2008 Volvo S60

Change Year or Vehicle
$280–$12,228 USED Shop local deals
SAVE
Key Specs
Our Take
Overview
Photos
Reviews
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
Compare
Back to top

Key Specs

of the 2008 Volvo S60. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    208-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic
  • View more specs

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation system screen visibility

Notable Features of the 2008 Volvo S60

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

2008 Volvo S60 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


Exterior
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-discha...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.


Safety
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.


Latest 2008 S60 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Favorite car ever!

by Crchapman from Riverside, CA on August 1, 2018

This small car is comfortable, safe, sleek, and roomy. I love how it looks and runs like a new vehicle and it's ten years old! Read full review

(5.0)

best car I've ever owned

by lefty9333 from omaha,nebraska on July 23, 2018

I love e my 08 volvo 2.5t fwd. it's always reliable even after all the harsh punishment I've put it thru. 7 days a week I drive a stop go paper delivery route. in all weather this car is great. highly ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Volvo S60 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Volvo S60 has not been tested.

Change Year or Vehicle

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker