We Drove a 2019 Volvo S60 for a Year. Here’s How It Did

We Drove a 2019 Volvo S60 for a Year. Here’s How It Did

Despite competing in the sport sedan segment, the Volvo S60 prioritizes comfort and convenience over a lively and punchy ride. After 12 months with us, the S60 has delivered just that, and while its 316 horsepower T6 engine is still choppy, it’s designed to deliver a peaceful experience.

Early on, when the S60 was delivered to our Detroit office last summer, Erick Ayapana, associate editor of road tests, bought a one-way ticket to Motor City and set off on a six-day trip to the Golden State. I would be lying if I said he didn’t enjoy the trip. Between that trip and others, the S60 visited Chicago, Denver, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and San Francisco, and was always fun to drive for long stretches. Though they lack fancy features like massage, the seats provide support and are well-padded, and the cabin is comfortable with its 9-inch infotainment screen and sleek design. Erick was reluctant to hand over the keys to me when he returned, but as Volvo’s chaperone for the following year, I took good care of it.

I took the S60 on an epic Los Angeles to Houston round trip for the holidays. My brother and I covered over 3,500 miles in a few weeks, and the S60 performed like a champ. Even when we went through a snowstorm in New Mexico, Volvo’s all-wheel drive system provided traction despite the slippery conditions. And when we headed for the mountain the next day, he maintained all four wheel control on a thick cover of ice.

Safety first

Equipped with the Pilot Assist technology suite, our Volvo could be driven for a few seconds on the highway without me having to touch the steering wheel. It was especially handy when I needed to open my water bottle or eat a snack. Pilot Assist uses cameras and radars to detect lane markings and measure the distance to the vehicle in front of you. The system worked perfectly, keeping the car centered in its lane and always keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The problem here is that Pilot Assist is not standard; you have to pay $ 2500 for the Advanced package in order to get it.

The Advanced package also adds a head-up display, 360-degree vision camera, adaptive LED headlights, and LED fog lights. I liked the ability of the LED headlights to light up the curves, especially on long road trips.

Fancy features

The S60’s long list of amenity features takes much of the credit for occupant comfort. The multimedia package, which also costs $ 2,500, includes a 12.3-inch digital driver display, navigation and a premium Harman Kardon audio system. I never really used the navigation system. With Apple CarPlay, I was constantly using Google Maps. However, the driver’s digital display and the Harman Kardon audio system were two options that enhanced the cabin experience. The sound experience is decent, delivering crisp and clear melodies, if not quite a match for the Volvo Bowers and Wilkins system. The 12.3-inch display turns the dashboard into a fully digital experience that is both high-end and modern.

Step inside and the first thing you’ll notice is the standard 9.0-inch infotainment screen. Although you have to take your eyes off the road to use it, I was happy with how it worked. Once you get to grips with it, it’s easy to get around.

The heated rear seats and heated steering wheel set are available for $ 750, but I would skip those options if you live in the Sun Belt States. The Linear Lime Deco Inlay, however, is worth its $ 600 price tag, as it enhances the look of the interior with its fine wood.


While performance isn’t at the top of your list when you buy a Volvo S60, the T6 engine still delivers a bit of a breeze. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder is turbocharged and supercharged, producing 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are respectable, as is the 5.8 seconds it took to complete our 0-100 km / h test. On the road, the S60 is efficient when merging on the freeway or when passing, with the eight-speed transmission downshifting quickly. But there have been cases where the power delivery was not as refined, feeling too eager to deliver the power. Although the S60 is a front-wheel drive sedan, all-wheel drive comes standard with the T6 engine.

On twisty roads, the S60 did a decent job of sticking to the ground and minimizing body roll. Like the rest of the car, the suspension is tuned to provide a comfortable ride, which means it will easily absorb imperfections in the road while keeping the interior serene. The steering is also smooth, but the feedback is pretty good. Fancy something more sporty? The dynamic driving mode will boost things up a bit more.


As with all new Volvos, all scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles is free, covering the first three services (at 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 miles). Because of that, we never paid the dealership a single penny.

Compared to previous long-term models, the S60 was cheap to maintain. We paid $ 465.55 for two stops with our 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and $ 561.36 for two oil changes and inspections on our 2017 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro. And although our 2019 Genesis G70 fits the maintenance plan Free from Volvo, it should be noted that we had to replace its transmission and transmission control unit from the start.

All scheduled services of the S60 were completed within hours. We had to visit the dealership three more times due to separate issues, however – twice due to evaporative emissions tube failure and one more because the panoramic moonroof wouldn’t close. The problem with the evaporative emissions tube was a quick fix, but the panoramic sunroof took a whole day to repair. The sunroof started making weird noises about six months after we got loaned, and one day it didn’t close. It was the same sunroof that Detroit editor-in-chief Alisa Priddle helped install last year at the Volvo plant in South Carolina, so maybe it was our fault.

How is it after a year?

My biggest complaint is that I visited the dealership three more times than usual, but never had to leave the S60 overnight for service. Overall, our Volvo S60 was a road warrior. He has driven over 19,953 miles, has done cross-country twice and has always provided a comfortable ride. It is also beautiful from all angles.

I miss it already.

Learn more about our long-term Volvo S60 T6 Momentum:

  • Arrival
  • Update 1: What We Learned From A California Road Trip
  • Update 2: We are trying the Volvo connected car app on our S60 sedan
  • Update 3: Drive from Los Angeles to Houston and back
  • Update 4: What level of trim should you get?
  • Update 5: How is the maintenance plan for the Volvo S60?
  • Update 6: How reliable is the Volvo S60? Here is our report after more than 20,000 miles
Our car
LIFETIME 13 months / 19,953 mi
OPTIONS Advanced Package ($ 2,500: driver assistance system, LED headlights, head-up display); Multimedia package ($ 2,500: digital pilot display, premium sound); Premium Package ($ 2,050: power retractable mirrors, HomeLink, parking sensors); Heated rear seats and steering wheel ($ 750); Metallic paint ($ 645); Linear lime inlay ($ 600); Protection package ($ 290)
AVG ECON / CO2 23.9 mpg / 0.81 lb / mi
MAINTENANCE COST $ 0 (2- oil change, inspection; air filter, cabin filter)
RESIDUAL VALUE OVER 3 YEARS * $ 29,300 (58%)
REMINDERS Emergency braking system malfunction
* IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles after 3 years
2019 Volvo S60 T6 AWD
TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT Front engine, all-wheel drive
TYPE OF ENGINE Turbo / I-4 Supercharged, Aluminum Block / Head
VALVE TRAIN DOHC, 4 valves / cylinder
SHIFTING 120.3 cubic inches / 1971 cm3
POWER (SAE NET) 316 hp at 5,700 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm
RED LINE 6,600 revolutions per minute
WEIGHT TO POWER 12.5 lb / hp
TRANSMISSION 8 speed automatic
AXLE / FINAL DRIVE RATIO 3.08: 1 / 2.07: 1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; BACK Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, transverse leaf spring, anti-roll bar
BRAKES, F; R 13.6 inch ventilated disc; 12.6 ” ventilated disc, ABS
WHEELS 8.0 x 18 ” cast aluminum
TIRES 235 / 45R18 98H M + S Continental ProContact TX VOL
WHEELBASE 113.1 in
TRACK, F / R 63.0 / 63.0 in
Length x Width x Height 187.4 x 72.8 x 56.3 inches
WEIGHT DIST, F / R 56/44%
HEADROOM, F / R 37.9 / 37.5 inch
Legs, F / R 42.3 / 35.2 inch
SHOULDER CHAMBER, F / R 56.1 / 54.5 inch
LOADING VOLUME 11.6 cubic feet
0-30 2.2 seconds
0-40 3.3
0-50 4.3
0-60 5.8
0-70 7.5
0-80 9.7
0-90 12.9
0-100 16.1
PASSAGE, 45-65 MPH 2.8
QUARTER MILE 14.5 s at 150 km / h
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 120 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.4 s at 0.67 g (average)
TOP-GEAR TOURS @ 60 MPH 1,600 rpm
AIRBAGS 6: double front, front face, f / r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY 4 years / 50,000 miles
MOTORPROPELLER WARRANTY 4 years / 50,000 miles
ROAD ASSISTANCE 4 years / unlimited miles
TRUE MPG, CITY / HWY / COMB 18.9 / 30.7 / 22.9 mpg
EPA CITY / HWY / COMB ECON 21/32/25 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD 160/105 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.78 lbs / mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Premium unleaded


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