2019 Volvo S60 Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- 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
Overall rating7.9 / 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.
|Overall||7.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use6.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Audio & navigation8.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the S60 models:
- 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.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2019 Volvo S60 Overview
The Used 2019 Volvo S60 is offered in the following submodels: S60 Sedan, S60 Hybrid. Available styles include T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Pre-owned Volvo S60 models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 316 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Volvo S60 comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Volvo S60 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Volvo S60?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Volvo S60 trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum is priced between $31,590 and$37,998 with odometer readings between 2943 and28349 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design is priced between $33,500 and$41,999 with odometer readings between 6193 and42691 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum is priced between $32,990 and$36,999 with odometer readings between 8761 and34700 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription is priced between $38,998 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 10631 and39934 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription is priced between $32,198 and$36,958 with odometer readings between 16860 and72635 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design is priced between $35,348 and$36,980 with odometer readings between 16634 and48568 miles.
- The Used 2019 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid is priced between $41,000 and$41,000 with odometer readings between 29002 and29002 miles.
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