The awards keep coming for Volvo Car’s Drive-E platform. The T5 was named a top 10 Best Engine by Wards in 2015 and now Volvo Cars’ T6 Drive-E engine has been named one of Wards 10 Best Engines for 2016.
Editors on the panel of judges called it the new benchmark for high-output 4-cyl engines and praised it for delivering the “refined output, power and composure of a high-feature 6-cylinder engine”. This is the second time Volvo has won the recognition from WardsAuto for its efficient, performance delivering, Drive-E engine family.
Supercharged & turbocharged
“Achieving an effective level of balance across comfort, efficiency and power has been the ultimate goal for our creation of the Drive-E engine family across our global model range,” said Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group. “The T6 Drive-E uses of both supercharging and turbocharging, delivering a lively, compelling result. We are honoured to once again receive recognition for our engines from WardsAuto as we continue to pioneer new, effective technologies for our vehicles and customers.”
WardsAuto editors selected the winning engines from 31 nominees following a long appraisal process based on every day driving. Editors score each engine based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, fuel economy and the application of new technology.
The winning T6 Drive-E engine can be found in the XC90 SUV and recently announced S90 luxury sedan. The T6 engine also functions as the internal combustion base for the class-leading T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.