The 2020 Volvo S60 is an all-new luxury sedan and a true contender in the luxury sedan class. It offers performance, comfort, and lots of high-tech features.
It’s available in various trim levels and comes with All Wheel Drive (AWD). This came in particularly useful when the S60 I was driving nearly got stuck in deep soft sand while parking on wasteland being used as a temporary car park at last month’s Jewelry Arabia. The AWD enabled me to quickly free myself. Numerous other drivers in standard two-wheel drive cars were not so fortunate and got stuck, needing police assistance – including our own Gulf Insider photographer.
Features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, sunroof, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch instrument panel display, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, driver-seat memory functions, split-folding rear seats with power-folding headrests, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
On the tech front, you also get a 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen with Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
Advanced safety features include forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, lane keeping assist, a road sign reader, a drowsy driver warning system, and remote vehicle controls.
There’s plenty of leg and headroom for adults sitting in the back, and rear seat passengers have access to AC vents and power points. There’s also a fancy pull out arm rest seat divider in the back with cup holders.
The model I was driving was the entry-level T4 which handled perfectly fine, but if buying I’d probably opt for the T5 that uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (254 horsepower, 350nm of torque).
Zero to 100 kph can be achieved in a highly impressive 6.4 seconds. It’s also chunkier looking with bigger (19”) wheels and all sorts of sporty looking exterior and interior design elements.
All trims are eligible for the Premium package that adds a hands-free trunk lid, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, blind-spot, and rear cross-traffic warning system with automatic braking and steering assist, and an automated perpendicular and parallel parking system. Also available on those trims are a 14-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system and the Multimedia package that includes a navigation system.
Any complaints? Just one – I found the infotainment interface a bit difficult to use and wished I could just press real buttons for some things. But I guess once you’re used to it than this stops being a problem.
Arrange your own test drive at Motorcity showroom in Sitra. For more information, visit VolvoCars.com/BH or contact: +973 17736222.