You'll be looking at £180 for a radiator and the best part of £200 for a starter motor. We came to the annual Kingsburg Swedish Festival out of cultural curiosity. Denver experienced a big three-day spring snow storm and it was the perfect situation to try out the all-wheel-drive with Instant Traction. God bless Thomas Ingenlath former design chief now in charge of Polestar and everything he's done for Volvo. If you tick the navigation box, you'll find it to be a bit finicky to operate without a dedicated joystick for certain controls. This tester came with the optional rearview video camera that is especially appreciated for its assistance in parking lots.
Contributing editor Tony Swan thought the beeps sounded like the first few bars of the William Tell Overture, prompting a check of the mirrors to see if the Lone Ranger might be in the next lane. The diesels range from the 215bhp 2. We have our fingers crossed in hopes of a pleasant long-term relationship. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal diagonal and a refined R-Designed emblem. The steering just feels right with a certain firmness of road feel that we haven't see in many sedans before- or since this one. It definitely has an upscale feel when you sit behind the wheel. All of those modifications look great on paper, yet the S60 T6 R-Design has a bit of an identity problem.
Watch this space to see how that turns out. In fact, you'd be better off in that apparently more compact model if either you load up to the ceiling or flip forward the rear seats and use the V60's 1207-litre total. After suffering several more surprise shutdowns, we revisited the dealer. The T6 buyer can boost performance to 329 horsepower by opting for the Polestar software that charges the specially designed sport accelerator pedal with an extra 25 hp. The interiors are clean, functional and have some of the best materials of any car I've ever driven.
Read on to find out. You get a lockable underfloor compartment to keep valuables away from prying eyes, plus net pockets and a grocery bag holder to keep your shopping upright. Inside is more of that theme, with a natural, handsome experience thanks to the placid colors and materials. One of the five stops required 173 feet. Exterior Design — The sense of familiarity continues to the outside of the V60 as it looks like a scaled down version of the V90. Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: With snow in the forecast, I had taken the home with the hopes of having some fun with it in Michigan's winter weather. Overall, front and rear seats are supportive and well designed to be comfortable over longer trips.
Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic. If any electronic nannies were working overtime because of the lack of traction, they weren't making any noise about it. This is a shame, because it belongs in the same company as all of its German sport sedan competitors. My fellow shopper was a tall blonde man in his 40s, and he leaned against his nicely preserved 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero. With a gyroscopic roll-angle sensor the anti-spin system can deploy faster and with greater precision.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to where functions have been placed. There's plenty to delight everyone else, though, and there's a solid lineup of turbocharged in-line five- and six-cylinder engines. The R-Design sits in an odd spot now. Now standard is a sport mode, and automatic rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers. That was a nice strategy when you parked the car at night and had the seat heater kick in at startup the next morning. We think the idea that three adults can sit shoulder-to-shoulder is a bit optimistic, but that's par for the segment. The contrast with the rest of the black interior was an elegant look that impressed not only me, but was also a wow factor for the two consumers we selected to help us evaluate the competitors.
We don't know about the next guy, but if we are paying more for a power tweak, regardless of how subtle, we want the rest of the motoring world to know about it. The all wheel drive with instant traction was nice for the snowy ride home but one gripe I had was how every bump in the road was noticeable right through to the seat. Power hits the ground through the Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system operates seamlessly, and is perfect for cold weather climates. Adaptive cruise control locks onto a vehicle in the same lane and adjusts speed to automatically maintain a safe interval. Currently, two powertrain options are available.
Some of the advanced safety systems are optional. The run to 60 mph consumed 6. The engine gets an immediate kick in the pants to the tune of an extra 25 horsepower and 29 lb-ft of torque accomplished through a turbo boost increase and a re-optimization of the ignition, fuel mapping and throttle response. Swan also characterized entering an address into the navigation system as a tedious process. Following the warranty replacement of its power-steering fluid, pump, and electronic control module, our Volvo resumed its long-term test.
Interior Space — The new platform is slightly longer than the outgoing V60 and it shows in the back seats. Sure, these qualities would have likely been forgiven if the were an absolute dream to drive on canyon roads. The safety recall began on October 12, 2012. Also new is a sport mode, and a few extra colors. In fact, it might be remembered as one of those cars you never saw on the road. I think a little more sidewall would go a long way.