Used Volvo S60 Saloon 2000 - 2009 review

Category: Executive car

The Volvo S60 is good value as a used car, thanks to its comfort, pace and quality

Volvo S60 Saloon (00 - 09)
  • Volvo S60 Saloon (00 - 09)
  • Volvo S60 Saloon (00 - 09)
Used Volvo S60 Saloon 2000 - 2009 review
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What's the used Volvo S60 saloon like?

Compare the Volvo S60 with its rivals on price and the Swede delivers more power from its turbocharged engines for the same cash. Even the entry-level 2.0 T comes with 180bhp, while you can opt for more potent 210bhp, 260bhp and even 296bhp models, while diesels come in 163bhp and 180bhp forms.

For all of this grunt, the S60's engines are not as refined as those of its German rivals. The S60 also falls a little short of the refinement and agility of a BMW 3 Series, but revisions in early 2006 improved the ride quality and introduced some sportier styling.


The Volvo S60 is good value as a used car, thanks to its comfort, pace and quality

  • Comfortable
  • Good safety reputation
  • Powerful engines
  • The ride quality and image need more polish

What there's no question about is that the Volvo provides a large and comfortable cabin that's packed with all of the safety equipment we'd expect. The driver is treated to a fine seating position for all-day comfort, while the rear seats can cope with six-footers and the boot is big.

Ownership cost

What used Volvo S60 saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volvo S60 saloon?

Volvo might pack plenty of punch into its turbocharged engines, but that doesn't mean they're heavy on fuel. All but the S60 R will turn in more than 30mpg in mixed driving conditions, while the diesels top 40mpg.

The S60 is also a little easier on insurance than many of its rivals, with even the S60 R AWD sitting in group 18 - many of its rivals are two groups higher.

Maintenance costs are good, too. Volvo dealers' labour rates work out considerably cheaper than most of its executive rivals', and there are plenty of independent Volvo specialists out there capable of looking after an S60 at lower prices. Warranty Direct's information shows that an S60 costs less to repair than its rivals.

The only word of caution is that the front tyres take a bit of a pounding from the engines' power, so check these out and budget for a new set on a regular basis.

Our recommendations

Which used Volvo S60 saloon should I buy?

The D5 is the one to go for, thanks to its punchy five-cylinder turbodiesel engine. We'd opt for the 180bhp version (upgraded to 185bhp in 2005), because it has plenty of overtaking oomph while still being refined when cruising. It also returns economy of around 42mpg - very respectable given that it's no slouch.

You'll also find some bi-fuel cars (running on petrol and cheap LPG), although these offer less performance and economy than the D5 models, so we'd stick with the diesel. All the petrol models are strong performers and came with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. There was also an optional auto 'box, which is smooth and effective.

You may be tempted by the S60 R AWD model, which has four-wheel drive and a 296bhp engine to make it the fastest model in the range, cracking 0-62mph in 5.7sec. However, it also has Volvo's active ride technology, which makes the ride much too firm.

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