The Drive, Conclusion

Considering that Volvo was one of the first to introduce a diesel into the Category A range, its performance and efficiency was indeed remarkable. The S60 D2 puts out 115 horses with 270 Nm of torque, and can be labelled as impressive when propelling you from any traffic light.

This probably isn’t the best of what Volvo could have offered, but is all made up for by the sheer fuel economy of the 1.6 litre diesel power plant under the hood. On paper, the S60 D2 clocks 4.3 litres to the hundred, which one cannot deny is incredibly impressive for a car in its range.

As a diesel sedan, the S60 D2 has a relatively small torque band, completing its century sprint in slightly above 12 seconds. This, however, can be more than made up for with its comfort and ride quality. 

For the more adventurous driver, the S60 D2 offers a different kind of kick when the gear knob shifts into ‘S’ (Sports) mode. Torque is kept at its optimal range, although we felt that Volvo could have impressed a little more by adopting paddle shifters.

The common misconception about diesel lies with the noise it produces, but the S60 D2 crushes this with its sheer sound insulation. Road noise is almost non-existent at high speeds, and the diesel clatter extremely well insulated.

 

Conclusion

At $166,000 inclusive of a $15,000 CEVS rebate, the S60 D2 might be perceived as a little too pricey, albeit it being an attractive Category A premium sedan. The car puts out 114 g/km of carbon emission, and this is certainly more admirable than its T4 variant, which stands at $205,000, with a higher emission of 159 g/km.

Taking this into consideration, combined with a significant tag of $1,344 for a 12-month road tax for the S60 D2 ($600 more than the T4 variant), this diesel workhorse  might be well suited for the high-mileage club drivers frequently on the move, especially useful for runs up the North-South Highway.

In Summary

We Like

Impressive fuel economy

We Don't

The price

Verdict

A more than reasonable sedan for the high-mileage club drivers

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Engine

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

Performance

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

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(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

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs