With the new S60, Volvo figures that its well-bundled features and generally lower prices will snare attention from BMW and Mercedes shoppers.
It should. We give it an 8 out of 10 for its excellent standard and optional equipment and touchscreen interface. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Volvo sells the 2019 S60 in Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription trims. All come in T5 or T6 powertrain configurations.
The $36,795 S60 Momentum with the T5 drivetrain has standard power features, synthetic leather upholstery, cruise control, USB ports, 220-watt audio with a 9.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, satellite radio, 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, and LED headlights. Its options include the T6 drivetrain; heated front seats; wood trim; a package with a handsfree trunk, blind-spot monitors, and front and rear parking sensors; a bundle with adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system; and one with Harman Kardon audio and navigation. Stand-alone options include adaptive dampers and Polestar-tuned drive modes.
The $43,540 R-Design adds leather upholstery, sport seats, a digital gauge display, Harman Kardon audio, navigation, paddle shifters, gloss-black exterior trim, and blind-spot monitors. Its options range from 19-inch wheels to split end pipes, the bundles offered in the Momentum series, a slightly lower suspension, automatic park assist, and 1,100 watts of Bowers & Wilkins audio.
The $43,895 S60 Inscription gets our nod, mostly for its interior. It adds a panoramic roof, driftwood trim, and a stitched dash. Its options include 19-inch wheels, cooled front seats, massage and side bolster adjustment for the front seats, the adaptive-cruise safety bundle, heated rear seats, adaptive dampers, Bowers & Wilkins sound, automatic park assist, and Polestar drive modes.
Interfaces and subscriptions
Volvo dubs its touchscreen interface Sensus. In all our experiences, it’s been a simple, user-friendly interface. We appreciate the portrait-style screen and its sensitivity to heat—it senses infrared, not touch per se—and its clean screens, but bemoan the fact that some climate and seat adjustments mean a deep dive into submenus.
The S60’s base sound system is fine, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a wi-fi hotspot, and Bluetooth connectivity. A Harmon Kardon system lives on mid-level models, while the extraordinary clean sound of the 1,100-watt Bowers & Wilkins system would get us to spend up.
Volvo offers the T6 S60 in its Care by Volvo subscription plan. Where available, drivers can pay $750 a month for a Momentum or $850 a month for an R-Design car, then trade it for a new model in a year, while Volvo covers all maintenance and insurance.
All Volvo S60s come with a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty, and the first three maintenance visits are free. That’s average coverage in a class where Jaguar grants five years of free warranty and service calls.
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