2017 S60 New Car Test Drive
The Volvo S60 compact sedan is an aging design, the current generation introduced as a 2011 model, but it's still a significant part of the Swedish automaker's lineup. S60 is Volvo's smallest sedan.
The 2017 offers a choice of powertrains, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a Cross Country model with added ground clearance.
Excelling in safety and front-seat comfort, it serves as a sound alternative to German-made models. The S60 is less flashy than the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans, but it's priced much more reasonably and comes standard with leather trim.
The 2017 Volvo S60 now offers only four-cylinder engines. All-wheel drive is now available on the 2017 Volvo S60 T5. Otherwise, little is changed from 2016.
In addition to relatively sporty Dynamic and sportier-yet R-Design trim levels, a more luxurious long-wheelbase Inscription version is available. The Inscription sedan adds 3 inches of legroom for rear passengers, without detracting from S60 appearance. A limited-edition, high-performance Polestar sedan is offered.
The S60 Cross Country model adds 2.5 inches of ground clearance, to allow mild off-pavement treks.
S60 T5 models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower, and 8-speed automatic transmission. The S60 T6 R-Design gets a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Developing 302 horsepower, the higher-power engine gives the S60 more spirit. The limited-edition Polestar hikes the price considerably, but brings a 362-horsepower engine.
All-wheel drive improves performance and handling is slippery conditions, but its added weight reduces performance on dry pavement. Front-wheel drive allows more lively performance when the weather is nice.
Front seats are some of the best anywhere. Back seats are spacious, too.
Despite its age, the S60 has fared well in crash-testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the S60 five stars for every test, including rollover. Volvo's sedan earned Good marks in each crash undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including the tricky small-overlap test. Those scores earned the IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ award.
Volvo offers some of the most advanced safety features available on any car, though most aren't standard. Base-model S60s come with fewer active safety features than pricier XC60 crossovers, but the list includes low-speed crash mitigation. An optional Technology group adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. Rather than being standard, a rearview camera is part of a Vision Package that also adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2017 Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic ($33,950) has front-wheel drive and the 240-hp 2.0-liter engine, as well as leather seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, moonroof, xenon headlights, aluminum inlays, and 18-inch black wheels. All-wheel drive is available for all T5 models ($2,000). Technology ($1500), Sport, Vision ($1950), and navigation packages are optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)
S60 T5 Inscription ($36,800) is equipped like the T5 Dynamic, but has the longer wheelbase for added rear-seat legroom. S60 T5 Inscription Platinum ($40,800) adds walnut wood inlays and other luxuries.
S60 T6 AWD R-Design ($47,400) gets the turbocharged/supercharged engine and all-wheel drive, as well as many T5 options as standard. Included are perforated leather seats, steering-wheel inlays, Harman Kardon premium audio, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
S60 Polestar AWD ($60,000) tops the lineup in price by far, including the 362-horsepower engine, all-wheel drive, sport seats and steering wheel, and 20-inch wheels.
S60 Cross Country ($44,400) has 7.9-inch ground clearance and the base engine, but is equipped much like the T6 R-Design, except for 18-inch wheels.