2020 Volvo S60

MSRP range: $36,050 - $64,800
4.3 out of 5 stars(8)
MSRP$41,745
Edmunds suggests you pay$34,186

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2020 Volvo S60 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
  • Blind-spot monitoring now includes steering collision avoidance
  • The virtual instrument panel is now standard on all models
  • The R-Design gains standard four-zone climate control, interior lighting and a tailored dashboard
  • Part of the third S60 generation introduced for 2019

More than just a four-door Swede packed with safety features, the 2020 Volvo S60 is a true contender in the luxury sedan class. Impressive driving performance, a comfortable cabin, and a long list of high-tech features are just a few of the items that qualify the latest S60 to compete with long-standing class leaders such as the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Much like its luxury-sedan brethren, the S60 is available with a wide variety of trim levels and engine options. Even the base-level S60 comes with impressive equipment such as automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch instrument panel display, forward collision warning, and a drowsy driver warning system. But if you want more, there's plenty of room on the options sheet for more luxury comforts and added power.

Drawbacks for the S60 aren't abundant, but there are a few worth talking about. For instance, the infotainment interface is difficult to learn, even for tech-savvy shoppers, and searching for touchscreen-only buttons can be distracting while you're driving. And, as far as luxury-sedan ride quality goes, the S60 doesn't offer the world's best. All things considered, though, the 2020 Volvo S60 offers an excellent balance of performance and comfort in an elegant package. It's certainly worth a test drive.

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The Volvo S60 is a strikingly well-rounded luxury sedan that offers equal parts performance, comfort and beautiful Scandinavian design. It isn't the quickest or most luxurious in its class, but it ticks all the right boxes.
The Volvo S60 delivers a deft combination of performance with very little effort on the driver's part. The S60's twin-charged 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.

The brakes have good mannerisms — they are easy to modulate smoothly in everyday commuting, yet they exhibit powerful stopping capability. Steering and handling are just as impressive in the S60. This Volvo isn't as playful as some rear-wheel-drive sport sedans, but it allows you to move at a good clip without much effort.
The high comfort point for the S60 are its seats with their excellent balance of support and compliance and nice mix of cloth and leather upholstery. Unfortunately, the ride on our test vehicle skewed stiff likely due to the optional sport suspension.

Inside the 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. Finally, the climate control system's touchscreen dependence is far from ideal, but the four-zone system is effective at cooling and heating the cabin.
We appreciate the appeal of Volvo's clean and simple interior design, but it comes at the expense of convenience and usability. 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 driving position will accommodate a broad range of body types thanks to highly adjustable seats. Outward visibility is outstanding thanks to door-mounted mirrors and rear headrests that fold with the touch of a button. The abundant driver aids include an optional 360-degree camera to help you see all the corners around you.
The S60 benefits from an excellent optional audio system, a sharp nav system and effective driver aids. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard, but oddly there's no wireless charging option or rear-mounted USB ports. Voice controls have a little bit more functionality than some rivals. You can use them to program the climate control, too, but the system didn't always fully understand our commands in our testing.

The optional Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control and standard lane keeping are well-sorted systems, and they will work down to a full stop. They don't operate as smoothly as some competitor systems, but they're certainly above average compared to the whole spectrum of offerings.
The S60's 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.

Interior cabin storage is mostly typical of a luxury sedan, with typically small cupholders and door pockets — there aren't many options for larger items such as purses or water bottles. Car seat installation is relatively easy thanks to thoughtful touches such as easy-release headrests.
Volvo's midtier T6 twin-charged engine configuration lines up efficiency-wise even with BMW's 3.0-liter inline-six, but it doesn't return as big a power punch. It's thirstier than most other four-cylinders in the segment, but it also has more power, at least on paper. We had few real-world fill-ups but didn't see averages much higher than 21 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
On the whole, the S60 is legitimate competition for the German luxury mainstays. The Swedish approach may not feel as luxurious, but build quality looks to be as good as the best of them. Volvo offers plenty of high-end materials and puts them all together with care. Average scores for Volvo's warranty are buoyed by an above-average lifetime-towing program and impressive scheduled-service coverage. And when it comes to equipment, you'll get a hair more for your dollar with this Swede than some of its German competitors.
The S60 is definitely one of the coolest new kids on the block. It's handsome, athletic, polished and confident. The sure-footed confidence that comes from the S60 T6's highly tractable power will have you grinning at how quick and easy this thing bends around corners. It's engaging yet safe. We're thankful Volvo decided to shed that whole contrived "naughty" campaign and get back to its Swedish roots. This brand is on the up and up, and we like what we see.

Which S60 does Edmunds recommend?

While we wouldn't begrudge any buyers from upgrading to the Inscription, R-Design or Polestar trim levels, we recommend the base S60 Momentum. It comes with lots of standard equipment and an impressive array of safety features. It's also available with either the T5 or T6 powertrain, both of which should be satisfying for most. Want some extra safety stuff? You can have that, too, thanks to an excellent selection of available option packages.

Volvo S60 models

The 2020 Volvo S60 is available in four trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and Polestar Engineered. There are four powertrain choices, starting with the T5 that uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). It's mated to an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged version of that engine (316 hp, 295 lb-ft) that comes with all-wheel drive. The T8 hybrid takes the T6's engine and adds electric motors (combined output of 400 hp, 472 lb-ft). It, too, is all-wheel-drive only and estimated to deliver 21 miles of electric-only range. The T8 Polestar Engineered gets a higher-output version of the plug-in hybrid that produces 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque.

The Momentum trim can be had with either the T5 or T6 powertrain. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch instrument panel display, simulated leather upholstery, heated four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, driver-seat memory functions, 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, four-zone automatic climate control, premium leather and fabric upholstery, and the 10-way power front seats.

The Inscription builds on the Momentum features by adding the LED foglights, wood interior trim, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, and passenger-seat memory functions. 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 blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning system with automatic braking and steering assist, and an automated perpendicular and parallel parking system. Also available on those trims are a 14-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system and the Multimedia package that includes a navigation system.

If you get the Premium and Multimedia packages, the Advanced package becomes available and adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, LED foglights, headlight washers, a head-up display, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and Volvo's Pilot Assist semi-automated drive system with adaptive cruise control.

The T8 Polestar Engineered model is almost fully loaded with the above features along with 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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Volvo S60.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 12%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 13%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, 2020 s60 review inside info
Brian mc,
T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This is my second Volvo S 60 in a row. I’ve had BMWs and Audi’s before but like the Volvo driving, transmission, and safety. I purchased a white t5 momentum with the premium package and heated seats and the blonde leatherette interior. It drives much nicer than my 2013 s60 and much more rear leg room. Overall it feels like a bigger smoother version. Here’s my buying advice. Blond leatherette feels and looks Exactly like the leather model. I mean I had two two cars sitting side-by-side and was feeling both materials and couldn’t tell the difference. That being said, Black leatherette definitely looks and feels different. If your thinking blond go with leatherette. YOU CAN ADD THE ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL AFTER THE FACT. No one ever mentioned this until one person who did the ordering at the dealership did. It was a must have for me, so it restricted my search quite a bit. But, for a couple of grand you can add it on and it saves you from having to buy the multi media and advanced driving packages saving you a few thousand. HUD is a novelty. Navigation isn’t needed since Apple CarPlay works seamlessly and Google map on the display works even better than the purchased nav. I found the actually T5 drove better than the T6. I found it was smoother and quieter but still had plenty of power. Would like the 4 wheel drive but I’ve had fwd Volvo’s in the snow in the past and they were fine.
3/5 stars, Definitely Buyer’s Remorse
Leila,
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)
I love the interior, technology, and exterior styling. What I hate is the unreliability and nagging little alerts that require a service visit. Purchased new in June 2020, the T6 Inscription model massage, heated and cooling seats. As of March 2021, I’ve driven a total 2600 miles. I’ve had service lights to come on three times and one being URGENT SRS Failure—take immediately to shop. After driving Lexus vehicles for the last 20 years, I’m rally disappointed. Also the depreciation on the car is huge.
1/5 stars, Test drive on highway before you buy
sidd45,
T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I bought this car 2 weeks back, it was a demo model with 250 miles on it. After a week of buying this car, I decided to go on a long drive. As soon as I hit the highway, the steering wheel started vibrating a lot. The vibration started usually at speeds above 75 mph and it gets worse. After reading online seems like it a common issue with even brand new Volvos and the company knows about this issue. These issues have frustrated the customers so much that they had to lemon their vehicles. The other day, my front right parking sensors didn't work and as I was parking the front wheel hit the curb and my alloy wheel got damaged. Volvo's are known for their safety but these issues are a potential safety issue. If they can't make their cars function properly then their cars are road hazard, dangerous and There is no sense in having those advanced systems. In these 2 weeks, I am highly disappointed with my purchase and just want to get my money back.
5/5 stars, Best of Two Worlds!
Alonnzo,
T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)
S60 Polestar - After owning a Audi S6, I can say, this vehicle is very satisfying. Although not as powerful as my former S6, it's pretty close. What I lost in power and/or performance, I made up in fuel economy. I really like that I can operate this vehicle in pure electric, hybrid or full performance mode. Update: owned for 15 months now and I've experienced no issues. Volvo completed the annual maintenance (mainly oil change). Pros: Hybrid and full performance modes are quite exhilerating. Range / Fuel Economy - Managed to drive 800+ miles on one tank of fuel so far! Very Strong Acceleration Infotainment Sys (Once You Learn It) Bowers and Wilkins Audio - Awesome! Exterior - Not to Wild Cons: Pure Electric Range - 25 Miles Tops! Ride Comfort Dynamics - A Little Rough for a Luxery Sedan

2020 Volvo S60 video

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.

2019 Volvo S60 First Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Volvo S60, but since the 2020 Volvo S60 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$36,050
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 34 Hwy / 27 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 187.4 in. / Height: 56.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 80.3 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: N/A
Curb Weight: 3657 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.6 cu.ft.

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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 seat belts in preparation.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.9%

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

2020 Volvo S60

2020 Volvo S60

2019 Audi A4

2019 Audi A4

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4

The S60 and the A4 are excellent rivals since they're so evenly matched. Both offer impressive build quality and all sorts of luxury- and safety-oriented options. Both vehicles are spacious and comfortable and ultimately easy to drive on a daily basis. The Volvo S60 presents a wider variety of available powertrains, but the A4's turbocharged four-cylinder is no slouch either.

Compare Volvo S60 & Audi A4 features 

Volvo S60 vs. Genesis G70

If you're looking for a bit of a bargain in the luxury class, the Genesis G70 is an excellent place to start. Available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V6, the G70 feels sporty and high-class at the same time. Unfortunately, many of the cabin materials are sourced from other Hyundais, so at times it doesn't feel as plush as some rivals (especially the high-end S60 trim levels).

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Volvo S60 vs. BMW 3 Series

While it's no longer the class-dominating luxury-sedan standard that it once was, the BMW 3 Series is still a worthy competitor to the S60. It has a comfortable ride, but it still offers the sporty driving experience we've come to expect from BMW. And inside, the infotainment system is relatively easy to use even if it has fallen behind some class leaders.

Compare Volvo S60 & BMW 3 Series features 

FAQ

Is the Volvo S60 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 25 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. 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 2020 Volvo S60?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Volvo S60:

  • Blind-spot monitoring now includes steering collision avoidance
  • The virtual instrument panel is now standard on all models
  • The R-Design gains standard four-zone climate control, interior lighting and a tailored dashboard
  • Part of the third S60 generation introduced for 2019
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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 2020 Volvo S60 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Volvo S60 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 S60 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Volvo S60?

The least-expensive 2020 Volvo S60 is the 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,050.

Other versions include:

  • T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,050
  • T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $40,550
  • T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $47,400
  • T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $42,900
  • T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $47,400
  • T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $42,900
  • T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $55,400
  • T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $55,400
  • T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $64,800
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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 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), and T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of S60 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Volvo S60 Overview

The 2020 Volvo S60 is offered in the following submodels: S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, 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), T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Volvo S60 models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 316 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Volvo S60 comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 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 do people think of the 2020 Volvo S60?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Volvo S60 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 S60 4.3 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 2020 S60.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Volvo S60 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 S60 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2020 Volvo S60?

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,559 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,559 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,186.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 18.1% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,995. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is trending $8,535 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,535 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,460.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $47,395. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,608 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,608 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,787.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,345. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,784 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,784 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,561.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,095. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is trending $9,483 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,483 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,612.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,845. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is trending $9,622 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,622 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,223.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 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 $59,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $10,911 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $10,911 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $48,884.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 18.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design 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 $60,595. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $11,060 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,060 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,535.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 18.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered 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 $65,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $12,026 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $12,026 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $53,769.

The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 18.3% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Volvo S60s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Volvo S60?

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
27 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/32 highway MPG

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/32 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG27
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume108.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase113.1 in.
Length187.4 in.
WidthN/A
Height56.6 in.
Curb Weight3657 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Volvo S60?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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