Volvo has long been one of the safest brands on the road, but in recent years, it has turned some of its attention to more refined styling and better performance. The S60 is a prime example of what happens when Volvo executes its plans to perfection.

Pricing and Equipment

Volvo S60

As a luxury midsize sedan, the S60 is certainly no cheap ride. Its base T5 Drive-E trim level begins from $33,950. At this price point, the S60 comes pretty well equipped with:

  • LED signals and taillights
  • Power exterior mirrors with heat
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • An eight-speaker audio system

To feel even more coddled, opt for one of the the more premium models like the Premier, Inscription, Inscription Premier, or Inscription Platinum. For an added dose of performance, go for the R-Design.

Performance Pros

Many years ago, Volvo was not known for its performance, but in recent years, the brand has developed some of the more potent powertrains in the luxury segment. Particularly impressive is the T6 powertrain, which is a 2-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder that produces more than 300 horsepower.

  • Plenty of engines to choose from, all of which are very potent
  • Optional all-wheel drive makes this an all-weather rig.
  • R-Spec trim's sport-tuned suspension scratched our sport sedan itch.

Performance Cons

While the front-wheel drive S60s utilize advanced four-cylinder engines, the all-wheel-drive models still use the old 2.5-liter T5 and 3-liter T6 powertrains. While both of these engines are very strong at 250 and 325 horsepower, respectively, we find them heavy and dated.

  • Heavier powertrains with all-wheel drive affect performance
  • We feel the R-Spec model can be a tad too rough at times.

Interior Pros

Volvo S60 Interior

The Volvo S60 has plenty of standard features to make us happy, and plenty of options to make it unique. The driver-oriented cabin gives it the feeling of a sports sedan.

  • Massive legroom in long-wheelbase models.
  • There are features galore and the ability to customize with options.
  • You'll find loads of storage space.
  • It's one of the world's safest cabins.

Interior Cons

It is hard for us to pick out any issues with the S60’s cabin, but if we have to be picky, we can say the it is a little small feeling for a midsize sedan. It isn’t claustrophobic by any means, but it feels more cramped than others.

  • Rear legroom is tight in short-wheelbase models.
  • The R-Spec allows a lot of road noise into the cabin.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While the S60 does look lively on paper, we didn't expect it to perform so well. We were wrong. We're impressed by the S60's all-around performance, and particularly by the R-Spec.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the cabin is well-equipped, the rear seat is surprisingly cramped for a midsize car. Pop for the long-wheelbase S60 if you often have passengers in the back.

The Bottom Line

Volvo S60

For buyers who want something other than the typical German luxury sedan, we recommend taking a look at the Volvo S60. It delivers all the luxury of a BMW or Mercedes-Benz with a smaller price tag, outrageous safety ratings, and a unique design language.