2009 Volvo S60

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Features of former Premium package become standard
  • Standard sport leather seating surfaces
  • Standard power glass sunroof
  • Standard power passenger seat
  • Geartronic function added to 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard genuine wood inlays
  • Standard rear shelf speakers
  • Standard auto-dimming mirror with compass
  • 17-inch \"Talos\" alloy wheels replace \"Tucana\" wheels in Advanced package
  • Volvo rear badge lettering spread further apart
  • Power window switch design revised
  • Optional dual Xenon headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL)
  • Willow Green, Magic Blue and Maple Red paint colors discontinued
The Volvo S60 is a 4-door sedan that arrived in 2001 to replace the S70. In 2007, the S60 received a new grille, front bumper, outside mirrors, and a redesigned front spoiler for better aerodynamics and a more aggressive appearance. The S60's sporty driving character was also enhanced at that time with firmer front and rear shock absorbers and springs. For 2009, the S60 models gain several standard features previously included in the Premium package, such as leather seating, a power glass sunroof, wood inlays on the dash, and more.

Model Lineup
There are three different S60 models for 2009: S60 2.5T, S60 2.5T AWD and S60 T5, with the T5 model serving as the performance version in the lineup. Standard equipment on all S60 models includes power windows, power door locks with keyless entry, cruise control, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The standard audio system is a 100-watt, 6-speaker system with a single CD player. A 325-watt, premium sound system with Dolby Pro Logic II is included with the Advanced package on either of the 2.5T models. A DVD-based navigation system with remote control is also optional, along with metallic paint, dual Xenon headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL), and 18-inch \"Eudora\" alloy wheels (T5 only).

All Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo New-Car Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty. Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance is standard for the first four years of ownership.

All 2009 Volvo S60 models are turbocharged. The 2.5T models receive a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 208 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel-economy estimates are in the 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway range, depending on the model). The S60 T5 models receive a more powerful turbocharged, 2.4-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 257 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel-economy estimates are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway). All Volvo S60 engines are designed to run on regular-octane fuel, unusual for turbocharged engines. A 5-speed \"Geartronic\" automatic transmission is standard on all S60 models for 2009.

While the 2.5T and T5 models are front-wheel drive, Volvo's all-wheel drive (AWD) with Instant Traction is standard on the S60 2.5T AWD. Volvo says the computer-controlled Haldex AWD system instantly delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle only when needed, such as during takeoff.

All Volvo S60 models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension design and a multi-link independent type in the rear. Hydraulic shocks and stabilizer bars are standard and all models receive 4-wheel disc brakes. The performance-oriented T5 models have an upgraded sport suspension and an improved braking system featuring larger, more powerful disc brakes.

The 2009 Volvo S60 benefits from a comprehensive array of safety features. Dual-stage front air bags and Volvo's standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags help protect front passengers from injury. An Inflatable Curtain (IC), a Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), and seat belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in all seating positions add to the level of safety. All models are also equipped with Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) and a tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS).

The Volvo S60 has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning a \"Good\" rating for the frontal offset test overall evaluation-the highest rating issued by the Institute. The side-impact test results were scored \"Acceptable.\" In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Volvo S60 received a 4-star rating for frontal impact and 5 stars for side-impact crash tests. It also received a 5-star rating for rollover protection.

Standard on all S60 models for 2009 is Volvo's 5-speed \"Geartronic\" transmission, which operates like a standard automatic transmission in the \"D\" mode, shifting automatically. However, it also features an \"Auto Stick\" function that allows the driver to manually switch gears much like a manual transmission.


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