2018 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. There are three appealing 4-cylinder engine choices, and six models to choose from: Dynamic, Inscription, Inscription Platinum, Cross Country, R-Design Platinum, and Polestar.
From our 2018 Volvo S60 full review, "Luxury-sedan buyers who think only BMW, Mercedes and Audi can make a small-luxury sedan that’s powerful and fun to drive haven’t driven a 2018 Volvo S60. With a standard 240-horsepower turbocharged engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, the S60 Dynamic is quick. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) model sprints from 0-60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. Impressively it also delivers 26-mpg city and 36 mpg on the highway."
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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.
Build and Price
Sticker prices for the 2018 Volvo S60 start a tick above $35,000 and top out beyond $60,000 with all the available upgrades. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a bit less. Build and price your own 2018 Volvo S60 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Volvo S60 Cross Country
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.
For an even more European experience, take a look at the V60, the wagon version of the S60. From our latest Volvo V60 review: "Part of the 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."
Volvo offers high-performance Polestar versions of the S60 and V60. Following last year's update that made both lighter-weight, faster and more fuel-efficient, for 2018 they receive more downforce for improved stability and grip. 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 time of about 4.5 seconds. But if you want one of these models, act fast: 2018 will be the last year for the current-generation S60/V60 Polestar.
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