The new S60 Reviews

The sports saloon designed to capture the feeling of pure driving pleasure

Expert Reviews

Auto Express - October 2018

Auto Express

Design wise the Volvo S60 sticks faithfully to the winning formula Volvo has established over the last three years, but it isn’t quite a shrunken S90, with its much shorter overhangs, lipped bootlid and racy standard bodykit hinting that this is a car Volvo is aiming squarely at people who want to drive.

The dashboard layout is neat, the steering wheel is wonderfully plush and trimmed with soft leather, the metals and plastics are all top quality and it all centres around a slick and sharp looking 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen.

Auto Trader - October 2018

"Looks sharp inside and out, Strong on quality" - Auto Trader

The S60 is Volvo’s answer to popular compact executive saloons like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and differentiates itself from the rest with its cool, individual style and its plentiful technology, not to mention Volvo’s impressive reputation for safety.

Why Buy? Because you want your executive car to be a little bit different to the ones everyone else drives, and you want it to have its own style and identity. Also because you value quality, technology and generous equipment, along with the peace of mind that you’re probably driving one of the safest cars on the road.

AutoCar - October 2018

AutoCar

In this class it’s fresh and exciting – and, let’s face it, instantly desirable to behold – but the third-generation S60 nevertheless feels familiar. Audi, BMW and Mercedes could all learn a thing or two from Volvo about fusing comfort with control. Design, too.

CNET - October 2018

"2019 Volvo S60 first drive review: Familiar formula with a twist" - CNET

At first blush, it's easy to write off the 2019 S60 as yet another take on Volvo's familiar formula. But look closer, spend some more time with this svelte Swedish sedan, and you'll see that, in many ways, it represents the best of what Volvo has to offer.

Nicely appointed, super stylish and fitted with the best seats in the business. The S60's cabin is pure Volvo.

Top Gear - October 2018

"Everything we've come to love about new-age Volvos in a smaller size" - Top Gear

This S60 is the Swedes’ seventh all-new car since 2014, though the cynical among you might suggest such turnover is easy when all your cars look the same. Indeed, if you’re not sold on the way the styling of the XC90 (or V90, or S90, or XC60…), you won’t be keen on this. We happen to think it looks flipping fantastic – clean and classy without being boring, in a world where the BMW 3 Series manages the opposing trick of being fussy yet dull.

It’s a cracking looking car, the S60, and it does everything pretty well: it drives sharply given its FWD core, it’s comfy and cosseting inside, and there’s a shedload of tech on board.

Technology

Clean-air thinking

Nowadays, our air isn’t as clean as it once was. More and more cities across the globe are becoming enveloped in smog and pollution is a problem that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Up to 45 per cent of the world’s population now suffers from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity and over 10 per cent suffer from asthma. And when you consider that we now spend more time in our cars than ever before, the need for an effective and reliable air conditioning system has never been greater. This is why Volvo developed the CleanZone philosophy.

Heritage

The race to the horizon

The fascinating background and history of the Volvo Ocean Race have turned it into one of the best-known and toughest endurance races in the sporting calendar. For four and a half decades, participants have challenging themselves and each other as they sail its course. In this article, we will trace the race back to its beginning - and beyond, looking at the developments that shaped modern sea travel and made it possible in the first place. We trace the history of the race all the way back to the opening of the Panama and Suez canals, and then how - decades later - Robin Knox-Johnson became the first man to sail single-handedly round the planet. We then describe the foundation of the race in the 70s, and the developments that turned it into the event we know today - with its cutting-edge boats, teams of world champion sailors and non-stop coverage.

Lifestyle

Learning the secret language of scent

Sometimes, all you have to do to travel somewhere new is close your eyes and surrender to your sense of smell. To find out how different aromas can help lift ourselves out of the everyday we talked to Swedish perfume brand, Agonist.