2017 Volvo S60

Pros: Crisp handling; unique available safety equipment; some testers prefer S60’s traditional push-button audio and climate controls to the touchscreen and/or joystick interfaces of many class rivals

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space (except Inscription); stiff ride with available 19-inch tires, acceleration isn’t very linear; unrefined operation of start/stop feature

CG Says: Volvo S60 loses two engines for 2017. The turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that powered all-wheel drive T5s has been replaced the turbocharged four-cylinder that also powers front-wheel drive T5s. The sporty Polestar replaces its turbo 3.0-liter six with a supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. S60 is a premium midsize car that seats five. All S60s use a version of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. T5 models are powered a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. T6s have a turbocharged and supercharged variant that develops 302 hp. Polestar has a 362-hp version of the T6 engine. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. T5s are available front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. T6 and Polestar have standard all-wheel drive. The T5 is available in a long-wheelbase Inscription series that adds three inches of additional rear legroom. Cross Country adds raised ride height and unique styling cues to the T5. Being a Volvo, the S60 is available with a host of safety equipment, including Lane Keeping Aid and a Pedestrian Detection system that can also detect cyclists. Overall, S60 offers a likeable blend of vivid performance, distinctive styling, and upscale interior trim–as well as the safety features expected of a Volvo. While the sporty AWD T6 R-Design has sharper handling, its stiffer ride and much higher price make it a less compelling choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Belgium
Base Prices T5 Dynamic: $33,950
AWD T5 Dynamic: $35,950
T5 Inscription: $36,800
AWD T5 Inscription: $38,800
T5 Inscription Platinum: $40,800
AWD T5 Inscription Platinum: $42,800
AWD T5 Cross Country: $44,200
AWD T6 R-Design: $47,400
AWD Polestar: $60,000

Base Engine
turbocharged  2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
302 (362 Polestar)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-32

Volvo S60 with Polestar Parts
2017 Volvo S60 Polestar
Volvo S60 Cross Country – model year 2016
2017 Volvo S60 T5 Cross Country