When a 2013 Volvo S60 R was delivered to my home I was completely elated. Why? Because it is the Volvo model (driven by the character, Edward) in the Twilight movie series – and the way it performed in the movie blew my mind. The car was probably driven by a pro (speeding, drifting, and performing hard braking) in many of the scenes, but its placement in the movie was a perfect way for Volvo to re-introduce and re-brand themselves. The S60 R in Twilight was a genius way for Volvo to bring its product front and center and out from behind stodgy stigmas and into the realm of.. cool. I said it, the Volvo S60 R is cool.
With its Euro-sport styling (complete with race style rims), and luxury interior, the S60 R surpassed my excited expectations. The handling of the car was just as fun as it seemed to be in Twilight, except I didn’t attempt any 90 degree skids (as was done in the movie). I did experience every aspect of the Volvo S60 Rs handling in the city, on the highway and loved the response and power of the vehicle.
With a 3.0 Liter Turbo Charged 6 Cylinder Alloy Engine, DOHC, CVVT, and Twin Scroll Turbo, this 325 HP ride gave me many thrills. In traffic, on back roads and all over town, I was never let down by any acceleration, steering, or braking response and loved every minute behind the wheel and in the luxuriously sporty leather driver’s seat. There are not very many vehicles which one would consider to be a luxury sports car, however in the small amount of cars that qualify for this segment, I believe it is one that is certainly growing – and it should. Sport/luxury vehicles are not only viable but appeal to a wider demographic of auto purchasers than those looking for a vehicle that is in either luxury or sport class.
Another sporty characteristic of the S60R is the 6-Speed Geartronic automatic transmission with sport mode. Sport modes usually make a huge difference in acceleration and gear shifting response. But because the Volvo (in automatic) is already extremely responsive, manual mode only made a slight increase in these areas.
During my time testing we experienced a rainy day and so I was able to appreciate the vehicles all wheel drive and spin and traction control features. Other safety features include rain sensor headlights, WHIPS (whiplash protection where in the event of an accident the seat brackets fold a little and cause the headrest to become even more supportive). The S60 Rs airbag system features side impact and curtain airbags, supplemental restraint system, LATCH, and lane departure, blind spot and pedestrian sensors with programmable warnings.
There are also alerts for road sign information which can be programmed to appear on the gauge cluster such as speed limit and speed alert. The S60 R is also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control with distance alert which is a perfect feature during rush hour. The Adaptive Cruise Control uses a laser to alert the driver if their vehicle gets too close to another vehicle. The system is also designed to intervene as late as possible to help avoid automatic activation of braking.
Volvo and its safety record are second to none and the S60 class was one of the few luxury models to earn a ‘good’ rating in last years controversial small overlap frontal crash test. The 2013 model was also chosen as a Top Safety Pick Plus by IIHS and earned a five star overall rating and five stars in every category.
The car was also packed with so many infotainment features, vehicle cluster gauges and displays I cannot think of one thing that the vehicle was missing except for a wider angle lens for the vehicle’s back up camera and the information LED should be a touchscreen, especially for a vehicle of this caliber.
Also inside the vehicle there was plenty of room for all passengers, and although the trunks exterior looks like a quasi-hatchback the cargo area is more than adequate for this midsized vehicle that everyone (including vampires) will love.
Base price for an S60 is $31,600 S60 R base price is $44,000 Tested S60 R with Platinum package $48,000
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