Driven: 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD

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2013 Volvo S60 T5
Base price: $32,795
Price as tested: $38,170

Standard Equipment:
2.5-liter turbocharged I-5 engine
Front-wheel drive
6-speed automatic transmission

Options on this vehicle:
Premiere trim level- $2200
All-wheel drive- $2000
Climate package- $700

Heated front seats
Heated windshield washer jets
Interior air quality system
Trunk spoiler- $375
Njord alloy wheels- $250

Key options not on vehicle:
Technology package- $2010
Adaptive cruise control
Lane departure warning
Distance alert
Collision warning
Pedestrian detection w/full auto brake
Active high beams
Road sign information
Rear-seat entertainment system- $1800
Park assist camera- $795
18-inch wheels- $750
Blind spot warning- $700
Heated rear seats- $450
Remote start- $499

2.5-liter turbocharged I-5
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 266 lb-ft @ 1600-4200 rpm

6-speed automatic


8.0 x 17 in alloy wheels
235/45R-17 Continental ContiProContact tires

20/29 mpg (city/highway)

3528 lb

Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 12.0 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 41.9/33.5 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.3/37.4 in

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Own an XC60 and plan to buy the new V70 in 2014.You get close to German engineering for less with awesome seat comfort Swedes are known for. FWD versions routinely turn in 30+ MPG on the highway.I hope the Chinese don't muck things up.
The styling on this car is too bold for a Volvo.  A Volvo is supposed to be conservative and reserved; the headlights on this make no sense at all.  You would do better to get an XC70 which is styled to perfection, has a great engine, can go off road, and won my website car of the year (2012) award. 
Skip the Premiere trim and the spoiler and you get an outstanding 4-wheel drive vehicle for $36,000. There is no German or American car that will come close, except maybe a no-option A-4.For a long distance cruiser with all weather capabilities, there are few things to complain about. I agree with NorthVAbmw that the transmission in sport mode makes the car very responsive, specially considering it's only a five cylinder. I don't know why Volvo sales are so low, with such wounder car. 335i owner
This article contains some inaccuracies. First, the statement that "the T6 has the Dynamic setup" suspension is only correct if the vehicle was ordered with the Dynamic Chassis. You can have touring suspension, dynamic chassis, or 4C chassis on the T6. The article implies that the T6 only has one suspension, which is wrong.
Secondly, the statement about the aggressive throttle response on the T6 is only correct if the vehicle has the Polestar software mod (same tuning as the R Design). Otherwise, the standard throttle response in the T6 is actually pretty lazy and the statement about it being difficult to drive in heavy traffic is wrong. If you want aggressive or spirited driving in the T5 or the standard T6, you have to move the shifter to the left to put the tranny into sport mode, which tightens throttle response and provides sport oriented transmission shift points. In THAT mode, yes, it is aggressive and a challenge to drive in heavy traffic or in a city.
@StevePaul  It was the Ford bean counters who mucked things up. Geeley is letting Volvo fly, with remakes of all models in the next two years, and a major redesign of the XC90 in late 2014. I can't wait.

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