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2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid

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What’s new

  • Fully redesigned for 2019
  • New high-performance S60 T8 plug-in hybrid has up to 21 miles of EV range
  • New optional semi-automated Pilot Assist
  • Part of the third S60 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration and braking performance
  • Wonderfully comfortable and supportive seats
  • Well-executed Pilot Assist driving aids
  • Exceptional optional Bowers & Wilkins audio system
  • Too many controls are dependent on a frustrating tech interface
  • No USB ports for rear passengers
  • Optional sport suspension rides a little rough for a luxury sedan
MSRP Range
$54,400 - $55,400
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Which S60 does Edmunds recommend?

In all likelihood, the base Momentum trim with the T5 powertrain will satisfy the vast majority of drivers. It comes with a comprehensive list of advanced safety tech and is eligible for almost all of the features and options from the higher trims.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

Volvos have historically been the safe choice among the European brands, not just in terms of passenger protection but also in regard to their rather tame demeanor. The latest models from Sweden prove, though, that safe no longer has to mean boring. The redesigned 2019 Volvo S60 is a clear example of this.

This new S60 takes design cues from the alluring S90 sedan, giving it a sleek and, dare we say, sexy exterior. It also comes with the choice of three different engines, from the satisfying 250-horsepower T5 to the impressive 316-hp T6 and the invigorating 400-hp T8. That T8 further benefits from a plug-in hybrid system that can travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone, but production is limited to only 20 units in 2019.

In keeping with Volvo's reputation for safety, the new S60 comes with a complete suite of advanced safety features. You can also add Volvo's Pilot Assist semi-automated drive system for an extra layer of protection.

The culmination of all these changes results in one of the best small luxury sedans on the market. It offers a dynamic driving experience when you want to explore its capabilities and high-tech driving aids when you don't.

2019 Volvo S60 models

The 2019 Volvo S60 is available in four trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and a very exclusive T8 Polestar Engineered model. There are three powertrain choices, starting with the T5 that uses a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). It's mated to an eight-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. The T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged version of that engine (316 hp, 295 lb-ft) that comes with all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line T8 takes the T6's engine and adds electric motors (combined output of 400 hp, 475 lb-ft). It too is all-wheel-drive only and is estimated to deliver 21 miles of electric-only range.

The Momentum trim can be had with either the T5 or T6 powertrain. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, automatic and heated wipers, keyless ignition, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch instrument panel display, simulated leather upholstery, heated four-way power-adjustable driver seats, driver-seat memory settings, split-folding rear seats with power-folding headrests, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

On the tech front, you also get a 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen with Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Advanced safety features include forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, lane keeping assist, a road sign reader, a drowsy driver warning system, and remote vehicle controls.

The sporty R-Design spices things up with unique exterior design elements, LED foglights, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, premium leather and fabric upholstery, and the 10-way power front seats.

The Inscription builds on the Momentum features by adding the LED foglights, four-zone automatic climate control, wood interior trim, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, and passenger-seat memory settings. This trim is also eligible for the Luxury Seating package that adds premium leather upholstery and ventilated front seats with power-adjustable side bolsters and massage functions.

All trims are eligible for the Premium package that adds a hands-free trunklid, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, a universal garage door opener, a blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning system with automatic braking, and an automated perpendicular and parallel parking system. Also available on those trims is the Multimedia package that includes a larger 12.3-inch virtual instrument panel, a navigation system, and a 13-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system.

On top of the Premium package, the Advanced package adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, LED foglights, headlight washers, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and Volvo's Pilot Assist semi-automated drive system with adaptive cruise control.

The T8 Polestar Engineered model is limited to 20 units in the United States via Volvo's monthly subscription service and they're already spoken for. It's almost fully loaded with the above features along with a higher-horsepower version of the T8's plug-in hybrid powertrain (415 hp, 495 lb-ft), 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and an Orrefors crystal shift knob.

Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Other add-ons for most trims include an adaptive air suspension, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design (turbo- and supercharged 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.9 / 10
Driving8.5
Comfort7.5
Interior7.5
Utility7.5
Technology8.0

Driving

8.5
Nothing is more satisfying than a car that drives as nice as it looks, and the Volvo S60 is a looker. It delivers a deft combination of performance with very little effort on the driver's part. The S60 is perhaps the only sedan in this class that provides a balance this great across all driving categories.

Acceleration

8.0
The S60's twincharged 2.0-liter, which features both a super- and turbocharger, is responsive and saucy. Its flexible powerband could easily be mistaken for a larger V6 engine. In our testing, it propelled the S60 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, which more than satisfies expectations for the class.

Braking

8.5
The brakes have good mannerisms — they are easy to modulate smoothly in everyday commuting, yet they exhibit powerful stopping capability, especially when the S60's equipped with the optional 19-inch summer tires. Our S60 tester stopped in an impressive 105 feet from 60 mph. Its brake pads also returned a bit of squeal when cold, but we're assuming this isn't the norm.

Steering

8.5
The steering is perfectly befitting the character of the S60. It's direct, it provides good on-center feel, and it even delivers some road feedback when you're powering around turns. The amount of effort feels spot-on and varies depending on the drive mode you're in. This sport-luxury steering is solidly tuned.

Handling

8.0
The all-wheel-drive S60 feels sure-footed in every condition. The grippy tires play a part in providing exceptional cornering speed, but body roll is also very well-controlled. (Note that our test vehicle had the optional sport suspension.) It's not as playful as some rear-wheel-drive sport sedans such as the Genesis G70, but it allows you to move at a good clip without much effort.

Drivability

9.0
The S60 benefits from a smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission that also delivers a quick response. It never trips over itself and works harmoniously to deliver all the juicy low-end torque produced by the engine nearly instantaneously. This engine and transmission combination is definitely one of the best in the class.

Comfort

7.5
The front seats are a highlight for the S60. They provide an excellent balance of support and compliance and are trimmed with a nice mix of cloth and leather upholstery. The ride on our test S60 skewed stiff likely due to the optional sport suspension, and the climate control system's touchscreen dependence is far from ideal.

Seat comfort

8.5
The front seat cushions have a good balance of firmness and compliance and also provide nice lateral support at the thighs and back. The combination of cloth and leather upholstery lends style and breathability. The backseat cushions are a little flatter and less supportive, but there's plenty of padding on every cabin armrest.

Ride comfort

7.0
The optional sport suspension, which is non-adjustable, lends good handling dynamics but also skews a little firm for a luxury sedan. Bumps and cracks can make the cabin feel busy with movement, but overall the ride is not too harsh. Volvo's adaptive Four-C suspension is only available on the top Inscription trim.

Noise & vibration

7.5
Cabin noise is mostly dependent on the road surface you're on. Rougher and more textured pavement creates low-frequency rumble that's ever present, while smoother surfaces return virtually no road noise. Wind noise is nicely isolated in nearly all situations. The only other factor is the engine, which sometimes whines and whooshes unbefitting the character of a luxury sedan.

Climate control

7.5
The four-zone climate system is effective but entirely touchscreen-dependent. The menu is clear and easy to use but always requires a touch to cue up. Waiting for the screen to boot to access climate controls can be painfully inconvenient, though the system can remember settings and also has cabin preconditioning. Rear passengers have their own controls and seat heaters.

Interior

7.5
We can appreciate the appeal of Volvo's clean and simple interior design, but it comes at the expense of convenience and usability. The driving position will accommodate a broad range of body types, and outward visibility is outstanding and is further aided by optional 360-degree cameras.

Ease of use

6.0
Volvo's minimalist interior design means many functions are touchscreen-controlled, which detracts from the quick access and convenience provided by hard buttons. Almost everything takes two button presses when one would normally do, and that becomes a hassle when on the move. The infotainment also takes a moment to fire up when the engine is keyed, but otherwise it's fairly easy to operate for those used to touchscreen interfaces.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
The front seats pose no issues in getting in and out, with good head clearance and knee clearance for the driver with regards to the steering wheel. Access to the back seat is also pretty decent, although the slightly sloping roof and rear wheel arch may require some shimmying through in tight parking spots.

Driving position

8.5
There are ample driver-seat adjustments, including a lower thigh extender and comprehensive lumbar settings that make it easy to find a comfortable position. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes a good amount and should accommodate a wide range of drivers. All important controls are within an arm's reach, too.

Roominess

7.5
The driver and front passenger have a lot of adjustability, and the clean cabin design feels uncluttered. A 5-foot-9 passenger sitting behind a driver of the same height will have ample legroom but not as much headroom as some other compact luxury sedans. Taller individuals may need to slouch a bit to avoid brushing their hair on the headliner.

Visibility

9.0
Visibility in this car is fantastic from the door-mounted mirrors to the rear headrests that fold with the touch of a button. Even the rear passenger windows have been pulled back to help minimize the rear three-quarter blind spot. The abundant driver aids include a 360-degree camera to help you see all the corners around you. We wish the front-facing camera would activate automatically when pulling into a stall.

Quality

8.0
Volvo's build quality feels quite good even if it doesn't exude the level of luxury of Mercedes or Audi. Materials at this level aren't quite as nice as the top Inscription trim, but the elegant design and tight panel tolerances help achieve a favorable and comfortable environment.

Utility

7.5
The S60 trunk is a bit short in height, but it's nicely shaped and outfitted with useful bag hooks and hinges that won't crush your cargo. Interior cabin storage is mostly typical of a luxury sedan, which is to say not overly generous. Car seat installation is relatively easy thanks to thoughtful touches.

Small-item storage

7.5
There are the typical storage solutions for small items, including a center armrest bin, modest door pockets and door grabs. There aren't many options for larger items such as purses or large water bottles, but they aren't as sparse as in some other luxury sedans.

Cargo space

7.5
The trunk is nice and wide but a little short. Either the load floor is high or the deck height is low, but overall volume is a couple of cubic feet smaller than in competitor luxury compacts. The hinges, however, are enclosed so there's no chance of crushing cargo in the back. Flip-down hangers help secure grocery bags, and the rear seatbacks fold forward to create a nearly flat load surface.

Child safety seat accommodation

8.0
The lower LATCH anchors are easy to access under flip doors, and there's sufficient space in back for even rear-facing car seats. Access to the top tethers is aided by the easy-release headrests that fold down.

Technology

8.0
The S60 benefits from an excellent optional audio system, sharp nav system, mobile app functions and effective driver aids. There are multiple ways to integrate an Apple or Android smartphone but oddly no wireless charging option or USB power outlets for rear passengers.

Smartphone integration

7.0
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration comes standard, but you can also use Volvo's native interface if you prefer. There are two USB ports in the armrest and a 12-volt plug up front but strangely no USBs for the rear passengers (only a 12-volt outlet). Volvo also doesn't offer wireless phone charging, which is becoming a norm for new cars, especially luxury types.

Driver aids

8.0
The optional Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control and standard lane keeping are well-sorted systems and will work down to a full stop. It doesn't operate as smooth as some competitor systems, but it's certainly above average considering the whole market. The surround cameras and parking sensors also provide nice assistance but could benefit from more thoughtful execution as to when the cameras turn on.

Voice control

7.0
The voice controls have a little bit more functionality over usual navigation, radio and telephone commands. You can use it to program the climate control too, but we found the system often wasn't able to understand our commands correctly. It gets points for intent but none for execution. It's not quite natural language, but it's less rigid than the typical command structure.

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1 star reviews: 33%
Average user rating: 3.4 stars based on 12 total reviews

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    2019 Volvo S60 First Drive

    2019 Volvo S60 First Drive

    MARK TAKAHASHI: When you think of luxury sedans that are a little sporty, you think of the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, Mercedes C class. It's hard to break into that German trio, but this might actually have a chance. This is the all new 2019 Volvo S60. Before I get too deep into the S60, do me a favor and hit subscribe below. We've got some great Edmond's content coming your way. The S60 is completely redesigned for 2019, and it is the last little puzzle piece in Volvo's Renaissance. It started four years ago with the XC90. And that design language and all of the quality that, quite frankly, was surprising to me carries over to this, the S60. It looks great. It has all the sharpness that the XC90 does. I love these headlights with the signature Thor's hammer. This is the R design, and it has some black accents up front. And I kind of like it. Prices start right around $37,000 for the base T5. That has a two liter, turbocharged, four cylinder, and puts out 250 horsepower. What we have here is that T6 R design. The T6 has a turbo charged and supercharged four cylinder that puts out 316 horsepower. At the very top of the range is the T8, which is a plug-in hybrid it has 415 horsepower. I drove it earlier today. And yes, it has a decent amount of power, but I wasn't a fan of the brakes. The regenerative braking, I could never come to a smooth stop, which is why I think the T6 and possibly the T5 are your best picks. Right off the line, it accelerates nicely. It's smooth. There's no drama. There's no real delay. It's a traditional automatic transmission. You hear a little bit turbo and supercharger whine, but it's actually kind of nice. When you get on the throttle harder, between shifts, you'll hear this little raspy puff, too, which makes it feel a little more sporty, or at least sound a little more sporty. You do have selectable drive modes, as most cars do today. They do have an option for an adaptive suspension. But I don't honestly think it's worth it. It's a really good balance of comfort and performance, as it is. I've been on some rougher roads earlier today, and it handled them just fine, and on some really tight twisty roads, which I'm on the way to hit right now. The T8 was actually really fun to drive. I'm not a very familiar stretch of Pacific Coast Highway right now. And the road noise is really well taken care of. You hear it, sure. You'll hear it pretty much in any car today, but it's not at all intrusive. The wind noise is pretty much absent as well. Visibility is great. I can see all the way around with no real obstructions. When I'm in the turns, I don't have to peek around the left roof pillar right here. And in typical Volvo style, when I don't have rear passengers, I hit a button, and those rear head rests fold flat, as they are right now. Because you can fold those headrests flat, you actually have a better view rearward than almost any other car. Normally, when I think of exciting, sporty little sedans, Volvo isn't at the top of my list. But they've gone and impressed me with this S60. It's actually a lot of fun to drive. It's very confident. This one has all wheel drive. So I do feel like there's an abundance of grip. Steering feels pretty good. And I like that the steering wheel is actually kind of small. Reminds me a little bit of a Lotus Elise, where it had this minuscule, comically small steering wheel, but it also gives you almost this extra directness. We're handling these mid-corner bumps just fine, soaking them up, but there's not a lot of body roll, and it certainly isn't discouraging me from driving harder. Yeah. It's kind of good. It has the mid-grade engine. It's got plenty of beans to get me through and out of turns, and it sounds pretty decent, too. Let's see which mode I'm in. A little roller dial down here. I can go to dynamic. This should sharpen up the response a bit. I'll be damned. It's good. Well, already, it's looking good to compete against BMW and Audi. That question I posed at the beginning, it's going to be a lot easier to answer now. It's encouraging to drive this car. It's almost asking for a little more power, power, power, power, power, power. And that pavement back there is super choppy. And I know that for a fact, because I go through on my motorcycle, and you have to be really careful. This wasn't even fazed by it. So their suspension tuning, spot on. But this R design doesn't really have a lot of performance parts. It's almost more about sporty appearance than anything else. It's not until you get to the Polestar, T8, I think, that comes with a different suspension with the Ohlins dampers and all that good stuff. That means even if you go with a base T5, you're going to have the same experience when it comes to handling. Obviously, not power. But in all fairness, and with past experience with that turbo only T5 engine, it's going to be really good with this S60, because it's in the XC40, which I also like. And this should be even better, a little smaller. It's not a crossover. It's a sedan. Whoo. This is a Volvo that wants to play. Who knew? Let's see how the brakes feel. It's a little soft. Heading into a turn here, getting on the brakes a little hard. Yeah, it's just a little spongy. And I don't have that much feedback to modulate it. But I am really just nitpicking now. When it comes to comfort, I really like the seats Volvo have been putting out. First seat redesign that came out was with the XC90, and they were designed by orthopedists. And man, after hours and hours of driving, I never felt fatigue. I actually felt pretty good getting out of the car. The same with this. I have put many, many hours on this car already, and there's no soreness. I feel really well supported. it just conforms to your body. This car is a joy to drive. If it hasn't become abundantly clear that I'm already a fan of Volvo's exterior design, I'm also a fan of their interior design. It's just as clean. It's just as classy. It's a nice horizontal motif going through the dash with this sharp little lip here, some really nice materials, and the dash is dominated by this vertical touch screen. It's been used in everything since the XC90, with mixed results. But they didn't make improvements for this year. It is apparently 50% quicker to respond, and it does actually work pretty quickly now. It's not quite as intuitive as some other touchscreen systems, but as long as you give it a little time, it becomes pretty intuitive after. It starts with these four tiles here initially. You just swipe one way or the other. Now you have all these choices as far as infotainment, and you get a lot of the systems as far his driver assistance and lane keep and camera systems. It all starts making sense the more you use it. As far as storage goes, well, you have this really nice long bin here with two cup holders and another cubby up there. It's not very deep. But for cup holders, it's just fine. You have another tiny little pocket here that would probably be good for a cell phone and a center bin, which is deep enough. There is a bigger iPhone in there right now, and doesn't seem to be having a problem fitting in their. Door pockets, they're about average if you ask me. It doesn't quite fit larger water bottles, but a medium-sized one will be just fine. One thing I really like about this cabin, too, is the airiness. Now, of course, I mentioned the visibility earlier, but you also have this panoramic sunroof, which is standard throughout the lineup. It really lets the light in, but if you don't want it, you just hit this little button here, and the shade slides forward, and does a good job of keeping the sun off your head. The backseats of the S60 are nicely accommodating. My hair is just barely brushing the headliner, and I'm 5 foot 10. So that means your average male adult will be able to fit back here just fine. There's a good kind of coved out area here for the passenger, and it gives you a little bit of lateral support, and that's something that's unusual in the class, actually in sedans in general. They're usually pretty flat when it comes to seatbacks. I'd be comfortable back here for a road trip, not a problem. Right down here we have a household power outlet, which is a nice touch. Doesn't seem to be USB port back here, but if you have that, well you can get one of those wall outlets with the USB on there. This particular car has quad zone automatic climate control, which means I can control the temperature for each outboard seat here. That's nice. And there are also heated seats back here. This is the R design, probably with a lot of options, as well. So it's expected. But the interface, it's really nice. It's really clean, just like everything else in the S60. While a lot of shoppers are gravitating towards crossovers and SUVs, the S60 shouldn't be overlooked, because it has a decent amount of cargo space. Look at that. You also get some nice little flip down handles for your shopping bags. Maybe not as clever as some of the storage solutions in the XC40, XC60, but for a sedan, it hits the right mark. The question I posed at the top of this video was does this have a chance of squeezing into that German trio of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes? Yes is the short answer. The long answer is absolutely yes. It drives great. It looks great. I mean, look at this, it is sharp and clean. The price is right. You have a choice of three engines. The interior is impeccable. There really isn't a lot to knock it for, and that is a really good sign for a review. If you're looking in this class, I highly recommend going to a Volvo dealer and checking out the S60. For more information on the S60 as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe.

    Edmunds Senior Reviews Editor Mark Takahashi is a big fan of the sporty luxury sedan class that has been dominated by BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. He's also been impressed by Volvo's recent renaissance. At long last, the two have come together with the all-new 2019 Volvo S60 that has the performance, style and smarts to challenge the Germans.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite S60 safety features:

    Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
    Warns if another vehicle is lurking in your blind spot and cross-traffic alert lets you know if something is approaching as you back out.
    City Safety Collision Avoidance
    Warns if a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, cyclist or animal is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
    Run-Off Road Mitigation
    Scans the road to detect if the vehicle may run off the road and automatically tightens seatbelts in preparation.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Volvo S60 vs. the competition

    Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4

    The Audi A4 deserves the praise it gets for striking an enjoyable balance of comfort and performance. The A4 also has a long list of tech features to its credit. If you opt for the S60 with the more powerful T6 or T8 engine, the Audi S4 is a more direct competitor. Based on past experiences, we expect the Volvo to have a bias toward comfort over performance, but Volvos are nearly unassailable in regard to safety innovation.

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    Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series

    The BMW remains one of the best go-to choices for drivers who desire a bit more engagement and performance. Depending on the engine choices and options, comfort in the 3 Series may be negatively affected, but rarely to an objectionable level. The new Volvo S60 will likely have an advantage in relation to technology and safety features since the BMW has been around for much longer.

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    Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is more expensive than the Volvo S60 and its other primary rivals. In return, the Benz delivers a lot more old-world luxury. In the performance department, the C-Class has plenty of model and engine choices to match the S60. We knock the C-Class for its stiff standard suspension, though. Both could do better when it comes to their infotainment interfaces, but neither system is a deal-breaker.

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    2019 Volvo S60 First Drive

    Elegance, Intelligence and Performance

    Mark Takahashi by Mark Takahashi , Senior Reviews EditorOctober 11th, 2018

    For decades, the sporty luxury sedan class has been dominated by the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Since 2001, Volvo has been attempting to break up this German triumvirate with its S60. It's been a likable car; we evaluated a 2012 S60 and a 2015 S60 in yearlong tests and came away with favorable impressions. But there's usually been one thing or another that's held the S60 back from true greatness. That finally changes with the redesigned 2019 Volvo S60.

    This new S60 is the latest model in the Volvo lineup to get a full redesign. It caps off the brand's renaissance that started with the XC90 four years ago. Like every other current Volvo, the S60 gets a styling treatment that combines simplicity and elegance. Not surprisingly, it looks like a smaller version of the stylish S90 sedan, and that's a very good thing.

    Compared to the previous S60, this third-generation model is almost 5 inches longer and 2 inches shorter, but narrower by 0.7 inch. There is also more power, more available features and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Just as significant as what's new is where the 2019 Volvo S60 is built: It's the first model from the Swedish manufacturer to be built in its new Charleston, South Carolina, factory.

    The Price of Power and Equipment

    You have three engine choices with the 2019 Volvo S60. The base T5 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. The T6 is both turbocharged and supercharged with an output of 316 hp that is sent to all four wheels. The T8 builds upon the T6's powertrain with a plug-in hybrid electric system for a combined output of 400 hp. The electric-only driving range is estimated at 21 miles.

    The T5 can be had in three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. For $36,795 (including destination), the Momentum's highlights include a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument panel, faux leather upholstery, power-folding rear headrests and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Advanced safety features include On Call telematics and remote control, a frontal and intersection collision mitigation system (with pedestrian, cyclist and large-animal detection), run-off road protection, lane keeping assist, a road sign reader, oncoming lane collision mitigation, a drowsy driver monitor and post-collision braking.

    Moving up to the R-Design and Inscription trim levels and/or picking some option packages adds more features, of course. These include a blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert and automatic braking, a navigation system, premium audio, leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, a head-up display, Volvo's Pilot Assist automated driving system, adaptive cruise control, an adaptive suspension, and massaging and ventilated front seats.

    Upgrading from the T5 to the T6 will cost $4,500. The T8 will set you back $12,500 over the T5. Graduating from the Momentum trim to the R-Design costs $6,100, while the jump to the Inscription costs $7,100. That means a T8 Inscription rings in at $56,395. In general, this pricing is a bit less than what you'd have to pay for the Germans. There's also a higher T8 Polestar Engineered version that ups power to 415 hp and 494 lb-ft and comes with an adjustable upgraded suspension, Brembo brakes and other flourishes. That model is only offered as part of the Care by Volvo subscription program and was limited to only 20 examples that have already been spoken for. It will likely have broader availability going forward, though.

    Surprisingly Fun

    We've spent most of our time so far with a T6 R-Design. Acceleration is quick and effortless. The four-cylinder engine never feels as though it is being overtasked, and it emits a respectably inspiring exhaust note. We are also pleasantly surprised by how well the S60 takes to the curves. Steering effort is on the light side and, as is the case with almost all new cars, feedback is lacking. But the steering wheel itself is smaller than average, which contributes to a sportier impression, and the car responds precisely to your inputs. The S60 is also stable around turns, and the traction from the all-wheel-drive system further instills confidence. It's fun to drive, and not just for a Volvo.

    Complementing the impressive handling characteristics is a smooth and composed ride. The S60 easily absorbs bumps in the road and doesn't get out of sorts even while cornering. Driven more conservatively, the S60 is very well mannered and easy to drive. Comfort is further bolstered by a quiet cabin that keeps wind and road noise to a minimum at highway speeds.

    We also had a fair amount of drive time in the top-of-the-line T8 Polestar Engineered model but were left somewhat unimpressed. Its acceleration isn't profoundly different than the T6's or as strong as the spec sheet suggests. Another downside is the T8's non-linear brake feel. It reminds us of the brakes in first-generation hybrids from the last decade. Initial pedal effort is mushy, presumably as deceleration is being handled by regenerative braking. It's then followed by a firmer pedal feel as the friction brake pads engage. The goofy progression makes it hard to modulate the brakes or come to a complete stop smoothly.

    Delightfully Volvo

    We have no complaints about the 2019 S60's interior. It's as tastefully designed as the exterior and follows the current look and feel of the rest of the Volvo lineup. The horizontal dash is accentuated by a large, vertically oriented touchscreen, and there's a noticeable absence of physical buttons or knobs. The use of fine materials adds to the overall impression of refinement, exceeding expectations for the price and class.

    The R-Design's sport seats offer as much comfort as any of the orthopedist-designed seats in other Volvo vehicles. The cushioning is thin, but the well-shaped contours provide excellent support for hours at a time. The side bolsters are appropriately aggressive to keep you firmly planted while bounding between curves. The headrests may be canted a bit too far forward for some people's tastes, but they're designed that way to reduce injuries resulting from rear-end collisions. The rear seat cushions are shorter and lower than the average-size adult might prefer, but rear passenger comfort is still very good. Extra side bolstering also helps here.

    Outward visibility is excellent, leaving little guesswork for the driver. As an added bonus, the rear headrests can be folded at the touch of an onscreen button, giving you an obstruction-free rear view. More points are awarded for the head-up display and digital instrument panel that give you all pertinent information at a quick glance.

    Tech Shortcomings

    Volvo's Sensus infotainment system receives an update with this new S60. It's a visually appealing touchscreen interface, but it isn't as initially intuitive as some competing systems. You'll need some time to get used to "the swipe right for options" and "swipe left for driver assistance control" interface. The response to user inputs is quicker than in previous Sensus systems, but you'll have to be more deliberate and forceful than you would with rival touchscreens.

    Volvo bills its Pilot Assist system as a low-level automated driving system, but the system isn't much more than the typical adaptive cruise control paired with a lane-keeping assist system. The lane-keeping system struggles to keep the vehicle centered in its lane. It's better in bumper-to-bumper traffic than on the open highway.

    In keeping with Volvo's reputation, there are a lot of advanced safety features at your disposal. Unfortunately, we experienced a few false alarms with the forward collision warning system that unexpectedly engaged the emergency braking. In free-flowing traffic, this can be alarming and a cause for concern if a car is following too closely behind you. We'll know more about whether these were isolated incidents once we get an S60 for a full evaluation.

    Yes60

    So, we have a few technology quibbles, but overall the 2019 Volvo S60 is a worthy challenger against the A4, the 3 Series and the C-Class. Its elegant styling whispers rather than shouts, yet its impressive performance is certainly deserving of some bravado. This S60 overflows with quiet confidence by artfully blending comfort, safety and technology at a price that makes it slightly more accessible than its German rivals. Even with the knowledge that a redesigned BMW 3 Series is just over the horizon, we're confident the Volvo S60 will remain a top choice for quite some time.

    FAQ
    Is the Volvo S60 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 S60 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Volvo S60 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S60 gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S60 has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volvo S60. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Volvo S60?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Volvo S60:

    • Fully redesigned for 2019
    • New high-performance S60 T8 plug-in hybrid has up to 21 miles of EV range
    • New optional semi-automated Pilot Assist
    • Part of the third S60 generation introduced for 2019
    Learn more
    Is the Volvo S60 reliable?
    To determine whether the Volvo S60 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S60. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S60's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Volvo S60 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Volvo S60 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 S60 and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 S60 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Volvo S60?

    The least-expensive 2019 Volvo S60 is the 2019 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $54,400.

    Other versions include:

    • T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $54,400
    • T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $55,400
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    What are the different models of Volvo S60?
    If you're interested in the Volvo S60, the next question is, which S60 model is right for you? S60 variants include T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of S60 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Volvo S60

    The Volvo S60 gets a full redesign for 2019, picking up many of the sleek design cues of the larger S90 sedan. There are three powertrain choices, starting with the T5 that uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque). It's mated to an eight-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. The T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged version of that engine (316 hp, 295 lb-ft) that comes with all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line T8 takes the T6's engine and adds electric motors (combined output of 400 hp, 495 lb-ft). It too is all-wheel-drive only and is estimated to deliver 21 miles of electric-only range.

    The Momentum trim can be had with either the T5 or T6 powertrain. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, automatic and heated wipers, keyless ignition, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch instrument panel display, simulated leather upholstery, heated four-way power-adjustable driver seats, driver-seat memory settings, split-folding rear seats with power-folding headrests, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

    On the tech front, you also get a 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen with Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Advanced safety features include forward collision warning, full-speed automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, lane keeping assist, a road sign reader, a drowsy driver monitoring system, and remote vehicle controls.

    The sporty R-Design spices things up with unique exterior design elements, LED foglights, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, premium leather and fabric upholstery, and the 10-way power front seats.

    The Inscription builds on the Momentum features by adding the LED foglights, four-zone automatic climate control, wood interior trim, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, and passenger-seat memory settings. This trim is also eligible for the Luxury Seating package that adds premium leather upholstery and ventilated front seats with power-adjustable side bolsters and massage functions.

    All trims are eligible for the Premium package that adds a hands-free trunklid, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, a universal garage door opener, a blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning system with automatic braking, and an automated perpendicular and parallel parking system. Also available on those trims is the Multimedia package that includes a larger 12.3-inch virtual instrument panel, a navigation system and a 13-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system.

    On top of the Premium package, the Advanced package adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, LED foglights, headlight washers, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and Volvo's Pilot Assist semi-automated drive system with adaptive cruise control.

    The T8 Polestar Engineered model is limited to 20 examples in the United States via Volvo's monthly subscription service and they're already spoken for. It's almost fully loaded with the above features along with 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes and an Orrefors crystal shift knob.

    Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Other add-ons for most trims include an adaptive air suspension, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

    The 2019 Volvo S60 is comparably priced to rivals such as the Audi A4 and S4 and the BMW 3 Series. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class generally runs a few thousand more. The Volvo gets an edge for its numerous safety features and comfortable seats. Otherwise, you really can't go wrong with any of these cars. Make use of all of the information and tools on Edmunds to see which one works best for you.

    2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid Overview

    The 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 S60 Hybrid 3.4 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 2019 S60 Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 S60 Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid here.
    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid?
    2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,395. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $13,713 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $13,713 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,682.

    The average savings for the 2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 24.3% below the MSRP.

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