The 2019 Volvo S60 is one of the last pieces in the Swedish automaker's puzzle as it sheds the final vestiges of Ford ownership and platform sharing. Like the XC90, XC60 and XC40 crossovers along with sedans and wagons such as the S90, V90 and V60 (essentially the same vehicle), the new S60 rides on Volvo's scalable product architecture platform. Like those models, all S60s are powered by transversely mounted four-cylinder powertrains. We've driven a few variants so far, including the S60 R-Design and 415-horsepower S60 Polestar Engineered models and have been impressed across the board. This particular car is an entry-level T5 Momentum. That means its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four sends 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Those looking for more power and more grip can step up to the 316-horsepower T6 all-wheel drive model for $4,500. Standard features include a wifi hotspot, a panoramic moonroof, power front seats, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control and three years of scheduled maintenance. Options include the $2,100 Premium Package (auto-dimming mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and parking sensors), the $2,500 multimedia package (a Harman Kardon audio system and a digital instrument cluster) and $645 for the metallic paint. Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: The S60 has an understated elegance. The head- and taillights are conceived with purpose and add a touch of bling to the simple styling. The 18-inch alloy wheels have a cool, quirky design, and the wide, familiar Volvo grille gives this car a confident look. It all works together to create a smart appearance. The T5 engine, which in Volvo parlance means a 2.0-liter turbo four pushing out 250 hp at 5,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm, is plenty capable. The low-end torque is what I noticed most, especially since this is a front-wheel-drive car. It wasn't intrusive, but the S60's steering is light, so mash the gas and hang on. The all-season tires and FWD setup was fine when we received about an inch of powdery snow overnight and I mushed my way into work, no problem. I think I'd opt for a powertrain with AWD, though, if it were my money. Speaking of, this one came in at $42,040, which is entirely reasonable for this nice of a car. That includes the optional premium and multimedia packages and the metallic paint. The interior is nice; simple, though a bit plain. I'm not a fan of Sensus; I used to be, but I now feel the industry has caught up with it, and it's harder to use than BMW and Audi systems. Being almost totally reliant on the touchscreen, it can be tricky to modulate the heating and cooling system, which tends to always want to operate on auto and self-select the blower speed. Kind of annoying on a damp 25-degree morning. A button or two would help, but props to the touchscreen for working well with gloves on. I'm more of a fan of Volvo's crossovers …
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|MPG||24 City / 36 Hwy|
|Transmission||Geartronic 8-spd w/OD|
|Power||250 @ 5500 rpm|
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