2009 Volvo S60

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$30,950

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2009 Volvo S60

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Turbocharged engine performance
  • Refinement
  • Construction quality
  • Safety features

The bad:

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation screen visibility

2 trims

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Our 2009 Volvo S60 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Turbocharged inline-five-cylinder engines
  • Manual transmission dropped
  • High-performance S60 R dropped
  • FWD or AWD

2009 Volvo S60 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s S60 sedan sits between the company’s entry-level S40 and the top-of-the-line S80; it competes with midsize luxury cars, including the Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ. Front- or all-wheel-drive models are available. Trims include the 2.5T, the all-wheel drive 2.5T and the T5. The T5 is the sportiest of the group; it gets a sport suspension.

New for 2009
All versions now come standard with an automatic transmission with manual shift functionality; more standard features have been added to each trim level.

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. The S60 is 181.2 inches long and 71 inches wide, which is smaller than its competitors.

  • Available 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power glass sunroof
  • Standard power heated mirrors with memory function
  • Optional headlight washers (standard on T5)
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps (standard on T5)
  • Optional rear park assist (standard on 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. Up to five occupants fit inside the S60. A center tunnel console includes a storage bin and a flexible cupholder. A split, folding rear seat expands cargo capacity beyond the trunk’s 13.9 cubic feet; overall passenger space comes in at 94.3 cubic feet, which is smaller than the TL and MKZ. For 2009, power window switches have been revised.

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and seating surfaces
  • Standard power passenger seat
  • In 2.5T, genuine wood inlays; T5 gets brushed aluminum inlays
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional 13-speaker surround-sound system with six-disc CD changer (standard on T5)
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
Both S60 inline-five-cylinder engines are turbocharged. The manual transmission option has been dropped for the S60, but the automatic now has a standard manual shift function.

Zero-to-60 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.

  • 208-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 236 pounds-feet of torque (2.5T)
  • 257-hp, 2.4-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 258 pounds-feet of torque (T5)
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift functionality
  • Front- or all-wheel-drive options
  • Optional speed-sensitive steering (standard on T5)
  • Sport suspension on T5

Safety
Features include:

  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability and traction control systems
  • Standard security system
  • Standard immobilizer-encrypted ignition key
  • Optional rear park assist (standard on T5)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Absolutely rock solid car and extremely safe!

At the time I bought my 2009 Volvo S60 SE, Ford had recently purchased Volvo and had started integrating some Volvo advanced technological design and safety processes into their Ford vehicles. Regrettably, Ford also was beginning to have a less than positive effect on the Volvo production line. My 2009 Volvo S60 SE was the last of the somewhat “old school” bullet proof 100% genuine Volvo. There is not a single bolt/trim/electronic/etc piece of Ford/Volvo mixed components or software on my car... It is absolutely 100% ALL VOLVO! That’s an outstanding thing. My car is 10+ years old - has 51000 miles on it and a complete Volvo maintenance record plus verifiable oil changes every 3000 miles with Mobil1 full synthetic oil. You might say that I’m babying it and you’d be absolutely correct. I bought this with the intention for it to be the last car I’ll ever buy. The only way that I’ll ever purchase another car is if full electric cars become more reasonably priced and available to me on my limited retirement budget. (Or heaven forbid, the S60 gets involved in a serious accident and is totaled. The car is ultra reliable..gets good gas mileage and maintenance costs are reasonable. What’s not to like?

4.1

The sporty Swedish sleeper...

I bought this car before I knew anything about Volvo, and I'm so glad I did. Yes, Volvos are expensive. Yes, Volvos aren't as luxurious inside as BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz. It may not have all the luxury features that those brands do, but this car has something that they don't. Character. The first thing you'll notice is the leather seats and how they conform to your body and make you feel snug and warm. The next is the simplistic and intuitive layout inside. As soon as you start it, you'll love the growl and meaty tone of the turbocharged 5 cylinder engine. Once you put it in drive, you'll be in love. This is the perfect car for driving enthusiasts that don't want a mainstream brand. It's the perfect car for driving enthusiasts that want more performance and fun out of a daily driver. It's the perfect car for a young person that needs a compact but practical sedan. This car changed my life.

4.4

Sporty, Versatile Sedan

This car is the best car I have ever driven or owned. I have the AWD version with a rack on top and it does everything I need to, in style.

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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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