2018 Volvo S60
- Good balance between a comfortable ride quality and sporty handling
- Excellent safety scores and available advanced safety features
- Available extended-wheelbase model offers extra legroom
- Fuel economy for high-performance engine might not live up to expectations
- Standard-wheelbase sedan has less rear legroom than competitors
2018 Volvo S60 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which S60 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
After nearly a decade on the market, it would be easy for the 2018 Volvo S60 to look dated compared to its luxury-sedan rivals, but it's quite the opposite. Its looks are still classy, and all of the modern safety equipment you'd expect from Volvo is helping to keep this four-door Scandinavian competitor relevant.
Under the hood, the S60 is available with two four-cylinder engines, one that is turbocharged, the other turbocharged and supercharged. Front- and all-wheel drive are both available, and the multiple safety features offered give the S60 a range of modern technology. The handling has varying levels of sportiness depending on the trim level, and the ride is definitely a luxury-level quality. Interior trimmings, as unfamiliar as they may seem to owners coming from other brands, are upscale and pleasing to the touch. And while legroom is limited on the standard S60, there's an available extended-wheelbase model called the Inscription that adds about 3 inches of rear legroom. Essentially, the 2018 Volvo S60 has all the bases covered. Despite its age, it's a well-rounded sedan that has a lot going for it. We recommend taking one out for a test drive.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Volvo S60 is available in four different trim levels. The two standard-wheelbase offerings are the T5 Dynamic and T6 AWD R-Design Platinum, and the long-wheelbase trim levels are the T5 Inscription and T5 Inscription Platinum. The T5 Dynamic comes with items such as power seats and Volvo's Sensus smartphone app integration. Work your way up to the Inscription or Inscription Platinum and you'll get the longer wheelbase, an upgraded sound system and a slew of safety features. The T6 AWD R-Design is the sportiest and most powerful S60.
The T5 Dynamic and T5 Inscription are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (240 hp, 258 lb-ft) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The T6 AWD R-Design uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (302 hp, 295 lb-ft).
Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is an option on all trim levels, except on the T6 AWD R-Design, which comes only with AWD. Every S60 uses the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base T5 Dynamic comes relatively well-equipped with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, xenon headlights, LED running lights, headlight washers, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings, power-folding rear headrests, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard technology features include a low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation system, a 7-inch display screen, Volvo's Sensus smartphone app integration, Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth, voice commands, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a USB interface.
The midlevel T5 Inscription gets the longer wheelbase (which increases rear legroom by 3 inches), side rear window sunshades, a power rear window sunshade, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a power front passenger seat, a configurable instrument display and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a multi-filter cabin air filtration system and additional sound-deadening material.
The Inscription Platinum adds a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, turn-adapting headlights, revised seats, wood interior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Volvo's Convenience and Technology packages (explained below).
At the top of the ladder, there's the T6 AWD R-Design Platinum, which has all the Inscription Platinum features plus the more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, special exterior and interior trim, navigation, sport front seats, adjustable steering effort and paddle shifters.
Available on all S60 Inscription models and standard on Platinum models, the Convenience package adds power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, and a grocery-bag holder. The Technology package features adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, a more advanced forward collision warning and mitigation system, and a lane departure warning and intervention system.\
Volvo's optional Climate package, available on all S60s except the Dynamic trim level, includes a heated windshield, heated windshield washers, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and an active cabin air filter. The Sport package (T5 Dynamic only) includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adjustable steering effort and paddle shifters. Also available is the Vision package, which features blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park sensors, and keyless entry and ignition.
Other notable options are an automatic parking assistance system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Drive-E (turbo and supercharged 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Volvo S60 has received some minor trim-level revisions. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's model, however.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite S60 safety features:
- City Safety Systems
- Helps avoid collisions with other vehicles with collision warning, mitigation and automatic braking systems that operate up to 19 mph.
- Volvo On Call
- Notifies emergency services in the case of an accident or stolen vehicle.
- Technology Package
- Includes pedestrian and cyclist detection as well as lane departure warning/intervention, which keep you from drifting out of your lane.
2018 Volvo S60 for Sale
The 2018 Volvo S60's aggressive wedge styling sharply droops the nose down to give an attractive stance. It looks so modern, so up-to-date, that's it's hard to believe this second-generation S60 has been on sale since the 2011 model year. Yet the 2018 S60 is still a handsome, exciting-looking entry-level luxury sedan.
Volvo sells the S60 in several different trims. The S60 T5 Dynamic is well-equipped and powered by a turbocharged version of Volvo's latest Drive-E family of four-cylinder engines. (The Drive-E four-cylinder engine will power all Volvos in the future and has already established itself as capable in the larger S90 sedan and XC90 crossover.) The S60 features a 2.0-liter turbocharged version that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It feeds the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. And, yes, all-wheel drive is an option.
The S60 T5 Inscription model adds more equipment and a wheelbase that's stretched 3 inches for some extra legroom in the back. It uses the same engine and transmission as the Dynamic, and Volvo also offers it with all-wheel drive.
The T6 AWD R-Design Platinum is only available with all-wheel drive and comes bursting with neat details in the interior, plus a 302-hp turbocharged and supercharged version of the Drive-E 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The stretched wheelbase, however, is not an option with this trim level.
When it comes to safety, there's plenty (this is Volvo, after all). The features that are standard include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. Low-speed frontal collision warning and collision mitigation with automatic braking (City Safety) systems are standard. They can help the driver avoid a collision with other vehicles or a run-in with a stationary object at speeds of up to 19 mph by automatically applying the brakes if the driver doesn't react quick enough.
With dozens of cars from which to choose, the entry-level luxury sedan category is difficult to navigate without a guide. Edmunds is here to help you find the 2018 Volvo S60 that's right for you.
2018 Volvo S60 Overview
The 2018 Volvo S60 is offered in the following submodels: S60 Sedan, S60 Polestar. Available styles include T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T5 Dynamic 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T5 Inscription Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Polestar 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), and T6 R-Design Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Volvo S60?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volvo S60 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 S60 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 S60.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volvo S60?
2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,145. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,839 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is21% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,945. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,445.
The average savings for the 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is22.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,095. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,234 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,234 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,861.
The average savings for the 2018 Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is20.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Volvo S60?
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