Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
As a cash purchase, the Volvo S60 looks quite expensive when compared with its rivals, with even the entry-level MHEV version coming in at around the price of the BMW 330e SE plug-in hybrid. The S60 Recharge PHEV looks even more expensive, especially when compared to that same rival.
If you’re buying on PCP finance, the S60 becomes competitive against the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. That said, it’s worth checking out current finance offers from Volvo and the best prices on our What Car? New Car Deals pages.
Buyers of the mild hybrid also have the option of the Inscription trim level. It is less sports focused and comes with chrome trim details and driftwood inlays, the crystal glass gearshift, a memory function for the driver’s seat and wing mirrors, and leather-faced upholstery. Inscription also adds the dynamic chassis, which we prefer to the stiff sports chassis.
Instead of Inscription, plug-in hybrid buyers get a sportier top-of-the-range trim called Polestar Engineered. Designed by Volvo’s motorsport department, it gets a specially optimised chassis, engine and gearbox; specially engineered brake calipers, and sportier styling. It’s also the only version to come with 19in alloy wheels and a Harman Kardon audio system as standard.