When I first started selling Volvos in 2008, my favorite model was the “Classic” S60. There was something about the curvy sides, wonderful seats, and zippy turbo that drew me in. But that all changed when the 2011 Volvo S60 was introduced in 2010. The new design was much different and took a while to click with me. Well, today the much awaited 2014 models arrived. In other words, let the controversy begin. If you are wondering what each looks like, stop by the dealership. We now have the refreshed versions of the 2014 Volvo S60, XC60, XC70, and XC90.
Sit a 2013 model next to a 2014 model and you will not notice much different in the basic shape of the vehicle inside and out. However, there are some significant changes to the hood, grill, lights, and instrument cluster. Several of us took a look at an Ember Black S60 and had differing thoughts about the changes. For instance, the sweeping lines in the hood are a bit controversial. Instead of following the lines of the vehicle, the lines start at the grill and suddenly sweep out to the sides of the hood. It’s not quite what you expect. The grill is wider and is no longer surrounded by chrome. Otherwise, the exterior is very similar to the previous version.
The biggest (and best) change is on the inside. Instead of mechanical gauges, the 2014 Volvo S60 has gauges made of Thin Film Transistor (TFT) crystal display. Basically, it looks like a laptop computer screen. That gives you the ability to change the color, contrast, and type of look. During my inital test, I found three settings: Elegant, Eco, and Performance. Personally, I prefer the elegant look. But I can see the advantage to having the tachometer and speedometer appear in Performance mode. This will especially appeal to the gadget geek in each of us.
What do you think? I’m sure that there will be a variety of opinions expressed over the next few months. But the new Volvo S60 has definitely become a car that competes with any other European brand. But don’t take my word for it. Visit us at Volvo of Willoughby and see for yourself.