Volvo S60 D2 Review
Sleek and steady

Story by Irwin Tan, Photos by Benjamin G. Kline and Irwin Tan
13 May 2014

Introduction, Exterior

Mention a diesel engine and most buyers would shrink away, or perhaps associate it high diesel taxes. Marry that with the new COE categorisation and you perhaps don’t have many choices to choose from if you’re going for a Category A car.

Volvo recently launched the V40 Cross Country D2, one of the sleeker diesel hatches we’ve ever driven. Now, they’ve not slackened at all with the new S60 D2.



The new S60 D2 retains most of the curves we see from its predecessor, unmistakably representing a strong Scandinavian heritage and design.

As compared to its other T4 sibling, the S60 D2 lacks a few notable features. In compromise for its impressive torque range, the S60 D2 does away with Volvo’s active bending xenon lighting, which allows the lights to angle as much as 15 degrees when you turn the wheel.

And with daytime running lights being the latest trend in cars nowadays, the new S60 D2, similar to the T4 variant, gets its running lights integrated within the bumper instead of by the side of the headlamps.

Like the old S60 D2 we drove last year, its new successor adopts a sportier and dynamic coupe-like roof curve stretching from the front of the cabin to the tail lamps. This is perhaps one significant step Volvo undertook to break off from the traditional boxy designs it’s old cars used to boast.

This, we dare say, is well in line with Volvo proclaiming the S60 D2 as a four-door coupe.

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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
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(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