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2013 Volvo S60 Rates High For Safety

By Durhl Caussey Created: February 11, 2013 Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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2013 Volvo S60 (Courtesy of Volvo)

2013 Volvo S60 (Courtesy of Volvo)

The Volvo S60 T6 AWD is a five-seater luxury sedan with an all-new exterior and interior design.

It also features a new 3.0-L turbo-charged 6-cylinder engine with all wheel drive, producing 300 hp and 325 lb-ft torque at 5,600 rpm. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G37 and Acura TL.

In doing a little research, I discovered that last December, the Volvo S60 won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top safety award.

With ratings including good, acceptable, marginal, or poor, the IIHS gave the S60 a good rating for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test. Categories like rollover, rear impact, and frontal crash were covered in the tests.

The S60 was one of only two mid-sized luxury vehicles that earned the top rating. Items like unibody high-strength steel passenger cage, inflatable curtain in side-impact head protection system, and driver and front passenger dual stage supplemental restraint systems (airbags) helped contribute to winning the safety award.

The U.S. Government gave the S60 a perfect 5-star safety rating in overall vehicle score, frontal crash driver and passenger side crash, and front and rear seats crash and rollover.

The S60 was one of only two mid-sized luxury vehicles that earned the top rating.

The normal S60 T6 is available in three trims: Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum. The Platinum I drove differed from the other trims due to its sophisticated navigation system with Real Time Traffic, the Volvo Premium Sound System and rear park assist camera.

The Platinum trim also features a climate control package with heated seats, interior air quality system and heated windshield washer nozzle. Besides the normal T6 line, there is also a T6 R-Design line which offers more sport-oriented features.

The S60 has a bucket load of standard features. Corner traction control through torque vectoring, advanced stability control, speed sensitivity steering with driver selectable setting, and ventilated dual brakes with anti-lock braking system provide for a quality ride with sharp cornering easily managed.

All these result in negligible sway as the vehicle powers out of the curve without pause or power loss, and keeping the driver feeling fully assured.

Interior

The S60 has Volvo Sensus infotainment system with integrated 7-inch color LCD monitor, power glass moonroof, and dual Xenon headlamps with active bending lights.

The interior of the S60 (Courtesy of Volvo)

The interior of the S60 (Courtesy of Volvo)

The driver and passenger front seats are wrapped in quality leather. They are comfortable with 8-way power adjustment, 3-position memory (driver), adjustable lumbar support, and seat-back pockets.

The S60 is equipped with an intelligent key fob called Keyless Drive with Personal Car Communication (PCC). This fob allows the owner to check the security status of the vehicle from a distance, and automatically unlocks doors with a grasp of the handle. And of course, it has standard functions such as trunk release and panic alarm.

The seats sit tall enough to allow the driver an easy command of all controls, whether it’s the dual-zone electronic climate control, the auto-dimming inside rear view mirror with compass, or the Bluetooth hands-free phone interface with auto streaming.

The body of the S60 I drove was coated with Rebel Blue Metallic paint, sitting atop 18” alloy wheels with all season tires. Standard headlight washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual polished exhaust pipes further add to the finished look.

The suggested price for the base S60 T6 $40,650, and the Platinum trim level adds another $3,850. The S60 averages 21 mpg, with 25 mpg on the highway.

Volvo has a 48-month/50,000 mile limited warranty coverage and 144 month corrosion protection.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net

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