2016 Volvo V60 Driving Impressions

In the V60 T5 series, the 8-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quietly under most conditions. An exception is rapid downshifting through three or four gears during hard acceleration, as the transmission appears to search for the proper power band.

Noise suppression is good in the V60, which, as promised, handles like a sport sedan. In addition to delivering a firm but smooth ride, you can expect good centering action from the V60’s steering. This imparts a confident feeling, helping to make the V60 a worthy competitor to various German-made sport wagons.

Volvo claims a relatively swift 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 6.1 seconds with the four-cylinder model. For peak fuel economy, the four-cylinder features a start-stop system that can shut off the engine at stoplights. Unlike some start-stop units, Volvo’s provides unusually imperceptible operation.

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