2019 Volvo S60 Hybrid

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2019 Volvo S60
2019 Volvo S60

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

  • Appealing powertrain lineup including a high-performance plug-in hybrid
  • Long list of standard and available safety equipment

Cons

  • Interior user interface may be difficult to learn
Volvo S60 years
2019


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

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.

We haven't had the opportunity to drive the 2019 S60 for ourselves just yet, but we're certainly looking forward to it. Considering Volvo's most recent redesigns and new models, we have very high expectations for the S60.

Trim levels & features

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 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 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 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.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

Even in base T5 specification, we expect the S60 to deliver more than enough power for the average driver. The T8 should have the thrust of a muscle car without all of the theatrics.

Comfort

We've rated Volvo's orthopedic-designed seats as some of the best for a variety of body types. In general, ride quality and other comfort aspects have also been very agreeable.

Interior

This new S60, as with all contemporary Volvos, features a distinct Scandinavian design aesthetic that is as pleasing as it is minimal. The materials quality will likely be above average for the corresponding classes, and the R-Design will feature some racy touches.

Utility

With 11.6 cubic feet of space, the S60's trunk is smaller than those of its German rivals. But Volvo is known for some clever storage solutions that may make it just as convenient.

Technology

The Sensus infotainment system is attractive, but it takes longer to get used to than competing systems because not all submenus are that intuitive to access. For the most part, we give Volvo's advanced safety features high marks, though they are sometimes prone to false alarms.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$55,400
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$54,400
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
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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.

Volvo S60 vs. the competition

2019 Volvo S60

2019 Volvo S60

2018 Audi A4

2018 Audi A4

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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