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The S60 offers fairly agile handling but a stiff ride. A smooth and refined turbo four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic are new, and they bring respectable performance and fuel economy. Front- and all-wheel drive are available. The interior is quiet and well-finished, with very comfortable front seats. But some controls are unintuitive, the rear seat is tight, and the trunk is small. Safety features include City Safety, which can automatically brake the car to prevent a collision, as well as an optional pedestrian-avoidance system. The AWD Cross Country sedan has raised ground clearance. The Inscription model adds almost 3 inches of rear legroom. Reliability has been average.

Road Test

Solid, practical, quiet, and unassuming, the Volvo S60 brings to mind the qualities you might want in a good neighbor. Capable and comfortable, if not exciting, it is an upstanding citizen of compact European sport sedans, with a lower price but less...

Highs

  • Standard City Safety low-speed collision-avoidance system
  • Impressive crash-test results

Lows

  • Stiff ride
  • Restricted rear visibility

Best Version to Get

Base models are well equipped, with standard equipment including dual power front seats and Bluetooth. The catch is that most buyers will want leather, and you have to spend $2,500 more for the Premier trim to get it. Add the optional $860 backup camera, and you might as well step up to the...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (302 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (362 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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