2020 Volvo S60

2020 MODEL
$36,050 - $48,045
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2020 Volvo S60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Not just a Sedan loaded with luxury features, the 2020 Volvo S60 is a true contender in the luxury sedan segment. The sedan offers impressive performance, a comfy interior, and lots of tech features. The car competes with some prominent models like Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series. 

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Pros

Strong and performing acceleration and braking

Comfy and supportive seats

An array of driving aids

Available optional Bowers & Wilkins audio system

Cons

Too many controls for technology interface

Sport suspension available as optional not so smooth

Missing USB ports for rear passengers

What's New?

Blind-spot monitoring gets steering collision avoidance

R-Design trim gets standard features like four-zone climate control, interior lighting and a tailored dashboard

All models get virtual instrument panel as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36050

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

63 in.

width

80.3 in.

height

56.6 in.

curb weight

3657 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

92 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

890 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/32/25 mpg

highway range

508.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Volvo S60 Review video
2020 Volvo S60 Detailed Review video

Styles

2020 Volvo S60 in Birch Light Metallic color 2020 Volvo S60 in Black Stone color 2020 Volvo S60 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color 2020 Volvo S60 in Denim Blue Metallic color
Birch Light Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

7.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.6

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$36,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,050 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$40,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $40,550 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$43,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,545 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$43,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,545 MSRP (21/25/32) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$48,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$48,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The S60 sedan is available with multiple trim levels and engine options. The base model is equipped with an impressive list of features like automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch instrument panel display, forward collision warning, and a drowsy driver warning system. If you seek more, there's more room for optional luxury comforts that come under several packages. 

As far as the luxury appeal goes, the Volvo S60 is not the only car to offer luxury-sedan ride. The S60 is good for buyers looking for tech-loaded car and featured infotainment system. Considering all things, the Volvo S60 is a well balanced car that comes with elegant package. In order to know it inside-out, you need to take a test drive for sure.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

8.6/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Volvo S60 Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Volvo S60 is offered in four trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and Polestar Engineered. There are four engine choices with the trim levels. The T5 offers 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. On the other hand, the T6 offers both turbocharged and supercharged variant of that engine, delivering 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. 

The T8 hybrid engine adds electric motors and delivers a combined output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. The Polestar Engineered variant of the plug-in hybrid that delivers 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque.

Trims

T5 Momentum

T6 Momentum

T5 Inscription

T6 Inscription

T5 R-Design

T6 R-Design

MSRP (FWD)

$36,050

- $43,545 - $43,545 -

MSRP (AWD)

-

$40,550

-

$48,045

-

$48,045

Key Features

2.0L I-4 Engine 

Adds/Upgrades to T5 Momentum Adds/Upgrades to T6 Momentum Adds/Upgrades to T5 Inscription Adds/Upgrades to T6 Inscription Adds/Upgrades to T5 R-Design
 

ABS and driveline Traction control

 

302 @ 5,700 rpm Horsepower

 

362 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower

 
 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

 

Instant Traction all-wheel Drive type

 

347 @ 3,100 rpm Torque

 
 

18" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

 

19" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

 

20" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

 
 

1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

 

Windshield wipers - rain sensing

 

Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated fro

 
 

Driver Lumbar support

 

Driver and passenger Lumbar support

 

Simulated suede/leather Seat

 
 

Heated mirrors

 

Navigation system

 

Parking assist

 
 

Leather Seat trim

         
 

Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic

         
 

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

         
 

Rear Fog/driving lights

         

Which trim to consider?

We would recommend buyers to opt for the base Volvo S60 Momentum. This trim gets an array of important standard equipment. Interestingly, it is also available with either T5 or T6 engine options. Also, there's an extra optional package to add more safety to your choice. 

2020 Volvo S60 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The S 60 is offered in numerous engine options which are known by the name T5, T6, and T8. The base 2.0 liter inline four in T5 cranks out 250 hp which is sent to the front wheels via an 8 –speed automatic transmission. A same supercharged and turbocharged engine is added to the T6 which doles out 316 hp transferred to an all-wheel-drive setup. Top of the line T8 plug-in hybrid uses an electric motor in conjunction with the gas engine for a combined output of 400 hp.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Has a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders Engine

All of the Swedish sauce uses an eight-speed automatic transmission which shifts seamlessly in every situation. The manual mode also shifts gears automatically with respect to the velocity. The transmission is very capable on its own still you can play with the paddle shifters for some 

Models

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Giulia*

Lexus IS 300*

Mercedes C300 4Matic*

Genesis G70*

Jaguar XE*

MSRP

$$43,545

$38,195

$40,660

$43,400

$34,900

$46,235

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinders 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinders 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged, Inline-4 Cylinder Engine 2.0L Turbocharged, Inline-4 Cylinder Engine
Drivetrain FWD RWD AWD AWD RWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic  8-Speed Automatic  8-Speed Automatic 9G-Tronic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic  8-Speed Automatic

Power

250hp@5,600rpm 280hp@5,200rpm 241hp@5,800rpm 255hp@5,800rpm 252hp@6,200rpm 247hp@5,500rpm

Torque

258lb-ft@1,500rpm 306lb-ft@2,000-4,800rpm 258lb-ft@1,650rpm 273lb-ft@1,800rpm 260lb-ft@1,400-4,000rpm 269lb-ft@1,300rpm

*Note: The competition car specs in the table comprises of 2019 model year. 

How fast is it?

The Volvo S60 is a real sleeper in terms of performance. The base inline four-cylinder produces a massive surge of acceleration. It does 0 to 60 in just 5.0 and reaches to quarter-mile mark in 14.3 seconds which is very impressive.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan 0-60 MPH in Just 5.0 sec

Models

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

5.0 sec

5.5 sec

6.9 sec

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14 .3 sec

14.1 sec

15 sec* 

14.1 sec

14.6 sec

15.0 sec

Top Speed 155 MPH 163 143 MPH 150 MPH(est) 170 142 MPH

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinders 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 Cylinders 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged, Inline-4 Cylinder Engine 2.0L Turbocharged, Inline-4 Cylinder Engine

How it is to drive?

The S60 offers three drive modes, so you can adjust the power output according to your state of mind. The three default settings for the engine, automatic gearbox, handling, and brakes can be optimized for best driving experience and fuel economy. You can likewise make your own blend with the Individual mode. In plug-in hybrid models, the AWD variant increases the acceleration time by a second.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Steering wheel

Steering of the Volvo S 60 is heavy and transfers very little feedback from the road regardless of the drive mode. The rubbers provide superb grip around corners when you are pushing it hard but it will not be a pleasant affair for the driver while it does such. Double wishbone in the front and Macpherson strut in the rear are well in soaking up bumps from the streets. The Four-C dynamic chassis is an electronically controlled framework that gives you much more noteworthy control.

How are the brakes on Volvo S60?

Equipped with 13.2 in the front and 13.2 brembo’s in the rear, pedal travel is small and they feel soft. The brakes do not inspire much confidence during a panic stop and the performance trails behind the rivals.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front Brake is 13.2 in.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

Brake Rotors Front

13.2"

13"

13.1"

13"

13.8"

12.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

12. 9"

12.5"

12.2"

11.8"

13.4"

12.8"

Curb Weight

7303 lbs

3521 lbs

3583 lbs

3500 lbs*

3516 lbs

3500 lbs

60-0 MPH

127 ft.

124 ft.

119 ft.

153  ft.

164 ft. (70-0 mph)

184  ft.

*Note: The competition car specs in the table comprises of 2019 model year. 

2020 Volvo S60 Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The S 60 is a class leader when it comes to monthly fuel bills, the hybrid variant can travel up to 21 miles solely on electric power. Returning 26 MPG in the city plus 32 MPG on the highway and a combined average of 29 MPG is better than most of the rivals.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS 300

Mercedes C300 4Matic

Genesis G70

Jaguar XE

MPG (City)

26

24

22

22

21

24

MPG (Highway)

32

33

32

33

28

34

MPG (Combined)

29

27

26

26

23

28

Fuel Capacity 14.5 gallons 15.3 gallons 17.4 gallons 17.4 gallons 15.8 gallons 16.6 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 334/493/420 miles 367/505/413 miles 313/418/452 miles 400/574/452 miles 348/474/363 miles 415/564/464 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.3*

6.6*

7.4

6.6*

8.4*

6.3*

2020 Volvo S60 Interior

7.2/10

The minimalist theme, likewise with contemporary Volvos is consistent in Volvo S 60 all over. It highlights an unmistakable Scandinavian structure that is as satisfying. The flat dash, covered in dark leather with contrast cream-colored stitching forms the center cluster. Everything is soft to the touch and the quality of the material is top-notch. Ride quality and comfort elements are pleasing.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Front Seats

Volvo's orthopedic-structured seats as the absolute best for any body type. They provide an ample amount of bolstering and knee support for an average size individual. The 9-inch touchscreen shaped like a tablet is your intuitive command center. Rectangular air vents are surrounded by a shiny metal ring like the ignition and drive mode selector. The other variants boast a combination of aluminum décor panels and unique driftwood treatment.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia*

Mercedes C300 4Matic*

Lexus IS 300*

Genesis G70*

Jaguar XE

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37/56.1/42.3 37.4/55.3/42.2 37.1/55.9/44.8 38.2/56.3/42.6 39.7/56.1/42.2 38.2/56.8/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37/54.5/35.2 37.2/55/36.1 37.1/53.4/35.1 36.9/54.6/34.8 36.9/53.2/36.2 36.1/54.7/35

List of Interior Features on Volvo S60

  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather seats
  • An eight-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar)
  • Driver memory settings
  • Power-folding rear headrests
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • A 60/40-split folding rear seat

What about the Infotainment?

The S60's small screen (only a 7-inch display is available) and a multitude of buttons make the center stack feel outmoded. Following features are also included:

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan Has a 7-inch display screen
  • 7-inch display screen
  • Volvo's Sensus smartphone app integration
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Voice commands
  • An eight-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • An auxiliary audio jack
  • A USB audio interface
  • HD Radio

How much does it hold inside the cargo?

The cargo capacity of the S 60 is a bit small as compared to the rivals, the standard-wheelbase variants are limited when it comes to the legroom but the Inscription model with the extended-wheelbase accounts for large load-carrying capacity. A low lift-over height makes it easy to access the space.

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan has 13.8 cu ft. Cargo Area

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Guilia*

Mercedes C300 4Matic*

Lexus IS300*

Genesis G70*

Jaguar XE*

Cargo Capacity

13.8 cu.ft.

13.0 cu.ft.

12.6 cu.ft.

13.2 cu.ft.

10.5 cu.ft.

14.7 cu.ft.

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t offers the highest cargo space in this segment, measuring 13.2 cubic feet and hence overpowers other cars in this class.

2020 Volvo S60 Exterior

8.0/10

Depicting a baby S90, the smooth lines of S 60 are an eye-candy not like the busy exterior of German rivals. It is elegantly styled than most of the competitors plus tech-savvy and sensible. The S60 carries out the design language of Volvo exceptionally and puts the Swedish at the top of its class when it comes to looks. 

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan 3rd Quarter View

The sharp front grille gladly wears the front emblem of Volvo and the long hood with muscular shoulder commands presence on the highways. Scandinavian detail, an aggressive front diffuser with sculpted sides seems purposeful. Full LED headlights which are shaped like Thor’s hammer or a half Nordic cross, creates a sharp look, day or night.

Model

Volvo S60 Inscription

Alfa Romeo Base*

Lexus IS 300*

Mercedes C300 4Matic*

Genesis G70*

Jaguar XE*

Curb Weight

3703 lbs

3521 lbs

3,583 lbs

3500 lbs*

3516 lbs

3500 lbs

Length

187.4"

182.6"

184.3"

184.5"

184.4"

183.9"

Width

80.3"

73.7"

71.3"

71.3"

72.8"

77.4"

Height

56.6"

56.5"

56.3"*

56.3"

55.1"

55.8"

Ground Clearance

5.9"

4.0"

5.3"

3.8"

5.1"

4.0"

Wheelbase

113.1"

111"

110.2"

110"

111.6"

111.6"

What are those eye-catching features?

The S60 looks sportier than the formal looking S 90 with the following features:

  • 18-inch wheels, a sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
  • LED running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rearview camera

2020 Volvo S60 Safety

8.0/10

As of now, the 2020 Volvo S60 has not been rated either by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its tenacity. However, the nearly identical 2019 S60 model earned highest score in all IIHS crash tests along with top "Superior" rating in front crash prevention. Based on those results from the 2019 model, it is safe to assume that even the 2020 S60 model should earn respectable scores too. What is known for sure is the list of safety features this 2020 S60 is equipped with. They include:

Safety feature

  • Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Traction Control

2020 Volvo S60 Competition

8.6/10

Volvo S60 vs. Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t Pure

Both the cars are powered by the same 2.0L engine but still, Infiniti Q50 has lower power output (208 horsepower) than its opponent. Despite this, it manages to produce an equal amount of torque and is the quickest car of the segment by taking just 5.7 seconds to sway up from zero to 60 mph whereas its opponent takes 6.5 seconds to do so. Unlike its rival, Infiniti Q50 loses momentum before reaching a quarter-mile and hence becomes the greatest time consumer of the segment.

2020 Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t has the best braking performance whereas its opponent is equally poor at it and secures the last position in comparison. The Volvo S60 Inscription is really a fuel economic car and sips the least fuel among all. Both the cars have quite competitive equally competitive outer dimensions but Infiniti Q50 has more comfort for passengers in a front-row whereas its opponent focuses more on the comfort of rear seating passengers. Cargo space offered as in Volvo S60 is the least in the segment, whereas its rival offers best-in-class cargo space. Thus, on the comparison, we find that Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t is the better car among these two. 

Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes C300 4Matic

Like the S60, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class likewise has numerous variations. The rear-wheel-drive C300 (base trim) offers a standout amongst the most padded rides in the class and still feels formed around corners. The two autos have quality insides with a lot of room, but the C-Class emerges due to its phenomenal dynamic safety features. 

2020 Mercedes C300 

Crosswind help keeps the vehicle in line when it identifies solid breezes. The driver drowsiness screen will caution drivers when it recognizes indications of weakness. Mercedes' Pre-Safe framework fixes safety belts on the off chance that it identifies a fast approaching accident. These features and a rearview camera are standard, which isn't the situation with the S60. However, that safety includes some significant pitfalls, as the C-Class has substantially higher anticipated possession costs than the S60. Thus, in the event that you need more safety in your auto, at that point, you should pay a greater amount obviously and in this way Mercedes-Benz C300 is better among these two autos.

2020 Volvo S60 Final Verdict

Volvo’s S60 is a pretty handsome car, tech-focused and drives exceptionally well. The R- Design is the perfect package that packs performance and comfort seamlessly. As an entry-level luxury sedan, it is an appealing choice. The cabin is serene with a comfortable and composed ride. A long list of advanced safety features and a history of excellent crash test ratings make S60 as a top pick for commuters.