2017 Volvo S60 Buyer's Guide

Luxury with Restraint

The Volvo S60 is a stylish and comfortable small luxury sedan priced lower than most of its closest European competitors. Not as hard-edged as a BMW 3 Series or as rich as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the S60 is a sporty luxury sedan with a lighter touch. The Volvo S60 isn't the obvious choice in the segment, but that's one of the reasons its fans find it so appealing. For 2017, Volvo's 5- and 6-cylinder engines are no longer available in the S60, but there are three appealing 4-cylinder engine choices, and five models to choose from: Dynamic, Inscription, Cross Country, Polestar and R-Design Platinum.

Driving It

All of the engine choices are impressive, and as we explain in our 2017 Volvo S60 full review, "The Drive-E family of turbocharged and turbocharged/supercharged engines runs the gamut from the base 240-horsepower unit in the T5 Dynamic, to the tire-scorching 362-horsepower version found in the sporty Polestar. The T6 splits the difference at 302 horsepower, but even then the S60 can still sprint to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds. AWD models are a tick slower, but the added grip makes them better-handling vehicles on both dry pavement and snow-covered roads."

Volvo S60 Cross Country
 

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If you want a small luxury off-roader, but the idea of having a wagon or crossover doesn’t sound appealing, Volvo has just the car for you. The S60 Cross Country sedan comes with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and nearly eight inches of ground clearance. It's the sedan alternative to wagons like the Volvo XC70 and Audi Allroad, yet has the same go-nearly-anywhere attitude.

Build and Price

Sticker prices for the 2017 Volvo S60 start a tick below $35,000 and top out beyond $53,000 with all the available upgrades. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a bit less. Build and price your own 2017 Volvo S60 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Safety Story

Volvos are more fun and more stylish than ever, but they're still standouts when it comes to safety. For instance, the S60 can detect impending collisions -- with a car, a pedestrian or a cyclist -- and automatically hit the brakes to avoid or mitigate an impact.

Wagon Wheels

For an even more European experience, take a look at the V60, the wagon version of the S60. From our 2017 Volvo V60 review: "Part of the 2017 Volvo V60 wagon's allure is that it feels at home on a variety of roads and in various settings, from long highway stretches to mountain roads. With 7.9 inches of ground clearance -- more than that of its Audi Allroad rival -- the V60 Cross Country can even do some light off-highway roaming."

Hot-Blooded Swedes

Last year, Volvo introduced high-performance Polestar versions of the S60 and V60, and both have been updated for 2017. Both are lighter-weight, faster and more fuel-efficient. Whether you want a wagon or a sedan, the limited-edition cars are powered by a 362-horsepower supercharged, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. The features list includes all-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, Polestar-optimized suspension and a 0-60 speed of about 4.5 seconds.

More Small Luxury Sedans

The 2017 Volvo S60 offers an attractive balance of style, comfort, performance and price, but buyers who want a different mix have plenty of choices. Visit our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.
 


 

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