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2012 Volvo S60 T5 – Amazing Luxury Sedan For a Sunday Drive

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The Volvo S60’s T5 starts at a base price of $31,300 but as soon as you add various options the price goes up significantly. The Driver Support Package, which includes features such as adapative cruise control and warnings for lane departure, blind spots and even collisions will cost you $4,500 for the safety factor. Now if you want the premium package which includes leather seats, retractable mirrors and the 18-inch Sleipner Alloy Wheels this will set you back another $3000. Yap, cha-ching it can add up fast.

Regarding safety below are the descriptions of what they do:

  • Active Cruise Control automatically maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front of you
  • Park Assist not only beeps a warning when you’re close to an obstacle, but an overhead view of the car pops up on the nav screen and indicates what corner of the car is going to hit.
  • Pedestrian Detection stops the car if you’re about to hit a person
  • Lane Detection plays the first few notes of the William Tell Overture (also known as the Lone Ranger theme) when you drift out of your lane without the turn signal on. Four glowing orbs appear in the heads-up display and gain in intensity as you get closer to a vehicle in front of you.
  • The Blind Spot Information System senses when a vehicle is either beside you or in your rear quarter and a light on the side mirror glows orange. It’s sensitive enough to pick up motorcycles but, when raining, water collects on the sensor and it glows constantly.

The Volvo S60 T5’s five-cylinder engine pumps out 250 hp at 5,500 revs, while the 266 lb.-ft of torque peaks pulls the sedan at a usable 1,800 r.p.m. Manual transmission is not available, only a six-speed automatic with Drive and Sport modes. The Drive mode gives crisp and smooth shifts. Once you get the car going it is pretty much flawless.

In Sport Mode the S60 T5 suspension components tightens up. It surges forward without stuttering and shifting is much quicker, it stays in each gear longer and the engine feels revs higher. The great thing about Sport Mode is that you can manually tap the shifter up and down through the gears if you want that manual feel.

The on-board dash computer is similar to other luxury sedan models, it allows you to cycle through various functions like average fuel consumption, tripmeters, speed in miles per hour, immediate fuel consumption and distance until your fuel tank runs out.

On twisty roads the Volvo S60 T5 was comfortable, capable and quiet showing little body roll but with a bit of
understeer at sporty speeds. In Sport mode, the Volvo S60 handled itself well going from corner to corner. For your passenger the accommodations in S60 T5 very comfortable, even after sitting for extended periods of time like on a road trip.

At night the Volvo S60 T5’s halogen headlights will drill through the darkness on whatever open road you are on and the high beams are bright enough to see way ahead of you. A great feature of the interior dash is that all the interior control buttons and switches are illuminated. So you will never be fumbling around to find the buttons.


MSRP Starting at: $31,300
Engine Description Five-cylinder Turbocharged Engine
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Number of Cylinders 5
Engine Displacement 2.5 Liters
Engine Bore 3.27 in.
Engine Stroke 3.67 in.
Horsepower 250 hp
Horsepower Rev 5500 rpm
Torque 266 lb-ft
Torque Rev 1800 – 4800 rpm
Fuel type Gasoline
Fuel Capacity 17.8 gal.
Cargo Capacity 12 cu.ft.
Seating Capacity 5 Passengers
Maximum Towing Capacity 3307 lbs.
Total Weight
Six-speed Geartronic Transmission 3548 lbs.


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Editor @ March 13, 2012

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