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    2018 Volvo S60 OVERVIEW

    For consumers tired of seeing only German entries in the upscale sedan segment, the 2018 Volvo S60 continues to offer a stylish design and an extensive list of safety features that set it apart from the BMWs and Mercedes of the world. The S60’s minimalistic approach on the inside will also prove a breath of fresh air, as other automakers are shifting towards more cluttered interiors.

    The S60 sedan is available in an all-weather-capable Cross Country line and a stretched wheelbase Inscription trim, as well – both are listed separately.

    What's New for 2018

    After getting new engine options last year, the S60 is free of significant changes for 2018.

    Volvo S60

    Choosing Your Volvo S60

    The S60 is broken into two different powertrains with three levels of output. The base T5 Dynamic trims feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the front wheels – all-wheel drive is available as a $2,000 option. The front-wheel-drive T5 Dynamic is the most fuel-efficient trim in the S60 lineup and returns an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

    The T6 R-Design features a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also paired to an eight-speed gearbox, which works alongside a standard all-wheel-drive system. This combo takes only a slight hit in fuel economy with an estimated rating of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

    The performance-oriented S60 Polestar trim cranks the tune of the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter motor to 362 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful production four-cylinder engines on the planet. The extra bit of oomph results in a noticeable difference in fuel economy, as the Polestar trim is estimated to get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That sacrifice is worth it, though, because the S60 Polestar can hit 60 miles per hour in a scant 4.4 seconds, 1.2 seconds faster than the standard T6 R-Design.

    As with the rest of its vehicles (and despite the S60's advanced age), Volvo offers its smallest sedan with a healthy list of safety features, which include automatic high beams, xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, driver alert control, lane keeping assist, and road sign information. However, Volvo's advanced Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving aid hasn't made the jump to the S60 yet.

    The S60 is available in three trims:

    T5 Dynamic

    The entry-level T5 trim starts at $35,095, which includes the $995 destination fee, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Standard exterior features on the T5 include headlight washers, a power glass moonroof, heated exterior mirrors, puddle lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

    Interior features for the T5 trim include leather upholstery, a three-spoke leather steering whee with audio controls, an illuminated shift knob, Bluetooth, electronic climate control, a power driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and memory settings for the power driver’s seat and exterior mirrors.

    There are five available packages for the entry-level T5 trim. The Heated Seats/Heated Steering Wheel Package ($750) adds exactly what its name implies, while the Navigation/Audio Package ($1,600) brings Sensus Navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system to the sedan. The Sport Package ($1,000) includes shift paddles on the steering wheel, a sport chassis, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

    The Vision Package ($1,950) adds a host of technology, including a rear park assist camera, a digital display in the instrument cluster, proximity key, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, as well as rear parking sensors. Lastly, the Technology Package ($1,500) requires consumers add the Vision Package, but it includes adaptive cruise control with queue assist, rain sensors, active high beams, collision warning, driver alert control, distance alert, lane keeping aid, and road sign information.

    T6 R-Design AWD

    The T6 AWD R-Design is priced at $48,545 and is powered by the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The R-Design trim brings a variety of sporty touches to the sedan, including: 19-inch alloy wheels, a black grille, R-Design exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler, and dual integrated tailpipes.

    The sportiness continues to the inside of the vehicle with an R-Design steering wheel, R-Design gearshift knob, chrome trim, automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon 12-speaker audio system, R-Design dash inlays, and power front seats.

    The T6 also adds adaptive cruise control.

    Available packages on the T6 AWD trim include the Blind Spot Information System Package ($925) that adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors. The Climate Package ($1,300) brings heated rear seats, heated windshield wiper nozzles, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats. The Heated Seats/Heated Steering Wheel Package ($750) is also available.


    The range-topping Polestar trim is priced at $60,995 and is the most powerful S60 on sale with 362 hp. As a performance-oriented model, the Polestar trim has plenty of functional and stylistic upgrades including 20-inch Polestar wheels, sportier leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, carbon fiber mirror caps, six-piston Brembo brakes, Ohlins shock absorbers, a carbon fiber front splitter, exhaust pipes, Polestar badging, sport pedals, and a grille, steering wheel, and shift lever all designed by Polestar.

    There are no available packages for the Polestar trim.

    CarsDirect Tip

    If all-out performance is what you’re after in an S60, nothing but the Polestar trim will do. For everyone else, the T6 AWD R-Design offers a good blend of performance, fuel economy, and standard features, while having a few touches that make the sedan look even better. Consumers living in cold climates should opt for the Climate Package, while those wanting to get the latest safety features should look into the Blind Spot Information System Package.

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