I purchased a new 2016 Volvo S60 T5 AWD almost a year ago. I originally test drove a 2013 AWD back to back with a 2016 FWD. As many of you know, the AWD driving experience is much more rewarding. Stability, agility, take-off are all improved. After driving the AWD, I decided that was the car for me, and went ahead with a new purchase.
I was first exposed to the 2.5L T5 in a 2009 C30, and the S60 appears to retain all the motor's virtues while improving on its smoothness, power, and reduction in turbo lag. The transmission has many of the kinks worked out, and while it's not perfect, it's very enjoyable in regular driving. I like that the car has a real oil dipstick, and that all the fluids are easily accessed for assessment.
The best part of the car is the driving experience. The Touring chassis with the lighter T5 makes for a great daily driver. I also enjoy taking the car on the twisty roads. The car is extremely stable even in the snow. With proper tires, the car is exceedingly difficult to break loose. It gives you a great sense of confidence on the road. My car came with the Michelin Primacy MXM4, and I've used Pirelli Sottozero 3 for winter.
This car has a level of practicality to it that makes it a good compromise between sporting car and sedan. It is lively to drive, but has room for 5 passengers and a sufficiently sized trunk. It is comfortable to ride in. There are small changes too, that reduce issues - lots of initial criticisms of the S60 have been addressed as time has gone on.
As far as issues go, the in-car internet connection has stopped working, and I'm working with the dealer in attempting to repair it. But that's a *very* small annoyance as far as things go, and so far it's the only one. So far, there are no rattles or squeaks. The car appears to have very good build quality. The sunroof trim did come down once, but it was easily fixed by putting it back up, and it hasn't come down again.
Sensus isn't the greatest but it's far from the worst. I particularly dislike the long time it takes switching between the camera and the rest of the interface when the car starts to move forward, or the startup time when the car is turned on. But for the most part the interface makes sense, and lag is not bad once the interface comes up.
Cross-referencing a number of other vehicles, I believe the S60 T5 AWD sits in a sweet spot of engineering compromises - fun to drive, more than enough power, safety, comfort, and value. Particularly when the safety component is looked at, I think this is a very under-rated car as things go. It feels like a step up in every single way from the C30 I had, and is simply more fun to drive than my old S80 V8. I think this car is great, and maybe a little under appreciated by the purchasing public. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.