Volvo S60R Review

WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System

Volvo S60 Review

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Volvo's design philosophy is 'if the product is not functional, it can't be beautiful'.

Ease of Use

Volvo's design philosophy is 'if the product is not functional, it can't be beautiful'.

As a result of this philosophy everything about the S60 R is driver orientated. The cabin is simple, ergonomically laid out and packed with innovative features to reduce the strain of modern driving.

The S60 R is very easy to to drive around town and visibility is generally good although because of design constraints it can be awkward to reverse into tight spaces and the turning circle is not fantastic but you do get used to it - parking sensors would be worth investing in.

The cabin exudes a high level of build quality and the fascia has been angled towards the driver for maximum ease of use. In fact the dashboard is home to a vast array of logically positioned controls which look as though they may have been borrowed from an aircraft but fortunately they all correspond to the comfort and convenience equipment of the S60.

On a practical level the S60 R incorporates: steering wheel mounted stereo controls, centre armrest with cupholders and storage compartment, rear centre armrest with cupholders and storage compartment, Illuminated vanity mirror for the driver and front passenger, entry lights in front door wells, luggage compartment lights, illuminated lockable glove box, reading lamps, front and rear, front seat back storage pockets, coat hanger, front door panel storage pockets, 12v socket (rear of tunnel console), Illuminated ignition lock, electronic accessory preparation, forward folding front passenger seat, information centre and exterior temperature gauge

The S60 R has a spacious boot with 424 litres of space and has a standard split/fold rear seat which is useful for bulky items and the passenger seat folds forward to accommodate longer items. Volvo's practical philosophy doesn't stop there and offers load lashing loops which secures cargo to the load compartment floor with the load securing straps or the elastic luggage net.

The Volvo S60 R features Bi-Xenon headlamps as standard which illuminate the road ahead evenly and effectively in all weather conditions without dazzling oncoming traffic. Low beam is adjusted automatically to provide the best possible light pattern when the car is heavily laden. During our test we had to travel on the motorway at night in atrocious weather conditions including fog and heavy rain, the Bi-Xenon's cut through the spray lighting the whole of the carriageway for full visibility and added safety.

Safety and Security

Volvo is committed to safety and in the words of Volvo's founders 'cars are driven by people - the guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is - and must remain - safety'.

The following safety and security equipment is standard on the Volvo S60 R:

Dual-stage airbags, driver and front passenger, side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger, IC (Inflatable Curtain), passenger airbag cut-off switch, power assisted ABS brakes, EBA (Electronic Brake Assistance) and EDB (Electronic Brake Distribution), DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), Active Chassis with Four-C Technology, *daytime running headlamps, rear fog lamp, bi-Xenon headlamps, front fog lamps, headlamp wash/wipe, reinforced passenger compartment, collapsible steering column, SIPS (Side-Impact Protection System), energy-absorbing interior, safety belts with pre-tensioners, safety belt reminder, WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System), head restraints for all seats, anti-submarining protection, integrated booster cushion, Home Safe and Approach Lighting, remote controlled alarm with panic function, electronic immobiliser, remote central locking including fuel flap with deadlocking system, ISOFIX child seat preparation, three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners on all five seats, zone-tinted windscreen, tinted windows, mass movement sensor, water repellent door mirror glass, side marker bumper illumination and high level LED brake light.

*Daytime running lights are synonymous with the Volvo name and significantly increase other drivers awareness of your presence.

The 31 January 2003 marked the 20th anniversary of the compulsory wearing of seatbelts in Britain. When Volvo engineer, the late Nils Bohlin, invented the very first three-point seat belt nearly 50 years ago he could not have guessed how many millions of lives this would help to save.

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Volvo S60 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo S60 R
Body Type4-Door Saloon
ColourTitanium Grey Pearl
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph5.7 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban19.2 mpg
Extra Urban34 mpg
Combined26.9 mpg
Insurance Group18
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever comes first)
3-year unlimited warranty on the paintwork
8-year warranty against rust perforation
Price (when tested on the 20/01/05)£34,313.00 OTR
Our test car £36,083.00 (Includes £500 pearlescent paint option and £1,270 Atacama natural leather upholstery)

The information contained within this Volvo S60 review may have changed since publication on the 20 January 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Volvo dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018