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7.8

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Volvo S60 Review

The 2017 Volvo S60 has a perfect safety rating and some of the lowest ownership costs in the luxury small cars segment. However, it ranks in the middle of the luxury small car class due to its cramped interior and frustrating infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Exquisite front-seat comfort
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Distracting infotainment controller
  • Poor back-seat legroom in base model

2017 Volvo S60 Overview

Is the 2017 Volvo S60 a Good Used Car?

A used 2017 Volvo S60 is a good choice among luxury small cars. It has composed handling and powerful engines, even in the base trim. There's a good amount of standard safety equipment in the S60, yet oddly, a rearview camera is not standard. This Volvo also has a nice interior, but its rear seats are cramped unless you buy the longer-wheelbase Inscription model.

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How Much Is the 2017 Volvo S60?

There are 269 listings on our site for the 2017 Volvo S60. Prices start at $20,700 and top out at $39,800, with the average list price sitting at $27,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volvo S60 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Volvo S60 are estimated to be $24,241. That’s well below average for the luxury small cars segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S60?

The 2018 Volvo S60 has a starting price of $34,100. Compare that to the 2017 S60’s average price of $27,000. Since there are no changes between the two model years, you should consider buying the 2017 Volvo S60 instead of the 2018 to save money. While you don’t get a new-car warranty with a used model, you can buy a certified pre-owned model, which comes with its own warranty coverage.

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There are no high-ranking new luxury small cars that you can buy for the 2017 S60’s average price of $27,000.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo S60 Is Best?

The 2017 S60 is part of a generation that Volvo introduced during the 2011 model year. For 2015, the S60 gained the Drive-E turbocharged and supercharged engines, which are more powerful and fuel-efficient than the engines they replace. The 2016 model saw the debut of the long-wheelbase Inscription model that adds rear-seat passenger space. The 2016 Volvo S60 might be the best model to consider since it has a lower average price but is nearly identical to the 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volvo S60?

The 2017 Volvo S60 has a J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average.

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2017 Volvo S60 Recalls

As of this writing the 2017 Volvo S60 has three open recalls. Two deal with a seat-mounted air bag that may not inflate, while the third concerns a front-seat passenger seat-belt buckle that may separate from its bracket. Make sure these issues have been taken care of by a Volvo dealer before purchasing a used 2017 S60.

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Which Used Volvo S60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Volvo S60 differentiates its models by powertrains. T5 models have a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. T6 models have a 302-horsepower supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder. Lastly, Polestar models come with a 362-horsepower twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The base T5 is the best model for most shoppers. It has a strong engine and a long list of features, including a suite of active safety equipment. It comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, auxiliary and USB inputs, and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch display. Volvo’s City Safety system is also standard, which includes automatic emergency low-speed braking.

The S60 T6 comes with all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and navigation. The S60 Polestar comes with all-wheel drive, unique interior and exterior styling elements, front sport seats, heated front and rear seats, and a DVD player. Volvo also offered various packages.

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Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S60 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle for a better ownership experience. Volvo has a decent CPO program, but many luxury brands offer better coverage and more benefits. Volvo provides all CPO vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the S60?

The 2017 S60 earned five out of five stars in the front, side, and rollover crash tests at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the S60 a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ (the highest award), with top scores of Good in all crash tests. The S60’s available frontal crash prevention system has a rating of Superior.

Oddly, a rearview camera does not come standard. However, every 2017 S60 comes with Volvo City Safety, which automatically brakes the car to avoid low-speed collisions. Available safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Volvo S60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo S60 or 2017 BMW 3 Series?

Making direct comparisons between the 2017 BMW 3 Series and the S60 is difficult because there are 20 versions of the 3 Series and eight versions of the S60. Comparing the two base models, the rear-wheel-drive 3 Series handles better than the Volvo, and the BMW has a little more rear legroom. Still, the Volvo has the better base model, with more active safety equipment and a stronger engine that runs on regular gas (instead of premium in the 3 Series).

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo S60 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class?

Like the S60, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class also has numerous variants. The rear-wheel-drive C300 (base trim) offers one of the most cushioned rides in the class and still feels composed around corners. Both cars have quality interiors with plenty of space, but the C-Class stands out because of its uncommon active safety features. Crosswind assist keeps the vehicle in line when it detects strong winds. The driver drowsiness monitor will alert drivers when it detects signs of fatigue. Mercedes' Pre-Safe system tightens seat belts if it detects an imminent crash. All of these features and a rearview camera are standard, which isn’t the case with the S60. However, that safety comes at a price, as the C-Class has much higher predicted ownership costs than the S60.

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2017 S60 Performance

How Does the 2017 Volvo S60 Drive?

The S60 offers composed handling and a smooth ride, making it pleasure to drive in most situations. The S60 comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel-drive is available.

A 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the base S60 T5. The T5 confidently tackles highway passing and accelerates smoothly around town. Still, there are two available engines for more power. The S60 T6 model has a supercharged and turbocharged 302-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The Polestar edition offers the most grunt with its 362-horsepower twin-turbocharged engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard in all models.

Does the 2017 Volvo S60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel drive S60 with the base engine gets 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Expect 23/31 mpg city/highway with the S60 T6 model. The S60 Polestar returns 20/27 mpg city/highway, but it needs premium fuel (the other two engines run on regular gas).

2017 Volvo S60 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Volvo S60 can tow as much as 3,500 pounds.

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2017 S60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 S60 Seat?

The 2017 S60 seats five on standard leather upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat comes standard. Available upgrades include heated front and rear seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and sport seats offering extra side support. The front seats offer outstanding comfort, but the back seats are cramped for tall adults unless you buy the S60 Inscription model, which provides 3 more inches of legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volvo S60?

The S60's rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, noting that the lower anchors are too deep in the seats.

2017 Volvo S60 Features

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, auxiliary and USB ports, and a 7-inch Sensus infotainment system. Navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system are also available.

The S60’s infotainment system is distracting to use while driving, but the S60's climate controls are intuitive and feature a human-shaped button. To direct the flow of air, you simply press the corresponding part of the body.

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2017 Volvo S60 Dimensions

Volvo S60 Cargo Space

The Volvo S60 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the luxury small cars class.

2017 S60 Length and Weight

The 2017 Volvo S60 measures 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,619 to 3,862 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Volvo S60 Built?

Volvo built the 2017 S60 in Belgium and China.

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