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.

 

Exterior

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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