The 2019 Volvo S60 is what happens when a car is left in the clothes dryer too long. The long-awaited heir to Volvo’s aging compact luxury sedan lineup that goes back to its iconic 240, the 2019 S60 rounds out Volvo’s several-year effort to remake its entire range. Initially look, the wait was worth it– even at the S60’s roughly $37,000 base cost.
2019 Volvo S60 Exterior
The S60, which will be provided in Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription trim levels with an option of powertrains, channels its bigger S90 brother practically to a fault. Up front, its take on Volvo’s vertical, pedestrian impact-friendly front end differs from the S90 just in its lower fascia detailing. From the side, the much shorter S60 appears more sinuous than the lengthened S90. At the back, the 2 are almost equivalent with their C-shaped taillights– although the extensively spaced Volvo badge has moved from between the taillights on the S90 to above them on the S60.
2019 Volvo S60 Interior
Inside, the S60 finally gets its version of what’s becoming the Volvo mold for interiors. Light on buttons, the interior features a vertically arrayed touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that looks and imitates a tablet computer. Fragile interior information such as light driftwood trim and perforated leather upholstery can dress up the S60, especially in Momentum trim.
The S60 R-Design that sits in the middle of the lineup features less chrome outside, a blacked-out interior, and silver mesh-like trim within. It also gets a sport-oriented suspension and 19-inch wheels.
2019 Volvo S60 Engine
A trio of engines lie under the 2019 S60’s hood, each with its own name: T5, T6, and T8. In the T5, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cranks out 250 horse power, which is sent by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The T6 includes a supercharger for an overall of 316 hp provided to all 4 corners. Topping the line is the T8 plug-in hybrid that includes an electrical motor for a combined output of 400 horsepower.
The S60 T8 will introduce after its brother or sisters and it will be readily available with performance upgrades such as an Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and a 15-hp boost from Volvo’s internal tuner Polestar.
2019 Volvo S60 Safety
Of course, Volvo hasn’t forgotten safety. Requirement equipment on all S60s includes automatic emergency situation braking that can spot pedestrians, bicyclists, and big animals. Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, which keeps the car in its lane and far from other vehicles or barriers to let drivers take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time, is optional.
2019 Volvo S60 Price
At about $37,000 to start, the S60 T5 Momentum anchors the lineup. The sporty looking S60 T5 R-Design costs about 43,000, while the elegant S60 T6 Inscription is priced at about $44,000. The T6 engine with its standard all-wheel-drive system adds $3,500 to $4,500, depending on the trim level. The plug-in hybrid T8 tops the lineup at about $55,400 in R-Design guise and $56,400 in Inscription trim.
The S60 is readily available as part of the Care by Volvo subscription service, which includes insurance and upkeep in a single regular monthly charge. Simply three S60 tiers are offered as part of this service, beginning at $775 regular monthly for a T6 Momentum with the optional Premium and Multimedia packages and a choice of 8 exterior and two interior hues. For $850, the T6 R-Design adds its sport-oriented suspension, partial nappa leather upholstery, and 19-inch wheels.
Volvo will eventually offer the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered through membership in restricted numbers. Prices for that model hasn’t been revealed.