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The Swedish Meatball of Cars

By Jenny White

Staff Writer

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When I call the 2014 Volvo S60 a meatball – I do so as an endearment.

I love the Volvo S60 sedan.

It’s a solid, meaty, strong car, all rounded out to appeal to moms who want a safe and secure vehicle to transport their precious cargo.

And, it’s made, for the most part, in Sweden.

(Actually it’s pretty much made in a Belgium factory, but the parts still come from Sweden.)

For 2014, the Volvo S60 gets a slight makeover that gives it a leaner exterior look. Inside, there are some new instruments, new seats, added metallic accents, an upgraded tire pressure monitor and white, rather than green, button illumination.

Volvo also revised some option packages and quickened transmission shift speeds for the Sport mode on T6 models.

The S60 comes in three trim levels: T5, T6 and T6 R-Design. I test drove the T6 and it was laden with many safety, technology and luxury features like keyless ignition/entry, bright window trim, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, a configurable instrument display and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

As nice as the interior of the S60 is, it drives as good as it looks. Under the hood you’ll find the T6 has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard, as is all-wheel drive.

The S60 is a comfortable, sophisticated and well-behaved luxury sedan with ample power, despite its hefty curb weight.

It’s sure-footed on highways and curvy roads, with nicely weighted steering that feels substantial and precise.

Mileage was awesome at 28 mpg for a week of mixed miles.

Complaints were few: The cruise control was a little finicky.

The S60 is a substantial car with a substantial price tag. My test vehicle was $47,925 as tested.