In contrast to rival cars which sacrifice luxury in favor of performance and vice versa, the 2020 Volvo S60 gracefully balances both strengths. Its distinctive and elegant exterior is complemented by an inviting interior that is stylish and large. The variety of appealing features range from luxury to ultra-modern. In addition Volvo is a top-quality car that Swedish automaker hasn’t shirked its commitment to safety with a myriad of available and standard driver-assistance technologies. The Volvo sedan is also available with three different powertrain options that include a powerful hybrid plug-in that is also the sportiest version. However, each 2020 S60 is enjoyable driving and relaxing to enjoy a ride.
What’s New for 2020?
Volvo has made a number of modifications to the 2020 S60 lineup, including more standard features and new options as well as a larger 11.6-kWh batteries for hybrids that plug in. The S60s are now equipped with an 12.3-inch electronic gauge cluster. R-Design models include the standard four-zone climate control and a more upscale ambient illumination, as well as a custom dashboard. The highest-end Polestar S60 comes standard with the Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Sedans equipped with semi-autonomous Pilot Assist feature add haptic feedback, as well as an automated brake hold is now standard for models with blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic warning. The changes are completed with a brand new interior upholstery option as well as a variety of new colors for the paint.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
In 2020, the S60 lineup is divided into four trim levels as well as three distinct powertrains. The base Momentum isn’t offered as an electric vehicle that plugs into a plug-in (PHEV) or the top of the line Polestar Engineered is PHEV-only. Also, there’s a 250 horsepower front-drive T5 model, as well as an all-wheel drive 316-hp model. We would prefer the latter model for the more athletic R-Design trim that will cost you $5000 more than the base price. The regular features comprise blind-spot monitors, rear and front parking sensors, Harman/Kardon’s audio systems, leather upholstery, added seats with bolsters and adjustments and a trunklid powered by power and unique exterior trim and much more. We’d also recommend an Heated Rear Seats and Heated Steering Wheel package as well as the Advanced package. It features the 360-degree camera system with head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, as well as semi-autonomous driving mode.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Its standard S60 T5 has a 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder powering the front wheels. The T6 version comes with standard all-wheel drive, and adds 66 horsepower thanks to its supercharger. The power increases to 400 horsepower with the all-wheel drive T8 Plug-in Hybrid, while the top of the line T8 Polestar Engineered model is more sporty. Its plug-in hybrid powertrain produces 415 horses and 494 pounds of torque, and features the all-wheel-drive system. In addition, it comes with adaptive dampers as well as exclusive 19-inch wheels The Polestar version is only available within the Care by Volvo subscription plan. After a test drive of the more expensive S60 models, we found ourselves impressed by the way they performed. The steering proved fast and precise when driving on curvy roads. There was an incredible quantity of grip on corners. Also, both the 316-hp T6 model as well as the robust Polestar Engineered were effectively quick and flexible.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The S60 comes with three distinct EPA ratings, which correspond to its various powertrain configurations. Front-drive T5 models are valued at 23 mpg when in the city and 34 mpg when on the highway. More powerful all-wheel drive T6 versions are rated at 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg in the highway. Its T8 Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to achieve 69 MPGe and boast the all-electric capability of running 22 miles. We’ve only tried both the front-drive T5 and all-wheel drive T6 variants on our 75 mile highway fuel economy road, a part of our rigorous testing routine and both models earned 37 and 31 mpg, respectively.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Volvo boasts of its excellent design and build quality in the S60 that showcases upscale materials everywhere and an extraordinary focus on particulars. Its design is unquestionably innovative and is adorned with luxuries such as gilded switches and extremely comfortable seating. Its luxurious features include the 12.3-inch gauge cluster that is digital and ambient lighting in the interior as well as a head-up display massage front seats, and many more. The front seat passengers are not only loved by comfy and supportive buckets, but those in the back seat will appreciate the ample room for legroom as well as headroom. The interior cubby space is highlighted by handy doors and a central console with the tray with a retractable cover and a convenient bin under the armrest. We also managed to squeeze five suitcases with carry-on bags in the trunk of the S60, which was greater than that of the Jaguar XE but one less than the BMW 3 series.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Each 2020 S60 features tablets-style Sensus infotainment that appears elegant, but is difficult to use. It’s because some of the touchscreen icons are difficult to choose, and certain features like the controls for climate can be difficult to use. The system also has a big volume knob as well as a handy home button. Every model comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard. However, an Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system is availableas well.