With the right foot firmly planted on the accelerator pedal, the S60 2.0T with Powershift can move its handsome body from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds. While for some that may seem a very good time, it fails to win any awards because of a few simple reasons.
First of all, considering the 203 horsepower and 300 Nm (221.3 lb ft) – or even 320 Nm (236 lb ft) with overboost - lightning fast gear changes from the double-clutch sequential transmission and the car's 1570 kg (3461 pounds), we would have expected it to be a bit faster as far as the feelings go. As it turns out, the double-clutch gearbox is by far not as fast or as responsive as a Volkswagen's DSG or a Porsche's PDK, while the car isn't exactly in the featherweight category.
Second of all, if we compare these acceleration figures with its direct competitors, the plot might thicken. The Mercedes-Benz C 200 CGI we tested a while back manages an equal 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time with 16 hp and 30 Nm (22.1 lb ft) less than the 2.0 GTDI-engined Volvo S60. Not to mention the fact that the Benz also has an old-school automatic transmission with a torque converter instead of a latest generation double-clutch sequential.
Both BMW and Audi sport lower-powered four-cylinder units that achieve similar or even better acceleration times as well, so the S60 2.0T is not as efficient on paper as its main competitors. In real life driving the situation is not as grim as it may sound though, mainly thanks to the torque available for such a wide range of rpm.
The transmission can be a bit inexact in its gear choice from time to time, while the kickdown function is not as fast as you'd expect from a double-clutch sequential. On the other hand, the new S60 is simply a joy when driven on winding roads, even when going to the limit.
Equipped with a virtual torque vectoring system that can brake the inside wheel when tackling corners with higher-than-usual speeds, our test car really flew through the curves. The "torque steer" experienced with other high-powered front-wheel drive cars was kept at a minimum using this contraption, while the overall balance of the car was much, much better than we had expected. As far as driving pleasure goes, the S60 2.0T is right up there with the big boys in this league, something that we would have never expected from Volvo.
During our open road driving section we managed a fuel consumption between 7.6 liters per 100 km (US 31 mpg) while using the intelligent cruise control system and average speeds, while in a more dynamic driving session it grew to about 11.5 liters per 100 km (US 20.5 mpg). Both figures are somewhat normal for this kind of performance, but they're nothing to brag about considering the aforementioned competitors. All in all, despite the obvious... let's say moral setbacks, the S60 2.0T provided us with quite a pleasant surprise as far as handling on the open road goes.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
I'm a firm believer that the main idea behind every beautiful car out there is to attract people in buying it. I think I learned that at a marketing class in college. That or watching Oprah, I can't really remember which.
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