2019 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum: What We Learned on a California Road Trip

Plus, our thoughts on Pilot Assist

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Road trips are great. Not only do you really get to experience the landscape and culture of the places you visit or drive through, but you also get to know your car and its amenities and comfort. That’s why when I decided to take a quick trip to San Francisco this past summer, I took the long and mostly boring way up I-5 instead of taking the one-hour flight from Los Angeles, to further get to know the 2019 Volvo S60 I’d been chaperoning for about two months.

The S60 leans more toward comfort than performance. Although it competes in the same category of luxury sedans as the BMW 3 Series and Genesis G70, the S60 is not trying to be a sport sedan. Instead, it delivers on comfort and plushness while providing plenty of power from its 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It won’t, however, try to up the exhaust note through the speakers when it’s in Dynamic mode, like the two aforementioned competitors do.

Regardless, with 316 hp on tap, the S60 feels quick. I’m a fan of the way its engine behaves, but some co-workers have complained about its lack of refinement. We haven’t yet taken our S60 to the track, but I suspect it will take about 6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, which isn’t bad. The steering feels nicely weighted, and the suspension is really refined, making it a soft ride.

Some people buy Volvos because they care about safety, and the S60’s Pilot Assist safety suite seems good so far. I’ve only experienced one close call with the automatic emergency braking, where the vehicle in front of me slammed on the brakes and the Volvo did the same, preventing a possible accident.

But there have been a handful of times when the auto emergency braking alert lights up even when there’s no vehicle in front of me. When this happens, the power is completely cut off for a second or two, and once the system detects that there’s no one around, everything returns to normal. It happened to me once on my way back from San Francisco on I-5, and it’s happened about four times on my way to work. More than anything, it’s unsettling when the head-up display turns red and a loud alarm sounds in the cabin when there’s no real danger happening and you’re peacefully cruising down the road.

Following its cross-country trip to L.A. and with the miles that I’ve put on it since, the S60’s odometer has just crossed 5,000 miles—not bad for two months.

There will be much more to report on the next 10 months. Stay tuned.

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