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The all new Volvo S60 is perfectly designed and compelling alternative to its German rivals. Our review is based on analysis of various published car reviews online and safety data available on Volvo UK website. There is fierce competition in the class with big names like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. However, Volvo has managed to differentiate the S60 from their rivals. The Volvo trademark “Safety” remains the talk of the town for S60 and no other vehicle can match the standards. If you are purely looking for safety and comfort, then it is the best choice among other German manufacturers.

Volvo S60 Volvo S60 is a perfect car for buyers looking for comfortable and safe long journeys. It is not an ordinary daily commuter you can choose according to your budget from 27 different trim options. There are plenty of engine choices to choose from, and each engine designed to meet different buyer’s expectations. Volvo S60 cabin is trendy, spacious and comfortable. The price range is perfect to meet every buyer need according to their specifications. There is a huge list of basic and optional safety features.

Volvo S60 5 Cylinder diesel engines are heavier and T6 petrol option is heavy on the pockets. There is a recent addition of R-Design package, which is worth buying. Furthermore, the look and feel is enhanced to look and perform more like a sports saloon. Volvo S60 is one strong competitor for small executives like BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C Class, Audi A4 and Saab 9-3 Saloon, which receive the highest rating in the class.

Volvo S60 Prices

S60 Version Price
S60 1.6 T3 ES £22,525
S60 1.6 DRIVe 115 ES £23,495
S60 1.6 T3 R-Design £25,140
S60 1.6 DRIVe 115 R-Design £26,100
S60 1.6 T3 R-Design Premium £26,420
S60 1.6 T4 180 R-Design £26,690
S60 1.6 DRIVe 115 R-Design Premium £27,380
S60 1.6 DRIVe 115 SE Premium £27,645
S60 2.0 T5 240 SE £27,890
S60 1.6 T4 SE Premium £28,235
S60 2.0 T5 240 R-Design £28,395
S60 2.0 T5 R-Design Premium £29,675
S60 3.0 T6 R-Design Premium 4WD Auto £36,315
S60 3.0 T6 SE Premium 4WD Auto £36,655
S60 3.0 T6 SE Luxury Premium 4WD Auto £37,735

Power & Performance

Volvo S60 offers high performance with even the 1.6 litre engine. The 2.0 litre five cylinder engine produces impressive 161bhp, and the D5 engine is more powerful with 202bhp. However, the real deal is 3.0 litre T6 four-cylinder petrol engine. Comparing the weakest T3 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine provides adequate performance. Moreover, they are most economical and environmental friendly producing 115bhp. The manual transmission is not impressive, but Six-speed Geartronic transmission provides smooth gear changes.

Volvo claims that S60 is engineered to perform like a sports saloon. That being said, but it cannot compete with BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C Class. If you are real driving enthusiast, then pick one of the Germans made executives. However, the driving is not so disappointing according to most of the car reviewers. Addition of R-Design has significantly improved the driving and handling of S60. It offers decent driving dynamics, with strong handling, and excellent road grip. The T6 is even better with AWD and performs best while cornering. The overall handling is crispy with firm suspension in all trims.

Interior & Exterior

Volvo S60 is one of the most comfortable executives out there. The inside cabin is not so much flashy, but the top-notch materials used to give a luxurious feel. In addition, the high-tech gadgets are installed to provide easy controls. There is sufficient room inside to provide comfortable journey. However, the luggage space is not as much considering other competitors, but it can accommodate most things practically. Comparing with the competition, it has the lowest luggage capacity of 339 litres. There are many standard features like cruise control, City Safety System, alloy wheels and climate control. There is also Bluetooth and upgraded stereo system in higher priced versions. There is also leather upholstery, heated seats and active headlights in advance versions.

Volvo S60 The exterior design is liked by most car reviewers and quite appealing on the road. The new R-Design gives S60 even more sportier look and attractive feel. There is exterior styling kit that enhances the look, but it costs £995. The exterior design is very attractive and applauded by car reviewers and worth driving.

Safety & Reliability

Volvo S60 has not yet crash tested by Euro NCAP http://www.euroncap.com, but Volvo has decent safety record. Volvo makes the safest cars in the world and comes with plenty of safety features. It has standard six airbags and anti-skid  control. S60 uses the radar to detect any input applied to brakes. There is new safety technology “Pedestrian Protection”. Other safety features include Driver Support Pack, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot information system.

Volvo has a history of making reliable cars and customer satisfaction record. S60 comes with three years or 60,000 miles warranty. You need to check your local dealer for test drive and price bargain.

eBest Cars Verdict

The running costs are economical on D3 and D5 with 53.3mpg average and low CO2 emissions of 139g/km. Hence, both fall in VED Band E for road tax. The T6 version is the most expensive to run and maintain. You can also get the best auto insurance coverage on the vehicle due to safety and reliability data.


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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