Volvo S60 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

Volvo S60 2021 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Volvo S60 engine range starts with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder B5 mild hybrid (MHEV), which feeds all of its 246bhp to the front wheels. That’s enough for a 0-60mph sprint of 6.4sec and acceleration that builds from low revs then continues through the mid-range. It’ll be plenty quick enough for pretty much every situation you can throw at it, but if you fancy something even faster, the BMW 3 Series in 330i form and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce are even quicker. 

The only element that lets down the B5 is the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, which tends to hesitate for a second when you push the accelerator pedal. The T8 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is better because it uses its electric motors to set off. 

Opting for R Design trim on the PHEV or Inscription trim on the MHEV does away with the sports chassis and adds a more comfortable dynamic chassis instead. That offers a much better ride and easily copes with bumps and imperfections. We’d recommend going for a trim that gives you the dynamic chassis because it turns the S60 into a comfortable motorway cruiser.

Volvo S60 2021 rear cornering

Handling

The lumpy ride that comes with the sports chassis would be easier to accept if it made the S60 as fun to drive as the 3 Series and Giulia. Instead, it leans more through tight twists and turns, and is generally less willing to change direction in the first place. 

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