2020 Volvo S60

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$36,050 - $48,045
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2020 Volvo S60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear Volvo? It would definitely be the fact that the cars from this particular brand are the safest cars in the market. The S60 has been a competition for the C-Class and 3-series for about 20 years now. But unfortunately, this amazing piece of engineering goes unnoticed by the majority of people.

The S60 has not done so well in the market due to the presence of goliaths like BMW and Mercedes. Only time can tell if this Swedish magnificence can finally get the kind of recognition it deserves in the entry level luxury segment. The S60 is the perfect blend of technology and luxury. The minimalist design on both interior and exterior of the car is very tastefully done. The reason Volvo has a very strong fan base is due to the sheer fact that it is safe and reliable.

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Pros

Design

Great Performance

Maneuverability

Cons

Too many controls for technology interface

Sport suspension available as optional not so smooth

What's New?

R-Design trim gets standard features like four-zone climate control, interior lighting, a tailored dashboard and paddle shifters

Blind-spot monitoring gets steering collision avoidance

All models get virtual instrument panel as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36050

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

63 in.

width

80.3 in.

height

56.6 in.

curb weight

3657 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

92 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

890 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/32/25 mpg

highway range

508.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2020 Volvo S60 Review video
2020 Volvo S60 Detailed Review video

Styles

2020 Volvo S60 in Birch Light Metallic color 2020 Volvo S60 in Black Stone color 2020 Volvo S60 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color 2020 Volvo S60 in Denim Blue Metallic color
Birch Light Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$36,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,050 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$40,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $40,550 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$43,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,545 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$43,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,545 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$48,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$48,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


This Swedish beauty has an extensive list of specs on offer which is just a statement to prove it’s worth in this segment. No matter what parameter this car is examined from, it passes all those tests with flying colors. The overall build quality of the car is comparable, if not better, to BMW or Mercedes.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2020 Volvo S60 Features

8.0/10

There are 4 trims and 3 engine options that are on offer for the S60. The trims are Momentum, Inscription, R-Design, and the Polestar Electric Hybrid. The engine options are the T5, T6, and the T8 where the drivetrain differs and the engine prowess accentuates as we move up the trim. There are a plethora of features in the base Momentum trim which are standard. 

Trims

Momentum

Inscription

R-Design

MSRP(FWD) T5

$36,050

$43.545

$43,545

MSRP(AWD) T6

$40,550

$48,045

$48,045

Key Features

2.0L I-4 Engine 

302 @ 5,700 rpm Horsepower

362 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower

 

Geartronic 8-spd w/OD Transmission

instant Traction(TM) all-wheel Drive type

347 @ 3,100 rpm Torque

 

240 hp @ 5,600 rpm

19" machined w/painted accents Aluminum Wheels

20" machined w/painted accents Aluminum Wheels

 

258 @ 1,500 rpm Torque

Windshield wipers - rain sensing

Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated fro

 

Front-wheel Drive type

Driver and passenger Lumbar support

Simulated suede/leather Seat

 

ABS and driveline Traction control

Navigation system

Parking assist

 

1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

   
 

18" machined w/painted accents Aluminum Wheels

   
 

Front air conditioning, dual-zone automatic

   
 

Harman Kardon Sound System

   
 

1st row LCD monitor

   
 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

   
 

Rear Fog/driving lights

   
 

Heated mirrors

Leather Seat trim

Driver Lumbar support

   

We Recommend.

The T6 Momentum Trim is offered with AWD drive-train is probably the best trim on offer. It’s power figures are decent enough to bring it in the running with some of the more premium vehicles and with a price that wouldn’t burn a hole through your pockets. 

2020 Volvo S60 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The multiple engine options offered for the S60 are all the same 2.0L Inline 4 Engine with a direct-injected turbo. The T6 slaps a supercharger on the turbocharged engine and generates more power. The T6 also gets AWD to support the surplus power and torque from the engine. The T8 goes above and beyond with the addition of an electric motor on the existing T6 layout which is much cleaner and has low emissions.

The engine has been mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Driving this beauty on the road the transmission seems confused at times and struggles to find the right gear ratio. Here the transmission comes with paddle shifter that is available on the R-Design Trim.

Models

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

MSRP

$40,550

$42,750

$43,400

$41,900

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged & Supercharged Inline-4 cylinders

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic 

9-speed automatic 

8-Speed automatic

Horsepower

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

255 @ 5000rpm

255 @ 5800rpm

247 @ 5500rpm

Torque

295 ft-lbs. @ 2200rpm

295 @ 1550rpm

273 @ 1800rpm

269 @ 1300rpm

Volvo T6 gets a supercharger on the turbocharged engine and generates the most power out of the entire line up. The winner here is clearly the Volvo. 

How Fast is it?

The 2.0L inline-four is an engine that is quick and responsive. But then again this is not really a performance-oriented car. All facts considered the engine is not laggy and it is well equipped to satisfy speed-thirst on open roads. The turbo-charges and the Supercharger equipped with our model does make it all the more capable.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

0-60 MPH

5.9 seconds*

5.5 seconds

5.6 seconds

6.0 seconds

Quarter Mile

N/A

14.3 seconds

14.7 seconds

14.7 seconds

Engine

2.0 liters Inline 4 Turbocharged

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.5

6.6

6.3

N/A

*2019 data used.

The Volvo accelerates slower than the BMW and Mercedes. It does have a bigger engine and makes more power but like we’ve said, it is a family sedan. The BMW proves to be the quickest of the lot followed closely by Mercedes. 

How Responsive are the Brakes?

The braking power of the Volvo is powered by the front and rear brakes by Brembo. There is a new phenomenon where most manufacturers pick up the best available parts and outsource them into their vehicles. A similar approach has been adopted by Volvo in the S60 production. With 13.2 inches brakes in the front and 12.9 inches brakes in the rear, the Volvo does give a sense of reliability while pumping the brakes.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

Front (in.)

13.2

12.3

13

13.8

Rear (in.)

12. 9

11.8

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3907

3772

3602

3500

60-0 (ft.)

N/A

123

131

123

Volvo sports the brakes from Brembo which should be an additional benefit. The BMW and the Jaguar show the best braking performance. The stopping distance for the Volvo is not available.

How Is The Ride & Handling?

To put it in simple terms the Volvo is designed as a family luxury sedan. It does not feel as exciting as the BMW or Mercedes competition from behind the steering wheel. The steering is not as responsive as the other competitions mentioned earlier. Although the drive feels stable and smoother in comparison.

There are three drive modes that are mated with it. The modes do change the engine output which goes from fuel-efficient to power-efficient with a turn of the drive mode knob. There is also an individual drive mode which can be customized according to preferences.

2020 Volvo S60 Fuel Economy

Volvo is a family and eccentric youth-centered brand. They have a very loyal fan base who love it for its safety, reliability, and fuel-efficiency with no compromises on luxury and comfort. The 2.0L turbocharged Inline 4 is not only snappy but also fuel-efficient. It is one of those rare breeds of cars that gives you a bit of everything you need from your everyday vehicle.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

MPG (City)

21

25

23

24

MPG (Highway)

32

34

33

34

MPG (Combined)

25

28

26

28

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

15.9

15.6

17.4

16.6

Range (City/Highway)

331/509

390/530

400/574

398/564

The BMW and Jaguar here are clearly the most efficient vehicles from the line up. Considering the power figures it’s evident that the Volvo gets a power upgrade which does some damage to its fuel efficiency numbers. 

2020 Volvo S60 Interior

7.2/10

As the doors of the car open the view of the interior is one that gives off a very minimalistic feel. The interior of the car is tasteful and has plush premium materials used all around. The seats feel very comfortable to sit in and provide the best structural support for the optimum driving position. The comfort is not just limited to the front but extends all the way to the rear seats. The rear passengers get the best leg-room on offer in this particular segment.

2020 Volvo S60 Seating Layout

The steering wheel is comfortable to the touch and has the same premium feel to it. It has telescopic adjustment options that further enhance comfort for a better drive experience. The steering is also equipped with steering mounted control to ease the infotainment interaction.

The glove box has enough space to hold all important documentation and a few essentials. The door sills can easily store a large bottle of water on either side. There is a storage space under the hand-rest which is amply spaced and houses 2 USB ports. The cupholders in the front are well hidden under a slab that can be pulled open. There is a foldable armrest for the rear passengers which houses 2 cupholders. There are 3 USB ports in the rear as well.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.0/56.1/42.3

40.3/42/55.1

40.9/55.3/41.7

37.0/56.8/41.5

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.0/54.5/35.2

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.1/55/35.2

37.0/54.7/35.0

The cabin space in all these cars is almost identical. The Mercedes and BMW offer good seating comfort. Here the Mercedes does outshine due to its pristine luxury and interior design. But the Volvo is minimalistic and offers a very subtle yet premium feel.

What creature comfort does it offer?

The fact that it is a luxury car is prominent due to the number of features available.

  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather seats
  • An eight-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar)
  • Driver memory settings
  • Power-folding rear headrests
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • A 60/40-split folding rear seat

How good is the Infotainment setup?

The infotainment system in the center console is like a 9-inch tablet in portrait mode. The user interface developed by Volvo is interactive and very simple to get accustomed to. It is powered by Harman Kardon surround sound system. The touch input is quick and does not lag which makes it very immersive. The infotainment can also be controlled by buttons placed right under the console. Volvo has also kept an option available for all potential audiophiles which are the optional Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system. The premium sound system will cost you $3250 which is acceptable for the studio-like feel in the cabin.

What are the noticeable infotainment features?

The Info-tainment system does offer a few features to ensure entertainment on a drive.

  • 9-inch Touch screen
  • Volvo's Sensus smartphone app integration
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Voice commands
  • Harman Kardon Sound System
  • Satellite radio
  • An auxiliary audio jack
  • A USB audio interface
  • HD Radio

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

There cannot have been more emphasis laid on the fact that this is a family-centered vehicle. This statement is further cemented with the fact that the S60 offers ample space in the trunk. The S60 can hold a pair of large and small-sized suitcases placed one over the other easily. That's more than enough space to carry everyday baggage and a week’s grocery together.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

Cargo Volume (Cu-ft.)

13.8

13

12.6

14.7

The Jaguar has the best cargo space in this lineup. Although Volvo does offer enough space which ranks second. For your everyday requirements, Volvo has enough room in the trunk.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Cockpit Area
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Cockpit Area
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Center Console
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Center Console
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Door Sills
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Door Sills
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Door Sills

2020 Volvo S60 Exterior

8.0/10

The S60 gives off a baby S90 vibe if you see one rolling down the street. Walk up close the personality of the S60 becomes evident. It has original design cues and character. The style of the S60 can be differentiated from the grill and the air vents in the front. The thor hammer style LEDs housed within the headlights just give it that extra pizazz of a premium luxury car. Also, it’s like an homage to the nordic gods to bless their brand, probably not, but it is a good thought.

2020 Volvo S60 3 Quarter View

The design is tasteful and does have a Scandinavian touch. It has a muscular body style and demands the presence needed on freeways to make way through. The sides are tastefully sculpted and add to the overall muscularity. The rear houses the dual exhaust layout with the signature Volvo sedan look over the trunk.

Model

Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

BMW 330i XDrive

Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Jaguar XE S AWD

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3907

3772

3602

3500

Length (in)

187.4

182.5

184.5

183.9

Width (in)

80.3

71.3

71.3

72.8

Height (in)

56.6

56.3

56.8

55.8

Ground Clearance (in)

5.9

5.4

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

110.6

111.8

111.6

Track Width (in) F/R

61.2/62.1

60.3/61.9

61.5/60.9

62.8/62.4

The design style of all these cars is simply amazing. All of them have their own cues that define their character very well. The S60 turns out to be the longest, widest, and heaviest out of all the vehicles.

What are the design highlights on the outside?

The designs and features on the exterior are what give the S60 its own persona.

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
  • LED running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rearview camera
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Rear View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Rear View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Side Mirror
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Side Mirror
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan taillight
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View

2020 Volvo S60 Safety

8.0/10

Well, here we are, this is probably the biggest reason why Volvo has been popular for its safety even before the regulation mandated safety requirements. The let down here is that the 2020 model has not been crash-tested yet. There aren’t many physical changes when compared to the 2019 model. Taking the ‘19 model into consideration, it has received the highest NHTSA & IIHS ratings.

What are the on-board Safety Features?

Volvo does care about anybody and everybody in the cabin of their vehicle. Which is why they have a number of active features onboard.

  • Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Traction Control

2020 Volvo S60 Competition

Volvo S60 vs BMW 330i XDrive

The BMW is a vehicle that has been the most sold out of the line up we have today. The popularity of the BMW is immense. But when compared to the Volvo then you have a dilemma. There is better seating comfort in the Volvo. The S60 also generates more power comparatively.

2020 BMW 330i XDrive

Volvo S60 vs Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Mercedes is a pure luxury offering and has a long list of features for creature comfort in the cabin. But from an overall performance standpoint it's the Volvo that does better. The Volvo makes more power all the while delivering better MPG numbers.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 4-Matic

Volvo S60 vs Jaguar XE S AWD

The Jaguar does have some flare to its name, but the design language and the tech used in the vehicle seem somewhat outdated. The Volvo offers better tech, performance and comfort than the Jaguar. The design of the Volvo seems a little more appealing than its counterpart.

2020 Jaguar XE S AWD
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2020 Volvo S60 Final Verdict

Volvo has outperformed all expectations and is serious about creating a space for itself in the market. The S60 out performs on every spectrum of testing on every parameter to be tested. The interiors and the comfort is extremely good. The performance numbers are best in segment. 

You would expect it to burn a hole in your pocket, but this is comparatively the most pocket friendly vehicle in the segment. If all of these statements don’t answer the question, let's make it simple. Yes the Volvo S60 is a vehicle worth every penny you spend on it.

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