2021 Volvo S60

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Volvo S60 highlights

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  • Smart seat design
  • Plug-in hybrid is potent and efficient
  • Well-tuned driver-assist technology


  • Infotainment takes some getting used to
  • Optional sport suspension hurts ride comfort
  • Not as fun to drive as some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 32 highway, 25 combined

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The 2021 Volvo S60 showcases Scandinavian sensibilities

The Volvo S60 is a luxurious and stylish sedan that offers a comfortable ride, an upscale interior, and plenty of standard features. Inside, the S60 is beautifully crafted with high-quality materials and a modern, minimalist design. The seats are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of legroom and headroom for both front and rear passengers.

The 2021 S60 underwent some light changes, with new LED headlights that feature automatic high beams. The midrange T6 engine was discontinued midway through the year, and the powerful plug-in hybrid T8 was renamed the S60 Recharge. This year also brought the discontinuation of the optional Luxury Seating package.

Overall, the 2021 Volvo S60 is an excellent choice for those who want a refined, comfortable, and safe sedan with a touch of Scandinavian luxury. In some ways, we think of it as a more sophisticated alternative to the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

All Volvo S60 years

What is new for the 2021 Volvo S60?

  • S60 trims have been upgraded with Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment this year.
  • The T6 R-Design trim now comes with Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment.
  • The T6 Momentum trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key, and Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The T5 R-Design trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The T5 Inscription trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The T5 Momentum trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key, and 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.

2021 Volvo S60 trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Volvo S60

What We Like

Smart seat design: Volvo smartly collaborated with orthopedic experts to design the front seats of their cars. This partnership yielded some of the most comfortable seats we've encountered, as they are specifically contoured to offer long-distance comfort for a variety of passengers. The ample padding also helps to reduce hard points and fatigue.

Powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid: It's rare that a more powerful engine choice is also the most efficient, but that's precisely what the S60's T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain achieves. It produces up to 415 horsepower and you can travel an estimated 22 miles on electric power alone. Once the battery is depleted, the hybrid engine still gets 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Well-tuned driver-assist technology: Volvo's reputation for safety is well known and its expertise carries over to the latest driver-assist features. False alarms from the frontal collision warning system are virtually nonexistent and the lane keeping assistance holds the S60 centered in its lane. The adaptive cruise control isn't quite as smooth as newer systems, though.

What Needs Improvement

Unintuitive infotainment: The infotainment touchscreen controls most systems, but the menu layout isn't as user-friendly as those found in competitors. To call up some settings and options you have to swipe left, but it's not always clear where those screens can be found. This drawback is not a major issue since most users will get accustomed to it over time.

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RepairPal gave the Volvo S60 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volvo S60 32nd out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Volvo S60 features and specs

T5 Inscription 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 42.3"/R 35.2"

Head room

F 37.4"/R 37.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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