Car Specification

18 February 2012

Volvo S60 D3 review

Does the cheaper, smaller engine mar the experience?

Ashish Masih
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Volvo isn’t keen on playing ‘also ran’ in the Indian market any more and the arrival of the relatively cheaper D3 engine is proof of that. And we are happy to report that the smaller capacity motor impresses in the S60.

The D3 has 163bhp of power and 400Nm of torque, which is around 40bhp and 20Nm lower than the bigger D5 motor. But you won’t notice any major drop in performance. The engine is smooth for the most part and only becomes vocal nearing the end of its redline, but never intrusively so. Power delivery is smooth and linear and the engine develops most of its power low in the rev band, which means its very responsive and has no sudden burst of power dramas when the turbo kicks in. Aided by a six-speed automatic gearbox the D3’s flexible nature makes it ideal for both city and highway driving.

The S60 also has a very good balance between ride comfort and a sporty feel. There is plenty of grip on offer and it feels agile. Though the suspension is a bit firm, it’s never uncomfortably so.

The interior is simple, well laid-out and easy to navigate. A special mention must be made of the seats, especially the front ones. They offer very good support and can accommodate large frames easily as well.

What is really impressive though is the fact that Volvo hasn’t stinted on equipment. You get laser assisted automatic braking and active bending headlamps and multiple airbags to keep you and your loved ones safe. At Rs 23.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) the D3-engined S60 makes for an attractive buy. It looks posh, is comfortable, well priced and it runs on diesel. What else could you ask for?

 

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