2019 Volvo S60 T4 R-Design Singapore | sgCarMart Reviews

2019 Volvo S60 T4 R-Design Singapore | sgCarMart Reviews

This is the all new Volvo S60 T4 R Design Now it’s one of three variants that Volvo has This is right smack in the middle You have the T4 Momentum You have the T4 R Design you see here today And of course There’s always the top-of-the-line T5 R Design that comes with all the bells and whistles Now you might be wondering Why aren’t we doing the T5 R Design then? Well, at sgCarMart We like to have a balance of performance and price And the T4 R Design today? Fits that bill For more details on the S60 or any other car head on to sgCarMart.com to help you make the smart choice on your next car Now, for looks the wing mirror now comes in black as with the door edges it’s slightly different from previous generation’s R Design where it was silver Now speaking of silver The larger than life badge right here is now brushed aluminium Previously, it was glossy silver Now, it might be a very small change But it sort of gives the brand a little bit of “Understated” feel More humble, if you may Even though the grille has changed to become more aggressive Now, all these together with what Volvo calls the “Thor’s” hammers headlamps Makes the car look really, really fashionable In fact I think It’s one of the best looking cars in the segment right now Now, round the back You get Dual-integrated tail pipes to wrap up the entire sporty, hunkered package of the Volvo S60 In my opinion it actually looks a lot better than the T4 Momentum which is actually just a round tail pipe Now, onto the boot While the 392 litres of space isn’t class leading It has actually grown from the previous generation which means it will fit a check-in luggage And a market trolley With ease! I mean, James would be able to fit inside here But, again Before I digress Let’s take a look at the back seat In the cabin of the back seat The first thing that I really notice is how much leg room there is for me And I’m not saying that because I’m vertically-limited I’m saying it because it’s really true I could even slouch like this And I still have so much leg room to play around with In fact according to Volvo the wheelbase has increased by 100mm which translates to some 240% more knee clearance While I can’t confirm if that’s true because I’m not a mathematician and neither am I an engineer I can tell you that it feels really spacious right here Head room is more than adequate for me And I suspect someone who is as tall as James wouldn’t have much problems fitting inside here Elsewhere, you get a lot of cubby holes right here I could put my phone here Or even here There is one thing that is really cool Space for phone More space for more stuff And get this cupholders You get expensive-to-the-touch soft plush leather seats Feels really good Feels really comfortable But I do have one small quibble The transmission tunnel right here is a tad too high even for a front-wheel driven car So I suspect the S60 might be best left for two at the back But you know what? Let’s get three people in to see if the back seat can fit them Hey guys *cough* In this R Design variant equipment levels are high Now, Volvo is said to make one of the best seats in the business And I suspect that could well be true I like the contoured seats It’s definitely comfortable to be on Facing me It’s a multi-functional steering wheel with white stitches around it It sorta makes it different Because there’s a contrast in a sea of black And the white stitching really stands out Beyond that I can see a 12.3 inch adaptive driver display that pretty much shows me everything I need to know There’s the time Fuel consumption I even see the title of the song I’m playing right now And of course R Design badges And the paddle shifters right here to remind you that this is an upper class variant that you are driving The dashboard is simple Very straightforward No unneccessary curves for the sake of design points Below it Is a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen display Now, it is quite intuitive Very straightforward And it doesn’t lag However all the features that you need and want they’re all here including the air-conditioning system which sort of makes it a little frustrating if you are to live with the car every day because You kinda need to go in several times to adjust the air-conditioning But that, of course, just means that the cabin is clear of buttons making this S60 cabin quite comfortable, clean, and concise which is really, really good You know what’s also really good? The sunroof Yup One touch Opens up Another There you go! Now to find out how comfortable the S60 really is This Volvo S60 T4 variant has a 2 litre power plant underneath this bonnet that pumps out 187 horse power and 300Nm of torque Now, driven lightly it’s very comfortable and entirely usable with all the good low-end power and torque that’s channeled to the front wheels in a very, very smooth manner Get hard on the throttle however and you wish there is more refinement It has largely to do with the fact that it doesn’t sound good when you extend the throttle And that’s nitpicking, really Because what the S60 lacks in aural drama it more than makes up with its big lungs It just feels like there’s so much path left on tap that there’s just not enough road left for me to go The S60’s ride with this lowered suspension is soft but it is not soft to the extent whereby it feels bumpy or floaty As a matter of fact it’s comfortable enough to soak up bumps and ruts with ease The steering is very well-weighted Although, it lacks the sort of feedback that you’d like In that sense, really I have very little to complain about the S60 But if I had to complain about something it’s probably the fact that it doesn’t come with ventilated seats And that’s really important to me at least Especially when Singapore’s weather is that temperamental Ah well So here’s the big question Is this Volvo S60 the most dynamic car the brand has ever produced? I can’t conclusively prove the claim But I gotta tell you it sure does feel like it It handles very tidily It’s very assuring The chasis is very taut and composed around corners And it just drives really, really well As a matter of fact, on the move the S60 is never lifeless So here’s another big question Will Buy Won’t Buy or Go Try For me it’s a “Go Try” Why? Because the S60 here isn’t as dynamically sound as the BMW 3 series It’s not as posh as the Audi A4 And It doesn’t have the luxurious badge like how the Mercedes C-class has It’s sort of right smack in between The T4 R Design variant that we have today strikes a perfect balance between luxury and comfort, driving performance So what do you look for in a car? What are your preferences? Do you prioritise sporty driving over comfort? Or the other way round? For me I prefer my car sporty Don’t forget to like comment and subscribe to our channel And also hit the bell button up there so that you will be notified whenever we upload a new car review video Also Tell us in the comment box whether or not you will buy won’t buy or go try the all-new Volvo S60 T4 R Design Till next time

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Nice and great video as always! But we need James as I feel that his "role" in the review is that of non-technical consumers (aka non-drivers/basic drivers/front passenger's view), while Julian is more on feels (feedback/driving experience which is of utmost importance to me) and a little more technical (which I also enjoy) to strike a balance in the video.

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