I’ll miss you! – Volvo S60 B3 test – Car Engine

Only the layout of the central menu impairs usability, otherwise the passenger compartment is ergonomic. Photo: Balázs Stefler

According to Volvo’s current position, it will only offer purely electric cars from 2030, which is a forward-looking attitude given the trends, the only question is how will customers react to this move? As for the target audience, ie fleet buyers, they prefer the basic mid-size limousine model B3, which suggests that companies are looking for the most appropriate technical design in this market, which is sensitive to maintenance costs and residual value but has serious purchasing power, and does not poorly.

Excellent seating and comfort. Ventilation panel at the back, headrests can be folded down, the HUF 57,000 blind is manually operated

This classic limousine, in terms of its construction and style, leaves no sense of lack, despite the fact that as an entry model it just gives a taste of Volvo’s knowledge, but at the end of the test program we got out of the car without really needing more! The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 163-horsepower turbo engine has been given just a 48-volt soft-hybrid system that adds 40 Nm to the petrol’s 265 Nm of torque and makes the restart more unobtrusive than ever before. An unobtrusively stopped engine comes back to life as if only the “momentary stop” button on the remote control had been pressed, no vibration, no vibration, no sound accompanying the process. The sound of the engine is subtly rumbling anyway, most reminiscent of a quiet engine from which just enough noise enters the passenger compartment to hear it do its thing. Its power seems inexhaustible, you can feel on the accelerator that it is able to accelerate briskly in all conditions. For floor gas, only the 8-speed automatic transmission asks for time to re-engage, to feel the gears work. This mechanical phenomenon has also been observed during stationary braking, but typically a device that can be operated manually with an electronic switch works smoothly.

The weak point of the limousine is the narrow loading opening. Painting is incomplete inside the boot. The surcharge for the space-saving spare wheel that can be ordered instead of the puncture repair is HUF 52,000

Although nearly 1.7 tons of the tested S60, it behaves well on the road worthy of a premium sedan, accelerating linearly and following the curve so firmly that it feels good to drive despite its neutral handling. There is no trace of understeer or driving influence resulting from the front wheel drive, despite the tight chassis tuning, the suspension comfort is also adequate, it could only be refined on the braking force. The overall feeling of quality and safety that characterizes Volvo is decisive in the S60, the level of ergonomics and interior design creates the Swedish atmosphere. The 8.5-liter test consumption is acceptable, with urban transport in particular deteriorating on average because it works particularly sparingly on country roads and highway speeds. Only a diesel engine could help with this, but the Chinese-owned brand has already given up on the S60…

Oval exhaust pipes are hidden by the designed inserts, which can be exchanged for double for HUF 77,000

I LIKED IT
• exterior-interior design
• hit drive chain
• security extras
I DID NOT LIKE
• distracting touch screen

SUMMARY
With its characteristic design, Scandinavian interior and rugged construction, the S60 is a gentle S60 with a sporty look from German premium models. The knowledge of the standard version is well suited for everyday use, and with its high safety standard, it provides value for money worthy of Volvo’s spirit.

Volvo S60 B3
Total stroke volume: 1969 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16 turbo
Max. Power: 120 kW (163 hp) 4800 / min
Max. Torque: 265 Nm 1500-3900 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4761/1850/1431 mm
Wheelbase: 2872 mm
Track front / rear: 1603/1603 mm
Turning circle: 11.3 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1663/547 kg
Luggage space: 427 l
Fuel tank: 60 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 9.0 s
Maximum speed: 180 km / h
Average consumption (WLTP): 5.9-6.0 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 8.5 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 144-169 g / km
The base price of the model: HUF 12,620,000


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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