The S60's pretty face hides not one, but a multitude of sharp minds, as the vehicle we tested was packed with technological toys, most of which were aimed at increasing the active safety. We'll remind you that the car we tested used the top of the range "Summum" equipment level and was sprinkled with a hefty dose of optional extras.
The S60 is just like a captain, ready to do anything it takes just to keep the ship from sinking. The driver is assisted via an array of lasers, a radar and a camera, all of which are aimed at reducing the risk of a frontal impact. First, there's the city Safety system, which automatically brakes the vehicle at low speeds, being able to recognize pedestrians and bring the car to a complete stop.
The vehicle will also brake in the event of an accident at higher speeds, thus trying to reduce the consequences of an impact. Through the Driver Support System, which relies on LEDs mounted on top of the dashboard, as well as on audio signals, the person behind the wheel is alerted when a crash is imminent.
We also enjoyed the auto-adaptive cruise control system which, after you've set the maximum speed, follows the car in front, being able to stop the vehicle, if this is necessary. This really makes highway travel a lot more comfortable.
Of course, all these systems work better with an automatic transmission, as in the case of a manual, like we had on our test car, they will eventually stall the engine when braking if you don't prevent this by using the clutch.
We were also assisted by Volvo's blind spot nanny, BLISS, which handles it's job just fine. Other active safety features include the Corner Traction Control, which tries to minimize understeer, offering decent results and the adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights.
As far as the entertainment is concerned, the vehicle we tested was fitted with a High Performance Multimedia pack, which brought four 40W speakers, a 7-inch display, which was used for infotainment, as well as the ability to play DVDs.Continue reading