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Those Little Things That It Do - And Don't - 2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,126
edited September 2015 in Volvo
imageThose Little Things That It Do - And Don't - 2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is a great road car, but when you spend a lot of time in it you find that it's the little things you notice most, like lane-keeping assist that doesn't work all the time or nicely-supportive seats that do.

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  • Volvo is teetering on the edge of irrelevancy in the US market. They have a lot riding on the XC90. The real world fuel efficiency you're seeing in the S60 is disappointing, particularly since I believe some of this powertrain tech is shared with the XC90. That car also has impressive EPA stats but they may not translate to the real world either.
    In all the S60 is a good enough car but the 9 points above don't make a really compelling case for someone to head to the Volvo dealer.
  • Number 4 is concerning. Any manual movement of the steering wheel should override the computer; it should never interfere with or correct the driver. Even on a highly advance modern commercial airliner any time the pilot grabs and moves the control column the autopilot automatically disengages.
  • I can get over 30 mpg easily out of my 2014 S60 with the old 5 cylinder engine (rated 30 mpg highway). My most recent trip went 484 miles and took about 15.7 gallons, which works out to 30.8 mpg. This was all highway, much of it above 75 mph. While 35 mpg might be a bit ambitious for the twin charged engine, I'm sure I could get 32 mpg + on the trips I typically take.
  • cotakcotak Posts: 89
    legacygt said:

    Volvo is teetering on the edge of irrelevancy in the US market. They have a lot riding on the XC90. The real world fuel efficiency you're seeing in the S60 is disappointing, particularly since I believe some of this powertrain tech is shared with the XC90. That car also has impressive EPA stats but they may not translate to the real world either.
    In all the S60 is a good enough car but the 9 points above don't make a really compelling case for someone to head to the Volvo dealer.

    I don't think they do for their existing customers. They are nice cars to be in. And they are safe which is important for a lot of people. Put it this way the new small offset test which so many cars were failing, was no problem for all the Volvo cars. And this includes the old xc90 first introduce to the market in 2003 before small offset was even an idea at IIHS. What else have Volvo designed their cars to protect you against which other manufacturers have not because it wasn't in any crash test a consumer would know about? The number of fatalities in our area from drunk drivers or otherwise bad driving has been going up and just yesterday 3 kids were killed in a van t-boned by a drunk driver. No, I think Volvo is far from becoming irrelevancy.
  • Well I am still a huge fan of my R-design, but have commented before on the disappoint real world MPG. Like
    dm7279 said:

    I can get over 30 mpg easily out of my 2014 S60 with the old 5 cylinder engine (rated 30 mpg highway). My most recent trip went 484 miles and took about 15.7 gallons, which works out to 30.8 mpg. This was all highway, much of it above 75 mph. While 35 mpg might be a bit ambitious for the twin charged engine, I'm sure I could get 32 mpg + on the trips I typically take.

    I can get 30mpg with driving below 65 MPH and around 28 doing "traffic". I hit and exceed the EPA. and like I have said I think if either the 5 cylinder or 3.0 had the 8 speed They would easily be capable of over 30 MPG on the highway. I have also driven both the T5's and teh 5 cylinder AWD felt allot more refined and speedy. I am thinking of moving away from Volvo I think they are aiming too high in the market (they keep talking about going against the Mercedes GL) also seeing non T8 XC90's hitting $70k!!! at the dealership is a bit much. until they have a full updated portfolio and improve some of the kinks they need to cool it. I am waiting for the new s90 to be marketed against and S-class (like the Equuas.
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