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Volvo S60

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Volvo S60

(2019 – present)

    Summary


    The Volvo S60 is a premium medium-sized saloon, the estate version of which is called the V60. This is the second-generation car to wear this badge, which was unveiled in mid-2018 and arrived in the UK in early 2019. It was discontinued from sale in Autumn 2023.

    The S60 saloon is also the first Volvo to be built in the USA, while the V60 estate is built in Volvo’s home country of Sweden. It 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. Diesel’s market share has collapsed and the UK government brought forward the dates by which new petrol and diesel car sales will be banned. As of 2023, Volvo has now discontinued diesel engines from most of its model range.

    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 39 different UK reviews of the S60 (as of August 2023), with an overall Used Car Expert Rating of 71%. That’s six points behind the current score for the V60.

    The S60 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.

    In August 2023, Volvo announced that it was ceasing the sale of all its saloon and estate models (the S60, V60, S90 and V90 models) in the UK – although they will still be sold in other markets for the time being. The company said this is due to declining customer demand and the need to concentrate its investment budget on a range of new electric SUV models.

    Key specifications


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

    Launched: Spring 2019
    Last updated: Autumn 2021
    Discontinued: Autumn 2023


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2018
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 84%
    Vulnerable road users: 74%
    Safety assist: 76%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of August 2023, the Volvo S60 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    The Volvo S60 has a reliability score that’s bang average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation S60 and the previous (pre-2019) versions.

    A third of all reported problems with the S60 relate to its suspension, with an average repair bill of about £600. Braking system repairs account for anoter third of all reported faults, costing around £350 on average. Be aware of engine problems, however, – although rare, they are expensive with an average repair bill of more than £2,500.

    If you’re looking at a used Volvo S60, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models162 g/kmC152 – 163 g/kmB – C
    Plug-in hybrid models17 g/kmA17 – 47 g/kmA – A
    Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
    Plug-in hybrid models58 milesC34 – 58 milesC – E
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models38C33 – 49C – E
    Service and maintenanceCostScore
    Year 1£311C
    Year 2£759C
    Year 3£1,152C
    Year 4£1,390C
    Year 5£1,841C
    Overall£5,453C

    The Volvo S60 saloon is entirely average when it comes to running costs, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

    As you can see from the tables above, the S60 scores a ‘C’ in pretty much every category. We don’t currently have fuel consumption data, but given that the CO2 scores for petrol models are a C, it’s entirely likely that the fuel consumption scores would be similar.

    Insurance and servicing costs are also slap-bang in the middle of our A-to-E scale. Although the plug-in hybrid looks to be very efficient on paper, scoring an A for its emissions, that’s simply a function of the rather useless EU/UK government lab tests that produce completely unrealistic results for plug-in hybrids.

    On a positive note, an official battery range of nearly 60 miles is very good for a plug-in hybrid, meaning that you can do most of your day-to-day running on electric power – as long as you are able to keep the battery charged on pretty much a daily basis.

    Security rating

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    Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

    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.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo S60 has received

    2019

    • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive Car

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    The Volvo S60 has received widespread praise for its design and outstanding safety. However, it doesn't drive as nicely as a BMW 3 Series.Volvo S60