2017 Volvo S60 Inscription

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Volvo S60 Inscription. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    240-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Responsive steering
  • Smooth eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Sound quality of available premium stereo

The Bad

  • Stop-start engine technology can annoy
  • Nonlinear brake-pedal response
  • Gray interior looks dreary

Notable Features of the 2017 Volvo S60 Inscription

  • Stretched wheelbase for more rear legroom
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • City Safety low-speed collision avoidance standard
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection with auto-braking available

2017 Volvo S60 Inscription Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Volvo, which is owned by Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely, was the first luxury brand to export a car from China to the U.S. with the Inscription, which is an S60 with a stretched wheelbase for an additional 2.9 inches of rear legroom. The Inscription is also more luxurious and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.
What's Special

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 2.9 inches of additional rear legroom
  • Aluminum inlays 
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Side window shades and a power rear shade

Here's Info on the Regular S60:
What it is: The Volvo S60 is a five-seat luxury sedan that goes toe-to-toe with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which features a supercharger and a turbocharger. Volvo also sells an off-road-themed S60 Cross Country.

(Skip to details on the S60 Cross Country)

New for 2017
Volvo has simplified the S60's engine lineup, reducing the number of available engines to two. There's also a new entry-level Dynamic trim that includes leather sport seats, a moonroof, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, headlight washers, 18-inch alloy wheels, and R-Design front and rear styling cues. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED daytime run...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Volvo, which is owned by Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely, was the first luxury brand to export a car from China to the U.S. with the Inscription, which is an S60 with a stretched wheelbase for an additional 2.9 inches of rear legroom. The Inscription is also more luxurious and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.
What's Special

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 2.9 inches of additional rear legroom
  • Aluminum inlays 
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Side window shades and a power rear shade

Here's Info on the Regular S60:
What it is: The Volvo S60 is a five-seat luxury sedan that goes toe-to-toe with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which features a supercharger and a turbocharger. Volvo also sells an off-road-themed S60 Cross Country.

(Skip to details on the S60 Cross Country)

New for 2017
Volvo has simplified the S60's engine lineup, reducing the number of available engines to two. There's also a new entry-level Dynamic trim that includes leather sport seats, a moonroof, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, headlight washers, 18-inch alloy wheels, and R-Design front and rear styling cues. 
Significant Standard Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • City Safety collision avoidance system
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 302-hp, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Heated windshield
  • Configurable digital instrument panel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Backup camera
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Navigation system
  • Dual-screen backseat entertainment system

S60 Cross Country
The S60 Cross Country uses the same basic playbook as Volvo's other Cross Country models but in a sedan format: standard all-wheel drive, a raised suspension and SUV-like styling cues. It's powered by a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
What's Special

  • Unique front-end styling, including a honeycomb grille
  • Black fender extensions
  • 7.9 inches of ground clearance

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Superior vehicle!

by CAL from Hubert, NC on March 15, 2018

This car was designed for people with back and neck issues. Totally comfortable and offers lots of control for sitting and driving long distances. I love the stereo and sound system. Touch controls ... Read full review

(5.0)

Volvos are the most reliable and safe

by IB from Coral Gables on March 5, 2018

I have leased Volvos for the past 10 years and like the fact that I have not had any of them give me problems or issues. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Volvo S60 Inscription currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Volvo S60 Inscription has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volvo

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, Carfax vehicle history report and rental car

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 miles; no deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 130 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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 Inscription 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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