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Old 05-28-2019, 02:23 PM
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Acura TLX vs Volvo S60

Hey TLX crew! So I received a Volvo S60 as a rental car last week, and wanted to share my thoughts & feelings on the Volvo S60 vs my Acura TLX (as well as experience with my other sports saloons).

My car: 2019 TLX Base
Rental Car: 2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design (supercharged & turbocharged)

General thoughts, feelings & feedback (in no particular order):
  1. The S60's interior quality was similar to my TLX. Other than the super cool tesla-like infotainment and driving mode selector, the s60's interior was on part with the TLX
  2. The Volvo AWD and TLX P-AWS honestly felt the same. Maybe a bit more initial grip from the S60, but the cornering was similar
  3. The Volvo was FAST. Coming from an f30 bimmer (and previous A4), all of which had similar power/0-60 times etc., the Volvo did it better - maybe hit the same speeds @ the same times as my bimmer, but the drama and fun in the s60 was hands down better. Obviously smoked my TLX
  4. S60 panoramic sunroof was awesome. TLX take note.
  5. Backseats had the same amount of room
  6. TLX felt bigger, bulkier. S60 felt more cramped from drivers seat
  7. S60 drove great, enough to warrant test driving both IMHO
  8. S60 trunk was smaller
  9. The S60 (even in the upper trim I had) was nowhere close to the S90 that I rented last year
  10. They definitely compete head 2 head
  11. Would not want to own the S60 out of warranty
  12. I was impressed by the Volvo
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I like the comparison, thanks for sharing.
what did you think of wind noise, and what about highway fuel consumption?

My parents had a 1998 S70 T5 back in the day, I really liked that car, very comfortable seats.
I test drove a v70 in 2009 or so and that car had the most comfortable car seats I’ve ever sat in.
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You have a 4, banger TLX. Of course those cars will smoke it.
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Seems like even the top-dog TLX would get smoked, and that's not even factoring in the T8 AWD R-Design or Polestar 2...

S60 T6 AWD R-Design
HP: 316 @ 5700
Torque: 295 @ 2200

TLX v6 SH-AWD A-Spec
HP: 290 @ 6200
Torque: 267 @ 4500
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I would get the S60 just for the looks alone. It got a traditional German rear wheel drive proportion despite being a FWD car. The dash to axle ratio is near perfect, Acura should really take some notes.
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Volvo make great looking vehicles. Only problem is that they're priced like the Germans, at least in Canada they are, and if I'm spending that much, I rather have a BMW or Audi. I'm seeing a lot more Volvos on the road these days, and they must be selling enough that they're opening a second dealer in my city.
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Originally Posted by ZipSpeed View Post
Volvo make great looking vehicles. Only problem is that they're priced like the Germans, at least in Canada they are, and if I'm spending that much, I rather have a BMW or Audi. I'm seeing a lot more Volvos on the road these days, and they must be selling enough that they're opening a second dealer in my city.
Agreed! It's a beautiful sedan, but the R-Design starts at $42K USD for a 4-cylinder FWD vehicle before adding desirable options. It'll be interesting to see how they are priced coming off lease returns in a few years.

Last edited by TLXinTX; 06-03-2019 at 09:49 AM. Reason: Corrected MSRP for the FWD version
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