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2020 Volvo S60

2020 Volvo S60

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$36,050 — $47,400 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
25-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Interior design
  • Intuitive dashboard touchscreen
  • Storage space
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Steering feedback
  • Drivetrain response (T6)
  • Passenger space
2020 Volvo S60 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Volvo S60
  • Five-seat luxury sedan
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Supercharged and turbocharged engine available
  • Plug-in hybrid version available
  • Pilot Assist driver-assist system available

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2020 Volvo S60 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Each time the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announces a new round of award winners, there’s usually a caveat: Often only models wit...

Each time the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announces a new round of award winners, there’s usually a caveat: Often only models with upgraded headlights qualify. It’s the same story for the 2020 Volvo S60. IIHS says the luxury sedan earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award, its highest designation, but only when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights.

Related: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: Drivability Doubts Tarnish Many Strengths

The sedan earned good ratings (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in all of IIHS’ crash tests: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, seating and head restraints, and roof strength. The S60’s standard front-crash prevention system also earned a superior rating (out of superior, advanced, basic or none), avoiding a crash in the 12-mph test, and reducing impact speed by 22 mph in the agency’s 25-mph test.

In headlight ratings, however, things are less clear. The sedan’s optional curve-adaptive LED headlights earned a good rating, but only vehicles built after May 2019 have the improved headlights. (Automakers typically print the month a car was manufactured on a sticker in the driver’s doorjamb.) Prior to that, the same headlights earned a marginal rating. That’s the same rating the S60’s base headlights (which aren’t curve adaptive) get, precluding such versions from the award.

IIHS also subjected the S60 to its new tests of pedestrian-detection provisions within automatic emergency braking, and the sedan’s scores were anything but pedestrian. Volvo earned the top score, superior, for the S60’s standard pedestrian-detection system. Such results will factor into IIHS’ awards come 2020, IIHS says. (If you’re confused why the 2020 S60 earned a 2019 award, IIHS awards follow calendar years, which align often but not always with model years.)

The 2020 S60 goes up against luxury sedans like the Audi A4, which is a Top Safety Pick, and the BMW 3 Series, which is a Top Safety Pick Plus. Both rivals, like the S60, receive their respective awards only when equipped with specific headlights.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best S60 model that I have driven

by Ron D from Mt. P on October 19, 2020

Owned S60s since 2014 but this is the best model yet. Hendrick Volvo is a great dealership.....sales, service, management....all the best. Sales Advisor Damon Delaney did and awesome job with us ... Read full review

(5.0)

Glad to be a part of the Volvo Team

by Paul R from Indian Land on October 6, 2020

This car is unbelievable, the technology and the safety features on this vehicle. Volvo of Charlotte were great to work with, no pressure of buying. I can honestly say, that everyone there are so ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Volvo S60 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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