When Volvo launched its latest platform, called Scalable Product Architecture, with the current XC90 SUV back in 2014, it made everything else in Volvo’s lineup feel instantly out of date. Volvo’s S60, its compact sedan, was the last in line to get the upgrade, but now its time has come.
With the new platform comes growth — the 2019 S60 is 4.9 inches longer and about an inch wider than the previous S60.
The new S60 also introduces the Polestar Engineered models to the lineup, following the path of companies like Mercedes-Benz with its AMG line. On the S60, the Polestar Engineered model sits at the top of the hierarchy and uses the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid for motive force, then gets a set of Ohlins nonadjustable dampers, extra power and gold-painted Brembo brakes. The Polestar Engineered S60 also sports a set of 19-inch wheels.
Volvo S60 (Autoweek.com)
The S60 follows the same trim hierarchy as the rest of the Volvo line — Momentum trimmed cars serve as the entry point. From there, R-Design models get extra features like a Harman Kardon sound system, paddle shifters and LED fog lights. The Inscription models add even more luxurious features like leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats and chrome window trim.
A 2.0-liter I4 fitted with a turbocharger and a supercharger power the T6 R-Design. The compound-boosted engine sends 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. From there, the power hits an all-wheel-drive system before transferring to the pavement.
The Polestar Engineered version sports the same 2.0-liter twin-charged engine, tuned to 328 hp, along with an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid squeezes 415 hp out of the system in total…
The electric motor and the more aggressive tuning on the internal combustion engine set you back in your seat. The T6-prepped S60 is not exactly a slouch either, with an acceptable 5.3-second 0-60 time.
Volvo S60, Autoweek.com photos
The S60 T6’s nonhybrid powertrain means there are no regenerative brakes. The Polestar Engineered S60’s brakes, however, are harder to modulate. The initial pedal feel is light, with the Brembos grabbing aggressively later in the stroke. The nonhybrid S60 provides a better and more controllable pedal feel. When it comes to slamming on the brakes, both with stop you just fine. – (according to Autoweek.com)
Battle for market with its own model
The 2019 S60 is a testament to how far Volvo has come in recent years. The outgoing car wasn’t bad, but when the XC90 came out, everything else in its lineup felt instantly ancient. The new S60 now has everything good that has turned Volvo around, in one compact package.