We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering would you buy one?
What is it?
This is Volvo’s new efficiency optimised S60 performance model, now with a 2.0-litre four cylinder engine. All new Volvo Drive-E cars will have four cylinders including the big SUVs. Yep XC90 too.
The Drive-E program mirrors similar efficiency boosting efforts by other manufacturers like EfficientDynamics at BMW, SkyActiv at Mazda and plenty more.
The S60 T5 goes for $49.990 and up from there depending on which boxes are ticked.
What are competitors?
Volvo would like to think they would be BMW 3 Series, C-Class Benz and Audi A4. It’s almost there in terms of brand perception with the general public – not quite though. Should be.
What's under the bonnet?
Power now comes from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four with 180kW/350Nm output. The transverse engine features direct fuel injection and drives the front wheels through that new eight speed auto with paddle shift.
How does it go?
Whoosh, plenty of get-go from this puppy. Though it doesn’t sound as good as the five cylinder, the new four propels the S60 with purpose and would clock a 0-100kmh sprint in the 6s.
There’s no hesitation off the line or at any engine speed but the engine does sound a bit like a diesel at low speeds – don’t know why.
Is it economical?
Capable of 6.4-litres/100km on the combined cycle using premium unleaded. We regularly bettered this figure especially cruising on the highway. The T5 has a big tank so should have a long cruising range.
Is it green?
Not tested but would be towards the top of the ratings given the emissions fuel consumption and method of manufacture.
Is it safe?
Five stars – top of the class.
Is it comfortable?
Extremely, thanks to the well-designed seats and cleverly styled interior which is hypoallergenic – won’t affect sensitive noses. As this is the penultimate S60, the T5 scores plenty of kit, has excellent connectivity and luxury rolling out the doors.
What's it like to drive?
Loved it. They make it sporty and responsive and you really don’t need any more performance than the T5. Just needs to sound a bit better.
Is it value for money?
At the kick-off price yes but options take care of that pretty smartly.