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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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89 reader reviews for Volvo S60 Saloon.
  • D5 SE 4dr

    Rob Stebbings Date: 13/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had an '05 D5 SE for 18 months and 30k miles now.

    The car is the best motorway cruiser I have ever driven or been in, certainly better than current vectra, last mondeo, current 3 series etc.

    Mine is the 163BHP D5, I seldom get less than 50mpg and there's plenty of urge to keep up with traffic and easy overtaking. There is so much torque available you can just leave it in 5th most of the time, even around town.

    Sublime seats and surround sound stereo.

    Only negatives are a HUGE turning circle and a few silly little niggles, I had a new seat cover, seat belt and indicator stick under warranty.

    If you can find a year old D5 with 11k miles on the clock for £14k like I did you are on to a winner.

  • D5 S 4dr

    Christine Grove Date: 11/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my S60 D5 (Geartronic) for nearly three years now and I love it. It's the fifth Volvo I've owned/driven and by far the best; in fact it's the best car I've ever owned.

    It's given me three completely trouble-free years and my only expenditure (other than fuel) has been routine servicing - admittedly rather pricey at a Volvo dealership - and replacing a damaged tyre. Fuel economy is excellent - my average is 45-50 mpg.

    The seats are incredibly comfortable and supportive - I can do a three-hour run up the motorway without developing backache and stiff limbs. All in all this car is a delight to drive - the D5 engine responds very quickly when overtaking and the automatic transmission is a dream, especially in city traffic.

    The turning circle could be better, but that's a small gripe and you get used to it - the 850 was far worse. I will have to change my S60 for an estate or hatchback owing to a change of lifestyle, and I will be very sad indeed to let it go. It will take a lot of car to come near the S60 for comfort, performance and sheer driving pleasure.

  • 2.0T SE 4dr

    Mick Moore , Buckinghamshire . Date: 07/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just got rid of my 2.0T SE after 3 mediocre years. I had been persuaded to buy Volvo after my in-laws had done over 250,000 trouble-free miles in their old 740.

    The drive of the S60 was fairly good, however I opted for the sports suspension which was a bit solid over bumpy roads. This also meant it 'tramlined' on undulating surfaces.

    I also opted for the manual gearbox - if you are considering this car, forget it. The clutch is awful and notchy, and almost impossible to get a smooth change from 1st to 2nd.

    There's not much room in the rear, though I must say the interior is first class, and very comfortable. The engine was very quiet and responsive (even for a 2.0 Turbo), but very thirsty if driven normally.

    I also had a few problems with the air-con, which kept coming on automatically when the car was left parked and unattended. Then, after 30,000 miles, a rear bearing started to 'hum'.

    I got rid of it after that, and now have a Saab. It didn't seem as robust as the old 740 my in-law's had.

  • 2.4 D5 Sport 4dr

    Stephen Kellett , Northants . Date: 05/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having recently changed one of these for a new V50, after running one for roughly 2 years, I must have my rose tinted specs on as I liked it, the ride and handling i spretty good, but agree that the feedback through the steering wheel is minimal. The V50 handles better, but the S60 wins in the ride and comfort stakes. The seats are supreme and you cant get better in my experience and no the ones in the V50 are not as good (but better than most).

    As to the D5 engine, it has a great spread of torque and power and sounds pretty good. At the time I thought the economy was poor, at between 36mpg to 39mpg (42mpg on a long run) but the V50 is only slightly better and that's the 2.0 litre.

    What went wrong. Diesel injector (one), Cruise control (button on steering wheel), Rear window trims falling off, Rear window sealing rubber replaced, Boot lock tempramental, all replaced under warranty. The biggest problem is the local dealer, not in service provided as that was excellant, but boy do they want paying for it. Lets bear in mind that this is not a BMW or Mercedes so Volvo should stop charging as if it is.

    To summarise, unlike my current V50 I would buy another S60.

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