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2009 Volvo S60

$2,536 — $10,300 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Steering effort
  • Navigation screen visibility
2009 Volvo S60 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Volvo S60
  • Turbocharged inline-five-cylinder engines
  • Manual transmission dropped
  • High-performance S60 R dropped
  • FWD or AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 ...
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

The sporty Swedish sleeper...

by Ken from Colorado Springs, CO on October 14, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Sporty, Versatile Sedan

by dylanmc from Ithaca, NY on July 20, 2017

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. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Volvo S60 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Volvo S60 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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