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2019 Volvo S60 Review | CarMax

The Volvo S60 is a heavy hitter in the mid-size sedan segment since the S60 first arrived on the scene in 2000. Each update of the car has been a level-up for the Volvo sedan and the 2019 Volvo S60 is fully redesigned. Loaded with luxury features and a stunning visual presentation of both the interior and exterior, the S60 is a luxury sedan that looks at home among the classiest of company. Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Volvo S60 review:

Key Specs & Features

  • Multitude of premium interior materials
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • AWD available on T6 and T8 equipped models
  • Harman Kardon® premium sound system on R-Design and Inscription models

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Multiple Modes of Motivation

2019 Volvo S60 Review: Engine | CarMax

All of the trim levels of the 2019 Volvo S60 have impressive engine options. The T5, available in all S60 trim levels except for the Polestar Engineered, is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 215 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The T6, also available on all models but the Polestar Engineered, is a 2.0L four-cylinder that is both turbocharged and supercharged at the same time. The T6 produces a robust 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The hybrid T8 is the T6 engine hooked up to a pair of electric motors; it's available in the R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered trims and produces 415 horsepower and 494 lb.-ft. of torque.

2. Confidence-Inspiring AWD

The 2019 Volvo S60 can be equipped with AWD for those seeking confidence in all-weather scenarios or a more sporty experience. AWD comes standard across all the trim levels of the S60 as long as it's equipped with either the T6 or T8. The T5 S60s are FWD only. For an extra sporty experience, try and find an R-Design with the available 19-inch wheels.

3. Style Where It Counts

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If blending in with the crowd is your thing, avoid the Volvo S60. The 2019 Volvo S60's modern-yet-elegant design stands out in a crowd and inspires confidence, both from a driving perspective and a visual-cue perspective. If exclusivity is what you desire, seek out a 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered model, only 20 were produced for the United States market in 2019. Still, the Polestar is not needed to feel exclusive as all models of the Volvo S60 carry an air of exclusivity and premier transportation.

4. Luxury Begins Within

2019 Volvo S60 Review: Backseats | CarMax

The S60 is rife with luxury materials and features, regardless of the trim level. The Momentum provides a leather-trimmed interior with iron-ore inlays along the doors and dash. The Inscription has a full-leather interior with driftwood inlays while the R-Design and Polestar have textured diamond-pattern Nappa-leather seats and metal mesh inlays. An upscale ambiance is present across all the trim levels.

5. Premium Sound Systems

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Road trips or even the daily commute are always made more enjoyable when you have a good sound system as your companion. Starting with the Momentum, it's equipped with a standard performance audio system but the Harman Kardon sound system is an option and it's standard on the R-Design and Inscription trims. With 14 speakers, an air-ventilated subwoofer, and 600-watt digital amplifier, the S60 is prepped for some serious tunes.

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What You Need to Know

Available paint color options

  • Black Stone
  • Birch Light
  • Bright Silver
  • Bursting Blue
  • Crystal White
  • Denim Blue
  • Fusion Red
  • Ice White
  • Maple Brown
  • Onyx Black
  • Osmium Grey
  • Pebble Grey
  • Pine Grey
  • Pine Grey
  • Savile Grey

Available Interior Colors and Materials

  • Amber leather
  • Blond leather
  • Blond leatherette
  • Charcoal leatherette
  • Charcoal leather
  • Maroon Brown leather
  • Slate leather

Available Trim Packages


  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Dynamic chassis
  • High-performance audio system
  • Lane-keeping assist


  • 18-inch double-spoke matte-black diamond-cut wheels
  • Nappa leather
  • Harman Kardon premium sound system
  • Dual-integrated tailpipes


  • Driftwood inlays
  • Color-coordinated rearview mirror caps
  • Leather interior
  • Three-spoke leather steering wheel with uni-deco inlays

Polestar Engineered

  • 19-inch 5-Y-spoke black polished forged-alloy wheels
  • Polestar chassis
  • Bowers & Wilkins® audio system
  • All-wheel drive

Similar Vehicles

Volvo V60

The Volvo V60 is a wagon version of the S60. The 2019 V60 is available with the same Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription trim packages as the S60, as well as the T5 and T6 engines. The Polestar trim with plug-in-hybrid capabilities is not available as a trim on the V60 but Volvo AWD is available for that extra confidence dealing with whatever mother nature throws your way. The V60 received a complete refresh in 2019 and is five inches longer than the previous V60 variant.

Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is the Bavarian answer to the Swede's S60. The 2019 Passat is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has been a staple in the Volkswagen lineup for many years. The Passat is also available as a wagon should you prefer the mannerisms of a sedan with the cargo capacity of an SUV. The current-generation Passat has been in production since 2015. All 2017 and newer Passats come with blind-spot monitoring, back-up cameras, and front-collision warning. Technology lovers will like the SE R-Line that comes standard with navigation, LED headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 is still in its first generation (2013 to present) after replacing the popular Infiniti G37. Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand and has a reputation for building dependable luxury vehicles with a sporty flair. The Q50 is available with either a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 and is also available as a hybrid. AWD is also an available feature on all trim levels of the Q50. Infiniti Q50 trim levels are the Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport. If you're looking for a luxury sedan with some great standard features, the Q50 is a good option.

The Bottom Line

The Volvo S60 is a great choice for those seeking a luxury sedan. Essentially a Volvo sports car with four doors, the S60 provides an engaging driving experience with a velvet touch and will inspire confidence in you with its available AWD and standard driving aids.

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