2021 Volvo S60, Track Test

By Shivank Bhatt | on November 16, 2021

There was a time when Volvos used to be safe, sensible, and boring. Well, not anymore! That’s not to say that they aren’t safe or sensible now, but new-age Volvos are anything but dull. From the way they are designed to the way they drive, Volvo cars of today are leaps and bounds ahead of their predecessors – they are no longer muted or subdued like they were in the past. The latest case in point is the all-new S60.

In its third generation, the S60 is not only extremely desirable but also equipped with mechanical and dynamic abilities to prove its worth. Based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture or SPA platform, the S60 is one stunning looking sedan – the signature LED headlamps with Thor’s hammer-shaped DRLs, an imposing grille, and a suave yet sporty stance make the S60 hard to resist. To an extent, it makes its German rivals look a bit anonymous. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because once you’re done swooning over its outer appearance and step inside, you can’t help but be bowled over by its sumptuous interior. The S60’s cabin is so classy, comfortable, and tastefully done that you’d struggle to find a reason to get out of it.

In fact, you shouldn’t rush to get out of it anyway, for it drives pretty well too. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 188bhp and 300Nm, has enough oomph to keep you entertained, while its firm springs make sure that it remains planted on the road as you push it around corners. The eight-speed torque converter, however, seems to be tuned for comfort, as shifts are slow and easy. Compared to its German rivals, the drivetrain also feels a little gruff at higher revs.

The cabin refinement is exemplary. And despite being FWD, the S60 handles well and tracks corners without being wayward. Its road-holding ability is impressive and the steering is quite direct, albeit it doesn’t have much feel to it.

We were pleasantly surprised by its lap time. We expected it to be quick but not quicker by a whole second than its main rival – the Audi A4.

Even though the S60 is deeply desirable and drives really well, it has some flaws. The ride quality, for instance, is a touch too firm for our road conditions, and the rear bench isn’t the most comfortable out there. As a luxury sedan, then, it falls a bit short of offering you the most luxurious experience, especially in comparison to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the A4. However, if you can look beyond these foibles and don’t want a run-of-the-mill luxury sedan, then you can’t ignore the S60, for it is in a class of its own!

  • 2021 Volvo S60 (Lap Time – 01:11.2)
PARAMETERS POINTS SCORE
QUALITY 5 4.5
COMFORT/SPACE 5 4.5
REFINEMENT 5 4
DESIGN 5 4
DRIVETRAIN 5 4
RIDE & HANDLING 5 4
PRACTICALITY 5 3.5
X-FACTOR  20 11
LAP TIME 15 9.3
VALUE FOR MONEY 30 17
TOTAL 100 65.8

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