The second generation of the S60 sedan is based on the Volvo P24 platform, which has lots (if not almost all) in common with Ford's EUCD platform. Apart from the S60, the P24 platform can also be found under the sheet metal of the XC70, XC60, V70 and the S80. That's a lot of retooling, considering all the aforementioned models are pretty different from one another.
Not to mention the fact that the very similar Ford EUCD platform can be found under no less than five Ford and Land Rover models. For the Volvo purists out there, this can only mean bad things, since the S60 doesn't seem to have a lot of character or originality from the technical bits point of view. They are very wrong though, because the second generation of the S60 is nothing like any other Volvo.
Firstly, the chassis isn't trying to put you to sleep every time you try and negotiate a hard turn. Compared to any other Volvo we've ever driven (except those with an "R" on the boot), the new S60 2.0T is miles ahead when it comes to driving dynamics.
The two-liter engine uses state-of-the-art technologies like direct injection and a compromise between a Low Pressure Turbocharger (LPT) and regular turbo. With that being said, the fuel consumption isn't greatly improved compared to its competitors, but it's quite a bit better than older turbocharged gasoline Volvos.
The six-speed Powershift double clutch sequential is great on paper, but in real life it doesn't live up to the same credetials of a Volkswagen's DSG or Porsche's PDK. Developed in collaboration with Getrag, it can't handle a lot of torque either, hence the reason for which the much more powerful S60 T6 still uses the old six-speed automatic with a torque converter.
All in all, despite the obvious downsides, the new Volvo S60 2.0T uses quite an advanced array of technologies, even though none of them actually excels compared to its German counterparts. They do make it the most dynamic non-R Volvo in history though, which is of course a good thing. Continue reading
VOLVO S60 technical data summary
Engine: 1999 cc L4 Gasoline
Transmission: Double-clutch sequntial
Dimensions: 4628 mm - 182.3 inch length / 1899 mm - 74.8 inch width / 1484 mm - 58.4 inch height
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