Volvo S60 R-Design
Volvo S60 R-Design
Volvo S60 Inscription

2019 Volvo S60

Pros: Nicely finished interior; invigorating performance of T8 models; full complement of safety and technology features

Cons: Complicated infotainment interface, small trunk for class

CG Says: The smaller of Volvo’s two midsize sedans is redesigned on an all-new platform for 2019, gaining dynamic new styling and a host of new features. The new S60 is nearly four inches longer in wheelbase and almost five inches longer overall than the previous-generation model. Three basic powertrains are offered. The base front-wheel-drive T5 is powered by a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The T6 has standard all-wheel drive and a turbocharged and supercharged version of the 2.0-liter engine that develops 316 hp. The topline all-wheel-drive T8 plug-in hybrid combines the T6 engine with an electric motor for a total of 400 hp. A special limited-production T8 Polestar Engineered model gets a specially tuned 415-hp version of the plug-in-hybrid powertrain, along with sport suspension, upgraded brakes, and other performance-focused trim features. Production of the T8 Polestar Engineered is limited to 20 lease-only cars for 2019, but availability is slated to expand for 2020. All S60s have an 8-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian/cyclist/large-animal detection, lane-departure warning and mitigation, oncoming traffic mitigation, and road-sign identification. Also available is the Pilot Assist driver assistance system that can keep the car in a chosen lane at a selected speed up to 80 mph. However, Pilot Assist is not fully autonomous and requires the driver to hold the steering wheel. The 2019 Volvo S60 is the first U.S.-built car from this Swedish-based and Chinese-owned automaker—it’s assembled in a new plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The new S60 also represents the completion of Volvo’s transition to a new brand-signature design language, a process that started with the redesign of the XC90 midsize SUV for 2016. In addition to its striking new looks, the 2019 S60 boasts classy interior trimmings, up-to-the-minute technology features, a good ride/handling balance, and satisfying 4-cylinder powertrains. It’s a compelling alternative to its European rivals.

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 USA
Base Prices T5 Momentum: $36,795
T5 R-Design: $43,540
T5 Inscription: $43,895
AWD T6 Momentum: $41,295
AWD T6 R-Design: $48,040
AWD T6 Inscription: $48,395
AWD T8 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design: $56,040
AWD T8 Plug-in Hybrid Inscription: $56,395
AWD T8 Plug-in Hybrid Polestar Engineered: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36

Optional Engine
turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (T8)
Horsepower
400 (415 Polestar Engineered)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
31
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
74

Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered
2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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