Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volvo S60 saloon?
Look out for any bodywork damage, such as dents and scratches. Make sure the bumpers don’t have any scrapes, because they can’t always be repaired and replacements are expensive.
Make sure the alloy wheels haven't been kerbed, because not only can they be costly to repair, but they also might be hiding some more serious suspension alignment issues.
Volvo offers some light-coloured trim options that might start to look grubby if not kept clean.
What are the most common problems with a used Volvo S60 saloon?
A problem was found with the vehicle connectivity module (VCM) that sends location information to the emergency services after a collision. It applies to cars constructed between 26 September 2018 and 30 October 2018. Any Volvo dealer should be able to perform a software update to fix the issue.
Loose rear suspension nut
There could be a problem with loose nuts and screws on the rear suspension of S60s made between 25 September 2018 and 1 April 2019. Contact your local dealer, because they'll be able to tell you if your car is affected. If it is, the bolts will be checked for tightness and replaced if necessary.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB)
The AEB system, which is supposed to apply the brakes when the forward collision sensors detect an imminent collision, might not actually do so. A software update is all that is required to sort the issue, and it applies to V60, S90, V90, XC40, XC60 and XC90 models built after 21 January 2019. The fix can be completed by any Volvo dealer, and owners should have been contacted regarding this. However, you can also speak with your local retailer for further information.
Is a used Volvo S60 saloon reliable?
The S60 finished in ninth place out of 25 cars in the executive car class in our most recent reliability survey. Volvo as a manufacturer ranked 11th in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey out of 31 brands.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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