Volvo S60 tyres
The S60 has long been considered one of the very best cars Volvo has ever made. It needs to be, though, sitting squarely against the heavyweight competition of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. When it was launched in 2000, it was remarkable for being distinctly un-boxy in style, unlike the Volvo of old.
The S60 might not be better-looking or more fun to drive than its German opposition but it’s a perfect car for long journeys and high mileages. Low noise and well-designed seats make it a comfortable car for the motorway and it is very composed on all road surfaces. Additionally, Volvo’s latest generation of diesel engines offer supreme economy. This all adds up to make the S60 a very good company car.
Equally, the car features the legendary Volvo safety specifications. For example, the City Safety System is fitted as standard to all new models. This has a camera hidden in the rear-view mirror casing and will alert the driver if it detects a pedestrian in the road ahead. As the driver, you are alerted to this; and if you don’t stop then the car will stop itself. This technology may be a little Big Brother, but it will save lives and would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
The S60 is a big car and thus many models are supplied from Volvo’s factories in Belgium and Sweden with extra load tyres which have a reinforced sidewall. You can usually identify these on your car by their ‘XL’ or ‘RF’ marking at the end of the tyre’s size code. The strength of these tyres has a knock-on effect meaning a compromise on performance. Then again, the S60 is a car bought for the complete package rather than solely for its straight-line speed or cornering ability. If these tyres are fitted to your car then of course a worn or damaged one should be replaced by a tyre with a similar load rating. A standard tyre will cost less but will compromise the car’s performance, handling and safety.
Bridgestone’s Potenza tyre, with a 96 or XL load rating, is commonly factory-fitted to the S60. This range is etyres’ best-selling line for these cars. Customer reviews suggest that they are very grippy and last well, making them a safe option for S60 owners. That durability will be important to the many drivers who have an S60 as a company car. It is also a feature of Continental’s SportContact tyres, another original equipment range. These have an emphasis on both grip and economy and are recommended if your S60 has the larger 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels which demand lower profile tyres.
Dunlop’s Sport BluResponse range is worth considering for the S60. These tyres were designed with the EU tyre label regulations in mind and boast excellent ratings for both wet grip and fuel economy. The same company’s SportMaxx tyres have proved very popular for older S60 models, too, as have various Pirelli and Nexen ranges.