Matt Farah’s back from the Ford Focus Rally, and this time he’s reviewing the new “naughty” Volvo S60 T6 AWD. Like any good car reviewer, Matt gives us the good news (turbocharged I5 engine replaced with twin-turbo V6, adjustable suspension, adjustable steering, planted feel of Volvo’s AWD) with the bad (no manual transmission, no paddle shifters, insufficient brakes and bizarrely excessive safety systems). In the end, Matt does give the car praise as a “driver’s car”, and presents it as a viable alternative to the BMW 335i and the Audi S4. It’s priced on par with those choices, so don’t expect the S60 to win buyers over on price alone.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Volvo, simply because their cars are a bit too left of center for my tastes. Their interiors are stark, and filled with a puzzling array of knobs and buttons. Their nav / infotainment systems seem to be added as an afterthought, and I’ve never driven one that impressed me with it’s power or handling. That said, I’ll keep an open mind on the new S60, which represents a ground up re-design. If Matt Farah liked it, chances are I will, too.