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2006 Volvo S60 Review
Entry-level luxury sedan with a sporty look.
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The 2006 Volvo S60 impresses most people who do not hold a grudge against its boxy predecessors. The S60 offers stylish and purposeful features. With its powerful engines and firm suspension, you can expect BMW drivers to give you a second look when you arrive on the highway. The interior comes moderately equipped with features such as a CD player, dual-zone climate control, and optional leather upholstery. It also offers a spacious interior, although some people find the rear legroom lacking. Comfortable seats make up for some of the legroom issues by providing a pleasant ride.
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbo
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, Automanual Geartronic
Models: Volvo S60 2.5T, Volvo S60 T5, Volvo S60 T5 Special Edition, Volvo S60 R
For the 2006 model year, Volvo drops the base 2.4 model. The convenience package includes a sunglasses holder, rear park assistance, and laminated windows. The Four-C chassis and Sport Body packages are available for the T5 model only. The all-wheel drive and T5 models also offer new 16-inch wheels. The 2.5T all-wheel drive model also gets a new all-wheel-drive system that ensures better traction and stability.
The 2006 S60 feels more like a coupe. The four trim levels of the Volvo S60 vary based on standard equipment and engine type. The 2.4 has 15-inch alloy wheels, whereas the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD have 16-inch wheels, and the T5 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. Style features such as a low hood, sloping rear roof pillars, and short front and rear overhangs make the car look sportier than previous models. An optional Sport Body Package includes color-coordinated front and rear spoilers and lower-body side sills. The S60 gets a new and exciting front end and aerodynamic headlights.
The 2006 Volvo S60’s interior uses high-quality components in a functional design. The new S60 accommodates up to five people, although the rear legroom fails to please most people. According to Volvo, these incredibly comfortable second generation seats are ""designed around orthopedic principles."" If you fold the rear seats, the cargo capacity increases beyond the trunk’s 13.9 cubic feet. Some of the standard features include power windows, a CD player, a tilting/telescoping steering column, and remote keyless entry. Additionally, the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD models have special interior features such as faux wood interior accents, a power driver’s seat, and automatic climate control. The 2.4 model comes with power-fold rear headrests, a trip computer, a one-touch front window, and dual-zone climate control. The T5 model has the following options: a 13-speaker Dolby sound system with a four-disc CD changer, an adaptive suspension, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, heated seats, a DVD navigation system, and leather upholstery. A power passenger seat and upgraded trim come standard with this model.
Performance & Handling
The 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine produces 168 hp while the 2.5T’s engine generates 208 hp with the help of the turbo. The all-wheel drive versions produce the same power, although they use an electronically controlled system. Automatic transmission provides the only option for the 2.5T and all-wheel drive models. The Geartronic system allows manual control, so the 2.4 and T5 models can use either a manual or an automatic transmission. Despite having a significantly less powerful engine, the 2.4 offers enough acceleration for normal driving. However, people often prefer the more powerful 2.5T model. Drivers who do not have any problem with the turbo lag can opt for the more powerful T5 to get places even faster.
The ride feels smooth and composed even with these powerful engines. Handling is also composed, even on twisty roads. Yet drivers find that pushing the S60 too hard proves fruitless because it cannot handle rough terrain like other luxury sedans.
The Volvo S60 proves safer than a lot of competitors with its side-impact and side curtain airbags. They protect both front and rear occupants from getting hurt in crashes. Whiplash reduction protects front occupants. The car achieves four out of five stars for frontal impact tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Side impact tests earn an impressive five stars for both front and rear passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it a ""Good"" rating for overall safety features.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo S60 T5: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Volvo S60 T5 SE: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo S60 R: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Safety features
- Luxury features
- All-wheel drive option
You Won't Like
- Little rear legroom
- Turbo lag on turbo models
- Costly options
Entry-level luxury sedan with a sporty look.
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