• (4.5) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,239–$6,471
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 168-hp, 2.4-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic
2002 Volvo S60

Our Take on the Latest Model 2002 Volvo S60

2002 Volvo S60 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
An all-wheel-drive model has joined the S60 sedan lineup for 2002. The electronically controlled AWD system was developed in cooperation with Haldex, a company called a pioneer in the vehicle-technology field. Power is distributed automatically to the wheels via a wet multiplate clutch. As a result, Volvo promises rapid engagement and disengagement times. Late in 2001, the S60 AWD will be available and equipped with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), which utilizes the sensors of Volvo’s antilock brake system to monitor wheel spin. If one front wheel rotates faster on a slippery surface, DSTC automatically brakes the spinning wheel until traction is regained.

A 197-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder light-pressure turbocharged engine powers the S60 AWD. This engine also is used in the regular S60 2.4T. Sales of the S60 AWD begin in late August 2001, and Volvo hopes to sell 9,000 units in the first year.

Fitting between the entry-level S40 and the top-of-the-line S80, the front-drive S60 debuted last year to target such European models as the Audi A6 and BMW 3 Series. Based on the S80’s front-drive platform, it bears a family resemblance but is shorter in wheelbase and overall length. Such sporty styling was uncharacteristic of the Swedish automaker. The base 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine makes 168 hp, and a turbocharged, 247-hp 2.3-liter goes into the T5 sedan.

Ford purchased Volvo in 2000, adding the company to its Premier Automotive Group, which also includes Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Lincoln. Volvo developed the S60 before Ford bought the company.

A surprisingly curvy shape for a Volvo gives the four-door S60 sedan the look of a coupe. In fact, Volvo calls it a “coupe with four doors.” Styling themes include a low hood, short front and rear overhangs, and sloping rear roof pillars. Volvo’s square hallmark grille is more compact in this installation, and it is flanked by aerodynamic headlights. At 180.2 inches long overall, the S60 is close to 10 inches shorter than the S80 and 4 inches longer than the BMW 3 Series sedan.

Five occupants fit inside the S60. A split, folding rear seat expands cargo capacity beyond the trunk’s 13.9 cubic feet. Power windows with automatic up/down operation for the front occupants are standard. Other standard equipment includes a cassette player, tilt/telescoping steering column, air conditioning and a remote keyless entry system. Leather upholstery is optional.

Under the Hood
Three five-cylinder engines are available. A 2.4-liter five-cylinder produces 168 hp, while a turbocharged version of that engine develops 197 hp. Topping the performance spectrum is the S60 T5’s turbocharged, 247-hp 2.3-liter, which drives only a five-speed-automatic transmission. Buyers can choose the automatic or a five-speed-manual gearbox with the other two engines.

Volvo’s comprehensive safety package includes side-impact airbags for the front seats, curtain-type airbags that protect front and rear occupants, antilock brakes and whiplash protection for the front passengers. Rounding out the list are dual-stage front airbags. Volvo’s electronic stability system, called Dynamic Stability Traction Control, is standard on the T5 and optional on other S60 sedans.

Driving Impressions
Superior construction, inside and out, tops the list of S60 attributes. Refinement is the next word that comes to mind. Everything about the car appears to be aimed toward driver convenience and safety.

The turbocharged 2.4-liter engine is exceptionally quiet, and it produces eager and energetic performance even though it can’t exactly be described as wild. The S60 is smooth-riding overall, but it lets quite a few road imperfections get through to its occupants because of an undeniably taut suspension. But that’s a small price to pay for the kind of control the driver feels while behind the wheel. The tires adhere smartly to the pavement.

Confident steering demands some effort, so this isn’t a car that can be driven lazily. Automatic-transmission response varies from smooth to a bit abrupt, which depends on the throttle position and road speed. Shifts are crisp and somewhat noticeable.

The sharp-looking body actually draws attention — a new reaction from that of Volvos of the past. Its gauges are large, fully calibrated and easy to read at a glance. In addition to a huge glove box, the S60 has a deep trunk, but its opening is on the small side.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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by OLISMALLS from WESTMINSTER, CA on April 20, 2017

I owned and drive this car for 15 years. It was such a reliable car and never left me stranded. The interior stays nice, except for the center console scratches easily. The paint did well until I mov... Read Full Review

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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