Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
If you’re buying on PCP finance, the S60 is competitive compared to rivals, including the BMW 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Giulia. However, an equivalent 3 Series emits a lot less CO2, so works out much cheaper for company car drivers paying benefit in kind (BIK) tax.
Likewise, the S60 isn’t as frugal as an equivalent 3 Series, either on paper or in real-world driving. And because there isn’t a diesel version, it isn’t a great choice for anyone doing high miles.
Equipment, options and extras
Only one trim is offered at present: R-Design Edition. This is seriously well equipped, with 19in alloys, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a driver head-up display, climate control, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
The only option we’d recommend adding is the Convenience Pack, which adds a three-pin 240-volt plug socket and split-folding rear seats (discussed in the passenger and boot space section).
The S60 was too new to feature in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Volvo as a brand finished behind BMW and Alfa with a relatively disappointing 21st place (out of 31 manufacturers) finish.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, including roadside assistance, is standard, as is a three-year paintwork warranty and 12 years of cover against rust. This is par for the course in the class.
Safety and security
The S60 received the maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. It didn’t perform quite as well as the Alfa Romeo Guilia at protecting adult occupants in a crash, but scored better marks for protecting children, and its standard automatic emergency braking (AEB) system proved better at recognising cyclists.
Other standard active safety aids on the R-Design Edition, the only trim available at present, include lane-keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and cross-traffic alert.
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