Eric's Autos: 2019 Volvo S60
Volvos have a reputation for being safe ... and stodgy. Don't believe the latter. Not anymore.
Thor is Swedish, remember. So is Agnetha Faltskog. Combine the two and you've got the new S60, the fiercest, sexiest and probably safest sedan in its class.
What It Is
The S60 is Volvo's war hammer assault on the longstanding German dominance of the entry-luxury sport sedan market.
It's about the same size as a BMW 3 Series sedan, but it costs about $4k less to start. It's also about $3k more expensive than a Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan, but it has 8 inches more back-seat legroom and comes standard with 250 horsepower, whereas the Benz has 208.
Other S60 draws include the only turbo-supercharged engine on the market, a standard 12.3-inch configurable LCD main gauge cluster and as much as 415 fuel-efficient hybridized horsepower.
Prices start at $36,050 for the base front-wheel-drive T5 trim, which comes with the 250 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
T6 models get the turbo-plus-supercharged version of the 2.0-liter engine, with output boosted to 316 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard with this one, too.
Prices start at $40,550.
A top-of-the-line Polestar T8 comes with the 415 horsepower hybrid drivetrain, standard AWD -- and a plug. It can travel about 21 miles on battery power or get you to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.