Volvo S60 Review
The 2014 Volvo S60 ranks 10 out of 22 Upscale Midsize 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.
With powerful engine options and a stylish interior, reviewers say that the 2014 Volvo S60 is a compelling alternative to popular German and Japanese sport sedans.
The Volvo S60 comes with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that test drivers say provides plenty of power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a few reviewers think that a transmission with more gears would improve the S60’s acceleration and fuel economy. The base 2014 S60 gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway. While those estimates are good for an upscale midsize car, rivals like the Audi A4 use less fuel. If you want more power, the S60 T6 and T6 R-Design models come with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Test drivers write that the S60 offers capable handling, though some say it’s not as sharp as sports sedans like the BMW 3-Series. They also say that the S60 has a very comfortable ride and responsive steering.
Auto writers say that the 2014 Volvo S60’s interior is stylish, with high-quality materials throughout. They think the front seats are comfortable, but say the rear seats are cramped. The trunk is also a bit small for an upscale midsize car. Some critics say that the S60’s infotainment system is not as easy to use as the systems found in Volvo’s competitors, though many like the S60’s clear gauges and user-friendly climate controls. Standard features include cloth seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system. Available features include leather seating, heated front and rear seats, a moonroof, navigation and an Audyssey 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. A number of driver assistance and safety systems are also available, including adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, a front-facing camera that displays a 180-degree view, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.
- "The Volvo S60 is a premium mid-size sedan that serves more in the way of luxury and performance than ever before as it guns for well-established upscale rivals from Germany and Japan." -- Left Lane News
- "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
- "The handsome 2014 Volvo S60 has a new front end treatment that makes it look even better than before, if that's possible. In addition, the interior is one of the most accommodating in the segment, performance is commendably eager, handling is responsive and predictable and, to top it all, there's Volvo's long-standing and impeccable reputation for the utmost in safety features and occupant protection." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "And while it isn't a sharp-edged sport sedan like a BMW 3 Series or Cadillac ATS, the Volvo S60 fits right in against more comfort-tuned entry-level luxury sedans like the Acura TL, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We certainly think it's worth a test-drive." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
If you’re looking for a sportier car, reviewers think the BMW 3-Series is a compelling performer, with phenomenal handling and powerful engine choices. The base 3-Series also gets better gas mileage than the S60, and it has more head- and legroom in the back seat.
Automotive journalists say the Acura TL is a well-built, comfortable alternative, much like the Volvo S60. The TL also comes with some standard features that cost extra on the S60, such as a moonroof and heated front seats.
Details: 2014 Volvo S60
The 2014 Volvo S60 seats five and is available in six trims, ranging from the base Premier T5, with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, to the top-of-the-line Platinum T6 AWD R-Design, with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The 2014 Volvo S60 receives new interior and exterior styling, but the last full redesign was in 2011. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.