Volvo S60 D2 Review
Not dirty but sexy

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
22 Mar 2013

Introduction, Exterior

You would think that with the latest reduction in diesel tax, we should be seeing even more diesel cars on the roads than before. But truth be told, most people continue to harbour myths about diesels being dirty sputter hunks of junk which used to be true. Most industrial vehicles are powered by large Detroit Diesels that are loud, dirty and almost always arrives in a huge cloud of black smoke.

However, what most don’t know is that modern diesels that are Euro III and above (Europe is moving towards Euro V now) are actually cheaper to run and are in most cases cleaner than petrol engines with lower carbon emissions. But to really see the benefits of diesels, one has to be a driver that literally goes for miles as diesel powered cars generally have a lengthy range that easily breach the 1000km mark per tank.



The S60 as you would recall, is the first model Volvo launched under its new Chinese parentage. But more importantly it was the Swedish brand’s breakaway from its traditional angular designs language that was more significant. For the first time, ‘sexy’ was part of the Volvo vocabulary.

Designed with the concept of a four door coupe design, the lines are penned unbroken from the headlight all the way to the C-pillar that converges on its pert rear end. Part of this sensual design is the low roofline that further defines this four door sedan’s sporty, sexy design language. However, it must be said that most owners would probably opt for the 18” alloys that would fill up the wheel wells better. 

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Engine Capacity 1560cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 115bhp @ 3600rpm
Torque 270Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 74.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 190 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 23.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type 3 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4635 x 2097 x ) mm
Wheelbase 2776 mm
Turning Circle 11.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1549 kg
Boot Capacity 380 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 67.5 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs