Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Volvo S60 Overview
Volvo scores a direct hit on the competition with the launch of its all-new S60 sedan. Gone is the traditional boxed styling, replaced instead by curvaceous lines and beefy fender flares that seductively whisper, "Drive." And drive you will.
The base model is well equipped and comes with a standard 5-speed manual transmission mated to a 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine capable of producing 168-horsepower. This combination moves the S60 with surprising ease and makes the base car a steal at $26,500. Standard equipment for the S60 includes side-impact and full-length curtain airbags, a rear fog light, coded immobilizer ignition key, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and a 6-speaker AM/FM cassette stereo.
A step up to the mid-level 2.4T adds an even longer list of luxury items but forgoes the manual transmission in favor of a 5-speed automatic. A light pressure turbo is bolted to the base engine bumping output to a healthy 197-horsepower. The top of line T5 adds bigger wheels and tires, a stiffer suspension, sport seats, a 247-horsepower engine and a really radical shifter.
Interior space, although slightly less than the older S70, is still generous. As always, Volvo's wonderful seats cradle their occupants while providing the perfect combination of back, side and thigh support. Everything inside the cabin flows together in harmony: The armrests are perfectly positioned, the shifter is right where it should be. All the gauges make sense and the controls are placed within easy reach. Textured plastic and leather are first rate and the entire package conveys a solid, bulletproof feel.
For anyone considering an Audi A4, BMW 3-Series or Lexus ES sedan, the Volvo definitely deserves a test drive.