2019 Volvo S60
- Volvo’s small luxury sedan is all-new for 2019
- Now larger, roomier, more stylish
- First Volvo car built in the U.S.
- Available plug-in hybrid powertrain
- Pricing starts at $35,800 plus $995 destination | Price yours
- On sale now | See Volvo S60 models for sale near you
The Volvo S60 is a small luxury sedan that competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS, to name a few. Fresh off a complete redesign for 2019, the S60 is now a more viable alternative than ever.
Fresh styling, gorgeous interior and one of the segment’s roomiest backseats
Doesn’t deliver the same driving satisfaction as the segment’s most engaging entries
How much does the 2019 Volvo S60 cost?
Pricing for the new 2019 Volvo S60 starts at $35,800 and will top $60,000 for a fully loaded T8 plug-in hybrid model. Most S60 buyers choose something in the low-$40,000 range. The Volvo S60 tends to offer more for less compared with some of its more popular European rivals, and it’s also offered via the automaker’s subscription service, Care by Volvo.
Most of our time in Volvo’s newest sedan has been spent behind the wheel of the S60 R-Design outfitted with the T6 powertrain, sporting 316 horsepower and all-wheel drive. The turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine provides good power and minimal turbo lag, and there’s no supercharger whine. Thanks to a new front suspension and the fact that some of the power is going to the S60’s rear wheels, there’s no torque steer felt through the steering wheel.
The 8-speed automatic transmission does its job well, shifting smoothly and unobtrusively when you expect it to. Moreover, the electric-assist power steering has a natural feel, and the ride quality of the S60 is outstanding -- supple but possessing well controlled body motions that make this midsize Volvo sedan feel totally composed on twisty pavement. In those situations, the sharpened throttle and transmission response of the Dynamic driving mode is most appreciated.
Volvo S60 feature highlights
The Volvo S60 offers plenty of safety features and technology, naturally, but there’s also plenty to make driving easier and/or more fun.
Pilot Assist Similar to other adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems, Pilot Assist adjusts your speed to the vehicle ahead and gives gentle steering assistance by reading lane lines.
Big touchscreen Front and center in every new S60 is a big, vertically oriented infotainment touchscreen.
Sport Chassis Available only the S60 R-Design, for a mere $200 you can outfit your S60 with retuned shock absorbers and lower it by 20 mm.
City Safety Can detect vehicles, pedestrians and large animals day or night, and alert the driver via escalating warnings. If a collision is imminent the system can apply the brakes to avoid or reduce impact.
Park Assist Pilot Does parallel parking make you nervous? Park Pilot Assist practically does it for you.
Volvo S60 exterior
With its low hood and short rear deck, the 2019 Volvo S60 looks like a modern sedan shaped in the wind tunnel, but it’s a handsome design that’s still very much a Volvo. Notable details include attractive sculpting on the hood and sides of the car, along with T-shaped LED “Thor’s Hammer” front driving lights. In back, dual chromed exhausts are on duty beneath LED taillights that emphasize the width of the new S60. If there’s any doubt this car is a Volvo, a big badge in the middle of the diagonally bisected grille leaves no doubt. Also, in a neat trick, Volvo stylists have made it look as if the grille floats inside the S60’s front opening.
Volvo S60 interior
Inside, the look is Scandinavian simple, with a handsomely uncluttered design. Helping make this possible is the large, vertically oriented 9-inch Sensus touchscreen. Swipe the screen of this multifunction controller one way and you’ll see 19 vehicle functions, everything from ESC Sport mode and Active Bending Lights to cruise control and Road Sign Information. Swipe it the other way and you’ll see 22 Applications that range from stereo settings and Bluetooth to Spotify and Pandora. While Sensus is a great way to de-clutter the dash (and the interface gets better with familiarity), it still causes the driver to look away from the road far too often. On a positive note, the Sensus chipset has been upgraded for 2019, which makes for faster boot times, quicker access to the back-up camera, and improved navigation recalculations.
On the road the passenger cabin is solid, quiet and roomy, with plenty of headroom inside in spite of the huge panoramic sunroof. Back-seat room is good, too, with a 6-foot-tall passenger being able to sit behind a driver of the same height.
Volvo S60 engines
The Volvo S60 engine lineup includes a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers better fuel economy and more power than both the others. The plug-in hybrid S60 T8 pairs the supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 10.4-kilowatt electric motor between the rear wheels, delivering total output of 400 horsepower. A lithium-ion battery sits in the center spine of the chassis and delivers an all-electric range of approximately 21 miles. Using a 220-volt power source and the onboard charging cord, the new S60 PHEV can be fully charged in 2.5 hours.
Volvo S60 T5 engine
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
Volvo S60 T6 engine
2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine
316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200 rpm
Volvo S60 T8 engine
2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine and a 10.4-kilowatt rear-mounted electric motor
313 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm, 87 horsepower electric (Combined: 400 hp)
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200 rpm, 177 lb-ft electric (Combined: 472 lb-ft)
Volvo S60 fuel economy
The 2019 Volvo S60 T5 is rated to return 28 mpg combined, while the more powerful S60 T6 returns 25 mpg. The S60 T8 plug-in hybrid returns 74 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) for the first 21 miles after a full charge, after which time it function like a regular hybrid and returns 31 mpg.
Volvo S60 warranty
The Volvo S60 is covered by the automaker’s 4-year/50,000-mile warranty, which is typical coverage for the segment.
Volvo S60 safety
Advanced safety features abound in the Volvo S60. It starts with the new SPA chassis, which features a strong passenger cell protected by crumple zones and other targeted areas of maximal energy dissipation. Standard safety features include stability control, a lane-keeping aid, forward-collision warning, a drowsy-driver alert and seatbelt pretensioners. The S60 also includes a full complement of airbags and special seats that absorb vertical crash energy that can compress spinal vertebrae in off-road accidents.
Volvo subscription program: Care by Volvo
The new Volvo S60 is available through the new 24-month Care by Volvo subscription plan. The T6 AWD Momentum costs $775 a month, while the T6 AWD R-Design is $850. Those all-inclusive prices include 24/7 customer care and concierge services, plus insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance. Subscribers can even change cars and sign up for a new 24-month subscription as early as 12 months into the agreement.
Where is the Volvo S60 built?
The Volvo S60 is built in Ridgeville, South Carolina, and is the first Volvo to be manufactured in the U.S.
Volvo S60 trims and prices
The 2019 Volvo S60 lineup gives you a choice of eight combinations of three engines and three trims. Prices below don’t include destination charges of $995.
Volvo S60 Momentum
The entry-level Volvo S60 comes well equipped with a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18-inch alloy wheels and Volvo’s City Safety suite of collision-avoidance features. More features are available via added-cost packages. The S60 Momentum offers two engine choices:
S60 Momentum T5: Front-wheel-drive, 250 horsepower| Starts at $35,800 | Price yours
S60 Momentum T6: All-wheel-drive, 316 horsepower | Starts at $40,300 | Price yours
Volvo S60 R-Design
The Volvo S60 R-Design adds a range of attractive technology features including blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Harman Kardon premium sound, keyless entry with hands-free power trunk lid, semi-autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking, and a navigation system. The R-Design also includes several sporty touches, from paddle shifters to more aggressive exterior styling. The S60 Redesign is available with a choice of three engines:
S60 R-Design T5: Front-wheel-drive, 250 horsepower | Starts at $42,545 | Price yours
S60 R-Design T6: All-wheel-drive, 316 horsepower | Starts at $47,045 | Price yours
S60 R-Design T8: All-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid, 400 horsepower | Starts at $55,045 | Price yours
Volvo S60 Inscription
The 2019 Volvo S60 Inscription features many of the same upgrades as the R-Design, but skips the performance-themed features and design elements. Upgrading to the Inscription also unlocks several added-cost features and packages offering everything from ventilated Nappa leather upholstery to massaging front seats. The Volvo S60 Inscription is also available with any of the lineup’s three engines.
S60 Inscription T5: Front-wheel-drive, 250 horsepower | Starts at $42,900 | Price yours
S60 Inscription T6: All-wheel-drive, 316 horsepower | Starts at $47,400 | Price yours
S60 Inscription T8: All-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid, 400 horsepower | Starts at $55,400 | Price yours
Is the Volvo S60 the right small luxury sedan for you?
If you’re smitten by the styling, need the added backseat room or just want something less flashy/ubiquitous than a BMW or Mercedes, for instance, we encourage you to check out this appealing sedan from Sweden.
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