Last time we drove the S60 inside a city, we concluded that it had the genes to be a smart urban performer, but it would need a powertrain dedicated to this purpose. Well,here we are, driving a 1.6-liter diesel one. So, has the new downsized oil-burner done the trick? Yes.
After taking us on 100 km of urban roads, the S60 DRIVe asked for 8.5 liters of fuel in return (27.7 mpg). The 1.6-liter turbocharged unit delivers 115 hp at 3,600 rpm and a peak torque of 270 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, an output that allows you to move decently through the city.
Together with the six-speed manual gearbox, it even allows you to take advantage of certain gaps in the busy traffic. Even though it was fitted with the "Comfort" chassis, the S60 was able to respond swiftly to our commands.
The suspension really managed to compensate for every road imperfection that the city had to throw at us, so we really felt good behind its wheel. Once we were done and we had to park it, we could rely on the front and rear parking sensors, which were calibrated just right, as well as on the steering, which really made the maneuvers "light".
Due to the fact that the city drive includes traffic light stops and relatively low speed, people will have time to observe the S60 and you will draw a lot of attention, even if your car is finished in "Black Stone Solid", as our test ride was.
The 380 liters of the luggage compartment might bring certain issue when going on shopping tips, but this might be a positive thing - you know you need every argument to convince your wife to keep things low in this area.
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Thank you for listening to my request and bringing me an S60 with a diesel engine. I'm also glad that you guys understood that downsizing is the future. I just feel so good when people look at me like at a coupe driver and I know that I'm actually cheating as my car has five seats and four doors. And there's more cheating here. This baby might look dynamic, but under the hood it hides an engine that manages to keep me as far away from the pump as possible.
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