2019 Volvo S60

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2019 Volvo S60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

For decades Volvo is committed to safety and sustainability even before it became mandatory. The S 60 is a perfect example that simple no longer has to mean unexciting. It takes design cues from the bigger S 90, giving it a sleek and satisfying exterior. Keeping with brand's reputation for safety, it comes with suite of advanced safety tech.

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Pros

Comfortable ride

Sporty handling

Well equipped with safety features

Rear legroom

Exterior Design

Cons

Low fuel economy is Polestar variant

Infotainment system

What's New?

Semi-automated Pilot Assist

21 miles of EV range

High performance in S60 T8 Plug-in hybrid


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Scalable Product Architecture

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11.9

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

187.4 in.

width

80.3 in.

height

56.6 in.

curb weight

3657 lbs.

ground clearance

5.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

890 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/36 mpg

highway range

522 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50,000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Volvo S60 in Birch Light Metallic color  2019 Volvo S60 in Black Stone color  2019 Volvo S60 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color  2019 Volvo S60 in Denim Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo S60 in Fusion Red Metallic color  2019 Volvo S60 in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2019 Volvo S60 in Pebble Grey Metallic color
Birch Light Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

8.4

Interior

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$35,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,800 MSRP (24/28/36) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic

 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$40,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $40,300 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic

 2019 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$41,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,900 MSRP (24/28/36) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic
  Birch Light Metallic

 2019 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$42,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,900 MSRP (24/28/36) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic

 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$46,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $46,400 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic
  Birch Light Metallic

 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$47,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $47,400 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Osmium Grey Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
  Pebble Grey Metallic

Top Volvo Cars

2019 Volvo S90 plug-in hybrid Sedan
N/A

Engine: 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 29 combined

2019 Volvo XC90
8.4/10

Engine: 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 24 combined

2019 Volvo XC40
7.9/10

Engine: 187 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 27 combined

2019 Volvo XC60
8.1/10

Engine: 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 24 combined

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV
7.6/10

Engine: 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 26 combined

2019 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan
N/A

Engine: 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 31 combined

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV
7.2/10

Engine: 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 27 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 11, 2019

8.2

Overall Rating


The S 60 is offered in variety of engine options ranging from 250 hp T5 powertrain to 400 hp T8 polestar variant . All of the powertrains are mated to an eight speed automatic transmission. The interior is crafted from top notch material with long list of tech and features.


 

8.4/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volvo S60 Features

The S 60 is available in four trim levels which can be coupled with numerous engine options. They are known by the name Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and an exclusive Polestar engineered model which will be produced in a limited number of 20 units. The T5 engine produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft pounds using a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Turbocharged and supercharged T6 produces 316 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. T8 produces a total output of 400 hp and 495 lb-ft in conjunction with an electric motor using the same inline 4. T5 is available in

Trims Momentum Inscription R-Design
MSRP(RWD) $ 38,195 $ 40,195 N/A
MSRP(AWD) $ 40 ,195 $ 42, 195 $ 60,000
Key Features 2.0L I-4 Engine 302 @ 5,700 rpm Horsepower 362 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
  Geartronic 8-spd w/OD Transmission instant Traction(TM) all-wheel Drive type 347 @ 3,100 rpm Torque
  240 hp @ 5,600 rpm 19" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels 20" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
  258 @ 1,500 rpm Torque Windshield wipers - rain sensing Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated fro
  Front-wheel Drive type Driver and passenger Lumbar support Simulated suede/leather Seat
  ABS and driveline Traction control Navigation system Parking assist
  1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof    
  18" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels    
  Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic    
  SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio    
  1st row LCD monitor    
  Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry    
  Rear Fog/driving lights    
  Heated mirrors    
  Leather Seat trim    
  Driver Lumbar support    

 

 

2019 Volvo S60 Engine

8.4/10

"It's the hottest S60 on offer and throws most of the sedan's Swedish sensibility out the window" - Motor1.com

Engine and Transmission

The S 60 is offered in numerous engine options which are known by the name T5, T6, and T8. The base 2.0 liter inline four in T5 cranks out 250 hp which is sent to the front wheels via an 8 –speed automatic transmission. A same supercharged and turbocharged engine is added to the T6 which doles out 316 hp transferred to an all-wheel-drive setup. Top of the line T8 plug-in hybrid uses an electric motor in conjunction with the gas engine for a combined output of 400 hp.

All of the Swedish sauce uses an eight-speed automatic transmission which shifts seamlessly in every situation. The manual mode also shifts gears automatically with respect to the velocity. The transmission is very capable on its own still you can play with the paddle shifters for some fun.

Models

 Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$40,195

$38,195

$40,660

$43,400

$34,900

$46,235

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L I-4 Turbocharged

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

250 hp @ 5600 rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

241 hp @ 5,800 rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

252 hp @ 6,200 rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000-4800 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,400-4,000 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

Acceleration

The Volvo S60 is a real sleeper in terms of performance. The base inline four-cylinder produces a massive surge of acceleration. It does 0 to 60 in just 5.0 and reaches to quarter-mile mark in 14.3 seconds which is very impressive.

Models

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

 5.0 sec

5.5 sec

 6.9 sec

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

 14 .3 sec

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

 15 sec*

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

14.6 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

 2.0 liters

2.0 Liters

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 TBD

NA

 NA

TBD

-

6.3*

Ride and Handling

"We are not aiming for the sportiest nor the most comfortable driving experience. Our focus is on creating a feeling of complete confidence behind the wheel with engaging and predictable handling, and a smooth ride.” VC-R&D Volvo Cars

The S60 offers three drive modes, so you can adjust the power output according to your state of mind. The three default settings for the engine, automatic gearbox, handling, and brakes can be optimized for best driving experience and fuel economy. You can likewise make your own blend with the Individual mode. In plug-in hybrid models, the AWD variant increases the acceleration time by a second.

Steering of the Volvo S 60 is heavy and transfers very little feedback from the road regardless of the drive mode. The rubbers provide superb grip around corners when you are pushing it hard but it will not be a pleasant affair for the driver while it does such. Double wishbone in the front and Macpherson strut in the rear are well in soaking up bumps from the streets. The Four-C dynamic chassis is an electronically controlled framework that gives you much more noteworthy control.

Braking

Equipped with 13.2 in the front and 13.2 brembo’s in the rear, pedal travel is small and they feel soft. The brakes do not inspire much confidence during a panic stop and the performance trails behind the rivals.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

 13.2

13

13.1

13

13.8

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12. 9

12.5

12.2

11.8

-

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

7303

3521

3583

3500*

3516 lbs

3500 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

 127

124

TBD

153ft

-

184 ft*

2019 Volvo S60 Fuel Economy

The S 60 is a class leader when it comes to monthly fuel bills, the hybrid variant can travel up to 21 miles solely on electric power. Returning 26 MPG in the city plus 32 MPG on the highways and a combined average of 29 MPG is better than most of the rivals.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis g70

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

 26

24

22

22

21

24

MPG (highway)

32

33

32

33

28

34

MPG (combined)

29

27

26

26

23

28

2019 Volvo S60 Interior

8.0/10

“This new S60, as with all contemporary Volvos, features a distinct Scandinavian design aesthetic that is as pleasing as it is minimal. The materials quality will likely be above average for the corresponding classes, and the R-Design will feature some racy touches”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The minimalist theme, likewise with contemporary Volvos is consistent in Volvo S 60 all over. It highlights an unmistakable Scandinavian structure that is as satisfying. The flat dash, covered in dark leather with contrast cream colored stitching forms the center cluster. Everything is soft to the touch and the quality of the material is top notch. Ride quality and comfort elements are pleasing.

Volvo's orthopedic-structured seats as the absolute best for any body types. They provide an ample amount of bolstering and knee support for an average size individual. The 9-inch touchscreen shaped like a tablet is your intuitive command center. Rectangular air vents are surrounded by a shiny metal ring like the on ignition and drive mode selector. The other variants boast a combination of aluminum décor panels and unique driftwood treatment.

Models

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Lexus IS 300

Genesis g70

Jaguar XE

Passenger capacity

 5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu.ft)

Head room

38.6

 37.1

38.2

39.7

38.2

G

Shoulder room

57.0

55.3

55.9

56.3

56.1

G

Leg room

41.9

NA

44.8

42.6

42.2

G

Rear (cu.ft)

Head room

37.4

37.1

36.9

36.9

36.1

G

Shoulder room

55.2

55

53.4

54.6

53.2

G

Leg room

36.9

36.1

35.1

34.8

36.2

G

Casting a large shadow, the S60’s wheelbase is nearly an inch longer than most of the rivals, contributing to both high-speed stability and rear legroom. Rivals such as the Mercedes C300 and Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t are more inviting for taller passengers.

Interior Features

  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather seats
  • An eight-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar)
  • Driver memory settings
  • Power-folding rear headrests
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • A 60/40-split folding rear seat

Infotainment System

The S60's small screen (only a 7-inch display is available) and multitude of buttons make the center stack feel outmoded. Following features are also included:

  • 7-inch display screen
  • Volvo's Sensus smartphone app integration
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Voice commands
  • An eight-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • An auxiliary audio jack
  • A USB audio interface
  • HD Radio

Cargo volume

The cargo capacity of the S 60 is a bit small as compared to the rivals, the standard-wheelbase variants are limited when it comes to the legroom but the Inscription model with the extended-wheelbase accounts for large load carrying capacity. A low lift-over height makes it easy to access the space.

Model

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Infiniti Q50

Genesis g70

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

13.2

12.6

13.2

10.5

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t offers the highest cargo space in this segment, measuring 13.2 cubic feet and hence overpowers other cars in this class.

2019 Volvo S60 Exterior

“Outside, the family resemblance to the larger Volvos is clear, although the S60's proportions and lower-slung stance give it a bit more attitude”- Caranddriver

Dimensions and Height

Depicting a baby S90, the smooth lines of S 60 is an eye candy not like the busy exterior of German rivals. It is elegantly styled than most of the competitors plus tech savvy and sensible. The S60 carries out the design language of Volvo exceptionally and puts the Swedish at the top of its class when it comes to looks.

The sharp front grille gladly wears the front emblem of Volvo and the long hood with muscular shoulder commands presence on the highways. Scandinavian detail, an aggressive front diffuser with sculpted sides seems purposeful. Full LED headlights which are shaped like Thor’s hammer or a half Nordic cross, creates a sharp look, day or night.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Base

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis g70

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3703

3521

3,583

3500*

3516

3500

Length(in)

185.6

182.6

184.3

184.5

184.4

183.9

Width(in)

77.0

73.7

71.3

71.3

72.8

77.4

Height(in)

58.3

56.5

56.3*

56.3

55.1

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

NA

5.3

3.8

5.1

-

Wheelbase (in)

112.4

111

110.2

110

111.6

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

 61.2/62.1

61.3/63.9

60.8/61.6

3500*

60.8/61.6

NA

In size, the S60’s wheelbase is nearly an inch longer than the c 300 4matic and two inches longer than the many other rivals, contributing to both high-speed stability and rear legroom

Exterior Features

The S60 looks sportier than the formal looking S 90 with the following features:

  • 18-inch wheels, a sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
  • LED running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rearview camera

2019 Volvo S60 Safety

  • Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Traction Control

 

2019 Volvo S60 Competition

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t Pure

Both the cars are powered by the same 2.0L engine but still, Infiniti Q50 has lower power output (208 horsepower) than its opponent. Despite this, it manages to produce an equal amount of torque and is the quickest car of the segment by taking just 5.7 seconds to sway up from zero to 60 mph whereas its opponent takes 6.5 seconds to do so. Unlike its rival, Infiniti Q50 loses momentum before reaching a quarter mile and hence becomes the greatest time consumer of the segment.

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t has the best braking performance whereas its opponent is equally poor at it and secures the last position in comparison. The Volvo S60 Inscription is really a fuel economic car and sips the least fuel among all. Both the cars have quite competitive equally competitive outer dimensions but Infiniti Q50 has more comfort for passengers in a front row whereas its opponent focuses more on the comfort of rear seating passengers. Cargo space offered as in Volvo S60 is the least in the segment, whereas its rival offers best-in-class cargo space. Thus, on the comparison, we find that Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t is the better car among these two.

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Like the S60, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class likewise has numerous variations. The rear-wheel-drive C300 (base trim) offers a standout amongst the most padded rides in the class and still feels formed around corners. The two autos have quality insides with a lot of room, but the C-Class emerges due to its phenomenal dynamic safety features.

Crosswind help keeps the vehicle in line when it identifies solid breezes. The driver drowsiness screen will caution drivers when it recognizes indications of weakness. Mercedes' Pre-Safe framework fixes safety belts on the off chance that it identifies a fast approaching accident. These features and a rearview camera are standard, which isn't the situation with the S60. However, that safety includes some significant pitfalls, as the C-Class has substantially higher anticipated possession costs than the S60. Thus, in the event that you need more safety in your auto, at that point, you should pay a greater amount obviously and in this way Mercedes-Benz C300 is better among these two autos.

2019 Volvo S60 Final Verdict

Volvo’s 2019 S 60 is a pretty handsome car, tech-focused and drives exceptionally well. The R- Design is the perfect package which packs performance and comfort seamlessly. As an entry level luxury sedan, it is an appealing choice. The cabin is serene with comfortable and composed ride. A long list of advanced safety features and history of excellent crash test ratings makes S60 as top pick for commuters.