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2013 Volvo S60

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It has been a rather long time since I have been behind the wheel of a Volvo for a week, so this week is a special event with the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD in my driveway.

Of course I’m no stranger to small luxury vehicles, having recently tested the BMW 328i, the Cadillac ATS and the new Lexus IS. Volvo to me is more of a fringe player, though, and certainly typically overlooked in this market – we’ll see if that is warranted or if one should be shopping Volvo against the “typical” rivals.

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My tester is equipped with all-wheel drive that is a Haldex system, a $2,400 option on the base S60 T5 but converts an otherwise front-wheel-drive sedan into something a little more sporting and capable.

Powering the S60 T5 is a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine that is turbocharged to offer a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 6.4 seconds. Power is rated at 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, with an available overboost of 295 lb-ft of torque for up to 10 seconds.

The Volvo S60 T5 starts at $39,150 and offers a few option packages. My tester is a Premier Plus with AWD for a total of $47,150. Like the Mazda I had last week, this Volvo is loaded with features such as blind-spot detection, parking sensors (no camera), leather seating, dual-zone climate and a moonroof.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $ 47,150

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