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Been lurking on this forum for a few weeks and decided to post some thoughts after getting my 2015 passion red S60 R design over the weekend.

First of all, so far I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The car performs better than I was expecting, and in the real world is just plain fast. Acceleration is sneaky in that the power is delivered so smoothly you aren't thrown back in your seat, but if you look at the (very nice digital) speedometer, you are at 80+mph before you know it. The design of the car, exterior and interior, is very fashionable and very Swedish. I expect it to look modern for many years to come. Speaking of design, I wish I had seats this comfortable in my house! All the hype is well deserved. The xenon headlamps are the best of any car I've ever driven, and the active turning works as promised. The extra side lighting when making sharp turns at low speeds is a nice touch. The navigation system is, unfortunately, crap. It's annoying when it asks to change its route every 5 minutes, and the route recommendations are nonsense. I don't understand why, in 2015, volvo can't get this part right. The premium sound system (car has platinum package) is quite good and so far syncing with my iphone has been seamless. I play pandora and music from my ipod without issues. Drove in the snow yesterday and the AWD worked very well. When I pushed a few turns too hard and slipped, the traction control kicked in to keep me from sliding too much. The cabin is a very nice place to be in, though big blindspots are prevalent. BLIS fixes this.

Overall this little volvo has made me re-think the brand and I just wish more people were aware of how their cars are today. On the other hand, I love the 'sleeper' aspect.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I can post some photos when the remaining snow melts off my car.
 

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Hi all,

Been lurking on this forum for a few weeks and decided to post some thoughts after getting my 2015 passion red S60 R design over the weekend.

First of all, so far I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The car performs better than I was expecting, and in the real world is just plain fast. Acceleration is sneaky in that the power is delivered so smoothly you aren't thrown back in your seat, but if you look at the (very nice digital) speedometer, you are at 80+mph before you know it. The design of the car, exterior and interior, is very fashionable and very Swedish. I expect it to look modern for many years to come. Speaking of design, I wish I had seats this comfortable in my house! All the hype is well deserved. The xenon headlamps are the best of any car I've ever driven, and the active turning works as promised. The extra side lighting when making sharp turns at low speeds is a nice touch. The navigation system is, unfortunately, crap. It's annoying when it asks to change its route every 5 minutes, and the route recommendations are nonsense. I don't understand why, in 2015, volvo can't get this part right. The premium sound system (car has platinum package) is quite good and so far syncing with my iphone has been seamless. I play pandora and music from my ipod without issues. Drove in the snow yesterday and the AWD worked very well. When I pushed a few turns too hard and slipped, the traction control kicked in to keep me from sliding too much. The cabin is a very nice place to be in, though big blindspots are prevalent. BLIS fixes this.

Overall this little volvo has made me re-think the brand and I just wish more people were aware of how their cars are today. On the other hand, I love the 'sleeper' aspect.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I can post some photos when the remaining snow melts off my car.
Yes, the "sleeper" factor is a lot of fun. I can't tell you how many times I've humbled owners of German cars. Having my K-Pax exhaust installed this week, so at about 340/hp it will only get better.

Congrats and enjoy your car!
 

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Yes, the "sleeper" factor is a lot of fun. I can't tell you how many times I've humbled owners of German cars. Having my K-Pax exhaust installed this week, so at about 340/hp it will only get better.

Congrats and enjoy your car!
Thanks John! I am definitely enjoying it! Speaking of mods, I still have to get the windows tinted, and a permanent install for my escort 9500ix... maybe a sub in the trunk. Also I was shocked when the dealer told me they filled it up with 87 gas, when it says premium recommended right on the car! So i should get a few more hp when i refill it with premium.
 

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Thanks John! I am definitely enjoying it! Speaking of mods, I still have to get the windows tinted, and a permanent install for my escort 9500ix... maybe a sub in the trunk. Also I was shocked when the dealer told me they filled it up with 87 gas, when it says premium recommended right on the car! So i should get a few more hp when i refill it with premium.
Hey, how is the Escort 9500ix working out for you, do you like it?
 

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Thanks John! I am definitely enjoying it! Speaking of mods, I still have to get the windows tinted, and a permanent install for my escort 9500ix... maybe a sub in the trunk. Also I was shocked when the dealer told me they filled it up with 87 gas, when it says premium recommended right on the car! So i should get a few more hp when i refill it with premium.
Congrats. It's a great car. I have the T5 but would love to have an RD down the road.

PLEASE EVERYONE: do not go off on the 87 vs 93 octane debate in this thread. This topic has been beaten to death in another thread that you can go back to if you feel the strong urge to comment.

Can't wait for spring to get those snow tires off and start enjoying the car more :)
 

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Congrats on you new RD! Yes, use up that 87 octane (will give you a chance to break it in) and then put premium gas in, move the gear shift over to sport and hit the accelerator. You should get a bit more thrown back. ;) Don't forget to post pics for us! Enjoy!
 

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Hey, how is the Escort 9500ix working out for you, do you like it?
Hiya the Escort 9500ix is also a recent purchase, but I've been driving about 3 weeks with it. It's great to have if you like to drive more, ahem, spirited than the average person. The GPS feature is nice as it learns to lock out false alarms. Aside from updating the speedtrap database from your pc, its pretty much good to go right out of the box. I have it set up in highway mode (better range) and showing the vehicles speed. One thing is that the factory mount is pretty bad. I recommend upgrading to the sticky mount when you buy it. As for performance, I just haven't passed enough police officers using their radars to comment. Its actually comforting when it DOESNT go off and i DO see a police officer, because I know hes not checking speed. I also get very few false alarms. Its a good device, and you can tell its well made. Hope that helps.
 

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Hiya the Escort 9500ix is also a recent purchase, but I've been driving about 3 weeks with it. It's great to have if you like to drive more, ahem, spirited than the average person. The GPS feature is nice as it learns to lock out false alarms. Aside from updating the speedtrap database from your pc, its pretty much good to go right out of the box. I have it set up in highway mode (better range) and showing the vehicles speed. One thing is that the factory mount is pretty bad. I recommend upgrading to the sticky mount when you buy it. As for performance, I just haven't passed enough police officers using their radars to comment. Its actually comforting when it DOESNT go off and i DO see a police officer, because I know hes not checking speed. I also get very few false alarms. Its a good device, and you can tell its well made. Hope that helps.
Thanks, I appreciate it. Yes, I do enjoy driving more spirited than the average person, especially when given the opportunity to give some German car a Swedish smack down ;-)
 

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I have a new 2015 S60RD too. Love it and share all of your sentiments including the crappy Denso nav system. I had a 2012 and a 2013 Subaru Outback which also uses the Denso system. It does work but the user interface is incomprehensible.
 

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Welcome to swedespeed and congratulations on the new RD! Post some pics when you get a chance or you bought a Camry (don't ask)!

Agree on all of your points - biggest surprise to me on this car was the headlights, like night and day from my previous car.
 

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Welcome to swedespeed and congratulations on the new RD! Post some pics when you get a chance or you bought a Camry (don't ask)!

Agree on all of your points - biggest surprise to me on this car was the headlights, like night and day from my previous car.
ahahha i'll post pics as soon as I can! It's your classic passion red r design with ixion 5-spoke 19 inch wheels.
 

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Welcome...hope you really enjoy the ride for many miles and years.

Agree with all your observations, good and bad. That AWD really slings us down the road with exceptional controlled power, so deceiving. And I'd add "pathetic" in describing the nav...as compared to any smart phone or dollar nav on the market. It says "oh no, don't make me find a suburban house...here's a picture...in a straight line, find it yourself." Geez, thanks.

Just remember, your hands are wrapped around one of the last dying breeds of power plants snuffed out in future years. Perfect timing!

And a disclaimer...some on this forum can be very pointed about aspects, performance, looks, odd claims, opinions, etc. Being flamed is a right of passage! Guilty here. Never take it personal, just car folks having fun. Enjoy the banter.

Welcome aboard!
 

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Congrats on the R-Design! Just crossed over 6500 miles with mine and love it! I also can't wait to get the snow tires off!
 

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Enjoy your new ride...nice to drive a car you don't see coming and going, isn't it...

Don't forget to check your mirrors--radar detectors do you no good when LEO paces you...
 

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What brand and tire came on your 19" wheels, Summer ore all season?
The car came with pirelli cinturato P7 All Season tires. They performed decently in the snowstorm we had on Sunday in the northeast, but next winter I will be putting dedicated winters on since my area can get pretty hilly.

As for the Radar Detector, I see it as more of a backup plan rather than a guarantee. I agree, nothing beats awareness of your surroundings.

Also, Thank You all for the warm welcome to this great forum, and the congratulations on my car. I understand that good natured jocular ribbing is a part of being with a good group of people! Bring it on! :D
 

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Just remember, your hands are wrapped around one of the last dying breeds of power plants snuffed out in future years. Perfect timing!
Welcome aboard!
It's sad the powerplant is being phased out but I did get one of the last! How cool is that? :cool:
 

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Welcome...hope you really enjoy the ride for many miles and years.

Agree with all your observations, good and bad. That AWD really slings us down the road with exceptional controlled power, so deceiving. And I'd add "pathetic" in describing the nav...as compared to any smart phone or dollar nav on the market. It says "oh no, don't make me find a suburban house...here's a picture...in a straight line, find it yourself." Geez, thanks.

Just remember, your hands are wrapped around one of the last dying breeds of power plants snuffed out in future years. Perfect timing!

And a disclaimer...some on this forum can be very pointed about aspects, performance, looks, odd claims, opinions, etc. Being flamed is a right of passage! Guilty here. Never take it personal, just car folks having fun. Enjoy the banter.

Welcome aboard!
Well said Man!
 
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