April 07, 2011

Volvo S60 from RM288k-RM348K !!!

The sexy, naughty Scandanavian beast - Volvo S60 is finally available in Malaysia in two variants - 2.0 T5 selling at RM288K while 3.0 T6 all wheel drive selling at RM348K. Available in 15 choice of colours and sexy styling, it will make sure onlookers has their eyes glued to it when it passes by.

Volvo, being the 'leader' in automotive safety, has proved that safety doesn't come at the cost of style. The latest product in Volvo's 'catalog' promises style, performance and safety altogether in a same package. The S60 has sloping roofline like a Passat CC, but doesn't compromise interior headroom compared to the latter. Its front end bears some resemblances with XC60 and other recent products produced by Volvo, while the rear end is also unmistakeably a Volvo, but both with a whole lot of sexiness.

Plush and high quality materials are used for the S60's interior, while you'll never run out of style with its sophisticated looking dashboard design. Chromes are also added at the right place to give a tad of classiness in the midst of dark, premium ambience.

Under the bonnet, the T5's engine (T means turbocharged), which is a 2.0litre engine which produces 240bhp and, mated with a six-speed Powershift gearbox. You can get from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds in the T5. The more powerful T6 is powered by a 3.0litre engine which has 304bhp coupled with a six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission, is capable of going from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds!

Don't expect a Volvo to handle like a Porsche, but S60 isn't that bad either. T5 gets dynamic chassis as standard, but T6 comes with Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) which is a self-adjusting chassis with Comfort, Sport and Advance mode.

There are tons of acronyms used for Volvo safety features and as a product from Volvo, the S60 wouldn't be lacking of any as well. Volvo and safety is like a shark and remora, a lightbulb with electricity - something that any Volvo wouldn't be lacking of. T5 and T6 both have features such as Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) with Advanced Stability Control and Traction Torque Vectoring, Pedestrian Detection that works together with City Safety that works up to 35km/h.

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Collision Warning with Auto Brake (CWAB), Driver Alert Control (DAC) which detects and alerts sleepy and distracted drivers and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist are also available as standard for both variants. T6, however, will get extra features like Lane Departure Warning that warns the driver that he/she crosses his lane without switching on the indicator. A class-D digital 5x130W amplifier, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 speakers is also only available for T6.

The Volvo S60 is indeed a great package with its generous list of equipment and reasonable pricing. A worthy contender of BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class is here!

Photos from Paultan

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