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Volvo S60 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 208 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Volvo S60

  • Although the 2009 Volvo S60 is comfortable and competent for most drivers, its shortcomings in driving dynamics, refinement and desirability keep it from competing against rivals from Japan and Germany.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent front-seat comfort, extensive safety features, smooth ride.

  • Cons

    Soft suspension compromises handling potential, steering lacks feedback, T5 model's turbo lag and torque steer, limited legroom for rear passengers.

  • What's New for 2009

    The 2009 Volvo S60 returns with many of last year's options included among the standard features and manual shift control added to the automatic transmissions.

Full 2009 Volvo S60 Review

What's New for 2009

The 2009 Volvo S60 returns with many of last year's options included among the standard features and manual shift control added to the automatic transmissions.


Among entry-level midsize luxury sedans, the 2009 Volvo S60 is getting up there in years. After nine years without a full redesign, this is likely the last or penultimate year of the current generation -- relegating the 2009 S60 to lame duck status within its segment.

That's not to say the S60 is a bad car, per se. This four-door Volvo still has a few things going for it, including comfortable front seats, a supple ride quality and the company's reputation for excellent passenger safety. However, when compared to more recently refreshed vehicles from Japanese and German manufacturers, this Swedish sedan is simply dated.

The Volvo's turbocharged inline-5, for instance, is simply no match for the competition's larger-displacement six-cylinder engines. Likewise, the soft and comfortable ride quality makes long distance drives effortless, but other sedans are just as comfortable yet much more enjoyable to drive from a handling and steering standpoint. The interior, while functional, is also a bit outdated -- even by Volvo standards -- as it lacks the visually stunning "waterfall" center console found in the S60's stablemates.

For these reasons, we suggest taking a look at other sedans like the Acura TL, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti G37 and Lexus ES and IS. Unless time is at a premium, even holding out for the next-generation S60 may make more sense.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Volvo S60 is a midsize entry-level luxury sedan with seating for five. It is offered in three trim levels -- the base 2.5T, the 2.5T AWD and the more powerful T5.

The 2.5T comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather upholstery, power front seats with memory for the driver, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a six-speaker, satellite radio-ready audio system with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. As its name implies, the 2.5T AWD adds all-wheel drive but is otherwise identical to the 2.5T with the exception of a different wheel design. Stepping up to the S60 T5 provides a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, adaptive xenon headlights, a 13-speaker premium surround sound system with a six-CD changer, rear parking assist, aluminum interior trim and revised instrumentation.

Many of the T5's features are available for the 2.5 and 2.5T models as packaged options. Additional options for all models include Bluetooth, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers and heated front seats. Options for the T5 include 18-inch wheels and a two-tone interior.

Powertrains and Performance

The S60 2.5T has a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-5 rated for 208 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control (Geartronic) is standard with all engines, and it routes power either to the front wheels or all four on the all-wheel-drive (2.5T AWD) model. The front-wheel-drive-only S60 T5 has a slightly smaller 2.4-liter inline-5 but uses a higher-boost turbocharger, helping it produce 257 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Volvo claims 0-60-mph acceleration times of 6.9 and 7.2 seconds for the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD, respectively, and 6.6 seconds for the T5. Fuel economy comes in at an EPA estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg in combined driving for the front-wheel-drive 2.5T. The 2.5 AWD and the T5 rate just a few miles per gallon less.


In keeping with Volvo's reputation for passenger protection, the 2009 S60 comes with a wide array of standard safety equipment that includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, whiplash-reducing front head restraints and Volvo's OnCall telematics. Rear parking assist is optional.

In government crash testing, the S60 earned four out of five stars for frontal impact protection and a perfect five-star rating for side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the S60 its best rating of "Good" for frontal offset impacts, while side impact tests resulted in a second-best rating of "Acceptable."

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2009 Volvo S60's interior is functional and slightly upscale, thanks to the now standard leather upholstery and added rear-shelf speakers. Controls have a positive feel, but Volvo's use of icons and symbols rather than spelling out button functions tends to be a bit cryptic at first. Front occupants will find the orthopedically designed seats comfortable even for long periods, but rear passengers may find legroom lacking. Trunk space measures 13.9 cubic feet, and the 60/40-split rear seats fold down when additional cargo space is needed.

Driving Impressions

Most drivers will find the 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T delivers sufficient power for everyday driving, but pilots with a penchant for more performance will find it on the weak side. Opting for the T5 model will provide added might, but it also comes with a pronounced turbo lag that tends to bog down initial acceleration. Handling suffers the same fate, with mediocre cornering abilities compared to sportier rivals. Despite having a softer suspension than competing models, the S60 isn't nearly as well-planted when encountering road bumps and imperfections. Braking, however, is impressive.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

An expensive ride

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I am a Volvo owner since 1967. Being a mechanic, I have performed most of the non-warranty work on the Volvo myself. My experience has been that most Volvo dealers are way too expensive for both parts and labor. Sometimes they tend to find issues with your Volvo that never existed before you took it in. They also often do not repair what you asked them to repair. Recently I ordered a new key and remote for my 2009 Volvo, which was missing one of the two when I purchased it. The key and remote were about $300. The Volvo dealer wanted another $295 to program it. I am outraged that for just a key and a remote I will be out almost $600. This may be my last Volvo!!

A great buy!

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I have always driven large suvs (suburban, escalade, Tahoe), but with my new position I needed something to be driving out of town frequently (prev drove Accord, Avalon cts for work travel). I looked at the c class Benz, BMW, Cadillac. But the safety ratings & Volvo service are irreplaceable. The fact that there are no luxury dealerships in my town means that whatever I bought had to have great service & road side assist. I love this car! I wish I could have waited for the new model, but got a terrific deal on this one. You cannot beat Volvo quality no matter how serene & sedate you feel the styling is. Once you drive one & ride in one you are hooked!

My favorite so far

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Finally being financially able to purchase my first brand new car, i looked at everything- I decided with the rebate that I wanted the new S60 because it was a great value for the money. I traded in my IS300 and haven't looked back since! Super comfy, and i will keep it till it hits at least 100k.

Entry luxuary at modest price

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Smooth and solid ride. Very comfortable seat. With promotion in July, I got my Volvo at Camry/Accord price! AND, 5 year 60,000 free maintenance plus road assistant!! It was no brainer to go for Volvo. Also came with leather/sun roof as standard. The climate control system is excellent - I love rain sensing wipers.

Great bang for the buck

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I've looked at the S60's since they came out years ago...but always thought they were overpriced in the market they competed in. However, with the recent clearance reductions, maintenance and warranty incentives...I couldn't help myself...and couldn't be happier. Probably doesn't compete well with the BMW's, Lexus, and Infiniti in it's original price range...but against the Accord and Camry with similar features, I think it stands head and shoulders above. To me, has a much more high-end feel ride. Gas mileage for me runs about 24 in combined driving, or regular unleaded.

My first volvo. love it!!!

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Vehicle: 2009 Volvo S60 2.5T 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I really really like this car. My last car was a 2007 Camry. I test drove some BMW's and Benz's and liked this better. It is pretty quick and easy to drive. It can go pretty fast when you need it to. I have gotten so many compliments on it too. The engine sounds really good and you gett all the torque from 1500-4500 rpm's.

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