Home » Exhaust Fumes, Freelance Writing

Driving It This Week – 2015 Volvo V60 T5 (plus bonus unicorn)

December 15, 2014 – 5:23 pm

2015 Volvo V60 T5

This week I am driving the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 with the automaker’s new Drive E drivetrain.  It’s a far cry from the sturm und drang of the S60 Polestar sedan I piloted earlier this month, but I like the wagon styling and practicality.  I know it’s still too early to pass judgment, but I’m already missing the explosive all-wheel drive power and grip of the Polestar, along with its much better brakes.  I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about the V60 – and its somewhat dated interior – by the end of my time with it without the Polestar’s torque to help paper over the vehicle’s weaker points.


I also saw this unicorn of a car today when I was at the Audi dealership dropping off the S3 – a Volkswagen Phaeton, one of the brand’s biggest marketing failures in North America.  Everyone on this side of the Atlantic decided that if they were going to pay big money for a luxury sedan it was going to have an Audi badge, not a VW logo, on the trunk.


It’s too bad, really because it was a good car at the wrong price point (the sedan’s platform would later underpin Bentley offerings).  In some ways, it’s the perfect example of VW’s hybrid during the mid-2000’s.  Phaetons found some success in Europe and there’s rumors that the car could come back to our shores one day.  I’ve only ever seen two in Montreal.


Tags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also Comments Feed via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.