Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 16, 2011


The Volvo S60 hits the mark where it aims. Its styling is beautiful, its leather and aluminum interior satisfying, and its function nearly flawless. Great power and cornering with all-wheel drive, with unmatched safety. The T5 is a great value with a ton of performance, the T6 good value with more performance, and ditto the R, on a higher rung. The S60 carries Volvo's Safe and Secure warranty plan, with free scheduled maintenance for the first 5 years or 50,000 miles, including wear and tear coverage and roadside assistance. correspondent Sam Moses filed this report after his test drives of Volvo S60 models in Oregon and northern California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volvo S60 T5 ($31,150); T6 AWD ($38,450); T6 AWD R-Design ($42,950)
Engines:2.5-liter turbocharged inline 5-cylinder; 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
Transmissions:6-speed automatic with manual shifting
Safety equipment (standard):dual stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, side impact airbags, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, corner traction control, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock braking system with hydraulic brake assist, optimized hydraulic brakes, ready alert brakes and fading brake support
Safety equipment (optional):Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with full Auto Brake, Pedestrian Warning with full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, blind-spot warning, all-wheel drive
Basic warranty:5 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Belgium
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volvo S60-R Design ($42,950)
Standard equipment:leather sport seats, dual zone climate control, CD/DVD/MP3 sound system, power seats, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch color display, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):Climate Package ($800) with heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensor wipers, headlight washers, interior air quality system; Multimedia Package ($2700) with 650-watt Dolby Surround Sound 12-speaker audio system, navigation system, split-lens rearview camera
Destination charge:$875
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$47325
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:3.0-liter turbocharged I6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):325 @ 5400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):354 @ 3000-3600
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/26 mpg
Wheelbase:109.3 in.
Length/width/height:182.2/73.4/58.4 in.
Track, f/r:62.1/62.0 in.
Turning circle:39.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.6/54.9/41.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.4/53.5/33.5 in.
Cargo volume:12.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:3300 Lbs.
Suspension, f:MacPherson strut
Suspension, r:multi-link
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3835 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc w ABS, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:17.8 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 16, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-550-5658 -