Volvo's entry-level car model is the S60 compact sedan. While the S60 name has been around since the early 2000s, this car owes its existence to Volvo's first front-wheel drive mainstream sedan, the 850 model of the mid-1990s.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
Following a complete redesign in 2019, the 2020 S60 sees the full rollout of a T8 hybrid powertrain adopted from elsewhere in Volvo's lineup. This year, Volvo also adds a performance-tuned Polestar variant based on that T8 gas-electric power team.
Volvo offers the S60 in Momentum, R-Design, Inscription and Polestar trims. Momentum starts with FWD and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine dubbed T5. The Momentum option is a T6 turbo- and supercharged 2.0L with AWD that is standard in R-Design and Inscription trim levels. The T8 mates the T6's motor with electric power and an eAWD system that uses electricity to power the rear axle.
All S60 variants use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The S60's standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, a driver information system, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure monitoring, and rear park assist.
Inside, there's an 8.0-inch digital gauge display with road sign information, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, leatherette upholstery, heated/power-adjustable front seats with lumbar, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Outside, the S60 Momentum comes with 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, LED headlights, and trunk-mounted remote folding rear seat release handles.
R-Design trim adds drive modes, passive keyless entry with hands-free trunk opening, a 12.3-inch gauge display, navigation, four-zone climate control, leather seating, front sport seats, passenger seat memory, four-way front-seat lumbar, shift paddles, a black headliner, fog lights, adaptive headlights with cornering lights and washers, sport suspension, and 18-inch wheels and tires.
Inscription gets Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, dynamic suspension settings, and a unique 18-inch wheel design.
The T8 Polestar comes with blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, rear collision warning and mitigation, 360-degree exterior camera views, an integrated garage door opener, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, front and rear park assist, a premium sound system, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, and 19-inch wheels and tires.
Momentum offers Plus and Pro packages that bring features like the 12.3-inch gauge display, heated wipers, front and rear park assist, pilot assist, and adaptive headlights.
R-Design and Inscription offer premium plus package that brings a head-up display, garage door opener, and pilot assist. A separate premium package gets heated wipers, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, and blind spot monitoring.
Volvo's fuel consumption estimates for the S60 are 10.5/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) for the T5 FWD model, and 11.0/7.4 L/100 km with the T6 setup. The plug-in hybrid T8's ratings are 8.4/7.0 L/100 km when running as a gas-electric hybrid, and 3.2 Le/100 km on electricity alone.
The Volvo S60 competes with well-known German sedans like the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4. Other competition comes from the Genesis G70, Cadillac's CT5, the Jaguar XE, Lexus's IS, and the Acura TLX.
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