REVIEWS: 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD

September 20, 2012
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Front Three Quarters
Hop into the T5 AWD and it isn't that different from climbing into its more expensive sibling, the T6 AWD. The interior is just as beautifully trimmed and laid out, the seating position as adjustable and comfortable as I remember in our Four Seasons S60 T6, the all-wheel drive is just as effective in its ability to deliver instant traction. The engine is nearly as potent, too. Although the T5 is down 50 horsepower on the T6, it's not a slow car, and power delivery is remarkably smooth. At low RPMs the engine is torquey and the exhaust note is gruff but not unrefined -- almost like a good diesel -- but unlike an oil burner, the sound crescendos as the revs rise, morphing into a satisfying roar around 4500-5000 rpm.
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Front Three Quarters
The S60 T5 is an excellent car, but I do have one gripe: because the Volvo Sensus infotainment system doesn't have GPS navigation, its Bluetooth phone doesn't have voice activation. For a car that costs $38k (and scores at least an 8.5 in my book), it's unacceptable to lack a feature you can get on a Kia Rio at half the price. If you want to go for full Swedish motoring perfection, I guess you have to get the $2700 multimedia package as well.
Ben Timmins, Associate Web Editor

As much as I like the turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine in the S60 T6 (and in the XC60 crossover), this turbo inline five-cylinder T5 hits the sweet spot for most Volvo buyers. The car is tractable in everyday around-town situations, even if you have to modulate the throttle carefully to get maximum boost for the cut-and-thrust of urban traffic. Like all S60 models, the car is comfortable and luxurious without being ostentatious. Our tester didn't have a rearview camera, but other than that it seemed quite well equipped and came in well under $40K. The caramel-and-black leather interior is a great combination, and the white paint shows off this car's crisp lines very well.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Center Stack

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD

MSRP (with destination): $32,645
PRICE AS TESTED: $38,170
ENGINE:
2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged I-5
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5500rpm
Torque : 266 lb-ft @ 1800rpm
TRANSMISSION:
6-speed automatic
DRIVE:
All-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
17-inch aluminum wheels
235/45VR-17 Continental ContiProContact tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
20/29/23 mpg
CURB WEIGHT:
3528 lb
CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 12.0cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 41.9/33.5 in
Headroom (front/rear): 37.6/37.4 in
Towing: 3300 lb
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
White/Brown
STANDARD FEATURES:
Touring chassis w/advanced stability control
Torque vectoring control
17-inch aluminum wheels
8-speaker audio system w/amplifier
USB port
Auxiliary audio jack
SiriusXM satellite radio w/6-month trial subscription
City Safety
Volvo Sensus w/7-inch LCD monitor
Front and rear sport seats w/textile upholstery
8-way power driver's seat
Push-button ignition
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Dual-zone climate control
Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
60/40-split folding rear seats w/armrest
Power foldable rear headrests
Front center armrest w/storage
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
S60 Premier- $2200

Power sunroof
Leather-trimmed seats
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Accessory prep cable
Power passenger seat
Keyless entry and ignition
Climate package- $700

Heated windshield washer nozzles and front seats
Interior air quality system
All-wheel drive w/traction control- $2000
Rear spoiler- $375
17-inch Njord aluminum wheels- $250
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Multimedia package- $2700
ADDITIONAL SPECS:
When equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2013 S60 T5 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Stick with front-wheel drive, though, and you'll shave .2 seconds off that time.
COMPARE TO:
Audi A4, BMW 328i, Cadillac CTS

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