3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volvo S60

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4.5Excellent

MPG 20 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Appealing Scandinavian style
  • Strong acceleration with both engines
  • Good fuel economy with the inline-5
  • Quiet cabin
  • Available all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Seats not as comfortable as in other Volvos
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The S60 competes in the highly-competitive entry-level luxury-sport sedan segment, but does so admirably, giving shoppers a legitimate alternative to the common BMW 3-Series and Audi A4.

Introduction

In 2001, Volvo debuted the S60, a sports sedan to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In 2020, the S60 underwent a huge redesign in an effort to keep up with the times. For the 2013 model year, the S60 carries over with some minor revisions within each trim level.

The 2013 S60 comes in three main designs – T5, T6 and T6 R-Design – with a smattering of trim levels for each design. For the 2013 model year, the T5 trim level sees changes to its engine, increasing compression and lowering friction, a 0.4-second drop in its 0-to-60 mph time, new standard features (rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and polished dual exhaust), and a shuffling of its trim levels. In 2013, the T6 design sees the addition of standard rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, power passenger seat, keyless drive with Personal Car Communicator and power moonroof, a new exterior color, and a shuffling of its trim levels. For the 2013 model year, the T6 R-Design receives larger brake rotors, the addition of standard rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and accessory-prep cable, and the same trim-level shuffling as the T5 and T6 designs.



Within the T5 segment, you have four basic trim levels: Base, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum. The T6 offers up three trim levels: Base, Premier Plus and Platinum. Lastly, the R-Design comes in only a pair of trim levels, Base and Platinum.

The largest difference between the T5, T6 and T6 R-Design packages are their drivetrains. The T5 series comes with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that delivers a respectable 250 horsepower. In its base front-wheel-drive configuration, the T5 sprints to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. With all-wheel drive – an available option – the T5 loses a little quickness, dropping it to 6.6 seconds to 60 mph. The T6 and T6 R-Design trims all come with a 300-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. These models hit 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Every S60 model has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.

In terms of mpg, the T5 tops the list at 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, and 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. The T6 and T6 R-Design models get 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Competition is plentiful for the Volvo S60 and it starts out with the 2013 BMW 3-Series, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower, leatherette interior and a six-speed manual transmission. Next up is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine with 201 horsepower, a 7.4-second sprint to 60 mph and MB-Tex vinyl upholstery. Next is the 2013 Audi A4, which features a 2.0-liter engine with 211 horsepower, a continuously-variable transmission and leather interior. Lastly you have the 2013 Acura TL, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 280 horsepower, a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph and leather interior.

With all of this competition, the S60 needs to prove its worth to remain competitive in its segment.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T5

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a premium sedan with a great base price

The base model for the 2013 Volvo S60 is named the T5 trim level, and it starts off with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. The engine hooks up to a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels. On the outside, the T5 comes standard with stability control and corner traction control to keep the car glued to the road, polished dual exhaust and 4-by-7-inch “Balder” alloy wheels to add some extra style, and power heated outside mirrors for buyers in colder climates. Inside the cabin, the T5 includes a 160-watt, eight-speaker, AM/FM/CD/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system with USB and Aux inputs, Bluetooth connectivity for added convenience and safety, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob for added style, and heated front seats for cooler climates.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T5 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the premium features without opting for the more powerful engine

The T5 Platinum trim level is the top package for the five-cylinder-equipped S60 and it continues to enhance the luxury of the vehicle. On the outside, the T5 Platinum trim level adds in a rearview camera to help you avoid obstacles when backing up and the rest is all carried over from the T5 Premier Plus trim level. Inside the S60’s cabin, the T5 Platinum trim adds in a 650-watt, 12-speaker audio system with CD/DVD.HD Radio/MP3 capabilities, auxiliary and USB inputs, and Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound, Volvo Navigation with voice control, and two complimentary map updates.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T5 Premier

Recommended for: Buyers looking for the added comfort of leather seating

The T5 Premier is the next trim level up and it adds in some extra luxury items. On the outside, the T5 Premier trim level adds in a power glass moonroof for some extra airflow. Inside the cabin, the T5 Premier adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror for added safety and convenience, power passenger seat with eight-way adjustment for additional comfort, leather seating in your choice of off-black and anthracite, beechwood brown/off black and anthracite, soft beige/off black and anthracite, or soft beige and sandstone beige, keyless drive with Personal Car Communicator for added convenience and safety, and an accessory-prep cable for additional connectivity to the audio system.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T5 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers that prefer upgraded lighting for better nighttime vision

The third trim level in the 2013 S60 lineup is the T5 Premier Plus and it continues building on the luxury added by the T5 Premier trim. The additions in this trim level are small, but still make a big difference in the overall look, feel and safety of the S60. On the outside, this trim level tosses in standard xenon headlights for addition nighttime vision and safety, and front and rear parking assist for fitting into tight spaces. Inside the cabin, the T5 Premier Plus adds in a rearview-mirror-mounted compass for help finding your way around and HomeLink universal garage door opener for added convenience. The rest of the S60s interior features are carried over from the T5 Premier trim level.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T6

Recommended for: Buyers that want a little extra power from their luxury sedan

The T6 trim level starts off with the addition of a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 300 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of transmission. This engine links up to the same six-speed Geartronic transmission as the T5 trim level, but it comes standard with all0wheel drive to help in adverse conditions. On the outside, the T6 trim level comes standard with 8-by-18-inch “Sleipner” alloy wheel for added style, corner traction and stability control for better handling, dual exhaust for a sporty look, power moonroof so you can enjoy warm days and power heated outside mirrors for cooler days. Inside the cabin, the T6 trim level includes the base 160-watt, eight-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio control for added safety and convenience, dual-zone climate control for extra comfort, leather interior for a more luxurious look and feel, and power front seats for perfect positioning.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T6 Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers that love to hear every note from their favorite songs, thanks to a premium stereo

The T6 Platinum trim level takes the Premier Plus trim level and builds onto it with more standard features. On the outside, the T6 Platinum trim level adds in a standard rearview camera for additional safety when backing up and the rest of the exterior features carry over from the Premier Plus trim. Inside the S60’s cabin, the Platinum trim level has all of the same features as the Premier Plus trim, except for the addition of Volvo’s 12-speaker, 650-watt AM/FM/CD/DVD/HD Radio audio system with Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound, and Volvo navigation with two free map updates.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T6 Premier Plus

Recommended for: Buyers that do a lot of nighttime driving and need better lighting

The T6 Premier Plus trim level takes the T6’s standard features and adds some extra luxury items. On the outside, the T6 Premier Plus adds in active dual-xenon headlights for better nighttime vision, and front and rear paring sensors to help you park the S60 with ease. Inside the S60, this trim level adds in a rearview-mirror-mounted compass to help you find your way and an accessory-prep cable for the audio system for lightning-fast adding of peripherals. The remainder of the interior features carry over from the T6 trim level.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

Recommended for: Buyers that want a sportier sedan without a huge price increase

The R-Design trim level adds an extra element of sportiness to the S60. On the outside, the R-Design trim level carries the T6’s basic standard features but adds in 8-by-18-inch “Ixion” wheels for a sharper look, a sport chassis for better handling, active dual-xenon headlights for better nighttime safety, and the R-Design body package – R-Design grille, lower front spoiler and air intake, rear diffusor with 3.5-inch exhaust pipes, and silk metal side-view mirrors and window trim – to add an extra element of sport to the sedan. Inside the cabin, the R-Design carries every option that the T6 trim carries, but it adds in the R-Design interior package that includes: sport front and rear seats, R-Design aluminum inlays, R-Design embossed leather interior, R-Design floor mats, R-Design gear shifter, R-Design instruments, R-Design sport pedal s and an R-Design steering wheel.

2013 Volvo S60
Starting price
$19,735

2013 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers that want to crank the tunes while driving their sporty sedan

The T6 R-Design Platinum trim level adds a final touch of luxury to the T6 R-Design trim level. The inside and outside are nearly identical between the R-Design and the R-Design Platinum trim level, save for one big difference. The R-Design Platinum includes the premium, 650-watt, 12-speaker AM/FM/CD/DVD/HD Radio audio system with Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound and Volvo navigation with a pair of free map updates.

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