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2014 Volvo S60

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2014 Volvo S60

  • The 2014 Volvo S60 is a well-balanced and stylish luxury sedan. As such, it makes for a tempting alternative to the ubiquitous German luxury sedans.

  • Pros

    Strong turbocharged engines; superb crash test scores; well-balanced ride and handling; comfortable front seats.

  • Cons

    Smaller-than-average backseat; some dated controls.

  • What's New for 2014

    For 2014, the Volvo S60 gets a face-lift that gives it a lower, leaner look while the cabin also sees a few changes. The latter include new instruments, new seats, added metallic accents, an upgraded tire pressure monitor and white, rather than green, button illumination. Finally, Volvo has revised some option packages and quickened transmission shift speeds for the Sport mode on T6 models.

Full Edmunds Expert Review: 2014 Volvo S60

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Volvo S60 gets a face-lift that gives it a lower, leaner look while the cabin also sees a few changes. The latter include new instruments, new seats, added metallic accents, an upgraded tire pressure monitor and white, rather than green, button illumination. Finally, Volvo has revised some option packages and quickened transmission shift speeds for the Sport mode on T6 models.

Introduction

Yes, the entry-level luxury sport sedan game is rife with talented, higher-profile players. But along with the all-stars from Germany, Japan and America, the Swedish-built 2014 Volvo S60 can certainly hold its own.

In addition to providing the expected qualities of this segment -- handsome styling, solid performance, a comfortable cabin and plenty of luxury features -- the 2014 S60 also brings endearing Volvo personality traits to the table. These include impressive safety, extremely comfortable front seats and feisty, turbocharged five- and six-cylinder engines.

Those safety features include standard "City Safe," which can automatically stop the S60 if a low-speed collision with another vehicle or fixed object is deemed imminent. Optional this year is a similar system that also senses wayward pedestrians or cyclists. The latter is part of a package that also does its best to keep the driver on point via its driver-attention and lane-departure warning systems.

Also new this year is refreshed front and rear end styling, a slightly revised cabin and some more features for the various option packages. The slimmer grille and headlights give the S60 a leaner, lower look, while new instruments, added metallic accents and cloth-covered B-pillars dress things up inside. T6 and R-Design models get new sport seats, new paddle shifters and a multiconfigurable instrument display.

Overall, we like the 2014 Volvo S60. While its backseat is a bit tight and its sporting credentials aren't quite on the same level as the BMW 3 Series or Cadillac ATS, the Volvo S60 fits right in against more comfort-tuned entry-level luxury sedans like the Acura TL, 2014 Audi A4 and 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's also priced attractively, often thousands less than the competition. If you're shopping for a premium-brand sedan this year, this quietly competent Volvo is worth a test-drive.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Volvo S60 is a midsize luxury sedan available in three trim levels: T5, T6 and T6 R-Design.

The T5 comes standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, headlight washers, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar), driver memory settings, power-folding rear headrests, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, T-Tec cloth upholstery, a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The Premier package includes keyless ignition/entry, bright window trim, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, a configurable instrument display and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premier Plus includes those features and adds a quick-fold front passenger seat, a grocery bag holder and a rearview camera.

The Platinum package gets you the options above plus auto-dimming/power-retractable side mirrors, cabin accent lighting, a 12-speaker premium sound system and a navigation system.

The Climate package includes a heated windshield, heated windshield washers, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and an active cabin filter. Springing for the Technology package gets you adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, driver-attention warning, lane-departure warning and a collision warning system with auto braking, pedestrian detection and cyclist detection.

An 18-inch Sport package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, stiffer suspension tuning, sport front seats and paddle shifters. Also available is the Blind Spot Information System package, which features side blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear park sensors. Adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays are the S60's notable stand-alone options.

To the T5's standard features the T6 adds a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive and the contents of the Premier and Sport packages. The T6 R-Design adds to the T6 more power, special exterior styling details, unique 18-inch wheels, the adaptive bi-xenon headlights, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, special interior trim, a sport steering wheel and the contents of the Premium package less the front and rear parking sensors, which are optional. Other options and packages essentially mirror those of the T5.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Volvo S60 T5 has a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 engine that produces 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is optional. Volvo estimates that the T5 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds (6.6 with AWD). Estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city/30 mpg highway) on front-wheel-drive models and 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/29 mpg highway) with AWD, which is respectable given this powertrain's performance.

The S60 T6 AWD, as the name implies, comes with all-wheel drive as well as a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, an S60 T6 without this year's transmission improvements hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds; this year's model should be a tenth or two quicker, though that's still about the same as other AWD sedans with similar power. Estimated fuel economy stands at 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/25 mpg highway).

The T6 R-Design gets a more powerful version of the same engine good for 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and the six-speed auto are still standard. Fuel economy is identical to the T6.

Safety

Upholding Volvo's sterling reputation for passenger protection, the 2014 S60 comes loaded with standard safety features that include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, whiplash-reducing front head restraints and City Safety. The latter can help the driver avoid rear-ending other vehicles or a stationary object at speeds of up to 19 mph by automatically applying the brakes if he doesn't react in time.

Included in the optional Technology package is Volvo's pedestrian detection feature, which can apply full braking force (reducing speed by as much as 22 mph) to help you avoid hitting pedestrians and cyclists who are at least 31 inches in height. This package also includes electronic warnings for driver inattention, lane departure and impending collision, the last of which includes automatic braking. Other safety options include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system (which includes warnings about rapidly approaching vehicles on either side) and rear cross-traffic alerts.

In Edmunds brake testing, the T5 came to a stop from 60 mph in a below-average 128 feet. With its bigger brakes and high-performance tires, the T6 managed to stop in an excellent 114 feet.

The government gave the Volvo S60 a perfect rating of five stars for overall crash protection, with five stars each for total frontal and side crash protection. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the S60 received the best possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The S60 is notable in that it's one of the few cars to earn a "Good" rating in that new small-overlap frontal-offset test. The IIHS also rated the S60's optional frontal collision warning and mitigation system as "Superior."

Interior Design and Special Features

Interior materials in the 2014 Volvo S60 are on par with the rest of the entry-level luxury sedan class. The heavier graining on the dash and doors won't suit everyone, but there's no denying that the interior leather, vinyl and plastic are quality materials. Volvo's unique Scandinavian take on wood and metal accents also gives the S60's cabin more personality than most rivals.

The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and "mode man" pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system is fairly easy to use, too, though the array of small audio buttons looks somewhat dated. The interface for the available DVD-based navigation system is far superior than that of past Volvos, but the navigation software still feels a few years behind rivals' systems.

As you expect in a Volvo, both the standard front seats and the optional sport seats offer excellent long-trip comfort and proper support. Unfortunately, the backseat isn't quite as accommodating. The seats themselves are supportive, but legroom and foot room are tight for adults taller than 5-foot-8. Competitors like the C-Class are similarly sized, but cars like the Acura TL and BMW 3 Series are more welcoming for taller passengers.

The trunk's 12-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for the class as well, but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats and the front passenger seat fold down, and there's a separate ski pass-through.

Driving Impressions

The 2014 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, sophisticated and well-behaved luxury sedan with ample power whether you go with five or six turbocharged cylinders. It's a sure-footed handler with nicely weighted steering that feels substantial without being heavy.

Regardless of output, the T6 engines are smooth and powerful, and the all-wheel-drive system apportions power to individual wheels to maximize traction and grip through turns or on slippery roads. The base front-wheel-drive T5 model, meanwhile, lines up favorably with other rear-drive entry-level luxury cars like the 328i and C250 that feature turbocharged four-cylinders. Most buyers would likely find the acceleration, response and fuel economy of the T5 to be compelling, but the Volvo's comfortable ride is its strong suit.

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Finally happy after many other cars

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

I've owned a lot of vehicles and my S60 finally seems to hit the sweet spot of European performance and luxury with the reliability and lower cost of ownership I desire. It is just an all-around competent vehicle that is a pleasure to get in and drive everyday. It has a super high quality feel - like it's built very solid, something I didn't get in my Accord or Camry Hybrid. I just love the leather interior in this car - it is thick, comfortable, and smells great. The performance is more than adequate with the T5, steering and handling are excellent (not numb like my Camry was), and the comfort on long road trips is outstanding (not noisy like my Accord). Reliability has been fine - just routine maintenance required, and one A/C component replaced under warranty. I couldn't be happier, and I'm pretty picky about cars because I spend a lot of time in them.




Saved my wife's life

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

I bought a certified used 2013 Volvo S60 with AWD in August 2015, with 17K miles on it. It came with a 7-year/100,00 mile warranty, which is unbeatable. I had to have the driver's side door sensor and the pump for the windshield washer fixed under warranty at that start, but no problems since then. The car has plenty of power, is very comfortable and easy to drive on long trips. It is the most comfortable car I have owned. On Presidents' Day 2016, my wife was driving uphill with about an inch of fresh snow on the road, when a driver coming down the hill lost control and slide sideways into her late so quickly that she had no chance to react. The combined speed of the crash probably was in the 50 to 60 mph range. My wife got only a sore chest and some bruises on her hips from the seatbelt, but otherwise she did not have a scratch. All of the airbags deployed. The car was totaled. I'm so glad that she was riding in a Volvo when the accident happened. I'm now looking to replace it with another a year newer.




Great good car with glitches

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

The dealer has made almost everything right... In the first 6 months they replaced -faulty door sensor (lft rear pass side) -faulty ignition pump- car failed to start on the first try when the gas gauge was at 1 bar ( I recorded the starting problem on my cell phone which was a big help in troubleshooting the problem). Sometimes the roof liner rattles- the dealer couldn't find the problem. The front tires wore unevenly at 20 k. I had the tires rotated (free) and paid $100 for a front end alignment because it was past the adjustment period. I have had a s80, xc70 , xc90 or, and a 2012 s60 fwd which was faster and more fuel efficient but squirrelly when accelerating on turns/curves and less refined car overall than the 2014 s60. I will try something else when this lease is up- maybe a Lexus. I like reliability.




Great unexpected find

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

I was in the market for an all wheel drive sedan and was really looking at Audi's and Lexus's and after leaving the Lexus dealer I saw a Volvo dealership and decided to stop. Never even considered a Volvo in the process. Anyway took it for a test drive and leased it the same day. Number one reason I got was the comfort of the seats and was truly happy on the way it drove and the functionality of the car. They have come a long way on the looks of their vehicles, should at least give it a test drive. Think u might be as surprised as I was!!



20 of 20 people found this review helpful

Very good car/great value

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

I just picked up my S60 a few days ago after comparing quite a few cars. Audi A4, Buick Regal, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 series & Mercedes new A class. The Volvo was overall the best choice for me as an everyday car. It does all things well and represented a great car for the money. A bit more money than the fully loaded Ford, Buick and Honda but with better quality and features. The same feel and features of the Audi, Mercedes and Cadillac but without a higher price tag and the horrible excuse for a back seat.



25 of 25 people found this review helpful

2 years with my s60 t5 awd

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Vehicle: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6A)

My wife and I decided to downsize with the aim of lowering our overall car payment. My previous car was a 2008 BMW 335i coupe. I loved that car - it's performance, handling and appearance endeared itself to me daily. However, I live in Pennsylvania and winters in it were never really "fun". Also, getting the kids to school became a chore - and a sedan made sense. I decided to lease this time around. Long story short, I got a S60 T5 AWD with Premier and Sport packages. Overall, the car has a decent amount of "go". It's no 335i, but it pulls off the line well. It gets a little asthmatic as the revs climb. The Sport package definitely made a difference in handling too.



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