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

Featuring precision craftsmanship to elevate it above the competition, the striking Volvo S60 has the honor of being Volvo's first car manufactured in the United States at a new manufacturing facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Drivers will have their choice of a generously-equipped Momentum variant, luxurious Inscription, or the dynamic R-Design. Three individual powertrain options help ensure that there's a Volvo S60 to suit every type of driving style.

Topping the range is an advanced S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid which boasts a combined system output of 400 horsepower along with capable all-wheel drive to help you conquer the elements. A balanced chassis design combined with a selection of drive mode settings provide a rewarding experience behind the wheel of the S60. Inside, drivers will be greeted by a cabin finished with traditional Scandinavian design elements along with an array of advanced technology 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 2021 model year, the Volvo S60 is back with several key updates. Previously known as the T8, all Plug-In Hybrid variants are now called the S60 Recharge. In addition, the S60 gets a longer list of standard equipment for 2021. Standard features of the S60 now 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

Taking cues from its V60 wagon sibling and the larger S90 sedan, the Volvo S60 offers a completely refreshed exterior appearance. Signature design elements include Volvo Thor's Hammer LED headlamps, panoramic moonroof, and elegant 18-inch alloy wheels. A sleek side profile, chiseled sides, and muscular shoulders above the rear wheels emphasize strength while giving the S60 an instantly-recognizable look. A longer hood emphasizes the potent performance found on every S60. No matter where you're headed, the S60 will help you make a memorable entrance.

Potent Performance

An extensive selection of powertrains makes it simple to find a Volvo S60 that perfectly suits your driving preferences. Standard power comes from a T5 turbocharged Drive-E engine with 250 horsepower and front-wheel drive for the perfect balance of efficiency and agility. Opt for the T6 to receive a turbo and supercharged Drive-E engine with 316 horsepower along with the confidence of all-wheel drive. For the ultimate in performance, choose the S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid which delivers a combined system output of 400 horsepower. On R-Design models, you'll have complete control of the standard 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Selectable drive modes give you the ability to customize the performance, versatility and efficiency of the Volvo S60.

2021 Volvo S60 Performance
2021 Volvo S60 Interior

Refined Interior

Each aspect of the interior of the Volvo S60 has been meticulously crafted to provide a serene, uncluttered environment that welcomes drivers and passengers. S60 R-Design models feature Metal Mesh Aluminum décor panels and contrast stitching for the seats, tunnel console, doors, and gearshift to reflect its sport-focused style. If you're craving additional luxury, Inscription models include décor panels trimmed in Driftwood, a unique wood treatment. Optional Contour seats provide multi-directional lumbar support, an adjustable cushion extension, and improved side support for a refreshing feeling on long journeys. Throughout the cabin, traditional Scandinavian design and craftsmanship combine to produce a truly upscale environment.

Cutting-Edge Technology & Safety

Serving as your centralized hub for infotainment, a standard 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen offers a portrait layout for easy access to information and reduced scrolling. Thanks to its special non-reflective coating, you can even interact with the screen while wearing gloves. Seamless smartphone integration is made possible by standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto connectivity. The Volvo On Call app connects your phone, tablet or wearable device with your S60 and gives you complete control of numerous remote functions.

Giving you support when you need it most, the Volvo S60 includes Pilot Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control to make driving in heavy traffic less tiring. Take the guesswork out of parking with a standard 360˚ Surround View Camera which provides a bird's eye view of your surroundings. Volvo City Safety uses radar and camera technology to identify other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals ahead, day or night.

2021 Volvo S60 Sensus Touchscreen Display

Volvo S60 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