2013 Volvo S600
The 2013 Volvo S60 was resigned in 2011 and is an eye-pleaser when compared to the previous generations’ boxy style. In fact, it’s arguably one of the best-looking sedans in its class- a simple yet classy design.
Its straightforward interior is just as attractive as its outer shell. Its center stack remains uncluttered and uncomplicated with user friendly controls.
Quality materials consisting of leather, vinyl and soft plastics are comparable to those found in other entry level sedans. The front is roomy and the seats are as comfortable as a supple leather sofa however the back seats leave a bit to be desired for. The seats are fairly supportive, quite comfortable actually, but there is little in the way of legroom (especially for taller passengers like myself).
The 2013 Volvo S60 is offered in three well equipped trim levels- T5, T6 and the sport T6 R-Design. Prices start at just below $32,000 and top out at $53,000 for the fully loaded T6 R-Design with AWD.
Standard features found on the T5 includes a fuel-efficient 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, full-power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, T-Tec seating surfaces and a power driver seat with memory and adjustable lumbar support.
Several packages are optional and range in price from $2,200 for the Premier Package to $6,050 for the top-notch Platinum Package that will add every option imaginable under the sun. AWD is also optional for an additional $2,000.
Stepping up to the T6 will get you a powerful 300 horsepower V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, speed-sensitive steering, push-button start, leather upholstery and a sunroof. Xenon headlights and front/rear park assist are also standard. A rearview camera, navigation and a premium audio system are optional.
Opting for the top-of-the-line T6 R-Design adds 25 horsepower, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension and sporty styling elements like a rear spoiler, dark grey alloy wheels, unique interior trim and sport seats. Navigation, Volvo’s premium sound system and the rearview camera are also standard. Heated rear seats, a rear dual DVD entertainment system and front and rear parking sensors are optional.
All told, the Vovlo S60 is a suave, well-mannered entry level luxury sedan. It’s richly appointed for its low entry price and offers plenty of power no matter your choice of engine. The S60 is also Volvos least expensive model and has been named the Best Value Midsize Luxury Sedan by USAA, making it the least expensive model to insure. Now if that doesn’t give you something to cheer about, we don’t know what will.
Comfortable front seats; superior safety ratings; good handling; powerful engine lineup; available AWD; user friendly controls- Volvo keeps it uncluttered and uncomplicated
Cramped rear seats, no optional manual transmission