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Volvo S60, Volvo S60 R, Sedan
#1197 of 3081 Test drove the S60 and Saab 9-3 today
Jul 26, 2003 (12:21 pm)
I just test drove an S60 2.4 and a Saab 9-3. I thought that the front visibility was a lot better in the S60 although the 9-3 has a definite "cool factor" that is hard to describe objectively. I was less than thrilled by the turbo on the 9-3. The momentary delay between pedal pressure and acceleration is something that takes a little getting used to. The only disappointment with regard to the Volvo was that I couldn't find any 2003 S60 in my area (Baltimore). Apparently the $5,000 rebate from Volvo to the dealer made them quite attractive.
#1198 of 3081 turning circle S60
Jul 26, 2003 (6:57 pm)
I am considering the S60 ( vs. Saab 9-3, MB C class). In a S60 long-term test, the authors complained about the relatively wide turning circle.
Does anyone, who owns a S60 have any experience in that regard? Has that been an issue at all?
If so, did Volvo make any changes for the 2004 model?
All comments are welcome.
#1199 of 3081 Turning circle, ctd.
Jul 26, 2003 (11:13 pm)
While the turning circle for the S60 is in fact greater than that of the S70 or 850, I personally do not object to it. The only real test is that which you do yourself. If there is a tight turn that you need to negotiate in your future car, try driving the S60 through it. Do the same for each of the other cars you are considering.
#1200 of 3081 Turning Circle
Jul 27, 2003 (5:21 am)
The S60 has a BIG turning circle (42 ft!) and if you live in a city where the design of the roads requires a lot of U-turns to get to where you want to go, it certainly is a hassle. Parking lot navigation could be a bit of a problem also. My car has a 40 ft turning circle and that is my least favorite aspect of it. Still, I'm about to order a S60R. It's that good.
#1201 of 3081 S60 2.4T turning circle
Jul 27, 2003 (10:38 am)
According to Edmunds, the turning circle on the S60 2.4T is 39 feet on the 2004 model, slightly less on the 2003. So the 2004 is actually slightly worse! I didn't check the S60R or other versions, maybe that is what rqc was writing about when he wrote 42 feet.
Since 1998, I have lived in a high-rise with a rather tight parking garage, tight enough that I actually had scraped a corner twice in my former 1995 Chevy Lumina (no guffaws, please!). I was consciously looking to buy a car that was smaller than the monstrous Lumina, and hopefully had a tighter turning circle.
Anyway, my 2003 S60 2.4t has about a foot smaller turning circle than my old Chevy, and is considerably shorter (twenty inches) and slightly narrower (an inch or so). I find this is enough difference to make navigating the parking garage a lot easier. I have to admit that U-turns are still going to be a sweeping affair, though I haven't done many yet.
If you like the car in other ways, I wouldn't let the u-turn problem bother me.
#1203 of 3081 2004 S60 compared to 2003 - interior quality & handling any better?
Jul 29, 2003 (6:23 am)
Hi, I looked at this car last year, but was uninspired by the interior quality. How does it compare to the 2003 model? Does it look any more luxurious?
Also, the handling in the 2003 felt loose & sloppy. Have they improved this with sport suspension?
#1204 of 3081 Turning circle, again
Jul 29, 2003 (9:47 am)
rqc, per volvocars.com, the turning circle for the S60 line is 39 feet curb-to-curb. I don't know where Car and Driver gets 42 feet. (Perhaps they (Car and Driver) made a mistake?)
As mikebinok comments, turning circle is really specific to ones' own situation. Unless you need to navigate a real tight turn, turning circle should not necessarily be a reason to eliminate the S60.
#1205 of 3081 Bi-Xenon Headlights
Jul 29, 2003 (2:01 pm)
I'm about to buy a 2.5T and I'm wondering what makes the bi-xenon headlights different from the regular headlights. Do you think these are a good option to get?
#1206 of 3081 Turning Circle
Jul 29, 2003 (2:37 pm)
The turning circle for the S60 is 39 ft; the S60R is 42.7 ft. Probably due to the 18" wheels. Wheels on the S60 range from 15" to 17".