Volvo S60 (2018) Review

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Volvo S60 (2018) At A Glance

+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.

Insurance Groups are between 34–43
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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.

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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.

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Average performance


Real MPG

24–37 mpg

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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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Which midsize saloons and 4x4s offer the most comfortable and quiet ride?
"Although I am a similar age to Jeremy Clarkson, I do not share his passion for 200mph supercars with rock hard suspension and the ability to send my false teeth through the back of my neck upon accelerating. Which midsize saloons and 4x4s offer the most comfortable and quiet ride? "
Many Citroens put comfort ahead of sportiness. The new C5 Aircross is a good example of this - it's much more comfortable than firmer rivals like the Nissan Qashqai or Kia Sportage. The same could be said for Volvo - all its models favour comfort over driving dynamics. The Skoda Superb is another good option if you're after a comfortable car.
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What does a Volvo S60 (2018) cost?

Buy new from £31,000 (list price from £39,510)