2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD

Sleek Swede

2.5-liter, turbocharged inline-5

Available all-wheel drive

Standard stability control

Supple ride

Minimal cabin

Selectable steering

Steering-wheel controls

Instrument cluster

Physical buttons

Premier leather

SiriusXM is standard

What's playing?

'My S60' menu

Fuel economy monitor

Hands-free calling

Audio sources

iPhone 5-friendly

Safety tech

With its good looks, surprising performance, and excellent value, should Audi and BMW be worried about the Volvo S60? I think so.
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The S60 features a handsome design both inside and out that is modern with hints of classic Volvo design (such as the crossbar that slants through the sedan's grille).
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Our S60 T5's turbocharged five-cylinder engine outputs 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. More powerful 300-horsepower and 350-horsepower models are available in the T6 and R-Design models, respectively.
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All-wheel drive is optional on the T5 and standard on the T6.
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Stability control is standard on all S60s and uses a combination of bias braking, engine power reduction, and torque vectoring to keep the sedan between the lines when rounding a bend.
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The Volvo's suspension offered a good balance of control when cornering and suppleness for soaking up bumps.
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The S60's cabin may not be as well-appointed as a competing BMW or Audi, but it's by no means an unpleasant place to find oneself for a long commute.
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You can adjust the steering feel on the Volvo S60, from heavy and direct to light and easy.
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The S60's steering wheel is home to buttons for controlling the cruise control system and the audio source and volume.
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The S60's instrument cluster is simple, bordering on dull. However, it is easy to read and manages to integrate a pair of customizable displays in the centers of the two gauges.
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Users interact with the infotainment system using this bank of physical buttons and knobs.
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The Premier package adds leather trim to the seats and doors, a power moonroof, and keyless entry and start.
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The S60 comes standard with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a trial subscription. Digital HD Radio is also standard and requires no subscription.
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I enjoyed this view, which showed what artist was currently playing on every SiriusXM radio station.
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From this onscreen menu, you can enable or disable the standard City Safety collision prevention system or the DSTC stability control system.
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At the end of the week, the S60's average fuel economy settled at 20.6 mpg -- just shy of the EPA's estimated 23 combined mpg.
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Bluetooth hands-free calling is standard on the S60 with address book sync.
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Available digital audio sources include a single-disc CD player, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB connection. An analog auxiliary input is also standard.
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We hooked up the new iPhone 5 and found that the Volvo S60 was Lightning connector-friendly with a USB adapter cable.
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Many driver aid and safety features are available for the S60, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and driver alertness monitoring.
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