2004 Volvo S60

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Volvo S60. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    168-hp, 2.4-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of turbocharged models
  • Refinement
  • Available AWD
  • Construction quality
  • Safety features

The Bad

  • Ride on rough surfaces
  • Steering effort
  • Navigation system

Notable Features of the 2004 Volvo S60

  • High-performance S60 R and T5
  • Turbo or non-turbocharged engine
  • Kinship to larger S80 series
  • FWD or AWD
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2004 Volvo S60 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive S60 sedan is slotted between the company’s entry-level S40 and top-of-the-line S80; it was launched for the 2000 model year. Based on the S80’s platform, the S60 bears a family resemblance but is shorter in wheelbase and overall length. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) model joined the S60 sedan lineup in 2002.

For 2004, a 208-horsepower, 2.5-liter light-pressure-turbocharged five-cylinder replaces the prior 197-hp 2.4-liter engine. A less-potent 2.4-liter five-cylinder serves as the base engine, while the turbocharged 2.3-liter in the T5 edition produces 247 hp. The mirrors have been redesigned to reduce wind noise, new 15-inch alloy wheels are installed, and new ZF rack-and-pinion steering is used. A new instrument panel features watch-bezel gauge surrounds, and the flip-style key has integrated remote control.

Volvo introduced a high-performance S60 R sedan and a comparable V70 R wagon at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002. Ford Motor Co. owns the Swedish automaker.

Exterior
A surprisingly curvy shape for a Volvo gives the four-door S60 the look of a coupe. In fact, Volvo calls it a “coupe with four doors.” Styling themes include a low hood, sloping rear roof pillars, and short front and rear overhangs. Volvo’s hallmark square grille is more compact in this installation; it is flanked by aerodynamic headlights.

Interior
Five people fit inside the S60. A split, folding rear seat expands cargo capacity bey...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s front-wheel-drive S60 sedan is slotted between the company’s entry-level S40 and top-of-the-line S80; it was launched for the 2000 model year. Based on the S80’s platform, the S60 bears a family resemblance but is shorter in wheelbase and overall length. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) model joined the S60 sedan lineup in 2002.

For 2004, a 208-horsepower, 2.5-liter light-pressure-turbocharged five-cylinder replaces the prior 197-hp 2.4-liter engine. A less-potent 2.4-liter five-cylinder serves as the base engine, while the turbocharged 2.3-liter in the T5 edition produces 247 hp. The mirrors have been redesigned to reduce wind noise, new 15-inch alloy wheels are installed, and new ZF rack-and-pinion steering is used. A new instrument panel features watch-bezel gauge surrounds, and the flip-style key has integrated remote control.

Volvo introduced a high-performance S60 R sedan and a comparable V70 R wagon at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002. Ford Motor Co. owns the Swedish automaker.

Exterior
A surprisingly curvy shape for a Volvo gives the four-door S60 the look of a coupe. In fact, Volvo calls it a “coupe with four doors.” Styling themes include a low hood, sloping rear roof pillars, and short front and rear overhangs. Volvo’s hallmark square grille is more compact in this installation; it is flanked by aerodynamic headlights.

Interior
Five people fit inside the S60. A split, folding rear seat expands cargo capacity beyond the trunk’s 13.9 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes power windows with automatic up/down operation, a CD/cassette player, a tilt/telescoping steering column, dual-zone air conditioning and a remote keyless entry system. Leather upholstery is optional.

Under the Hood
Four inline-five-cylinder engines are available for regular S60 sedans. A 2.4-liter produces 168 hp in the 2.4 model, while a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine develops 208 hp in the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD. Farther up the performance scale is the T5’s 247-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter, which drives a five-speed manual or optional Geartronic five-speed-automatic transmission. Buyers can choose a manual shift or a regular five-speed automatic with the 168-hp engine. The 208-hp inline-five comes only with automatic, but a Geartronic transmission that includes a manual-shifting provision is available.

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

S60 R
Built for high-performance operation, the S60 R sedan holds a 300-hp engine and features a Four-C adaptive chassis, along with Servotronic steering, Brembo brakes and Haldex all-wheel drive. The S60 R went into limited production early in 2003 as a 2004 model. Both the S60 R and a comparable V70 R wagon were introduced to the U.S. market at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2003.

The 2004 S60 R’s 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine produces 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque; it drives either a five-speed-automatic or six-speed-manual transmission. Three driving modes are available: Comfort, Sport and Advanced Sport.

Driving Impressions
Superior construction tops the list of S60 attributes, and refinement is the next word that comes to mind. The turbocharged engines are quiet and produce eager and energetic performance, albeit in a modest manner. Even though the S60 rides smooth most of the time, it lets quite a few road imperfections get through to occupants because of an undeniably taut suspension. But the driver feels in complete control.

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, depending on the throttle position and road speed.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 9/26/03

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.6)
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(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Nice car

by Jclune on March 26, 2018

Yeah I had to put money into it but overall I like it nice car to drive. Has power when you need and can tow up to 3500lbs Read full review

(4.0)

Fun on any surface

by Dr.Jimi from Glencoe, IL on February 3, 2018

This car goes anywhere with ease and comfort. Good rubber, well maintained. I will miss this baby. Give it a good home. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Volvo S60 currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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