- Excellent interior quality
- Comfortable ride
- Impressive efficient diesel engines
- Boot space smaller than rivals
- Road noise at high speed
- High levels of first-year depreciation
Good value executive saloon is safe and comfortable
The Volvo S60 is the Swedish manufacturer’s flagship executive saloon car. First introduced in 2000, the S60 is now in its second generation. With a focus on comfort and refinement, the S60 offers drivers an exceptional motorway cruiser. It may not be as fun to drive as those from German manufacturers, but it’s certainly a considered, luxurious, solidly built car that remains a favourite for UK buyers.
The latest update in 2014 saw a new exterior design, new engines, and improved safety technology.
Solidly built, well-designed, but not as spacious as rivals
One thing we’ve come to expect from Volvo is exceptional interior quality. The S60 is no exception. The cabin is solidly built, with high-grade materials throughout, and whilst there’s not as much space as in some rivals, there are certainly good levels of standard equipment.
The dashboard of the S60 is up there with the best when it comes to design. Volvo have a unique style that runs throughout their lineup, and the S60 is a shining example of this. Everything is well-thought out, simple, and of a high quality. Soft-touch plastics feature across the dash, and there’s some attractive brushed metal trim to finish it off. It really does feel like a more expensive car than it is and exudes that Swedish Skandi style that's taken the world by storm.
One area in which the S60 lets drivers down is in its space. There’s a decent amount of space in the cabin, though rear passengers may find themselves a little cramped, but the boot space on offer lags behind key rivals. With just 380 litres, it lags behind the Audi A4 (480 litres), the Mercedes C-Class (475 litres), and is far inferior to the Skoda Superb (625 litres). There’s still enough room for most drivers, but it’s disappointing that it’s so far away from any of its rivals.
Spec levels in the S60 are, thankfully, quite impressive. Even the most basic trims come with automatic wipers, DAB radio, climate control, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Move up the range and you can add in leather seats, as well as a sat-nav.
The interior of the S60 is a relatively impressive offering from Volvo. There’s no doubting the quality and design of the cabin, or the generous amount of standard equipment, but there’s a disappointing amount of space on offer, which may be an issue for some family buyers.
Comfortable, but not especially fun to drive
Whereas rivals such as the BMW 3 Series, and the Audi A4 have a focus on driving experience, the Volvo S60 focuses primarily on balance and comfort. It’s not that it’s a bad car to drive, quite the contrary. It handles pretty well, there’s plenty of grip, and body roll is kept right down to a minimum. It just doesn’t feel anywhere near as agile through the corners as its German rivals.
Suspension and Chassis
One area in which the S60 does excel is in its driver comfort. The ride is refined, at whatever speed you’re driving, the suspension and chassis iron out all but the harshest of road surfaces and potholes with ease. There is a little bit of road and wind noise, especially when driving on motorways, but not enough for it to become an annoyance.
Gearbox options on the S60 come in two guises- a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The manual gearbox is best suited to long range driving, as it doesn’t offer the sharpest of gear changes. The automatic box is arguably the best option for the S60, especially for company car buyers, though it does cause fuel consumption to drop slightly.
A range of impressive diesel engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your S60, you’ve got two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s only one petrol engine in the range, but there’s enough variety from the diesels on offer to please most buyers.
Volvo saloons aren’t particularly known for their performance prowess, so if you’re after power, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. There is decent performance throughout the range, however, with the diesel-powered D4 being the pick of the bunch. With 190bhp under the bonnet, you’ll be going from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. It’s hardly earth-shattering performance, but it’s enough for it to seem quick to most drivers. At the end of the day, it's unlikely that you're going to be taking your S60 out on a track day.
If eco-credentials are of primary importance to you, the best engine in the range is the 2.0-litre diesel powered D2 (120). With just 99g/km of C02 emissions, you’ll be helping to save the planet, whilst also paying zero road tax. It’s a pretty impressive engine, as it also happens to be the most fuel efficient. With up to 74.3mpg on offer, you’ll be saving money on diesel, as well as on road tax- perfect for the money-savers.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your S60, you’re going to have enough power for nearly any situation. There’s pretty impressive fuel efficiency throughout the range as well, even cars with petrol engines can achieve upwards of 50mpg. Again, more evidence that Volvo is going some way to breaking down that barrier that has for so long divided the eco-conscious and the petrolheads among us.
Full marks on NCAP safety test, excellent safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class - and indeed the Volvo range, the Volvo S60 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. The S60 itself wasn’t tested, but it’s essentially the same car as the V60 estate. This achieved scores of 94% in adult protection, 82% in child protection, and 64% in pedestrian safety, making it one of the best cars in its class. The S60 also features impressive levels of safety kit. There are six airbags as standard, as well as stability control, and Volvo’s excellent City Safe system, which detects objects in the road and helps to prevent low-speed collisions.
Excellent value for money, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Volvo S60 is an impressively cheap car to run. Models throughout the range offer low C02 emissions, and impressively high fuel efficiency, making the S60 a perfect option for company car drivers. Diesel models are the pick of the bunch, with some models featuring free road tax, and fuel consumption levels of over 70mpg. There are not many cars in its class that can beat those figures.
Insurance costs for the S60 depend upon which model you choose to go for. The cheapest in the range is the D2 Business Edition, which has group 17 insurance, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range T4 R Design Lux Nav which sits in group 34. Insurance is slightly cheaper than from Germans competitors for the S60, so you can save yourself a little bit of money here.
Depreciation is a large factor with the S60, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first-year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The S60 is a solid executive saloon offering from Volvo. It’s not the most fun to drive in its class, but it exudes quality and refinement. This is a car perfectly suited for long motorway drives, and with impressively efficient engines, and a high-quality interior, it’s sure to attract a lot of company car buyers.
Buying a used Volvo S60 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volvo S60 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used S60. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volvo online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.