Review: Volvo S60 (2018)

High quality saloon that follows same design and feel as the V60.

Only available as a high-spec R-Design Edition to begin with. No diesels.

Volvo S60 (2018): At A Glance

The 2019 S60 is sold without a diesel engine - a sign of the manufacturer's commitment to 'electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine'.

Buyers can choose between two plug-in hybrid variants in the form of the 340PS T6 and 400PS T8, while conventional petrol engines will also be available in the form of the T5 and T6.

Based on the same platform as most of Volvo's current range, the S60 - unsurprisingly - looks like a saloon version of the V60 or a smaller version of the S90.

Inside is typical Volvo, with premium materials and a large Sensus Connect infotainment display in the middle of the dash providing access to navigation, car functions, audio, in-car apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Safety technology will be shared with the V60, such as the optional Pilot Assist system which can 'support' the driver with steering, acceleration and braking at speeds of up to 80mph. This has been upgraded with improved cornering performance, while assistance systems like Run-Off Road Mitigation and City Safety can prevent or reduce the severity of crashes.

Enthusiastic drivers can opt for an S60 with a performance handling upgrade badged Polestar Engineered - developed by Volvo's electric performance brand, Polestar. Available exclusively on the T8 plug-in hybrid, this boosts power to 415PS while also upgrading the S60's brakes, wheels and suspension.

What does a Volvo S60 (2018) cost?

List Price from £38,270
Buy new from £27,965
Contract hire from £270.71 per month

Real MPG average for a Volvo S60 (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

85%

Real MPG

33–37 mpg

MPGs submitted

8

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

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What is a reliable family car?

I need to trade in my three-year-old Mazda 6 2.2 diesel. I drive approximately 20,000 miles per annum but over winding country roads and usually short journeys of 5 to 20 miles with only occasional motorway/long distance journeys. Should I buy diesel/petrol/hybrid? And can you recommend a reliable five-seater family car (ideally comfortable to drive and with a big boot) that won't give me problems?
A hybrid could work - but there aren't many hybrid family cars as big as your Mazda, and many are plug-in hybrids which can be quite thirsty without regular charging. We'd be looking for a petrol. If you like your Mazda, issues aside, the petrol Mazda 6 is more reliable than the diesel. Also, consider a Skoda Superb or Volvo S60. Both are very comfortable options.
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