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Volvo S60 Review

The 2015 Volvo S60 ranks 10 out of 14 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Volvo S60, as well as reliability and safety data.

Outstanding fuel economy, powerful engines and exceptionally supportive front seats in the 2015 Volvo S60 earn test drivers' praise.

Reviewers say that the base 2015 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E's new turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers ample power. Many of them, however, prefer the new S60 T6 Drive-E's supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both the T5 and T6 Drive-E trims come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which test drivers describe as quick-shifting, and front-wheel drive. A turbocharged five- or six-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission come with all-wheel drive trims. The base 2015 Volvo S60 gets an EPA-estimated 25/37 mpg city/highway, which is fantastic for an upscale midsize car. Reviewers write that regardless of which model you choose, the S60 has a comfortable ride, and while many comment that it offers controlled handling, they also note that it isn’t particularly sporty. Most also say the S60’s steering is accurate, though some think it could provide more feedback.

Critics applaud the attractive cabin design, soft-touch materials and fine switchgear in the Volvo S60. Test drivers find the front seats to be exceptionally supportive, but they say the rear seats are cramped. For the class, the S60's trunk is somewhat small. Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help avoid a collision. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, proximity key, a moonroof, navigation, new active lane keeping and parallel parking assistance systems, pedestrian and cyclist detection, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and a blind spot information system. Reviewers praise the S60’s long list of available driver assistance features, but they note that the Sensus infotainment system has a smaller screen and a slower, less intuitive interface than the systems found in many rivals.

  • "For those who want a first-class and highly-attractive sports sedan in the European mode, and also want to stand out from the crowd, the 2015 Volvo S60 looks great, goes quick and sets the standard in safety features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though its standard cabin tech is a mixed bag, the 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive E boasts loads of available safety features and one of the most complex and entertaining powertrains in this class." -- CNET
  • "You don't hear much about the Volvo S60, at least not from the flurry of automotive reviewers who seem to think that the only luxury sedans worth reviewing come from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. However, the Swedish contribution to the luxury sedan market is noteworthy both for its safety and clean, simple styling. The 2015 Volvo S60 is a prime example of a car every bit as enjoyable as an Audi A4, Lexus IS or Cadillac ATS, but far less common." -- AutoTrader
  • "Judged in a vacuum - you walk into the showroom cold, having done no real comparison shopping - the new S60 is a stunner. Great styling, nifty interior, powerful engine. But up against similar-size rivals, such as BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS, it suffers from lack of features to match its price and can't muster the cachet the other brands have." -- USA Today (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The BMW 3-Series gets excellent fuel economy, and test drivers agree it has very sharp handling. Some reviewers also note that the 3-Series’ iDrive infotainment system is easier to use than the systems in rival cars.

Automotive critics say the Lexus ES 350 has spacious rear seats, a cloud-like ride and a strong standard V6 engine. The ES 350 also has one of the largest trunks in the upscale midsize car class.

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Details: 2015 Volvo S60

The 2015 Volvo S60 seats five and comes in T5 Drive-E, T5 AWD, T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD R-Design trims. The base S60 Drive-E comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and more powerful engine choices are available on higher trims. The Volvo S60 receives a number of updates for the 2015 model year, including the new T5 Drive-E and T6 Drive-E trims. Mid-year 2015.5 models receive a few additional updates, including an upgraded Sensus Connect infotainment system as standard equipment. However, the S60 has not been fully redesigned since 2011, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/15/15

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