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The Volvo S60 is a premium medium-sized saloon, the estate version of which is called the V60. The current model was unveiled in mid-2018 and arrived in the UK in early 2019. It is also the first Volvo to be built in the USA, while the V60 estate is built in Volvo’s home country of Sweden.

As well as being the first Volvo to be built in America, the S60 was also the first modern Volvo not to be offered anywhere in the world with a diesel engine. Although some fleet-based media sources expressed doubt at this strategy, it quickly proved to be a prescient decision as diesel’s market share collapsed and the UK government started bringing forward the dates by which new petrol and diesel car sales will be banned.

The Volvo S60 has received generally good ratings from the UK motoring media, if not quite as strong as its acclaimed V60 estate sibling. Our unique Expert Rating aggregator has analysed 38 different UK reviews of the S60 (as of May 2021), with an overall Expert Rating of 77% that puts it about three points behind the V60.

The S60 has received widespread praise for its design (both exterior and interior) and outstanding safety ratings. However, it is not considered as rewarding to drive as rivals like the BMW 3 Series or Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Key specifications

Body style: Mid-sized saloon
Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £39,160 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

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Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2018









Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Volvo S60 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

The Volvo S60 hasn’t specifically been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research but its sister model, the Volvo V60 estate, has. The two cars share their security technology (along with most other parts) so the same rating would apply.

The V60 automatically received a Poor rating from Thatcham because it failed a relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. The Volvo S60 and V60 are susceptible to thieves intercepting the car’s keyless signal and using it to steal the car.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo S60 has received


  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive Car

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