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For the past 20 years, the sport sedan segment has been dominated by German automakers that blend dynamic handling with luxury and outright performance. Recently, however, Cadillac snuck up on the BMW 3 series with the ATS, while Volvo is proving itself a worthy adversary to Audi with the Volvo S60. |
In its T6 R-Design spec, a potent power plant and surefooted AWD make it a rival to the well-received S4, while maintaining signature Volvo qualities.
Despite the rumors, Volvo is still very much alive, and is continuing to deliver the safest vehicles on the road. The S60 can stand up to the abuse of even the most gruesome accident and while such an event didn’t happen during our testing, a Top Safety Pick Plus rating by NHTSA assures it can take a hit and keep you and your passengers out of harm’s way. A true brown-noser when it comes to safety, the Swedish company has also outfitted our T6 R-Design with every driver aid and accident avoidance technology available.
Practically driving itself, our S60 featured adaptive cruise control that can stop the car completely and hold the brake until traffic picks up again. Distracted and drowsy driving is also taken care of with a driver-alert meter that can detect your wheel inputs and your driving behavior within your lane; should you be drowsy or not paying attention, the car can advise you to take a break to focus on the task at hand. In the city, the Volvo can even apply brakes if a pedestrian steps in front of the vehicle, or if another car blindly pulls out in front of you.
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