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2023 Volvo S60

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CarsDirect Target Price
$42,395
Expert Rating
3.9

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

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2023 B5 Core Dark Theme 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $42,395
2023 B5 Core Black Edition 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $44,045
2023 B5 Core Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $44,695
2023 B5 Plus Dark Theme 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $45,095
2023 B5 Core Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,345
2023 B5 Plus Black Edition 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,745
2023 B5 Plus Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,395
2023 B5 Ultimate Bright Theme 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,845
2023 B5 Ultimate Dark Theme 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,845
2023 B5 Plus Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,045
2023 B5 Ultimate Black Edition 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,095
2023 B5 Ultimate Bright Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,145
2023 B5 Ultimate Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,145
2023 B5 Ultimate Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $51,395
2023 T8 Core Recharge PHEV Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $52,345
2023 T8 Core Recharge PHEV Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,995
2023 T8 Plus Recharge PHEV Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,045
2023 T8 Plus Recharge PHEV Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $56,695
2023 T8 Recharge PHEV Ultimate Bright Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $57,795
2023 T8 Recharge PHEV Ultimate Dark Theme 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $57,795
2023 T8 Recharge PHEV Ultimate Black Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $59,045
2023 T8 Recharge PHEV Polestar Engineered 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $69,145

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Volvo S60 sedan receives a new grille and an updated rear bumper. The infotainment system adopts built-in Google apps, including navigation. Revised trim levels allow greater flexibility in equipping the S60 to suit.

Choosing Your Volvo S60

The gas S60 comes in three trim levels: Core, Plus, and Ultimate. Pricing starts at $42,395 including destination and heads to $47,845 for the Ultimate.

The plug-in hybrid S60 Recharge is offered in the same trims, priced from $52,345 to $57,795, plus a high-performance Polestar Engineered trim for $69,145.

Engine Choices

The S60 starts out with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with mild hybrid assist. All-wheel drive can be added for $2,300.

The Recharge carries a turbo four-cylinder and an electric motor, along with standard AWD. Plug-in technology allows the Recharge to travel up to 41 miles on electricity alone.

Every S60 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-cyl247 hp258 lb-ft30/28 mpg (FWD/AWD)
2.0L Turbo 4-cyl Plug-in Hybrid455 hp523 lb-ft74 MPGe

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The S60 is a compact luxury sedan with room for five. The trunk holds 11.6 cubic feet, which is less than most rivals. The standard split-folding rear seat helps with versatility.

2023 Volvo S60 Interior

Safety Features

The S60 Core comes equipped with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams assist, rear parking sensors, road sign recognition, and automatic wipers.

The subsequent trims also come with side and front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control steering assist, and surround-view cameras. A head-up display is exclusive to the Ultimate and Polestar.

Connectivity

The S60's standard infotainment system includes a 9-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers, four USB ports, HD and satellite radio, Google apps (including navigation), and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Ultimate receives a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, while the Polestar gets 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound.

Volvo S60

2023 Volvo S60 Core — MSRP From $42,395 (Recharge $52,345)

The Core offers a leatherette or premium cloth interior with 12-way power front seat with driver memory, a panoramic sunroof, aluminum trim, a universal home remote, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Core rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Climate Package ($750) furnishes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and headlight washers. The S60 Black Edition ($2,345) receives gloss black exterior trim, 19-inch black wheels, and Onyx Black or Crystal White paint

2023 Volvo S60 Plus — MSRP From $45,095 (Recharge $55,045)

Along with its safety tech upgrades, the Plus features a genuine leather interior with wood trim, ambient lighting, a sculpted shift knob, and one-touch folding rear seats with power-folding headrests. The Climate Package and Black Edition treatment remain optional.

2023 Volvo S60 Ultimate — MSRP From $47,845 (Recharge $57,795)

The Ultimate adds luxury touches like four-zone automatic climate control with air purification, a power driver seat extension, passenger seat memory, and the head-up display and Harman Kardon system. The outside gets 19-inch wheels and bright exterior trim. The Climate Package is still optional, as is the Black Edition trim, now priced at $1,945.

2023 Volvo S60 Recharge Polestar Engineered — MSRP From $69,145

The Polestar features special chassis and suspension tuning for maximum high-speed grip. Other upgrades include Brembo brakes, 19-inch forged wheels, and a portable vehicle charger. The interior boasts Nappa leather seats, mesh aluminum trim, and an Orrefors crystal shift knob. The Climate Package is standard.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 Volvo S60 in Plus trim feels like a complete luxury car, and we think it's a better value than the base Core. The Recharge may seem expensive compared to the gas model, but it delivers altogether superior performance, not just a boost in efficiency.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Beautifully designed
  • Comfortable and refined
  • Impressive kit and safety
  • Strong hybrid performance
Cons
  • Trunk is small
  • Ride can be a bit lumpy
  • Handling trails the very best
  • Touchscreen occasionally annoys
Expert Rating
3.9

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

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Slick style, Scandi-style. From any angle, in any paint color, Volvo’s S60 sedan is a handsome sedan to behold. It’s a typical example of Scandinavian elegance – at once understated and purposeful. From those Thor’s-hammer headlights to its wraparound C-shaped taillights, there’s a lot to admire. It looks best from the three-quarter angle, with concave doors catching the light very effectively.

Step inside, and the Scandi-chic ethos continues. The front seats are heavily bolstered and as comfortable as you’d expect from a past master of seating. The dashboard consists of a single row of buttons below a large portrait touchscreen which is, admittedly, better to look at than to use on the move. Everything’s pleasingly tactile, though, from the centrally stitched transmission lever to the chunky three-spoke steering wheel. The instrumentation is a masterclass in simplicity, and on a cold day, those outsized air vents distribute some serious warmth into the cabin.

Faster than it looks. Those handsome looks belie a sedan whose performance figures can beat many sportscars, and even give the odd supercar driver a moment of panic. But before we get to that, let’s consider the S60’s more prosaic powertrain. The standard B5 two-liter engine is turbocharged and given a little pep courtesy of a 48V starter-generator. Performance through the eight-speed automatic transmission and optional AWD is smooth, if not ballistic.

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys being pressed back in your seat, take a Recharge model for a test drive. Despite that unassuming name, these thunderous sedans take the standard turbo engine and add both a supercharger and an electric motor. The 0-60 sprint will be dispatched in just over four seconds, while grippy tires and direct steering ensure it doesn’t all fall apart at the first bend. The ride quality can be caught out on pockmarked urban roads, but the suspension sits well at speed; it cushions occupants from larger impacts in tandem with those fabulous seats.

Safety in abundance. The next time someone tells you they bought an SUV because they value safety, politely direct them to their nearest Volvo dealership. The Swedes have spent over half a century leading the world in terms of safety advances, and the S60 is the encapsulation of all that know-how. Little wonder it’s earned top safety scores from pretty much every organization that’s tested it around the world. Excellent visibility minimizes the risk of being unsighted, but every model has blind-spot monitoring with active steering alongside automatic emergency braking, for good measure. You can even delegate steering to the car for short highway stretches.

Volvo S60

Which model should I choose? Volvo has recently overhauled its model range into the same sort of three-trim setup Audi has popularized. Here, the models are known as Core, Plus and Ultimate. The former includes a smartphone-equipped nine-inch portrait touchscreen, synthetic leather trim and 18-inch wheels, though we’d find the $2,700 required for mid-range Plus trim. As well as real leather and wooden dash inserts, it offers a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise.

In terms of engines, the standard B5 unit delivers EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 30 mpg, or 28 if you specify AWD. The hybrid Recharge models return 74 MPGe, and can travel over 40 miles on electric power alone. That’s impressive for a well-equipped and solidly built mid-range sedan.

Final thoughts. The S60 is one of those cars that’s hard to fault. Whichever metric you use to analyze it, it ticks the requisite boxes. Safety is as strong as you’ll find in any modern passenger car, performance from Recharge models is thunderous, the car’s elegant design is matched by impressive build quality, and each well-specified model comes with a four-year warranty plus three years of free maintenance. It’s comfortable to sit in, pleasant to drive, and affordable to fuel and maintain…what else could you ask for?

We really need to nitpick to find faults. Steering and handling fall short of the benchmark set by the BMW 3-Series, and the ride is bettered by Mercedes’ peerless C-Class. The trunk is disappointingly small, though you could always consider a V60 wagon if cargo space is a priority. And that’s pretty much it in terms of negatives. The S60 is a fine car, and it’s doubtful any purchasers will come to regret their buying decision.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 247 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 247 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 247 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 247 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
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
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
188.1 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
56.6 "
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
3,777 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / City Weave Cloth/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
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
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
10
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
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
Driver
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
Collision Mitigation Support Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis W/steer Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto Highbeam (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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