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You'll Like The 2007 Volvo S60 If...

If you’re looking for a premium sedan with some style, the S60’s sculpted hood, trunk and aggressive wheel and tire packages give it a much bolder look than its understated German and Japanese rivals. The S60 is also a bit wider than most of its competitors, which translates into generous shoulder room.

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If you’re looking for the neutral handling only a rear-wheel-drive sedan can provide, the high-powered T5’s noticeable torque steer can, at times, become annoying. The all-wheel-drive S60 R somewhat eliminates this concern, but its clutch and shifter are not as refined as those of the BMW M or Audi S4. The 2.5T is also not as powerful as many similarly-priced V6 models.

What's New

The S60 gets a slight exterior freshening featuring a revised grille and front headlamps, front and rear bumpers and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The S60’s suspension has also been improved to provide better handling and a firmer ride. Volvo’s Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) becomes standard across the line, as does a tire pressure monitoring system.

Interior Features

No matter which S60 you choose, all models share two important traits: A roomy, ergonomically-sound interior and an exceptional safety record. The S60’s front seats feel great on your back and feature an anti-submarine design to keep you from sliding under the dash during an accident. Functionally, the S60’s near-perfect instrument panel has every switch, lever and button within easy reach of both driver and passenger. We love the placement of the optional navigation screen, which rises up from atop the dash rather than being integrated into the audio head unit.

Exterior Features

The S60’s new front end has a softer, more rounded appearance, although the familiar diagonal badge grille treatment remains firmly in place. The S60’s shape is defined by its sharpened V-shaped hood and trunk lines that join to form a truly attractive sport sedan. The swept-back rear roof creates a nice fastback look and allows the rear doors plenty of glass to aid visibility. In recent years Volvo has produced a number of attractive new wheel designs to enhance the S60’s appearance. The S60 R receives extra ground effects and a lower front and rear spoiler.

Driving Impressions

Those who crave power should opt for the top-of-the-line S60 R. Though the R’s twin-turbo five-cylinder configuration is not as smooth or refined as its competitors’ six and eight-cylinder engines, the 300 horsepower it generates should make up for any supposed and slight refinement issues. The all-wheel-drive system enhances the R model’s ability to stick to the road but, push this car to the limits, and you may notice the steering response becoming less crisp. As good as it is, the S60 R seems perhaps not quite as communicative as its counterparts from BMW and Audi. Still, the R packs a lot of performance into a sedan that costs less than $40K, and it should prove satisfying to most enthusiast-oriented drivers. And, finally, with any Volvo you cannot forget or ignore the brand’s exemplary safety reputation.

Pricing Notes

The S60 2.5T has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $31,580, the T5 model starts at $33,430 and the high-performance S60 R has an MSRP of $39,680. To be sure you make your best deal, check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price paid for the S60 in your area. As for resale values, the S60 does not perform as well as similar vehicles from Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and BMW, holding an average five-year residual value on par with the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ. The T5 and R models, however, do hold slightly higher residual values than the base 2.5T.

Notable Equipment

The S60 has a five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Dynamic Stability Traction Control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, illuminated remote keyless entry, rear fog light, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD, front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain airbags, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, garage door opener and a power driver’s seat. The T5 adds aluminum trim, power passenger seat, sport suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels. The premium R model has a 300-horsepower engine, six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, xenon headlamps, leather seats and wider 17-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Options

Options vary by trim and include a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission (six-speed on the R), all-wheel drive, power glass moonroof, heated seats, headlamp washers, rain-sensing wipers, Pro Logic surround sound, navigation, active xenon headlamps, leather seats and custom alloy wheels.

Favorite Features

Sport SeatsThe amazingly comfortable sport seats on the Type R grab hold of you and seem to never let go.Navigation SystemThe optional navigation system features a retractable screen positioned atop the dash instead of integrated into the audio.

Under the Hood

The 2.5T engine provides good acceleration and plenty of passing power. This engine works well with the automatic transmission, though the optional Geartronic’s somewhat lazy shifts left us wishing for a manual option. The high-pressure turbo on the T5 seems to be the best choice for the S60, with better low-end torque than the 2.5T and more rush as the turbo builds boost pressure. The S60 R provides a big boost in power, but its performance-oriented nature and higher price tag will probably not appeal to the average S60 buyer.2.5-liter in-line 5 Light-Pressure Turbo208 horsepower @ 5000 rpm236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (FWD), 20/27 (AWD)2.4-liter in-line 5 High-Pressure Turbo257 horsepower @ 5500 rpm258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)2.5-liter in-line 5 Twin Turbo300 horsepower @ 5500 rpm295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5250 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (manual), 17/25 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

The S60 helped launched a styling revolution that transformed Volvo’s image from boring box to stylish Swede. Relatively unchanged since its inception, the S60’s design has held up well, although newer designs from Audi, BMW and Lexus certainly appear more contemporary. The S60, however, is about far more than just good looks. The car is well-known for its extensive safety features and excellent crash-test marks; it is also available in a number of turbocharged versions ranging from the comfortable all-wheel-drive 2.5T to the tire-smoking S60 R performance sedan. With a roomy cabin, notably comfortable front seats and a long list of comfort and convenience items, the S60 deserves to be near the top of every premium midsize sedan shopping list.

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The 2007 Volvo s60: great car, but will you be able to find it in a snowstorm?

2007 Volvo S60

I recently purchased my Volvo. It seems to be a very reliable and safe car. It is also very comfortable with heated leather seats in the front. I also like the radio feature that it gives you the name of the song that is playing. The key is unique; the key fits into the remote so it is easier to carry. The exterior lights are also very bright and make me easier to see at night than other vehicles I have driven in the past. However, two items about my Volvo concern me. First of all, I find the car sits very low to the ground. I hear that this vehicle is very good in all types of weather, however I am worried that I will have trouble opening the door in a major snowstorm! The second issue that I have heard of concerning Volvos is that maintenance and repairs can be quite expensive. I know this vehicle is very reliable and can last many years, but that is a big concern for me.

- Maura D

2007 Volvo is still running at a high performance level.

2007 Volvo S60 2.4L Turbo

Car is very reliable. Has problems with hot box, at 170,000 miles coolant hose had a leak, turbo runs through oil very quickly. Bulbs go out very fast, the side view mirror caps are not attached well. The lining by the windows has started to come down as well as the lining on the sunroof. The seats are very comfortable and the electronics inside the car have held up very well.

- Rachel F

The sound system is great and it has a turbo.

2007 Volvo S60 2.5L Turbo

My car rides very smooth and the seats are very comfortable. I've had very little problems with it for being a 12 year old car. My only complaint would be that the back seat is really small. Other than that I love it. It's perfect for one or two people but not a family car. Lots of trunk space and legroom in the front. The stereo works great as well.

- Madeline D

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