2011 S60 New Car Test Drive
The Volvo S60 is completely redesigned for 2011. The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 is clearly a car with beautiful lines that have been carefully drawn. It's stylish, clean and sophisticated. Those same words can be used to describe the interior, which features standard leather seating and aluminum trim that in some spots looks like sculpture. The dashboard and center stack, with the optional 7-inch display screen, make the driver feel successful and in command.
The 2011 S60 chassis has been done over to deliver the best handling possible. The all-wheel-drive technology offers secure cornering and features a new system called Corner Traction Control by Torque Vectoring, which moves torque to the outside wheels to help steer the car around a turn without understeer.
There have been many suspension changes for this new S60, which was tested on old roads in the UK. Shorter stiffer springs, and stiffer bushings. More travel in the shock absorbers. New suspension components, working with front MacPherson struts and rear multi links. A new steering column with faster steering ratio.
There are two optional suspensions, the Touring Chassis for those wanting a softer ride, and the Four-C active chassis offering Comfort, Sport and Advanced settings.
The new engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged intercooled inline 6-cylinder, making 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque at a low 2100 rpm. It's wonderfully smooth and quick when passing on two-lanes. It gets 18 city and 26 highway miles per gallon, an increase of 10 percent over the previous S60 with a less powerful engine.
Volvo has broken new ground in safety yet again. There's an optional system called pedestrian detection, which brings the car to a halt at any speed below 22 mph, without the driver's involvement, when a pedestrian is in the vehicle's path.
Finally, the S60 carries Volvo's Safe and Secure warranty plan, with free scheduled maintenance for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, and 5 years of Wear and Tear coverage and roadside assistance.
The 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD ($37,700) uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and and 18-inch wheels. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, sport seats front and rear, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver seat, 7-inch color display, dual zone climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, 160-watt 8-speaker CD/DVD/MP3 sound system, Bluetooth.
Premium Package ($1500) includes power moonroof, power front passenger seat and Xenon headlamps. Climate Package ($800) includes heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensor wipers, headlight washers and interior air quality system. Multimedia Package ($2700) includes 650-watt Dolby Surround Sound 12-speaker audio system, navigation system, and split-lens rearview camera. Technology Package ($2100) includes pedestrian detection with full auto brake, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full auto brake, distance alert, alert driver control, lane departure warning. Stand-alone options include metallic paint ($550-$675), interior wood inlays ($300), blind spot warning ($700), front and rear park assist ($500), Four-C active chassis ($750), and 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tires ($500).
Safety equipment includes Dynamic Stability and Traction Control with sport mode, corner traction control, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), dual stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, side impact airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, and anti-lock braking system with hydraulic brake assist, optimized hydraulic brakes, ready alert brakes and fading brake support.