Volvo S60 Model Review

 Key Features

  • Starting at $38,395 MSRP*
  • Your choice of a T5 turbocharged Drive-E engine with 250 horsepower, T6 turbo and supercharged Drive-E engine with 316 horsepower, or Recharge Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid with a combined system output of 400 horsepower
  • Choice of Momentum, Inscription, or R-Design trim levels
  • Available All-Wheel Drive and standard Eight-speed Geartronic™ Automatic Transmission
  • Optional Ventilated Perforated Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Standard Sensus Connect with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Available Keyless Entry with Hands-Free Power Tailgate
  • Optional Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound system

About the Volvo S60

Back to build on its award-winning reputation, the iconic Volvo S60 has the honor of being Volvo's first car assembled in the United States at a new manufacturing facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Drivers will have their choice of a generously-equipped Momentum trim, the luxurious Inscription, or the sport-focused R-Design variant. A collection of three unique powertrain options help ensure that there is a Volvo S60 to meet the needs of any type of driving style.

Sitting atop the range is an advanced S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid which delivers impressive efficiency, a combined system output of 400 horsepower, and capable all-wheel drive to conquer whatever Mother Nature throws at you. A collection of drive mode settings allow you to adapt the perfectly balanced chassis design of the S60 for a personalized ride. Take one step inside the cabin to find an exquisitely-appointed interior trimmed with eye-catching Scandinavian accents along with a suite of advanced connectivity features.

What the Critics Say

"We found the S60 to be a handsome, solid, quiet, and roomy sedan with plenty of headroom, even with the large panoramic sunroof. Backseat room is equally impressive, as a 6-foot-tall person can sit with ease behind a driver of the same height. The electric-assist power steering feels natural, and well-controlled body motions help this 5-seat Volvo stay composed on twisty and undulating roads." -- Kelley Blue Book

"At first glance, the S60 doesn't look all that different from the big-boy S90 sedan. But, as with the V60 and V90, there are definitely some major differences. The "Thor's Hammer" LED headlights extend the running light closer to the grille. The front and rear bumpers are a bit more aggressive in their layout, and the door panels are more expressive, as well." - Roadshow by CNET

Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Exterior

What's New for 2021

Making its return for the upcoming model year, the 2021 Volvo S60 showcases several exciting new updates. Last year's T8 Plug-In Hybrid model is now referred to as the S60 Recharge. Newly standard equipment helps make the S60 an even better value than previous models. These new features include LED headlights with Active Bending, blind-spot monitoring, retractable side mirrors with auto-dimming, keyless entry, and a powered trunk lid.

Volvo S60 Features

2021 Volvo S60 Exterior Styling

Eye-Catching Exterior

Drawing inspiration from its V60 wagon sibling and the larger S90, the Volvo S60 delivers a completely revised exterior appearance. Evocative design elements include stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, and Volvo Thor's Hammer LED headlamps. Emphasizing strength, the S60 offers a sculpted side profile, chiseled character lines, and muscular shoulders located above the rear wheel arches. Its hood is longer and more prominent than the prior generation, hinting at the capable performance that lies beneath. Regardless of your destination, you can count on the S60 to help you stand out in a sea of ordinary luxury sedans.

Potent Performance

A comprehensive collection of powertrains makes it easier than ever to select a Volvo S60 which perfectly matches your driving preferences. Serving as the standard engine, a T5 turbocharged Drive-E engine delivers 250 horsepower and front-wheel drive for a perfectly balanced combination of agility and efficiency. Choose the T6 in order to receive a turbo and supercharged Drive-E engine with 316 horsepower along with the confidence of an all-wheel drive system. For maximum performance thrills, the S60 Recharge provides a total system output of 400 horsepower. R-Design models offer complete control of the standard 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission thanks to steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Choose from selectable drive modes to personalize the versatility, efficiency, and performance of the Volvo S60.

2021 Volvo S60 Performance
2021 Volvo S60 Interior

Refined Interior

Every element of the interior inside the Volvo S60 has been carefully crafted to deliver an uncluttered, serene environment that welcomes drivers and passengers. On S60 R-Design models, you'll find Metal Mesh Aluminum décor panels and contrast stitching for the seats, tunnel console, doors, and gearshift which emphasize its sport-focused character. For those searching for refined luxury, Inscription trims include décor panels trimmed in Driftwood, a unique wood treatment. Available Contour seats feature multi-directional lumbar support, improved side support, and an adjustable cushion extension for complete relaxation on extended commutes. You'll find several traditional Scandinavian design elements and meticulous craftsmanship which contribute to the upscale feel of the S60 interior.

Cutting-Edge Technology & Safety

Acting as your centralized location for infotainment, a standard 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen features a portrait layout for reduced scrolling and simplified access to information. A specialized non-reflective coating makes it possible to interact with the screen while wearing gloves. Bring the power of your compatible smartphone along for the next adventure with standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto connectivity. Connect your phone, tablet, or wearable device to your S60 using the Volvo On Call app for control of a variety of remote functions.

Offering a helping hand when you need it most, the Volvo S60 includes Pilot Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control to help simplify driving in stop-and-go traffic. Eliminate worry when parking by using a standard 360˚ Surround View Camera which provides a bird's eye view of what's around the vehicle. Volvo City Safety relies on radar and camera technologies to help identify other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals ahead of you both day and night.

2021 Volvo S60 Sensus Touchscreen Display

Volvo S60 Inscription Trims & Specs



  • Starting at $38,395 MSRP*
  • T5 turbocharged Drive-E engine with 250 horsepower and Eight-speed Geartronic™ Automatic Transmission
  • LED Headlights w/ Thor's Hammer Daytime Running Lights & Auto Highbeam
  • Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
  • Laminated Panoramic Moonroof
  • Electric Folding Second Row Rear Seat


  • Starting at $44,145 MSRP*
  • 12.3" Digital Driver Display with integrated navigation system
  • R-Design steering wheel, gearshift knob, pedals, and sill-molding
  • R-Design Grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Sport Chassis
  • Keyless Entry w/ Hands-free Power Trunk Opening
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert


  • Starting at $44,145 MSRP*
  • Harman Kardon Premium Sound
  • Tailored Dashboard with Driftwood Inlays
  • Dynamic Chassis with Drive Mode Settings
  • Park Assist Rear Front and Rear
  • 18-inch Inscription Alloy Wheels

*Prices shown are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and exclude destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees