Volvo S60

2018 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: The 2018 Volvo S60 is unchanged, preceding the introduction of redesigned car for 2019. The 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: $35,095
AWD T5 Dynamic: $37,095
T5 Inscription: $37,945
AWD T5 Inscription: $39,945
T5 Inscription Platinum: $42,145
AWD T5 Inscription Platinum: $44,145
AWD T5 Cross Country: $45,345
AWD T6 R-Design: $48,545
AWD T6 Polestar: 60,995

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
302 (362 Polestar)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Volvo S60 with Polestar Parts
2018 Volvo S60 Polestar
Volvo S60 Cross Country – model year 2016
2018 Volvo S60 T5 Cross Country
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 5

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