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2005 Volvo S60 Mid-Size Luxury Sedan

New Car Review of the 2005 Volvo S60 Mid-Size Luxury Sedan

Description: Mid-Size Luxury Sedan
Base MSRP Range: not available
Invoice Price Range: not available
Where built: Sweden

S60 sedans use the variable-size P2 platform of S80 and V70 yet measure inches less in wheelbase and body length. This year there are five models with the FWD S60 2.4 and S60 2.5T, S60 2.5T AWD, a FWD S60 T5 and racy S60 R with 300-hp turbo engine. Powertrains compare to similar trims in V70 wagons, including the 10-point boost in power for T5, which reaches 257-hp.

Body styling changes with 2005 editions, as the prow has been revamped with new designs for headlamps, grille and bumper, and the rear view includes taillamps with LED technology. In the cabin a conventional layout sets two bolstered buckets beside a multi-purpose console and ahead of a bench with three positions. However, optional two-place seating in sculpted spaces is offered. Front buckets have been revised with slimmer head restraints to enhance visibility.

The console is also new, and a trip computer is now standard equipment in the instrument cluster, while the optional Premium Package adds rear hardwood trimwork. Volvo's FOUR-C suspension tuning is available for all S60 varieties, as turbo models score an optional Sport Aero Body Kit.