Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

1. Like Snow Shoes on a Mountain Goat

The cornerstone of the 2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD is the ‘Instant Traction’ Haldex all-wheel drive system. In dry conditions the system sends the majority of the 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six’s 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. However, the instant wheel slip is detected up front, power is sent to the rear wheels to maintain traction and stability.

Combined with Volvo’s standard stability control and traction control, it is hard to get the S60 upset when driving in sloppy weather. As long as speeds are kept in check, the car will negotiate even the slipperiest of corners without much drama. As hard as we tried to unsettle the S60, the Volvo would quickly counter our efforts and maintain safe forward progress.

  • Herb Simpson

    Volvo impresses with its tech and styling, and surprises with performance. You’d think they would sell a bit better than they do.

  • Rickers

    Agreed. I think they need a wow product to get people talking. Maybe a sports car or a true luxury sedan… like the S-Class?

  • Merc1

    I really like these new Volvos. They are great winter cars too for those very reasons, I know because I’ve had OTHER cars that did the opposite of what the Volvo did here.