Volvo S60 vs Volkswagen Passat

Volvo S60
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 182.2 (4628)
Width: 82.6 (2097)
Height: 58.4 (1484)

Volkswagen Passat
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 187.8 (4769)
Width: 81.2 (2062)
Height: 57.9 (1470)

Compare Volvo S60 vs Volkswagen Passat (1:1)

The 2012 Volvo S60 is a well-balanced and stylish luxury sedan. It's a solid alternative to otherwise ubiquitous German luxury sedans. Volvo S60 Sedan offers the following pros: Comprehensive and efficient engines; well-balanced ride and handling; strong brakes, smart all-wheel-drive system; convenient front seats; abundant security features. Volvo S60 Sedan drawbacks are: Cramped backseat; some dated controls.

The 2012 Volvo S60 is a midsize luxury sedan available in two versions -- T5 and T6 -- that correspond to motor type. The T5 comes traditional with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic conditioning, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory functions and adjustable lumbar, power-folding back headrests, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping helm, T-tec cloth upholstery, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, radio, an optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The T6 adds a more comprehensive motor and traditional all-wheel drive, plus 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, various steering tuning (includes selectable settings), leather upholstery and the auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Luxury suite adds bi-xenon headlights, a sunroof, an eight-way performance passenger bench and, for the T5, the leather upholstery and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Climate suite adds heated front seatings, heated windshield washers, automatic wipers and headlight washers. The Multimedia suite adds a rearview camera, a navigator with real-time traffic and a 12-speaker luxury surround-sound stereo system. The Technology suite adds adaptive cruise control, driver-attention warning, lane-departure warning and a collision warning system with auto braking and pedestrian detection. Stand-alone features include a blind-spot warning system, front and back parking sensors and keyless ignition/entry.

Available on the T5 is the Dynamic suite, which adds 18-inch wheels and the T6's sport-tuned suspension and selectable steering options. Available on the T6 is an adaptive suspension named Four-c that contains three driver-selectable options, as well as chassis tuning from the T5 Touring and (at no cost) 17-inch wheels.
Developed and engineered in Germany but made in America for Americans, the refactored 2012 Volkswagen Passat deserves serious consideration from midsize family sedan shoppers. Volkswagen Passat Diesel offers the following pros: Spacious backseat; available economical turbodiesel engine; many upscale features come standard; luxury cab. Volkswagen Passat Diesel drawbacks are: Ho-hum performance with 2. 5-liter engine; below-average braking distances; offset pedals.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan is provided in three broad models broken down by motor (2. 5L, TDI and 3. 6L), which are further subdivided into a trio of various versions (S, SE and SEL).

The lineup starts with the "s" base model (2. 5L only), which comes traditional with 16-inch metal wheels, keyless entry, full performance accessories, automatic dual-zone conditioning, Bluetooth, an eight-way manual driver bench, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, helm stereo controls, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and an optional stereo input. An available Look suite adds a six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear-seat center armrest.

Move up to the SE trim level and you get 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome look trim, a six-way performance driver bench, heated front seatings, leatherette luxury vinyl upholstery, a sliding front armrest and a touchscreen stereo interface. Features on SE models include a sunroof and a navigator, while TDI SE consumers can add 18-inch alloy wheels and foglights as well. The 3. 6L SE comes traditional with these features, except the navigator, which remains auxillary. A nine-speaker Fender stereo system is also included.

The 2. 5L SEL adds updated front seatings, the Fender audio system and an updated navigator. The SEL Luxury suite adds keyless ignition/entry, remote ignition, foglights, a performance passenger bench, driver memory functions and leather/faux suede upholstery. Both the TDI and 3. 6L can also be had in SEL guise, but the Luxury suite is mandatory.