Coming off a major freshening for 2005, Volvo drops the 2.4 model from the S60 line this year, making the 2.5T the new base trim. The 2.5T AWD receives a new Instant Traction all-wheel-drive system, updated alloy wheels, and the T5 trim gets fresh 18-inch alloys as well. Willow Green is added to the color palette, and the power moonroof, leather seating surfaces, Sport Body Package, and rear park assist have been absorbed into various package groups.
Volvo's S60 sedan is available in three trim levels: base 2.5T, all-wheel-drive 2.5T AWD, and the top-line T5. The 2.5T and 2.5T AWD versions come with a 208-hp, 2.5L, inline-five-cylinder engine with a light-pressure turbocharger that delivers power to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission or optional Geartronic 5-speed. The T5 trim nets a 2.4L, high-pressure turbocharged inline-five that produces 257 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard fare on the T5, with the Geartronic automatic optionally available. In the Volvo tradition, the S60 benefits from a comprehensive array of safety features. Included are the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), including side air bags and an inflatable curtain; a Whiplash Protection Seating System; seat belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in all seating positions; dual-stage front air bags; Volvo's safety-cage construction; and attachments for rear-facing child safety seats.
Notable standard features on the Volvo S60 include an outside temperature gauge, a pollen filter for the passenger cabin, power, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone electronic climate control, electric, foldable rear-seat head restraints, a leather-covered gear shift knob, eight-way power front bucket seats with driver's three-position memory and lumbar support, a single-CD stereo with a 100-watt amplifier, premium speakers, and dual diversity antenna, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with illuminated cruise and audio controls.
Options on the S60 include a 2.5T Premium Package that includes a power glass moonroof, leather seating surfaces, power passenger seat, real wood inlays, and rear-shelf audio speakers. On the T5, the same package gets aluminum inlays with graphite leather interior or black mesh inlays with taupe or beige leather interior. Opting for the Convenience Package affords the HomeLink garage door transmitter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a grocery bag holder, sunglasses holder, rear park assist, and laminated side windows. Checking the Sport Package (2.5T models) adds sport seats, a Geartronic automatic transmission, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Climate Package includes heated front seats, headlight wiper/washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Stand-alone options include metallic paint, Bi-Xenon headlamps (requires the Climate Package), a premium stereo with a 6-disc CD player and Dolby Surround Sound, satellite radio preparation, 18-inch alloy wheels (T5 models), a wood steering wheel (2.5T models), a DVD-based navigation system, an interior air quality sensor, and a Sport Body Package with color-coordinated front and rear spoilers and lower-body side sills (T5 models only).
The Volvo S60 competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, where many first-time luxury-car buyers seek their new wheels. The segment, where cutting-edge styling and an alluring blend of luxurious and sporting tendencies reside in a single package, boasts no less than 15 entries.
For 2005, the sales leader in the segment remains the BMW 3 Series, which was redesigned for 2006 and had calendar-year 2005 sales of 106,950 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Other top-selling models in the segment are the Acura TL (78,218 sales in 2005), Infiniti G35 (68,728), Cadillac CTS (61,512), and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (60,658). The Volvo S60, with 24,695 sales in 2005, ranked ninth in the segment.
|2.5T||5 speed automatic||$30,640||208-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||21/30|
|T5||6 speed manual||$32,415||257-hp / 2.4L 5-cyl||21/28|
|R||6 speed manual||$38,385||300-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||18/24|