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Turbocharged and Supercharged | 2015 Volvo S60 Review

The Volvo S60 is a fine compact saloon. It’s more stylish than an Audi A4 and almost as good to drive as a BMW 3-Series. But is there a model out there for motorists who want in excess of 300 bhp?

Enter the T6

The S60 T6 looks much like any S60, which is to say stunning. The looks certainly have that sleeper appeal that Volvo drivers love but make no mistake, all of that style is backed up by substance.

Of course, the most dramatic thing about this Volvo is the engine. It’s a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre engine with 302 bhp and 295 lb /ft of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Together, these work to gift the S60 T6 with a 0 – 62 mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. That’s faster than the older 3.0-litre straight-six S60 T6, and this car is also more efficient, with potential combined economy rated at 441.1 miles per gallon and a CO2 rating is 149 g /km.

2015 Volvo S60

2015 Volvo S60

So how does it drive?

Ferociously. If you are used to diesel Volvo’s like I am, you will be used to lots of mid-range torque. In this car, though, there’s torque everywhere… low-down, the supercharger offers brisk pace, in the mid-range the turbocharger offers blistering pace and at the top end, the 2.0-litre capacity doesn’t tail off until the redline. In other words, this is a very flexible car, and one which will blow any diesel away if you want it to, yet drives like one when you change up, according to Vertu Cars.

The engine is complimented by the well weighted steering, sharp throttle response, and solid driving position too. This Volvo might be a comfortable saloon, but take it for a proper drive and it will duly reward you.

The best thing about this car is the power delivery though. Full torque arrives quite high, at 2,1000 rpm, but wherever you are in the rev range this car feels quick (above 2,100 rpm there’s a satisfying surge of torque that pushes you into the seat). When you’re not going fast, you can admire the S60s stunning design, and the well laid out interior which in typical Volvo style, is dominated by that trademark floating dash.

2015 Volvo S60 backing each other

2015 Volvo S60 backing each other

Overall

There’s a lot to like about the S60 T6. But, there’s a sticking point… the price. It costs £38,135 and for that kind of money, you can buy a very nice used RS4 with more than £10,000 change to spare, and whilst this twin-charged engine is good, it’s not a patch on a V8. Also well within a T6 buyers price range is a used Mercedes C63 AMG – this might not be in the same league as the T6, but used it costs less.

So do I recommend you buy the T6? If you must have the fastest S60 on the road, sure. For everybody else the single-turbo T5 will be just fine.

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