2015 Volvo S60

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What's New for 2015:
  • Revised wheel designs
  • Standard power front passenger's seat
  • Available power-retractable side mirrors
  • Drive-E family of powertrains
  • Electric steering standard for Drive-E models
  • Park Assist Pilot system for Drive-E models
  • Lane Keeping Aid system for Drive-E models
  • New upholstery for R-Design models
  • Sport package option

One year after a mid-life update, the Volvo S60 sedan receives another round of changes designed to make it more competitive against models such as the Acura ILX and TLX, Audi A3 and Audi A4, Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

Models and Features
With the addition of new Drive-E powertrains, the 2015 Volvo S60 lineup is more confusing than it has been in the past. First, buyers choose between the S60 T5 Drive-E, S60 T5 AWD, S60 T6 Drive-E, and the S60 T6 R-Design AWD, each of which is equipped with a unique engine.

Next, buyers must decide on a trim level. The S60 T5 models can be upgraded to Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trim levels. The S60 T6 Drive-E includes Premier trim with available Premier Plus and Platinum trim upgrades. The S60 T6 AWD R-Design can be optioned with Platinum trim.

A limited-production S60 Polestar performance variant will also be available, based on the T6 R-Design AWD model and featuring a more powerful engine, performance suspension, upgraded brakes, unique 20-in. aluminum wheels, and more.

Under the Hood
Volvo's new Drive-E family of engines and transmissions is designed to improve both fuel economy and performance. The S60 T5 Drive-E has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower, while the S60 T6 Drive-E is equipped with a turbocharged and supercharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 302 horsepower.

A new 8-speed automatic transmission is included with the Drive-E engines, powering the S60's front wheels, and giving the driver a choice between Normal, Sport, and Eco+ driving modes. Automatic start/stop technology, which shuts the engine off when the car is idling in traffic or at an intersection in order to conserve fuel, is also standard for the S60 Drive-E models.

If AWD is desired, buyers will need to choose the S60 T5 AWD or the S60 T6 R-Design AWD. Both are equipped with Volvo's older engines, which are not as fuel-efficient. The S60 T5 AWD has a turbocharged, 250-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine while the S60 T6 R-Design AWD employs a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine making 325 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.

The limited-production S60 Polestar sedan features a more powerful version of the S60 T6 R-Design AWD model's engine, one making 350 horsepower as well as more torque.

Fuel Economy
Given the variety of powertrains offered in the S60, fuel-economy ratings are widely divergent. The most fuel-efficient model is the S60 T5 Drive-E, rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The more powerful S60 T6 Drive-E is expected to return 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

The penalty for having a vehicle equipped with AWD comes in the form of the S60's sticker price, and in terms of its fuel-economy rating. The T5 AWD model is EPA-rated to get 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The significantly more powerful T6 R-Design AWD isn't far behind at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Choose the S60 Polestar variant and the ratings are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
Every 2015 Volvo S60 is equipped with a City Safety autonomous braking system designed to help prevent low-speed collisions. Models with Premier trim have an adaptive digital instrument display, while Premier Plus models get a reversing camera.

Additional safety features are bundled into a Technology package or a Blind Spot Information System package. Highlights of the former include lane-departure warning, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, a Distance Alert feature, Driver Alert Control, and automatic high-beam headlights. In addition to the Blind Spot Information System, that latter package adds a Lane Change Merge Aid, cross-traffic alert, and park-assist sensors at the front and rear of the vehicle.

Other extra-cost upgrades for the Volvo S60 include an adaptive cruise control system, active headlights, front blind-view camera, park-assist sensors, and new Park Assist Pilot technology, which aids owners of the Drive-E models in navigating a parking space. Additionally, the 2015 Volvo S60 can be equipped with a premium audio system, navigation system, remote engine starting, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual DVD players.


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