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Volvo S60 T6 R Design AWD (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2013

Since April, 2012, the model gets upgraded engine outputs (an extra 18kW and 40Nm) thanks to engine software tweaking by racing partner Polestar, but no increase in official fuel consumption. The turbo-six, driving through a six-speed Geartronic auto, delivers plenty of urge, always feeling highly responsive.
The standing 400m is dispatched in a brisk 13.84 seconds. Reassuringly, the brakes offer strong retardation, even after some fairly punishing use.

The taut, firm suspension tune and 40 series rubber offers acceptable ride comfort, though ragged road edges and the like can, at times, jar. The T6 takes a nice flat stance and grips well as it scythes through corners, making for a satisfying drive.

Inside, the well-shaped sports seats offer good support. Among our small list of criticisms is the wheel well’s impact on the left-front floor shape, causing the passenger’s legs to be uncomfortably skewed toward the car’s centreline.

Frustratingly, the standard spacesaver spare is lashed down under a cover at the centre rear of the boot floor, robbing useful space. The gooseneck boot lid hinges, enclosed behind sculptured trims, also eat into the load area.
Volvo S60 T6 R Design AWD 2013


Performance, dynamics, braking, equipment and safety features


Spacesaver spare, boot space issues

Key features

Dual-front climate-control, 18” alloys, bluetooth, premium audio system, leather trim, navigation, rear view camera, power front seats, electric park brake, anti-theft alarm, sport suspension


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, active headlights, collision warning with auto brake and queue assist and pedestrian detection, blind spot info system, adaptive cruise control

Car Details

Vehicle make Volvo
Vehicle model S60 T6 R Design AWD
Vehicle type Medium Over $50,000
Year 2013
Price when new $75,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 3.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 6-cyl
Max power 242kW @ 5400-6500rpm
Max torque 480Nm @ 3000-3600rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 5.59 seconds (as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 22.32m (as tested)
Economy ADR 10.2 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.