By on October 6, 2012

When Volvo introduced the S60 in 2011, the Swedes advertised their mid-sized sedan as the naughtiest Volvo ever thanks to a 300HP turbocharged engine. While I’m sure former “R owners” would disagree, the S60 has met with sales success with over 18,000 units sold so far this year, a 14% increase over last year. In 2012 Volvo added a less powerful FWD model to the mix to cut the price of entry. For 2013 Volvo has further expanded the S60 line by adding a torque vectoring AWD system to the lightest S60. Volvo also tells us they have completely refreshed their T5 engine for 2013 and tweaked the transmission for the naughty Volvo’s first retouch ahead of the rumored 2014 refresh. Huh? Yep, Volvo’s gettin’ down with the yearly refresh. Does that make the T5 AWD the naughtiest Volvo ever? Let’s find out.

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Exterior

From the outside, the S60’s sheet metal is a departure from Volvo’s traditional past, but still retains Volvo’s strong shoulders and something of the iconic Volvo two-box style. If it were not for the over-sized proboscis, the design might rival the original S80’s form for the most elegant Volvo ever penned, but as it is, passengers and observers were mostly undecided whether they liked the schnoz or the short trunk lid. Light pipes in the tail lamp modules, subtle swoops over the wheel arches, and a coupé-like C-pillar conspire to add a touch of modernity to the new S60. Polarizing style has never been a Volvo hallmark however and taken as a whole the new S60 is conservative luxurious rather than daring. As before, Volvo remains the Birkenstock to BMW’s Prada.


Interior

Birkenstocks are comfy. Prada? Hit and miss I’m told. And so it is with Volvo and BMW interiors. The S60 is only 3 years old, so aside from massaging color and trim options, the only substantive change is the new transparent shifter. I’m not quite clear what Volvo was trying to accomplish with the new lighted plastic knob. Whatever it was I’m not sure it worked. Still, the rest of the cabin is pure Scandinavian Chic from the soft dashboard to the floating center console and supremely comfortable seats. Despite lacking the range of motion that the competition affords (seriously, have you see the number of buttons on a BMW sport seat?), Volvo’s thrones continue to be the segment’s ergonomic benchmark. Helping keep the interior trendy interior is a new black/baseball glove color scheme. Volvo has also improved sound deadening materials to reduce both road and wind noise in the cabin.

Once upon a time Volvo’s sedans occupied a half-step between the C and D segment cars from the German competition. Fast forward to today and the 3-Series has caught up with the Swedes and the S60 and 328 are essentially the same size. The BMW’s dimension stretch pays dividends with two more inches of rear seat room, an important number because four six-foot-two adults fill the Swede to capacity.

Like many luxury cars in the industry, Volvo has taken to a coupé-like rear profile that reduces the trunk opening to more of a cargo slot. This problem isn’t unique to Volvo, but the opening is a hair smaller than the new 328i’s recently enlarged cargo hold. As with the S60 models we reviewed earlier, the T5 AWD continues to use trunk hinges that cut into the available trunk space as well as the opening.

Infotainment, Gadgets & Safety

Volvo’s Sensus system has been around for three years and continues to deliver a competitive experience in the segment. The 7-inch LCD is essentially the same size as other entries in this segment aside from BMW’s 3-series which brings an 8.8 inch display to the fight. While Volvo has fixed many of the glitches the original system suffered from, the system still does not allow for voice commanding your USB/iDevices like the latest Acura and Lexus systems. Still, the Germans haven’t figured this out yet either. Overall the system is more intuitive than COMAND and MMI, but not as snazzy as iDrive. While I’m complaining, Sensus lacks internet connectivity and App integration that MMI and iDrive sport. Does that matter? Probably not, but I’m sure someone cares.

On the gadget front, Volvo is touting their new full-range cruise control which will now take the S60 to a complete stop in heavy traffic and keep you stopped until traffic moves again. (You just press the resume button.) The system works extremely well and easily ties with Mercedes’ Distronic Plus as the most natural feeling radar system. Bundled with the optional ($2100) radar system is a collision warning system with tailgating alert, lane departure warning, road sign information and automatic high beams.

Volvo’s City Safety system is standard on all S60 models and uses a camera and laser scanner to watch traffic and pedestrians ahead of you. For 2013, the system is active up to 31MPH (up from 19MPH) to keep you from running down Jimmy on his way to school. While the system isn’t perfect, Volvo claims the Volvo models with the system is responsible for the S60 and XC60 being involved in some 25% fewer at-fault accidents than the competition.

Drivetrain

Volvo may have committed to an all four-banger future, but that hasn’t prevented them from face-lifting the trusty 2.5L 5 cylinder for 2013. Yes, you read that right, this is not the same 2.5L 5-cylinder engine under last year’s hood. To improve efficiency, Volvo increased the compression to 9.5:1, dropped in new pistons, a new crank, and revised the software. The result of the overhaul is a 1MPG bump in fuel economy, but more importantly, a new over-boost feature is along for the ride. While the performance figures (250HP at 5,500RPM and 266lb-ft of twist from 1,800-4,800RPM) are the same as before, overboost cranks the twist up to 295lb-ft for 10 seconds when you bury the throttle. In addition to the extra twist, Volvo tweaked the Aisin transmission’s software for faster and crisper shifts and now offers a $2,000 optional AWD system. The new engine and tweaks drop the FWD T5’s sprint to 60 by 2/10ths and allows the T5 AWD to hit the mark in 5.93, only 0.26 behind the T6 AWD.

Compared to the competition, the 5 cylinder’s 250HP class leading with Audi still using ye olde 211HP 2.0L TFSI and Mercedes’ new 1.8L turbo spooling up 201HP. It even compares well with BMW’s 240HP 2.0L turbo. (However, the 328i’s lighter weight and 8-speed transmission allow it to hit 60 0.17 seconds faster.) Volvo’s 5-cylinder produces a distinctly “dustbusterish” kind of sound that is less entry-level than a four-cylinder engine but not as refined as BMW’s sixes. BMW’s 2.0L may be the pinnacle of four-cylinder refinement but even it is not as smooth as Volvo’s 5-pot. Audi? The 2.0L engine sounds rough around the edges and the A4 transmits far more engine noise into the cabin than the BMW or Volvo.

Drive

We should get one thing straight right up front: no matter how many wheels get the power, little is going to make up for having 3/5ths of your weight on the front axle. While many reviews complain about the fact that the Audi A4’s engine is completely in-front of the front axle, it still has a better (54/46) weight balance than the S60 with the engine completely above the front axle. That being said, the S60’s chassis is well composed on all road surfaces and is perhaps one of the best FWD platforms currently on offer in America. Checking that AWD option box however turns the S60 into a different animal on the road delivering [literally] 96% of the performance of the S60 T6 for $6,700 less. In addition, putting the S60 on an engine diet means the T5 AWD weighs 200lbs less than the T6 AWD.

When the road bends, the S60 T5 surprises with more handling prowess than its front heavy numbers would indicate. The primary reasons are the 235-width tires and Volvo’s ABS system based torque vectoring software. Rather than using a limited slip differential, the Volvo system uses the ABS system to brake the inside wheels in corners to send power to the outside wheel. While the system is not as effective as the more expensive mechanical active diffs, it allows more rear end rotation than you would expect. The result is a car with extremely confident road manners in all driving situations. While the A4 can be more fun as it has a RWD bias, the A4 was less predictable and less composed on the back-country roads I frequent.

With a starting price of $33,750, the S60 T5 AWD is the bargain choice in this segment undercutting the A4 Quattro by $850 and the 328xi by $4,750. Adjusting for feature content, the S60 comes out further ahead at around $1,300 less than the Audi and between $4,200 and $5,800 less than the BMW (depending on content). Despite being the segment’s value choice, I’d call the S60 T5 AWD my second choice in this segment behind the 328i and ahead of the A4 Quattro. The BMW’s larger dimensions, sportier aspirations and impressive list of “techogadgetry” justify the 14% price jump in my mind. Audi’s rough and underpowered engine combined with their complicated MMI infotainment system help push the king of AWD one notch down below the confidant smooth S60. If value factors into your decision-making, then the S60 is about two paddle shifters and a 5% better weight balance away from perfection. Until then the 328i reins supreme in this segment, but the T5 AWD is an excellent option if you’re cheap like me.

 

Volvo provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review

Specifications as tested

0-30: 2.2 Seconds

0-60: 5.93 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 14.5 Seconds @ 95 MPH

Average Fuel Economy: 26.5MPG over 895 miles

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51 Comments on “Review: 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD...”


  • avatar
    Luke42

    The combined radio/HVAC controls still keep killing Volvos for me. I own my cars a lot longer than I own my electronics, and not being able to cleanly change the NAV system means that I wouldn’t want a Volvo for long term ownership, or used. And that’s before I even get to the MPG sticker.

    Volvo comes across across like Apple: I really like what they do, but it’s clear from the details of the product that they weren’t thinking about people like me when they built it. It’s kind of a bummer, though, because there’s a lot to like about the rest of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      ccd1

      You can always cleanly change the NAV on any car: just get a dash mount for you smart phone. May not be as clean, but you don’t have to deal with the funky shapes that car radios come in these days to discourage after-market replacements, no install costs, no lost car functions, a better NAV than any receiver will give you unless it connects to your phone like the Pioneer app receiver, and MUCH cheaper.

      The longer you keep your car, the more sense this makes. The current hard drive based NAV systems in most cars do not get better with age.

    • 0 avatar
      Drefanos

      The reason most people don’t care anymore is their phones are running media with a turn by turn voiceover through the standard streaming BT. Plug in the address on your free app, synch your playlist and away you go.
      As for MPG, when you can drop 87 US octane into it, life becomes a lot more competitive.
      They were unfortunately thinking ahead and the “new” enhancements coming out were forced by people still enamored by texting while heading to work.

  • avatar

    Get rid of all that badging on the back and the V O L V O name strip and it looks better and better.

    Like the Mercedes E350 gauges.
    Like the shifter.
    The rest of the interior is a wash for me.

    The infotainment system is OBSOLETE. Compare it to Uconnect Touch or CUE and you see it’s shortcomings immediately.

    I’d rather take an optioned out ASTON-FUSION. Hell, I could get a Nav/Moonroof equipped Pentastar Chrysler 300/Charger for that price and have a bigger car, better interior amenities and better road presence.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      Yeah, but nothing makes you happy. Except, presumably, big trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      PenguinBoy

      “Hell, I could get a Nav/Moonroof equipped Pentastar Chrysler 300/Charger for that price and have a bigger car, better interior amenities and better road presence.”

      I doubt anyone would cross shop an LX car with a Volvo, but that is an interesting thought. Volvo likes to position themselves as an alternative to the premium German brands, but they never seem quite class competitive with BMW et. al. Volvos are nice enough cars, but I don’t think of them as real luxury cars.

      30 years ago, you could point to safety features like rear shoulder strap seat belts, four wheel disc brakes, etc. as things that you got with a Volvo that weren’t present on mainstream brands. Now about the only safety feature unique to Volvo seems to be their collision avoidance system, and I’m not sure how big a deal that is.

      On paper, the LX cars look better than this Volvo – more advanced powertrain, better weight distribution, longitudinal engine, choice of RWD or AWD. Other than the collision avoidance system is this Volvo better by any objective measure?

      Some badge snobs might prefer the Volvo name, but the Volvo brand is somewhat tarnished at this point, and an Audi A4 offers more snob appeal for about the same price.

      Without badge appeal, or a clear advantage over mainstream models, I can’t see Volvo selling that many of these.

      • 0 avatar
        CA Guy

        In terms of Volvo’s continuing emphasis on safety, the S60 did quite well in the IIHS’s new small offset crash test. Good compared to Poor for MB C-class, Audi A4, and Lexus IS and ES models.

        • 0 avatar
          Drefanos

          Whoops. Don’t forget about the VW slight issue of a door falling off. Although it might be a slight problem to the driver, perhaps partial ejection from the cabin might be a new dynamic accident view.
          As far as safety, Volvo has gone more active than passive. Tiny things like standard accident avoidance, roll over gyroscope, blind spot illumination moving from camera to RADAR on pretty much everything.

  • avatar
    Dan

    What’s naughty about the profile of a Cruze with a higher forehead in the front and a Civic in the back?

    It’s a good thing it’s cheaper than the other eurotrash cars because with those stubby proportions it certainly looks it.

  • avatar
    LeeK

    The lack of HID headlights is disappointing at this price point. I agree that a integrated nav system is a check box that needs to be ticked, both of which will put the car north of $40k. I love the baseball glove leather and Volvo always manages to have some of the most incredibly comfortable seats in the business. I’ve never owned a Volvo and probably never well, but I’m glad they’re still around as the quirky alternative to the German and Japanese offerings.

    • 0 avatar
      Jazz1

      Having read this review the 2013 S60 T5 AWD certainly lives up to the review, as I just purchased on last week. I do agree that the lack of HID in this price point was a disappointment. There are a good lot of goodies, but as safety oriented as Volvo is I’d think HID would be standard. If not HID then where are the fog lights.

      The lack of voice dial out on the BT is another safety feature I would have seen. Taking my eyes of the road to make a phone call using the SENSUS system seems backwards. I think voice dialing comes with the NAV package.

      That said the S60 T5 is great fun to drive and performs great. The interior is just plush enough, and the seating up front is better than I have in my home.

      In the end the few compromises at the price point do not make me regret buying the vehicle. I’m grinning every time I shut down the engine. It is a great drive.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    The Volvo 760 pretty much defined polarizing styling when it was introduced. Many reviewers hated the shipping crate looks passionately. The gruff heat pump under the hood of the latest BMW 328i is anything but the pinnacle of four-cylinder refinement. Good grief, it isn’t even in the same class of NVH sophistication as most mass-market Japanese cars of the past twenty years. I’d hesitate to rank it above a low mileage M10 for that matter too. One of the passengers in the one I drove asked if it was a diesel.

    I’ve known a bunch of Volvo drivers and a bunch of BMW drivers. Most of both have since moved on, but there was very little cross shopping. An ex-gf of mine had a couple Volvo wagons and a Mini Cooper, but that is about as close to owning both as I can recall. While many a former Volvo driver has moved to Subaru and one former BMW driver I know moved to Subaru, the Volvo drivers all went to mundane wagons while the BMW was traded on a Legacy 3.6R. Plenty of former Volvo fans are now Prius owners. The BMW enthusiasts of the past dispersed more evenly. BMW’s soft sales are more due to Audi advances or their customers getting married and no longer needing to settle for frequent service visits to attract attention faster than new yuppies are hatching in the Obama economy. Whether this car sinks or swims won’t have much to do with how it stacks up to the 328i, no matter how similar they are on paper.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I think I’ll keep my 240, and I won’t sell it for a Subby or a Prius, maybe a Panther (hard to decide with the possible quality gap).

    This is really the opposite of pre-Ford Volvos, its disposable, trendy, overpowered, gadget-filled, already dated in its styling, and “naughty”.

    Once Volvo goes back to stacking its cars up I may have some interest.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Like a Rhinestone Cowboy…

    Is that your standard stereo testing song? ;)

  • avatar
    changsta

    The problem with Volvos is that they are overpriced (at least in Canada). I was helping a friend of mine find a new lease, and we went to see a Volvo S60 T5 with Level II Package. The dealer wanted $5000 down and $589 + tax a month. She ended up going with a Lexus IS250 AWD with Nav and HIDs for $3500 down and $450 + tax a month. She liked the Volvo more, but couldn’t justify the price difference.

    When I was shopping for my most recent car, I was very seriously considering a V50 T5. Optioned out the way I wanted it, I could not justify the price. It was a beautiful car, but way too expensive for what it was. If Volvo simply cut prices on their lineup, and made more features standard, they might stand a chance. As it is, their options packages are ridiculously priced.

    I’m pulling for them, but whoever prices their vehicles and decides on the options packages needs to be fired.

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      Couldn’t agree more. Canadian list price is predatory. Sure, there’s about $1K more due to extra import duty, and we get the $700 Climate package standard, but the marketers at Volvo Canada then apply the add 20% rule across the board to US prices. The usual these days is plus 10 to 12 percent and double the freight to pay for executive martinis.

      I really like the car, but refuse to pay $39.2K for a $33.5K vehicle (US list plus $700 plus $1000). They gave me the usual BS about increased costs of doing business in Canada, and it is BS. Then told me the clearout prices for the 2013 meant $2750 off. Sure, and it’s an extra $3 K off in the US, too.

      I offered $33K. They laughed, I laughed. I left. Screw that, I’m not sure they will be around to honor the 5 year free oil changes. And I can get a new V6 Accord with every do-dad for that same $33K, versus a stripper S60 FWD with no leather, sunroof, backup camera and the same IIHS Safety + rating. Sure, the Volvo is “nicer”, but it’s a gamble compared to a Honda.

      So, no sale.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    1. Volvo seats are the best ever.
    2. While I loved driving it during our 5 year time together, our S70 (bought new) nickle-dimed-hundred dollar billed us to death once it hit 60k. Reliability sucked, which wasn’t what we expected. Adios.
    3. Swoopy is cute, but one niche that isn’t being served is boxy/stately. Maybe Volvo could bring one of the their lines to do boxy/stately. And reliable.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Old box Volvos were known for electric issues along with unrivaled durability, you’d think that Volvo would’ve fixed the electric issues over time before throwing in the features that they have now.

      What exactly did go wrong with your V70?

  • avatar
    tuscreen-auto

    >Still, the rest of the cabin is pure Scandinavian Chic from the soft dashboard to the floating center console and supremely comfortable seats. Despite lacking the range of motion that the competition affords (seriously, have you see the number of buttons on a BMW sport seat?), Volvo’s thrones continue to be the segment’s ergonomic benchmark.

    This x 1,000.

    I´m 6 ft. 3 in. with a pretty bad lower back, and the seats in a Volvo almost serve as ergotherapy for my spine.

    Don´t know what Volvo makes their seats out of, but it must be the good stuff…. :-)

  • avatar
    prabirmehta

    My wife and I rented a FWD 2012 S60 for a week of city and highway driving. Easily the most overlooked car in its segment. Not a flashy car but exudes all round quality. Loved the seats, switch gear, city safety etc. Perfect for highway cruising. I personally like it better than the new 3 or the A4. I think sales would be higher if it wasn’t sporting a Volvo badge.

    • 0 avatar
      hachee

      I second this. I had a chance to spend a few days last year in this (FWD 2012 T5) car, on two occasions. The first was a 4 day rental in the LA area, and the second was when one of our cars was being fixed after an accident. I was totally surprised by how much I liked it. My brother had a last gen S60 around when it was first introduced, and I thought it was very dull and ordinary, without any real European flavor (although the stoutness of the body structure was very evident). But this new one, even in FWD T5 trim, was a lot of fun to drive, I liked the steering, I thought the power was very sufficient and I liked the sound of the 5 cyl engine. The car was roomy, the seats were fantastic, but I did have a hard time getting used to the HVAC and audio controls. The styling first put me off, with the large nose, but it’s grown on me.

      I also liked it better than the new 328i which I recently drove, and I’ve never loved any 4 cylinder Audi I’ve driven.

      • 0 avatar
        salhany

        A friend asked me for car advice for a co-worker who was shopping the A4 and the 3 series. I told him to have her check out the new S60, and she loved it and bought it immediately.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    What exactly did go wrong with your V70?

    The a/c and abs systems both needed rebuild/replace. We had also enjoyed a handful of electrical glitches (window works, window doesn’t work, then it works again; a couple of warning lights cycling on and off at whim). We decided to punt and take the loss since we had started a family and needed no vehicular headaches.

    That said, I loved driving that tank. Just don’t be in a hurry with the 5 cylinder…

    What is it with Swedish cars and electrical glitches? My Saab funks it up as well….turn it off, reset, and move on. I’ve enjoyed more warning lights from those 2 than anything else we’ve ever owned.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I have no idea why the Swedes can’t get down car electrics that well, but older Volvos hardly ever had THAT many issues.

      • 0 avatar
        Buckshot

        It´s not a Swedish thing. When cars went from a mechanical machine, to an electronic device, a lot a car companys had problem. I remember in the 80ies when i was told by a friend who was a mechanic; “If you want to buy a Fiat, go for the simplest model, the ones with everything electric will your worst nightmare”

        The best Volvos were the 1960s models.
        Built like a tank.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        At Buckshot: Fiats were always problematic, electronics were only an issue in the mid 70’s but once the 80’s hit most electric bugs were fixed all around.

    • 0 avatar

      It seems related to drain tubes that clog up with leaves, turn into mini-compost heaps, then a heavy rain gets things that shouldnt get wet, wet. Most anything electronic these days will have moisture issues.

    • 0 avatar
      jimbobjoe

      “What is it with Swedish cars and electrical glitches? ”

      The same issue shared with BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and VWs…German electronics.

      Sometimes I wonder if Bosch is the Lucas of our day.

    • 0 avatar
      salhany

      Anecdotal of course, but I drive an ’04 S60 with 150K on the clock, it’s been my daily driver for 6 years, and it’s never had a single electrical problem. Not one.

      YMMV, of course.

  • avatar
    CA Guy

    Alex’s road tests are becoming a gold standard for me. Between the video and the text, I feel that I know quite a lot about the car as a potential purchase by the time he reaches his sign off in both presentations. I worry about two things: 1) if, as it appears, he really is driving and talking (i.e., not behind a Hollywood screen of moving image), I don’t find this a particularly safe practice (despite his obvious skills at both); 2) every time I see him go into contortions to get into a trunk, I’m afraid he’ll throw out his back. Otherwise, keep up the great work.

  • avatar
    Slicky

    Alex: do you have anything to say re: the turning circle of the s60? Some online comments/reviews have people complaining about a large turning circle. Did you notice anything during your test drive?

    Consumerreports lists the turning circle of the s60 as 39 feet. This is on par with the turning circle for the Audi A4 (also 39) which no one seems to complain about. The BMW 3-series is slightly better at 38 feet. The c-class is better still at 37 feet. And the Lexus IS beats them all at 35 feet. Although not in the same class the GTI, a car I’m also interested in, checks in at 36 feet. Not sure if CC actually tests turning circles, or if they’re just parroting back manufacturer specs.

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      For some reason Volvo is used as a turning circle whipping post. 39 feet is large, but then the competition is as well. The T6 is 39, the T5 is slightly smaller because of the shorter engine. Either way as you pointed out it is in the same ballpark as the Germans. The IS is a smaller car all the way around and IIRC, adding AWD bumps it up to around the 39 mark as well.

      • 0 avatar
        salhany

        The older gen S60 had a big turning circle as well. That’s what I drive, and I’m always surprised that my wife’s Outback wagon has a much smaller turning radius.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    But how does it compare to the Buick Regal GS aka Opel Astra? It is in this price range and entry luxury class.

  • avatar
    tonycd

    Boy, a lotta typos in this story.

    • “The Volvo models with the system is responsible”

    • “This is not the same 2.5L 5-cylinder engine (missing the word “as”) under last year’s hood”

    • “The new engine and tweaks drop the FWD T5’s sprint to 60 by 2/10ths and allows (should be “allow”)”

    • “The 5 cylinder’s 250HP (missing the word “is”) class leading”

    • “confidant” (person you tell secrets to—should be “confident”)

    • “reins” (You hold them to steer a horse—should be “reigns”)

    Delivered on deadline, I’m guessing?

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    I am seriously considering one of these when I give my 2002 Camry V6 to my son for college next year. I have had great luck and that Camry has been just as problem free and reliable as Toyota states but friends of mine who have had Volvos recently have also had really good reliability as well. They’ll even go as far as to call Volvo the Toyota of Europe. I’m willing to give them a chance, and heck, if it doesn’t meet my needs, I’ll trade it on that loaded Venza I’ve been eying at my dealership.
    5.9 seconds to 60 and this isn’t even the T6!

  • avatar
    MBsam

    The author seems to be oddly obsessed with BMW.

    Also, Audi MMI is not at all complicated, nor is the 2.0T rough. I mean seriously?

    • 0 avatar
      Mr Nosy

      All auto journalists are obsessed with BMW,left-wing,right-wing,Buffalo wing,it don’t matter.I’m convinced its because no matter how attractive or unattractive an auto journalist may be,during the course of the review they inevitably have one of those hot chick/hot dude/hot tranny stoplight encounters,a la Clark Griswold from Nat’l Lampoon’s Vacation.People at this level of hotness seem to be strangely drawn to The Car Of The Three Consonants-more so than any other,probably because its so easy to spell.Auto writers never seem to admit this outright. They are all,ahem,journalistic professionals focused solely on the performance of the product.Editors are also duly expected to ignore any hourly rate motel charges incurred during the test period.

      • 0 avatar
        Buckshot

        I like BMW, but there are a couple of reasons why i don´t own one.

        BMWs are good cars but they are way overpriced.
        It´s like Rolex, you pay for bragging rights.
        Plus, for some reason a lot of as*****s/n*z*s drives BMW, and i don´t want to be associated with that kind of antisocial/criminal behavior.

        On the other hand, driving a Volvo will give you goodwill (and value for money)

  • avatar

    Fantastic review, the photos made me adore this car much more. It may look conservative but at least modern and sleek conservative… I wonder if this will look good at midnight blue? :)


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