2006 Volvo S60

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$30,270

starting MSRP

2006 Volvo S60

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Ride on rough surfaces
  • Steering effort
  • Navigation-system screen visibility

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • 2.5T

    $30,270

  • T5

    $32,045

  • R

    $37,920

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Volvo S60 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Turbocharged inline-five engines
  • High-performance S60 R and T5
  • FWD or AWD
  • Manual or automatic

2006 Volvo S60 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s S60 sedan slots between the company’s entry-level S40 and top-of-the-line S80. Based on the S80’s platform, the S60 bears a family resemblance but is shorter. An all-wheel-drive model is available.

A high-performance S60 R sedan that featured a Four-C adaptive chassis and a 300-horsepower engine debuted in 2004.
(Skip to details on the: S60 R)

For 2005, the T5’s engine got an additional 10 hp, for a total of 257 hp. The T5 also gained a standard sport suspension and could be equipped with 17- or 18-inch wheels. Volvo’s Four-C chassis became optional on all turbocharged models and standard on the R. Exterior freshening included body-colored moldings and a softened front nose.

The non-turbocharged 2.4 sedan will disappear in 2006, leaving the 2.5T model, the T5 and the R. Volvo has modified the S60’s option selection, dropping such stand-alone items as the moonroof, leather seating surfaces and rear park assist. A new Instant Traction system is installed in 2.5T AWD models. Volvo says it instantly sends up to 50 percent more torque to the rear wheels when necessary.

Only the T5 can be equipped with the Four-C chassis and Sport Body Package as stand-alone options. The Touring Package for the 2.5T AWD is gone. A new Convenience Package includes rear park assist and laminated side windows. Volvo is owned by Ford Motor Co.

Exterior
A curvy shape, far removed from past Volvos, gives the four-door S60 the look of a coupe. Styling elements 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 and is flanked by aerodynamic headlights. The optional Sport Body Package adds color-coordinated front and rear spoilers and lower body side sills.

Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the S60. A split, folding rear seat expands cargo capacity beyond the trunk’s 13.9 cubic feet. A center tunnel includes a storage bin and flexible cupholder. Second-generation seats “are designed around orthopedic principles,” according to Volvo.

Standard equipment includes power windows, a CD player, a tilt/telescoping steering column and a remote keyless entry system. Leather upholstery is available.

Under the Hood
All S60 inline-five-cylinder engines are now turbocharged. A 2.5-liter develops 208 hp in the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD. The T5’s 257-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter drives a six-speed manual or an optional Geartronic five-speed-automatic transmission. Both 2.5T models come only with a five-speed automatic, but Geartronic operation is optional.

Safety
Volvo’s safety package for the S60 includes standard side-impact airbags and whiplash protection for front occupants, side curtain-type airbags that protect front and rear occupants, and antilock brakes. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control is standard on the T5 and R models and optional on 2.5T sedans.

Driving Impressions
Superior construction tops the list of S60 attributes, followed by refinement. Turbocharged engines are quiet and produce eager and energetic performance, albeit modestly. Even though the S60 rides smoothly most of the time, its taut suspension lets quite a few road imperfections get through to occupants. Still, 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 throttle position and road speed.

S60 R
Built for high-performance operation, the S60 R sedan holds a 300-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that drives a six-speed-manual transmission. Features include a Four-C adaptive chassis, Servotronic steering, Brembo brakes and Haldex all-wheel drive. Three driving modes are available: Comfort, Sport and Advanced Sport.

For 2006, a six-speed-automatic transmission with Geartronic operation is optional. A Convenience Package replaces the prior Touring Package, and the new all-wheel-drive system features Instant Traction. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

S60 is my 2nd Volvo...here's the truth

My 940 was a better car, but I enjoy driving my S60 more. I weigh the cost of ownership w/ buying a new car, and my S60 wins hands down. The tranny main valve body is running me $2,400. The dealer wanted $4,800 for a rebuilt. Yeah, right! 5 more years worth of serv. Volvo is quality, but parts are expensive. We depreciate them down to $0, and get our $ out of them. "Wear a new face, and drive an old car." (Joan Rivers) That's my plan for 2021!

5.0

Hands down, best vehicle ever.

I've purchased my 06 S60 2.5T in 2015 with a bit over 130k miles. It currently running strong at 210k miles. I purchased the car for under 5k and put less than 5k in repairs and maintenance in the five years I've owned the car. The S60 is comfortable, dependable, and surprisingly fast. The handling is tight and responsive. The Tiptronic shifter transforms it into a racecar, giving the driver precise control and rapid up or downshifting. The exterior styling is plain, making the S60 virtually invisible - nobody will bat an eye. Taken together, this is the best car I've ever owned.

4.3

Great car

Great car,black on black 300 horsepower s60 Volvo Sweden hard to find Volvo Sweden,yet well worth the search, I have owned many Volvo’s but this is the best

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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