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2014 Volvo S60 Review

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2014 Volvo S60 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

The handsome 2014 Volvo S60 has a new front end treatment that makes it look even better than before, if that's possible. In addition, the interior is one of the most accommodating in the segment, performance is commendably eager, handling is responsive and predictable and, to top it all, there's Volvo's long-standing and impeccable reputation for the utmost in safety features and occupant protection. Depending upon trim level, there are three strong and efficient engines from which to choose, with the strongest delivering 325 horsepower and, for those who must deal with bad weather and slick roads, all-wheel drive is available. All wrapped up in that sleekly elegant exterior, and with competitive pricing, the Volvo S60 deserves serious consideration. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

For those who want a first-class and highly-attractive sports sedan in the European mode, and also want to stand out from the crowd, the 2014 Volvo S60 looks great, goes quick and sets the standard in safety features.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2014 Volvo S60 is certainly no slouch in performance and handling but, if what matters to you is having not only the capability but also the image, you'll probably look elsewhere.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.0
  • 9.8
How It Ranks

#17

out of 18

Fuel Economy

#6

out of 20

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2014 Volvo S60 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Volvo S60 has an all-new front end. Inside, there's a new instrument cluster and trim treatments. The option packages are upgraded, and there's a new Sport Package and a Blind Spot Information System Package, an enhanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System, additional stand-alone options and some new paint colors.

Driving the S60
2014 Volvo S60 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions We have spent a considerable time behind the wheel of the Volvo S60 T5 with all-wheel drive (AWD) and, even though it unfortunately did not cover pavement layered in rain,...

... snow, hail, sleet or any other foul-weather treatment, that drive did prove that the S60 with the all-wheel drive has a high level of capability, poise and confidence-inspiring stability – and the front-drive version of the S60 earns some pretty high marks in its own right. Starting from the "base" end of the line, the T5 and its Touring Chassis is intended for a comfortable ride but is no slouch in the sporty handling department. The Dynamic Chassis of the T6 AWD model, with its more powerful engine, adds considerable response when the driving becomes more enthusiastic. For the die-hard corner carvers, the R-Design version and its Sports Chassis are the perfect choice. Still, we figure the Touring Chassis will be the best pick for most Volvo buyers.

PEDESTRIAN DETECTION WITH FULL AUTO BRAKE
Saying the name takes longer than the feature takes to save a life. The technology alerts the driver to a potential collision with a pedestrian and stops the car as quickly as possible if the driver doesn't immediately react.

COMPREHENSIVE OCCUPANT PROTECTION
Nothing beats a Volvo when it comes to the comprehensiveness of the safety package, and the S60 certainly holds up the brand's reputation in this vital department. After all, why do so many people buy a Volvo?

2014 Volvo S60 Details
2014 Volvo S60 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

One of the most enduring attractions for Volvos has been their comfortable and highly supportive seats, and the 2014 S60 maintains that reputation, with T5 and T6 models fitted with standard sports-inspired seats that are engineered and built for the long-haul ride. Heated seats are available for both front and rear occupants. As you would expect, the instrumentation is easy to see and logical to operate, and sound quality from the audio system, thanks to the application of Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ technology, is clear and crisp throughout the range.

Exterior
2014 Volvo S60 photo

Clearly, boxy Volvos are a thing of the long-ago past. The S60 is one of the sleekest sedans on the road. While it retains certain Volvo styling cues, the S60 is more than merely contemporary. The new front end looks smoother and cleaner and the detailing, including numerous LEDs for various lighting functions, shows much attention to the little things that matter. The sloping rear end, in the currently-fashionable "4-door coupe" profile, does, however, betray a somewhat smallish trunk.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard-equipment list for the 2014 Volvo S60 includes everything a potential buyer would reasonably expect, including every safety and occupant protection feature imaginable. Some of the more notable standard features include City Safety (which helps avoid low-speed collisions in slow, stop-and-go traffic), Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake (to sense an impending collision and alert the driver to help avoid or reduce the severity of a crash), and Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake (which can automatically stop the car if a pedestrian walks out into the vehicle's path).

Optional Equipment

For 2014, the Volvo S60 Premier trim level gains 17-inch Sadia aluminum-alloy wheels and other features. The Premier Plus level brings active dual xenon headlights and front and rear park assist. The Platinum level offers a premium 12-speaker, 650-watt sound system, navigation with real-time traffic and auto-dimming mirrors. The Technology Package includes Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, and the addition of Cyclist Detection to Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. A new 18-inch Sport Package includes sport seats, paddle shifters, 18-inch Titania alloy wheels and the Dynamic chassis. There is also a new Blind Spot Information System Package.

Under the Hood
2014 Volvo S60 Engine photo

The 2014 Volvo S60 is offered with a choice of three engines, a 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder of 250 horsepower, or two versions of a 3.0-liter inline-6, one making 300 horsepower and the uprated version making 325 horsepower. All are turbocharged and all are commendably efficient. Certainly, the two 6-cylinder engines offer more performance, but the 5-cylinder delivers plenty of power for the vast majority of drivers and is more economical, besides. All engines are matched with a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
250 hp @ 5,400 rpm
266 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (front-wheel drive), 20/29 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
300 hp @ 5,600 rpm
325 lb-ft @ 2,100-4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
325 hp @ 5,400 rpm
354 lb-ft @ 3,000-3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $32,500, the "base" 2014 Volvo S60 T5 is significantly less expensive than its European competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The gap narrows somewhat as one climbs to more well-equipped versions of the S60 versus its competitors, with pricing for all in the mid-$40K range, but we expect that incentives and discounting will keep the S60 at a very affordable price level in comparison to the German luxury cars. On a 5-Year Cost-to-Own basis, the Volvo S60 is a stellar buy. Low initial purchase price plus low maintenance and repair costs make the Volvo S60 a good choice, and its safety story is, of course, unsurpassed.

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2014 Volvo S60 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 52 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

4 Cylinder Beast

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "See Below"

Cons: "See Below"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Pros: I own the T6 version of this car. Used to drive a 2005 Nissan Maxima. Supercharged/Turbocharged 4 cylinder beast. Love this engine. It's quick, 8 speed auto is awesome, it feels like a sport car. Love the interior leather (brown) and the wood trim. Very good quality. if you are interested in this vehicle wait till the 2015.5 version hit the dealers. More standard options. I have driven the car for about 800 miles (combined city 50 MPH average speed and highway) so far and I am getting 24.5 MPG. Room in the back seat is comfortable for a 6 foot 210 lbs guy. Seats are comfortable. T6 only comes with sport bucket seats so if you are not a fan get the T5 although you will sacrifice some power. Cons: Nothing so far. One minor thing is that there is no sunglasses holder that comes standard. You can buy an accessory but felt this was something that needs to be standard with aluxury car like Volvo. Overall review: If you want power, comfortable ride along with a very good MPG test drive this vehicle and buy it. You will not be dissapointed"

Rocking Ride

By on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, fast, reliable, solid built quality"

Cons: "None to date"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is probably on of the best values out there. Had the car over 41000 miles and it has been flawless. Regularly get combined 28mpg and drive like maniac - high of 35 hwy. and 23 around town. Seats are best in business providing great support on longer trips. Handling is well balanced. Acceleration is about mid six seconds to 60 - no waiting on merging. Car is most at ease doing 80 so look out for the CHP. Interior is high quality, very ergonomic and most of all is a nice change from the German and fluffy American cluttered arrangement. Safety features are second to none. Car came with maint for 5 yr. cost of ownership has been low. I get compliments on the looks and interior. This is a quality built car that is not plagued with recalls as with many other brands."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This is a wonderful Volvo in excellent shape

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Like new"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a 2013 one owner wonderful Volvo in excellent shape with low miles. It is a Volvo X60 with almost all the bells and whistles. It is a FWD, Black with Cream leather interior, sun roof, technology system and more. It only has 12,800 and runs like a dream. It also comes with a warranty package to be passed on to the next owner. Just start the engine with this keyless entry system and go! It is like new."

21 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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