NEW FOR 2015:
-Drive-E four-cylinder turbocharged/supercharged engines
Following a styling update for 2014, Volvo ups the S60’s performance game with the S60 Polestar, a limited-edition model that expands on the tuning option available on last year’s model. As well, fuel economy gets a boost with the addition of Volvo’s Drive-E four-cylinder engines, which come in turbocharged, and turbocharged AND supercharged versions. Other mechanical upgrades include an available eight-speed automatic transmission.
T5 Drive-E models get a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while standard T5 models use a turbocharged five-cylinder (250 hp/266 lb-ft) carried over from last year. T6 Drive-E trim gets its own four-cylinder, this time combining turbo- and supercharging for 302 hp and 295 lb-ft, while the standard T6 gets the turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder used in last year’s model; it makes 300 hp and 325 lb-ft. Like last year, there’s a Polestar tune available that bumps the six’s power to 325 hp and 354 lb-ft, while the top-trim Polestar models get a 350-hp version of that engine. Drive-E cars are all front-drive, while the rest of the S60 get standard all-wheel drive.
Trim levels include base, Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum, their availability depending on what engine you choose: T5 cars are available in all four; T6 in base, Premier Plus and Platinum, and R-Design in base and Platinum. The Polestar stands alone at the top of the range, available in one colour, called Polestar blue.
Base models start with the base 2.0L engine, eight-speed transmission and front-wheel drive, 17-inch wheels, electric parking brake, intelligent driver information system, security system, whiplash protection system, keyless entry with locking fuel door, torque vectoring and corner traction control, dual exhaust, LED taillights and mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, outside temperature gauge, heated side mirrors, puddle lights, rain-sensing wipers, touring suspension, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, centre console storage, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, eco-plus functionality, front centre armrest and cupholders, heated front seats, illuminated and lockable glovebox, lighted vanity mirrors, leather shifter and steering wheel, eight-way power front seats lumbar, driver’s seat memory, power-folding rear headrests, power windows with front auto up/down, split folding rear seat with pass-through, rear armrest with cupholder, tilt-and-telescopic steering, floor mats, trip computer, Volvo Sensus with seven-inch colour display, eight-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
Premier trim adds keyless drive and personal car communicator, bright side window trim, sunroof, adaptive TFT gauge cluster, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Premier Plus brings a garage door opener, power-folding side mirrors, backup camera, compass in rearview mirror, and a grocery bag holder.
Platinum includes auto-dimming side mirrors, accent lighting, and a 12-speaker stereo with 650-watt amplifier.
Base T6 models get keyless drive and bright side window trim, sunroof, dynamic chassis tuning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and sport seats with charcoal headliner. T6 AWD cars add speed-sensitive steering.
R-Design models get unique interior and exterior treatments, sport chassis tuning, front and rear sport seats, and the Polestar engine tune.
Polestar cars use the 350-hp engine and get upgraded suspension and brakes.