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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  • 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.

  • R AWD 4dr

    ed dumpy Date: 06/11/2007
    • 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 to say I am amazed at the performance of the S60 R, as well as its low running costs compared with other high-powered saloons that I have owned.

    It has been very reliable with no faults in over 65,000 miles.

    I am managing to get over 35mpg when the car is driven easily, which is fantastic. My only concern is the steering, which doesn't give enough feedback when driven hard on twisty B-roads.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the car and would recommend it to anyone. Also, its secondhand value stays high compared with the rest of the S60 range.

  • 2.4D SE 4dr

    Chris Moran Date: 05/10/2007
    • 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 covered 60,000 in this car over 3 years and had it maintained at an independent from new, which keeps the costs down. MPG averages out at 49-55, but I do a lot of Motorway driving. This car is simply the most comfortable and practical car I've had, and the engine is a peach. I too have had a new steering rack and fuel filler caps and some minor electrics. I've no intention of changing this one for many years!

    Buy this if you can, but avoid Volvo for servicing. Thye are overpriced and service is appalling. Find a decent independent and the running costs can be mondeo money.

  • D5 SE 4dr

    aidan ward , northants . Date: 15/09/2007
    • 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

    I have had this car 18 months, now covered 35,000 miles, bought privately as an 18 month old car with 11,000 on clock from Volvo dealer at less than half of retail cost new; so, worth buying as a good secondhand car with some Volvo warranty left (say around 1 - 2 years old), as depreciation so severe from new.

    Servicing is expensive: main dealers are generally good but should be at labour rates of close to £100 per hour plus VAT. Generally good fuel economy, 163 bhp D5 best on steady motorway cruising speed (esp if cruise control active) - have achieved 55 mpg at steady 70mph.

    Reliability: never let me down.

    BUT under warranty several items have: Volvo need to keep tabs on this as my previous Nissans and a Seat have been MUCH better. I have had a new steering rack, fuel filler cap release, cupholder cover broke (next to handbrake; fragile; get dealer to repair/replace FOC under warranty). Also dealer replaced rusting wheel nuts on all wheels again under warranty at their choice! Currently gearbox selection tricky and suspension knocks (another warranty claim looming?)

    Comfortable car, seats excellent, good on long distances, kit levels good. Cabin space adequate, boot reasonable but opening aperture limits larger items.

    Handling is average, with limitations if pushing on. Engine a gem and no complaints there.

    Overall a good car but if you buy get a good warranty as Volvo durability/component integrity seems not to be as good as they were.

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