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  • (4.7) 12 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,872–$11,216
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-23
  • Engine: 208-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic
2008 Volvo S60

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Volvo S60

What We Don't Like

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation system screen visibility

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged inline-five engines
  • Manual transmissions and high-performance S60 R dropped
  • FWD or AWD

2008 Volvo S60 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Volvo's S60 sedan slots between the company's entry-level S40 and top-of-the-line S80; it competes with affordable, midsize luxury cars like the Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ. Front- or all-wheel-drive models are available. For 2008, the S60 loses some of its sporty cachet, as both the manual transmission and the high-performance S60 R have been dropped. The remaining trim levels receive a few more standard features.

Trims include the 2.5T, 2.5T AWD and T5. The T5 gets a 258-horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine, while both 2.5T models have a 236-hp turbo five. The T5 has a sport suspension and can be equipped with 17- or 18-inch wheels.

Equipment ranges from modest — the base 2.5T comes with cloth upholstery, a manual passenger seat and a single CD stereo — to luxurious, with rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors and a navigation system available on the T5. All trims come with a full complement of safety features, including six airbags, anti-whiplash seats and an electronic stability system.

A curvy shape, far removed from past Volvos, gives the four-door S60 the look of a coupe. The grille and bumper were redesigned in 2006, and they appear smoother and less angular than those of older S60s. Still, as Volvo turns out newer designs such as the S80 sedan and C70 convertible, the S60's eight-year-old profile is starting to look stale.

Sixteen, 17- and 18-inch wheels are available. A rear spoiler and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are both optional on the T5.

The S60's businesslike dashboard groups audio and climate controls within a broad center panel; it's a design similar to the previous-generation S80. Standard features include a CD stereo — now with an auxiliary audio jack — as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and steering-wheel audio and cruise controls. Power seats, heated leather upholstery and a six-CD premium stereo are optional.

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.

Under the Hood
All S60 inline-five-cylinder engines are turbocharged. A 2.5-liter develops 208 hp in the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD. The T5's 258-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter drives a standard five-speed automatic with a manual shifting provision. Last year's six-speed manual has been dropped. Both 2.5T models come only with a five-speed automatic, but the manual-shift feature is optional.

Zero-to-60 mph acceleration ranges from 6.6 seconds in the T5 to 7.2 seconds in the AWD 2.5T, Volvo estimates. The front-wheel-drive 2.5T splits the difference at 6.9 seconds.

Standard safety features for the S60 include side-impact airbags and whiplash protection for front occupants, side curtain airbags that protect front and rear occupants, and antilock brakes. Traction control and an electronic stability system are also standard.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 12 reviews

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Most reliable an easy to maintain.

by Undeva from Reisterstown on November 5, 2017

All you want from a car is on S60. Solid , safety and easy to maintain if you have really mechanical skills.

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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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