• (4.6) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $33,950–$60,000
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23-29 See how it ranks
  • Engine: 362-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2017 Volvo S60

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Volvo S60

What We Don't Like

  • Stop-start technology annoys
  • Busy ride with 19-inch wheels, Volvo's Sport Chassis
  • Nonlinear brake-pedal response
  • Gray interior looks dreary
  • Lack of backseat legroom in regular-length version

Notable Features

  • Simplified lineup with new Dynamic trim level
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including supercharged and turbocharged engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • City Safety low-speed collision avoidance standard
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection with auto-braking available

2017 Volvo S60 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

The Verdict

Aside from some obvious warts, the 2017 Volvo S60 is still a competitive, value-oriented luxury sedan. That’s impressive given its age.

Versus the competition

A less expensive alternative to most luxury sports sedans, the S60 still has enough appeal to deserve a look, but some optional features should be avoided.

For 2017, the S60 comes in T5 Dynamic, T6 R-Design and high-performance Polestar variants. Compare them here. Volvo simplified the S60's trim levels and engines for 2017; compare the 2017 with the 2016 S60 here. Front-wheel drive is standard on the T5 (all-wheel drive is optional) and the T6 and Polestar get AWD standard. We cover the outdoorsy S60 Cross Country and extended-length S60 Inscription, which adds backseat legroom, separately on Cars.com.

Firm & Fast

We tested an AWD T5 equipped with Volvo's optional Sport chassis — a setup that makes for an objectionably choppy ride thanks to a lowered sport suspension with firmer springs and modified stabilizer bars, plus 19-inch wheels with lower-profile tires instead of the S60's standard 18s.

In contrast to the S60's comfortable base suspension, the sportified setup surrenders to every dip and rise in the pavement, with minimal isolation on all but the most pristine roads. Shock absorption over frost heaves and sewer covers is controlled enough, but the suspension filters out little turbulence elsewhere. (That's my take; I should note that fellow editor Mike Hanley drove a Sport chassis-equipped S60 in 2015 and found ride quality acceptable.)

Handling is strong, at least. Body roll is limited, and the Pirelli all-season tires stave off the S60's eventual understeer with impressive lateral grip. Still, it's hard to slide the tail around much — an area where cars like the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Jaguar XE still reign. The Volvo's quick-ratio steering makes for precise, assertive directional changes, but its  raw dynamics fall short of the winners' circle.



In terms of acceleration, the S60 turns in a solid effort. The sole transmission, an eight-speed automatic, upshifts with sewing-machine smoothness early and often, invariably landing you in higher gears when a lower gear might seem necessary for passing. But the T5's 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder makes a burly 258 pounds-feet of torque, and it's enough to muscle past slower traffic whether you've induced a downshift or not. The oomph comes lag-free, too: In contrast to the accelerator delay that afflicts so many luxury cars, the S60 moves in lockstep with your right foot.

The turbo five- and six-cylinder engines from last year are gone. If you're keeping track, what's in there now is the motor from last year's S60 T5 Drive-E, sans the extra verbiage. As base models go, it's quick: Stand on the gas and the S60 T5 can hit 60 mph in about 6 seconds, Volvo says. That hangs with manufacturer-estimated acceleration times for the Mercedes-Benz C300 and Audi A4 2.0T — both pricier cars. The T6 and Polestar add power and shave zero-to-60 times down to 5.6 and 4.4 seconds, respectively. Have at it.

The Inside

The S60's cabin has aged well. Volvo's waterfall dashboard mixes elegance and functionality, with a center panel that's rife with physical, rather than touch-sensitive, controls — an essential layout, even if it delves a bit much into nonessentials like a full numerical keypad. Still, there's a clear sensibility to the layout. Behind the control panel is a big storage bin, and the stadium-style cupholders are shaped for the caffeine tankers Americans will stuff in.

The sole blemish is Volvo's multimedia system, a 7-inch display that looks sharp but confounds basic tasks with screen delays and extra menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable, and a backup camera is inexcusably optional instead of standard. The whole setup begs for a touchscreen, but instead you have to manage the action through steering wheel controls or a dashboard knob. Graphics aside, this smacks of a 2000s-era system.

If we must go old-school, at least visibility is a hell of a lot better than in so many cars today. The S60's narrow A-pillars keep forward sight lines acceptable, and the rear window is unobstructed once you flip down the head restraints with a dashboard button. That's a feature every car should have.

Build quality is exemplary in some areas but shoddy in others. Most surfaces are padded and low-gloss, and the doors have a handsome finish that extends all the way down. Still, it curiously doesn't match the stuff on the upper dashboard. The passenger seat leaves some unsightly hardware exposed at its base, and its manual adjustments in the T5 are a head-scratcher for a luxury car.



Speaking of chairs, the standard sport seats have prominent backrest bolsters that many shoppers will deem too restrictive. Alas, the T5 has no other seating option. The T6 and Polestar have unique seats, but both appear to be just as hip-hugging. Backseat headroom and seat position are acceptable, but legroom is tight — something the extended-length S60 Inscription improves by a significant 3.4 inches. Trunk space in any S60, however, is a smallish 12 cubic feet.

Crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are excellent. The S60's standard low-speed automatic emergency braking earned an advanced ranking (out of none, basic, advanced or superior) in IIHS' crash-prevention test. An optional forward-collision warning system with higher-speed automatic braking earned a superior rating.

Luxury Value

The S60 has its drawbacks, but its price — from about $35,000 for the reasonably equipped T5 up to the mid-$50,000s for a loaded T6 — represents a considerable value versus leading sports sedans from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Volvo might even draw a few shoppers away from entry-luxury subcompacts, like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3, a group for which the S60 is a far better alternative.

Volvo just unveiled a redesigned XC60 SUV with similar panache to the excellent XC90 and S90. Given the schedule of redesigns on the automaker's 60-series cars, a new S60 is certainly nigh. Still, the outgoing car remains a solid effort — age notwithstanding. Sports-sedan shoppers looking to save a few (thousand) bucks should give Volvo a gander. Just skip that Sport chassis.

Consumer Reviews

(4.6)

Average based on 18 reviews

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Comfort, style, safety, reliability!! Amazing car!

by Barno from Omaha, Nebraska on January 28, 2018

This car offers an exteremly smooth ride/comfort, has the power that I need in addition to excellent safety ratings and options available for a very reasonable price!!!

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Volvo S60 Articles

2017 Volvo S60 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 Polestar

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 Polestar

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
A

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Headlights
A
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Small overlap front
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 Polestar

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo S60 Polestar

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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