Attractive pricing and an above-average amount of standard equipment make the Volvo S60 a top value. Improved performance also helps the new S60 to better compete against its main European rivals. Cool Swedish styling gives car shoppers more reason to consider this sedan. Let’s take a closer look at its key attributes.
What’s New for 2021?
Previously an extra cost, blind-spot warning and adaptive LED headlamps, now come standard. Keyless entry and retractable side mirrors are also now found on every trim.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 Volvo S60 is a small, four-door luxury sedan. While the base engine pairs to a front-wheel-drive system, the upgraded engines feed power to an AWD system.
What Are the Available Trims?
The base Momentum trim is a great choice. A 9.0-inch vertical touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster, and a panoramic sunroof all come standard. Heated front seats help passengers to fight cold weather. Drivers will also appreciate the sedan’s lengthy list of accident-avoidance technologies.
Featuring a lowered sport chassis, the S60 R-Design is built to offer more driving fun. Sport seats with genuine Nappa leather and a sport steering wheel are found on the inside. A 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system brings a premium sound. Other upgrades include four-zone automatic climate control, navigation with real-time traffic updates, and a hands-free trunk.
Atop the lineup is the S60 Inscription, which offers the most luxurious driving experience. A leather-wrapped dashboard and driftwood accents give the cabin an especially upscale feel. Comfort seat padding creates a more relaxing environment.
The S60’s Exterior Styling
Many people are drawn to this car’s sleek shape. There are also a few signature styling cues that help the 2021 Volvo S60 to stand out. Onlookers can’t help but notice the sedan’s “Thor’s Hammer” front lights. Distinctive LED taillights further enhance the S60’s modern appearance.
Drivers who prefer a more powerful look will desire the S60 R-Design. It sits lower like a serious sports sedan. More aggressive body treatments are also found on the R-Design version. Inscription models feature a unique front grille.
Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is a focal point. Aside from allowing drivers to swipe apps, it also provides quick access multiple vehicle functions. While the system appeals to many technology lovers, some drivers will prefer a less distracting interface. Last year, Volvo replaced the S60’s traditional analog gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch digital screen. It makes the sedan feel far more technologically advanced. An especially stunning Bowers & Wilkins audio system is available as a stand-alone option.
Rated to develop 250 horsepower, the S60’s standard turbo four-cylinder engine is smooth and efficient. However, drivers who desire a quicker car will want the supercharged/turbocharged T6 engine. Volvo tunes it to crank out 316 horsepower, which gives the sedan a very strong kick. Volvo also offers the S60 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Aside from pushing out 400 horsepower, it also provides a 22-mile electric driving range.
The S60’s taut handling enables it to fair well against the competition, including the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Sports-tuned suspension dampers enable the R-Design model to better carve twisty roads. An adaptive suspension is available for drivers who want to choose their preferred ride stiffness. Meanwhile, Volvo’s available all-wheel-drive system minimizes slippage during wintry conditions.
Car shoppers seeking the best fuel economy should stick with the base powertrain, which can return 23 mpg town/34 mpg freeway. Expect models equipped with the stronger T6 engine to deliver 21 mpg town/32 mpg freeway. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid powertrain can average a combined 30 mpg. Regardless of engine choice, owners will need to us premium fuel.
Quality and Comfort
The 2021 Volvo S60’s cabin has a clean, clutter-free design. While a Leather package is available, even the sedan’s standard leatherette upholstery has a quality feel. Drivers can expect the S60’s interior materials to remain durable for years to come.
In comparison to the previous generation, there’s more passenger room in the newest S60. Families will appreciate the additional backseat space. While the S60’s trunk is small for the class, it’s big enough for most households.
Few cars in the segment are safer than the 2021 Volvo S60. All trims come standard with City Safety, which can automatically brake for pedestrians and other vehicles. For 2021, blind-spot warning and adaptive headlights were also made standard.
When shopping for a new small luxury sedan, don’t make the mistake of not test driving the 2021 Volvo S60. It has all the qualities most people seek, including a comfortable interior and efficient powertrain options. This year, even more great features come standard.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Volvo S60 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.