This 2012 Volvo S60 video review highlights this entry-level luxury sedan's price, fuel economy, comfort and features. We compare it to other sport sedan models and let you know more about its T5 and T6 models.
Pricing for the Volvo S60 starts around $32,000 for the T5 model, climbs to $39,000 for the T6 model, and maxes out around $50,000 for a loaded T6 R-Design.
There's no denying the S60 has a unique shape, and it gets even better on the inside. The materials are top-quality, and Volvo takes ergonomics very seriously, so everything's easy to use.
It's true that some of the controls are dated, particularly the navigation interface. Inadequate street labeling on the maps also makes it tough to see where you are at a glance. Still, if you've got back problems, you can't do much better than these front seats.
As in many luxury sedans in this price range, rear legroom is tight. The trunk is also small, but folding seats and a ski pass-through improve utility.
Volvo built its reputation on safety. While the Volvo S60 doesn't have the most airbags in its class, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick for its crash test performance. This car can also be equipped with City Safety and Pedestrian Detection technology that automatically applies the brakes to help you avoid hitting other cars or people.
Choosing the Volvo S60 is easy. The turbocharged five-cylinder engine in the video's T5 model offers more than adequate acceleration and returns 24 mpg combined. If you want more power, or you need all-wheel drive for driving in snow, go for one of the T6 models. They come with a six-cylinder engine and get 23 mpg with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg with AWD.
Ride quality is very comfortable. Even if you're accustomed to driving a BMW or Audi, you'll be surprised by how sporty the S60 feels and should be glad you gave this Volvo a chance.