An executive's car. It is plain but robust in build and safety. It's a company car and that's a good reason why most ppl wouldn't buy it - Looks.
If it looked a little more exciting, perhaps more ppl would love the car. But as it is, it is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
The S60 has been rather reliable and easy to drive. Power is available when I need it and braking is so-so. It is a heavy car. But the up side is that I know it's more like a tank than a car so I'm feeling much safer shuttling my kids around.
Yeah, my dad used to have one, before he swapped it for an Audi A6 because my mum disliked the heavy steering.
Enjoy the car! Ours was also reliable, except for a slightly loosely operating Audio On/Off switch. asdzds
Similar cars tried:
VW Passat 1.8 TSi, Saab 93, Subaru Legacy GT
55% highway, 45% city
Duration of car driven:
Although it's 9 yrs old since introduction (and end of life already), it still looks very sleek and sporty. The rear and side views are the best while the front is looking dated.
Seats are comfortable, aircon power is just right, stereo sounds decent but pity about the space in the rear - 6ft folks can't really seat behind each other.
It rides pretty well except that the Continental tyres are pretty stiff, making the ride harsh and letting you feel the bumps over man-hole covers.
Now for the drive: city driving sure isn't like the lighter cars plus the turbo lag makes you struggle a bit. However, once you spin the 5-pot past 2.5k rpm, it flies like a bird...really. But be careful, it can get unwieldy at speeds...or was it just my own ineptness?
Anyway, within our nation's speed limits, it's a breeze to cruise and relax in the tranquility it provides.
My dad owns one, so i have a couple of things to say about it.
Firstly, it has a great and comfortable interior. The seats are plush and very supportive. The sound system (Dolby Digital Pro-Logic II) is superb and great to listen.
However, the space at the rear is tight and legroom and headroom at the rear is in short supply for tall folks.
It has a 2.0 light turbo engine which gives it sufficient power. Turbo lag aside, it feels brisk.
As i am not yet old enough to drive (T.T), i cannot describe the driving experience in detail. However, from my dad and after reading several reviews, I can conclude that the car has a woody steering feel and is not a driver's car.
Rather, its strength lies on its decent cruising ability. It feels relaxed and it offers a decent ride.
It is solid (hard doors, lots of safety features) and good to look at. The S60 makes a decent car, good cruiser and enough feel-good factor to let you know that you are in a premium car.
And in my view, S60R rims and a bodykit should beef up its looks and make it look racy and handsome.
Just don't expect it to do sporty.
Comfy, quality interior.
Engine not really fast, but good enough.
Will look geat with S60R-Spec wheels and bodykit.
Terrific stereo, great seats.
Space at rear seats a little tight.
Not agile; turning radius is scary
Not exactly safe; 4 star safety rating
65% on highway & 35% urban.Optimum is 2000rpm which is more than sufficient to get through traffic which is about 80km/hr.
Duration of car driven:
More than 3 years
Surprisingly to find an un-tapped power under the hood of this 2.0Turbo 5-line engine. Legally LTA approved tuning can unleash a warping 230bhp for stage 1 modification up to 250bhp for stage 3. A superb blending of responsiveness, power and fuel economy in the 2.0 range even with its big and heavy body. Most generous seat size compared to most 2 litres class like BMW, AUDI and MERC for passengers. Rather deceiving tight leg room at first glance but this is because of the bigger and longer seat that provides more support to your butt-tops & thigh then more other 2 litres ranges. The difference can be felt when going for long drives when sitting on a smaller seat can be much more a pain than enjoyment. The good limbo support for long distance comfortably to both front & back passengers. Sit 4 comfortably and sufficient space for 5th person for short distance but not advisable if going for >12hrs drives.
Renowned solid body frame and safety features is the marquee. Never mind if you a superb defence driver, there will be others careless & reckless drivers on the road! Consider the price tag as paying for extra insurance because even 1 mm more of steel can make a big different between life or death during any fatal accident.
Over-drive because of FWD when taking corners. Standard factory fit of 205/55R16 does injustice even with it wide body and low CG of S60. Handling of corners and body roll are a minus point. Change to a set of 225-17/18inch and installing anti-roll bar may just be trick as corrective measures. Very few 3rd party soup-ups can be found in Singapore beside Heico or GM Motor-Volvo original parts.
Fuel saving tips: Normal drive patterns 65% on highway & 35% urban (mostly during evenings & weekends outings). Optimum is to keep below 2000rpm which is more than sufficient to get through normal traffic if you are in not hurry. (Turbo kick in around 2000rpm) For those who are less patience with traffic on 1st/2nd lane, trying keeping below 3000rpm and bring the rev up it (but not floor it) once in a while if you have to overtake.
Keep tyres nicely inflated as the car feel it can be sluggish and the gear auto adapts the traction
Safetly, power & fuel enconmy
Pricy spare part only from GM motors unless self import.
Similar cars tried:
Accord JDM, Camry, Civic, Saab 93, Saab 95, VW Passat,
60 highway, 40 road
Duration of car driven:
Owned it to close to 2 years. My 4 yr old S60 never fails only fuel cost consideration deters driver from calling upon its horses more frequently :P
Fun and safe car to drive. This is the car I would want to be seen in especially with family.
Can't wait to try my hands on North South Highway cruise. Sure thing a helluva cruiser!
Fuel economy surprisingly good
Best in class cockpit seat
High torque at low revs
Smooth in line 5 engine
Durable and hard wearing parts
Heavy front and front wheel drive blunts its handling
Occasional creaks (but even airplane has it as well)
V50's turning radius is similar to a compact car, takes 2 lanes to perform a U turn. Rather amazing for a FWD station wagon of almost 2700mm wheelbase. Handling is an improvement over S60 given the excellent platform shared with Ford Focus / Mazda 3. asdzds
Thanks, i've traded the ride for another Volvo..a V50 recently, read my review in this forum.
It was a great 2 years of ownership until i found an exporter keen to take my babe at a relatively higher value.
Missed the S60 for its 1st class ride, frugal consumption (9 to 10 km per litre on 50/50 highway/road) and great looks. Don't missed it for its less than perfect handling, wide turning radius (2.5 lanes) and blind spots. asdzds
You seem to like your car a lot! My father owns a 2005 S60 2.0T as well.
I was also pretty convinced that it was a safe car (just knock those doors!) BUt i was slightly disappointed when i found out it only had a four star safety rating (2001 material!!)
It was stable at 160kmh at the NS highway in Msia. Great for speeding too!! =P However, just a word of caution. If you are thinking of stuffing tall people at the back, they might be less than happy due to the slightly restrictive legroom and the stylish sloping roof impedes into headroom as well. Enjoy your cruise, it has great seats and a top class sound system to enjoy as well! My dad's car had a wonderful trip to Cameron Highlands. Just the right cruiser!! asdzds