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2020 Volvo S60

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3.7 (Good)

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2020 T5 Momentum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $36,050
2020 T6 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $40,550
2020 T5 Inscription 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $42,900
2020 T5 R-Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $42,900
2020 T6 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,400
2020 T6 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,400
2020 T8 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,400
2020 T8 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,400
2020 T8 Polestar 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $64,800


What's New

One year removed from its third-generation introduction, the 2020 Volvo S60 returns with a few changes of note. The visual instrument panel is now standard across the model lineup. Also, lane keeping assist is added to the blind-spot monitoring system.

Choosing Your Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is available in four trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered. Pricing starts at $37,045 including destination for the Momentum and hits $66,440 for the Polestar Engineered

Engine Choices

Volvo supplies three engine choices, with each based on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. You’ll find turbocharged, supercharged and turbocharged, and plug-in hybrid options.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder 250 hp258 lb-ft27 mpg
T6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder 316 hp295 lb-ft 25 mpg
T8 2.0L 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid400 hp495 lb-ft30 mpg
Polestar Engineered T8 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid415 hp494 lb-ftNot Rated

The T5 and T6 are available on the bottom three trims, the standard T8 is reserved for the R-Design and Inscription, while the Polestar Engineered T8 is exclusively found in the range-topping trim.

The T5 is only available with front-wheel drive, while the T6 and both T8 powertrains come exclusively with all-wheel drive. Gear swaps are handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The T8 models have an EPA-estimated 22-mile all-electric range.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Volvo S60 is a compact sedan with room for five, measuring a few inches longer than its German rivals. The front seats are roomy, comfortable, and supportive. The rear seat holds two fairly comfortably or three in a pinch.

Cargo space measures just 11.6 cubic feet, which is below the norm. The rear seat folds down for added cargo room.

Volvo S60

Safety Features

Volvo’s leadership in all things safety is legendary. It comes as no surprise that the S60 has a full roster of safety equipment available. All S60 models come with lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking.

The R-Design and up add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. The Polestar Engineered gets adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system. These features are available on lower trims through add-on packages.


Volvo equips the S60 with a 9-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, wi-fi hotspot capability, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Navigation becomes standard starting at the R-Design.

Volvo S60

Momentum - From $37,045

The standard Momentum model has such features as hammer-shaped LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a dynamic chassis, C-shaped taillights, and dual round tailpipes.

Inside, the cabin is simple, yet sophisticated with a nice balance of tech features and style. Imitation leather seats, iron ore inlays, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-topped shifter are standard. The instrument panel is composed of a 12.3-inch digital display.

Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel ($750) are a sensible upgrade bundle for this model.

R-Design - From $44,540

The R-Design brings sporting flair to the S60. Matte black diamond-cut wheels, black mirror caps, and wide dual exhaust tips dress this model. Inside, the R-Design has metal mesh inlays, an R-Design steering wheel, and sport bucket front seats. This trim gains power front seats, a Harman Karman audio system, navigation, and four-zone climate control.

Adaptive cruise control, the head-up display, and the surround-view camera system, among other things, are bundled in the $2,500 Advanced Package.

Inscription - From $44,540

There’s no price change from R-Design to Inscription, as the former takes a sporty route to the luxury tapestry of the Inscription. Most features are the same except for LED fog lights and 10-way power front seats with four-way lumbar support.

The interior can be enhanced with the Luxury Package ($2,200), which includes Nappa leather upholstery, front seat massage functionality, and front seat power adjustable side support.

Polestar Engineered - From $66,440

It’s quite a leap in price from the Inscription trim to the Polestar Engineered. This difference is halved when upgrading from the Inscription with the T8 plug-in hybrid.

Polestar is Volvo’s performance brand, which means this model has lightweight forged wheels, high-performance Brembo brakes, and Ohlins dampers. It also benefits from a slight boost in performance, 15 horsepower, over the Inscription T8.

Other upgrades include 19-inch wheels, exterior trim embellishments, and an upgraded exhaust system. Nappa leather seats and a Bowers and Wilkins audio system are among the interior changes.

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The 2020 Volvo S60 R-Design and Inscription models offer a good number of the amenities we expect in a compact luxury sedan. We’d opt for the T6 version, which delivers robust acceleration and faultless handling, rivaling the best sedans from Germany.

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Expert Review

  • Sharp handling
  • Stunning interior
  • Strong powertrains
  • Standard safety tech
  • Mediocre trunk space
  • Hard rear center seat
  • Turbo lag on base engine
  • Pricey Polestar model
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Sleek design. The 2020 Volvo S60 is longer and lower following last year's redesign, shedding the previous version's frumpy threads. Its Scandinavian-inspired ensemble eschews the muscular styling cues and overwrought grilles of rivals for an elegant look that’s both toned and fit.

The restrained look continues inside and, even on the base Momentum trim, offers such niceties as aluminum tread plates, wood and aluminum trim, synthetic leather, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control with B-pillar rear vents, and panoramic moonroof. Technology is enhanced by a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 9-inch portrait touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

At the same time, the infotainment software is sub-menu dense, while rear seat occupants should be limited to two. The flat center seat is too firm for all-day comfort.

Wide-ranging safety. Volvo built its reputation on occupant safety – a tradition, we’re pleased to report, that continues on the S60. All trims levels come with post-collision automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, run-off road protection and mitigation, driver attention alert, LED headlights, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection.

Available safety systems include blind-spot alert with steering assist, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert with rear automatic braking, and Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist with adaptive cruise control.

Volvo S60

Engine choices. Offering something for just about everyone, the S60 is available with four powertrains.

T5 trims are equipped with a 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic. T6 models receive a turbo and supercharged version of the same engine with 316 hp. Power is channeled to all four wheels.

The T8 plug-in hybrid takes the T6 and adds a 10.4-kWh battery and rear-mounted electric motor with 400 system hp. Topping the list is the Polestar Engineered T8 plug-in hybrid, with 415 hp and 22 miles of all-electric range, according to the EPA.

Aside from the T5’s 23 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 27 combined, fuel economy for the rest of the lineup is mediocre. And while handling balance is the S60’s forte, it lacks the precision and overall performance of German rivals.

Solid performer. Volvo’s luxury compact is all about balance. All four powertrains offer an overall performance experience that’s equal to all but the most extreme German models.

On models so equipped, the supercharger negates any turbo lag, while the eight-speed automatic delivers seamless gear changes. The steering is communicative with just the right weight, body lean is minimal, and the suspension keeps the S60 planted and centered while offering enough comfort for long-distance road trips.

Final thoughts. Volvo’s midsize offering lacks the flamboyance, prestige, and ultimate performance of rivals. Still, the 2020 Volvo S60 is an excellent choice in the compact luxury class thanks to its understated design, impeccable road manners, and standard safety features.

In terms of the competition, the Audi A4 beats it in the tech department, the BMW 3-Series is a better performer, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a more refined interior, and the Genesis G70 is a better overall value.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 34 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 34 / 28 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.4 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
56.3 "
Front Headroom
37.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,657 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored / Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
10 / 14 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Sips Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Sips Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
City Safety Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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