When Volvo decided it was time to renter the Indian auto market they decided to do it with the Volvo S60. This car marked the company's re-entry into the Indian auto scene. The new Volvo S60 is definitely a lot different from its older generation models. In the beginning, Volvo always received a lot of criticism for making very plain cars, but the launch of their XC60 marked a change. The new S60 takes this forward. In terms of looks it is definitely an eye catching model.
The car has a coupe like appearance. The head lights sweep over the front and also feature stylish LED daytime running lights. The grille houses the logo of the brand on a diagonal strip. While there are no provisions made for fog lamps in this new model, it does feature separate slots for the air dam that is outlined in chrome. The bonnet has a sweeping design that is in keeping with pedestrian safety norms.
The wheels are alloy wheels with 17'' tyres that fit nicely in the wheel arches. From the side profile, the coupe like design is even more noticeable. The rear view mirrors outside, feature turn indicators as well. From the rear end, you will be reminded of older generation Volvos. The rear bumper has black cladding and features twin tail pipes.
The interior is done up in shades of grey and beige. The steering wheel is a three spoke model with leather stitching that provides better grip and mounted controls space apart nicely. It features controls for Bluetooth, audio and cruise functions. The centre console also features a touch screen that provides details for climate control, displays the music system as well as parking sensors.
The glove compartment has a lot of space for storing various knick knacks. The front seats are relaxed and comfortable. The rear seats are larger than the ones in BMW 3 Series. They are comfortable enough to seat five people. The boot space offered in this model is the same as the one offered in rival models if not more. Climate control operates smoothly.
The ride quality of the S60 is quite impressive and perfect for Indian roads. In India, the Volvo S60 is built on the company's own C Chassis system that boasts of advanced, sport and comfort modes for better chassis configuration. The all wheel drive system offered is the latest available from Haldex.
In India, the Volvo S60 is offered in both diesel and petrol variants. The petrol engine, called the T6 is a twin turbo model. This engine is capable of delivering a max power of 304bhp and a peak torque of 44.6kgm. This engine is further paired with an automatic 6 speed gear box that makes it unbeatable.
Braking features offered in this model include EBD, ABS and other electronic features. For the safety features, however, the Volvo S60 offers a lot of features in both optional and standard categories. They offer a City Safety package that includes a warning system for lane departure, six air bags, and a cruise control system that is adaptive and active braking. With the number of safety features offered, it is not hard to judge this car as offering the best safety in the market.
This car is a great option as an alternative to the Audi A4 or the 3 Series from BMW. The car offers great handling and performance. Its ride quality is quite superior and it also offers a lot of safety features. In India, the Volvo S60 is available in three different trim levels that are the T6 Summum, the D5 Kinetic and the D5 Summum. The Volvo S60 is available for INR 27 lakhs onwards, to INR 34 lakhs, according to ex-showroom prices in Mumbai.