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2018 Volvo S60 Review

The 2018 Volvo S60 finishes in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. This sedan delivers a smooth ride and has a comfortable interior, but it’s not as athletic or luxurious as many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely comfortable front seats
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Complicated, distracting infotainment system
  • Cramped rear legroom in base trim




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Volvo S60 Overview

Is the 2018 Volvo S60 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Volvo S60 is a good used luxury small car. It's a comfortable little sedan that's perfect for your daily commute or driving the kids around.

The 2018 S60 has notable strengths:

  • Base engine gets great gas mileage for the class
  • Front seats among the most comfortable in the segment
  • Cushioned ride, even over rough roads
  • Long-wheelbase model has adult-friendly rear seats
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • High safety score

And here are its main weaknesses:

  • Standard-wheelbase models don't have much rear-seat legroom
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Volvo S60 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 67 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Volvo S60?

Based on listings for the 2018 Volvo S60 on our site, the average price is $26,900. Prices range from $23,900 to $30,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Volvo S60 Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 S60’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S60?

Volvo fully redesigned the S60 for the 2019 model year. This third-generation S60 starts at $35,800 and has several improvements that make it more appealing than older models, including Volvo’s new Pilot Assist (a partially autonomous self-driving system) and a new T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain. It also gets revised exterior and interior styling, a revamped infotainment console, and more standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The 2018 Volvo S60 is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year. There have been some changes over the years, but nothing too significant. The 2016 model year saw the introduction of a long-wheelbase model that increased rear-seat legroom. For 2017, Volvo added the Polestar trim to the lineup and discontinued the five-cylinder engine option. There were no noteworthy changes for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Volvo S60?

The 2018 Volvo S60 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Volvo S60 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Volvo S60.

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Which Used Volvo S60 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Volvo S60 comes in six trims: T5 Dynamic, T5 Inscription, T5 Inscription Platinum, Cross Country, T6 R-Design, and Polestar. When selecting the best S60 for you, ask yourself how much horsepower you want and how much interior room you need. There are two engines to choose from: the turbocharged four-cylinder in T5 models and the supercharged/turbocharged four-cylinder in T6 models. In T5 variations, the S60 is available in the base Dynamic, the long-wheelbase Inscription and Inscription Platinum, and the Cross Country trims. T6 models include the R-Design and Polestar trims.

If you regularly carry passengers in the rear seats or if you're looking for the trim with the best value, set your sights on the S60 Inscription. Up front you'll enjoy leather seats, navigation, and a rearview camera. The back seat impresses with added legroom – for extra comfort and easier loading – and power sunshades on three sides.

  • Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic: The base S60 T5 Dynamic comes with Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker sound system, and a USB port. Leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and Volvo’s City Safety (which includes automatic emergency low-speed braking) are also standard.
  • Volvo S60 T5 Inscription: The S60 T5 Inscription has more amenities, including navigation, power sunshades for the three rear windows, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. This trim's other notable offering is its extra 3.4 inches of rear legroom, thanks to its longer-wheelbase design. The uplevel Inscription Platinum uses the same long wheelbase and adds upgraded front seats, a Harman Kardon sound system, walnut inlays, a proximity key, push-button start, and advanced safety technology such as adaptive cruise control, a driver alert monitor, and lane keep assist.
  • Volvo S60 Cross Country: The S60 Cross Country comes with the T5 powertrain, all-wheel drive, and a raised suspension system that gives you 7.9 inches of ground clearance. It has most of the features included in the Inscription Platinum.
  • Volvo S60 T6 R-Design: The S60 T6 R-Design features a four-cylinder engine that's both supercharged and turbocharged, with 302 horsepower. This trim includes all-wheel drive, sporty design elements (like aluminum inlays and sport front seats), and most upgrades included in the Inscription trim.
  • Volvo S60 Polestar: The S60 Polestar also includes the twin-charged T6 engine, but this version has been tuned to crank out 362 horsepower. It also comes with all-wheel drive, unique styling elements, sport seats, heated front and rear seats, a DVD player, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian and bicyclist detection.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the S60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the S60 the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and named it a 2018 Top Safety Pick. Headlight ratings depend on the trim. The Inscription trim’s headlights earn the lowest rating of Poor for forward visibility. All other trims received the second-highest rating of Acceptable. Properly equipped S60 models earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 S60 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The S60 received five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • automatic braking at low speeds
  • pedestrian detection

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • automatic parallel park assist
  • lane keep assist

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2018 Volvo S60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo S60 or 2018 Audi A4?

The 2018 Audi A4 is one of the highest-ranked luxury small cars. It has arguably the nicest interior in the class, as well as a ton of infotainment features and cutting-edge technology. The A4 also handles better and is more fun to drive than the S60.

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo S60 or 2018 BMW 3 Series?

The 2018 BMW 3 Series might be the most athletic car in the class. It has stronger engines than its Volvo rival, and it provides a far more engaging driving experience. The 3 Series is well-rounded, too; it has a spacious, stylish interior and plenty of comfort and convenience features. In short, the 3 Series has something for everyone.

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2018 S60 Performance

How Does the 2018 Volvo S60 Drive?

All S60 trims feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The turbo-four in the base S60 T5 is reasonably potent, but it doesn't have the energetic feel of the turbo- and supercharged T6 models. On its own, this Volvo seems to check all the boxes by delivering a smooth ride and composed handling. However, it doesn't fare as well when you compare it to other cars in the class. Many rivals are sportier, and some also have more cushioned rides.

  • Base engine: 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 302-horsepower supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (R-Design)
    • 362-horsepower supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Polestar)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (AWD is standard in some higher trims)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Volvo S60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the S60 gets better fuel economy ratings than most other cars in the class. The numbers get a bit worse if you opt for all-wheel drive or if you step up to a more powerful engine.

  • 240-horsepower four-cylinder, FWD: 25/36 mpg city/highway
  • 240-horsepower four-cylinder, AWD: 22/33 mpg
  • 302-horsepower four-cylinder: 22/32 mpg
  • 362-horsepower four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg

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2018 S60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 S60 Seat?

The 2018 S60 seats five people in two rows. The front seats are outstanding and among the most comfortable in the segment. The rear seats are a bit cramped in the base (Dynamic) trim, but the Inscription trims are roomier, offering a few extra inches of legroom thanks to a longer wheelbase. Still, the seat cushions in the rear are not as plush as those in the front.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • upgraded leather upholstery
  • heated front and rear seats
  • sport seats
  • power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Volvo S60?

The 2018 S60 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The system receives the second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seat, but there are no other notable issues.

2018 Volvo S60 Features

Many other infotainment systems are easier to use than Volvo's Sensus interface. It has a steep learning curve because of its complicated menu layout and numerous buttons, not to mention the unintuitive multifunction knob. The screen has sharp graphics though.

  • Standard infotainment features: 7-inch infotainment display, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and a moonroof
  • Other available features: proximity key and push-button start

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2018 Volvo S60 Dimensions

Volvo S60 Cargo Space

The S60 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury small car. The trunk's low liftover height makes it easy to load cargo, but the low-dipping trunk hinges can be in the way if you're hauling larger items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Volvo S60 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 3 inches to 15 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,619 to 3,913 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Volvo S60 Built?

Volvo built the S60 in Sweden.


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