2017 Volvo S60 T5: Safety and Good Looks

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 10:11 PM

2017volvos60475In its fourth model year, the Volvo S60 T5 comes into 2017 with only minor changes, but why fix something if it’s not broken? With an attractive outside and loaded inside the S60 also offers a safe drive.

A midsize luxury sedan, the S60 comes in T5 Dynamic and T6 AWD R-Design. This review will focus on the T5 Dynamic.

The base T5 Dynamic comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, xenon headlights, LED running lights, headlight washers, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, leather seats, an eight-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, power-folding rear headrests, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard technology features include a low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation system, a 7-inch display screen, Volvo’s Sensus smartphone app integration, Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice commands and an eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB audio interface and an engine stop-start system.

Extras available are the Convenience package which adds power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, and a grocery bag holder. The Technology package features adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, a more advanced forward collision warning and mitigation system, and a lane departure warning and intervention system.

2017volvos60intAlso available are the Sport package including 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adjustable steering effort and paddle shifters and the Vision package which adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park sensors, and keyless entry and ignition.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four banger that produces 240 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission makes it all mesh. With the available all-wheel-drive, which was included on my test model, expect to get 23/city, 31/highway, and 26/combined.

As with all Volvo’s, safety is job one and the T5 is no exception. A long list of safety features are included on the T5 including antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. Low-speed frontal collision warning and collision mitigation with automatic braking systems are standard. Also standard is Volvo’s On Call system that includes emergency assistance, automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle assistance.

On the inside the S60 sports a Scandinavian vibe with posh materials and clean simple lines. Controls are accessible, highly visible, and easy to use. Seating is comfy front and back, but larger adults may find the backseat a bit cramped. The trunk holds 12 cubic feet and the back seats fold down for more space. There is also a pass-through for longer items.

Heavy on comfort and luxury, the S60 is not a sports car but it can be sportyish. It can be fun on a winding road but comfortable and quite during city driving. The turbocharged engine gives a boost when needed but it is still smooth.

If you are looking for a luxury mid-sized sedan with a side of safety and a dash of comfort, give the 2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic a test drive.