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2012 Volvo S60 T5 Level II Review

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Michel Deslauriers
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On the highway at 100 km/h, the engine spins at just 1,800 rpm, which results in a very quiet cabin and minimizes fuel consumption. Speaking of which, our week-long test is netting us an average of 10.9 L/100 km, which is more than acceptable.

Our fuel economy average of 10.9 L/100 km is pretty good. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/

Now, I wouldn’t call this version of the S60 a sport sedan, but it can handle itself pretty well nonetheless. It offers a more inspired drive than a Lexus IS, in my opinion, but it’s not as surgical as a BMW 3 Series. Again, it performs in calm and confident fashion.

It’s a personal opinion, of course, but the S60’s cockpit feels like it belongs in a more-expensive car. The sober design is supported by details such as solid switchgear as well as a tasteful application of bright trim, wood and textured leather upholstery. It’s not as striking as the exterior, but I like it.

Our test car is equipped with many electronic gadgets, including a blind-spot monitor, a lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, a rear view camera as well as two front cameras that point left and right; in crowded parking lots, they help you see cross-traffic that might be heading your way before you pull out of your spot. Also included on every S60 is Volvo’s City Safety system, which we’ve sampled before in the XC60 crossover.

Interior space, however, is not all that great. This isn’t a big car, and it fits me like a glove, while rear-seat accommodations are snug for two adults. The middle seat should only be reserved for children, as my head is seriously rubbing the headliner when I try to sit there. Other similar-sized luxury sedans aren’t any better, I should mention.

Trunk space, however, trails virtually all its competitors; its 340-litre capacity is the same as in the Audi A4, smaller than the in the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Buick Regal.

Rear-seat accommodations aren’t very generous, as is trunk space. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/
Michel Deslauriers
Michel Deslauriers
Automotive expert