Volvo S60 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volvo S60 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volvo S60 2021 front right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear cornering
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volvo S60 2021 front tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 front right cornering
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 front static
  • Volvo S60 2021 front left static
  • Volvo S60 2021 right static
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear static
  • Volvo S60 2021 PHEV charging detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior driver display
  • Volvo S60 2021 boot open
  • Volvo S60 2021 front right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear cornering
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volvo S60 2021 front tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 front right cornering
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear right tracking
  • Volvo S60 2021 front static
  • Volvo S60 2021 front left static
  • Volvo S60 2021 right static
  • Volvo S60 2021 rear static
  • Volvo S60 2021 PHEV charging detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Volvo S60 2021 interior driver display
  • Volvo S60 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

Volvo S60 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Volvo S60 offers one of the nicest interiors in the executive car class and (as you'd expect from the Swedish manufacturer) is impressive on the safety front. Opting for the S60 Recharge plug-in hybrid makes it a good choice for company car drivers, but the price and not-so-fun driving experience make it hard to justify over a BMW 330e.

  • Lots of safety kit
  • Great driving position
  • Classy interior
  • Overly firm ride
  • Limited rear head room
  • Folding rear seats cost extra
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