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December 22, 2013

Volvo S60 steps to higher distinction

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The result is to give the 2014 S60 a look of greater urgency and attitude. The re-styling gives more distinction to a model that already stood aloof from look-alike cars.

“They took something that was great looking and made it look even better,” said Gary Jaffarian, president and chief-executive officer of family-owned Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, which has been selling Volvos in Haverhill since 1958. Jaffarian sees drivers drawn by the re-tuning of the auto’s appearance.

“It’s gone over very well. It’s almost like a relaunch of the car,” in which the entire vehicle is re-engineered, he said.

Classified as a compact car, the four-door, five-passenger S60 uses front-wheel drive, with an all-wheel-drive option available for an additional $2,000 on the base model. It is a premium-quality sport sedan. As such, the S60 delivers fast-acting engine performance from a 250-horsepower, turbocharged, in-line five-cylinder motor. It has crisp and agile road manners. Its thoughtful, functional cockpit gives drivers good command of the vehicle. As a premium sport sedan, the Volvo S60 is in the same category as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti G.

Volvo sells the S60 in two levels. Above the standard, T5 model, the S60 T6 comes with a larger, 300-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine, also turbocharged, with all-wheel drive built in as a standard feature.

At the tip-top of the S60 line, the T6 R-Design edition adds performance enhancements to boost the six-cylinder engine to 325 horsepower, tighten the steering for faster, more agile maneuvering, and stiffen the suspension for surer road grip and more athletic action. The R-Design even rides a little lower, imparting a more aggressive attitude, with styling flourishes to match.

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