’t looking out for cars getting too near to ours when my partner is driving. I got to sit and just enjoy the ride.
The S60 also comes with smart technologies that boost up the safety-ness of the drive. Some of my favourite from their features include:
- Cornering Light for Better Visibility – it automatically lights up the area you are steering towards.
- Lane Keeping Aid – applying extra steering torque to the steering column when the car gets close to a lane marking, this is active at speeds between 65km/h and 200km/h applying gentle steering wheel torque to help you steer back onto course.
- City Safety – active at speed up to 50km/h, the car auto brakes if you fail to react in time when vehicle in front slows down or stops, or if the car is approaching a stationery vehicle too fast.
So buy or not to buy?
Buy of course, if you can afford and wants a drivable and versatile sedan. With its fuel efficiency, its fits those who clocks high mileage. The comfort and usability fits the lifestyle and needs for a family of 4 to 5. And the sporty and modern exterior and interior is very suitable for the young and young at heart. Quoting my dad, “If I strike Big Sweep, I’ll order three for all of us!“. I shall continue to dream and wish he really strike first prize next month! LOL!
Other details of the Volvo S60