The 2018 Volvo S60 isn’t much different from the 2017 model. Volvo only gave it two new standard features this year. The 2018 S60 continues to be a good, small luxury sedan with a reasonable price tag, but it falls short of great. If you’re in the market for a new sedan, you should take the time to test drive the S60. It may be exactly what you’re looking for. There are a few other options that you should test drive, too, though, before you buy. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the 2018 S60.
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They didn't make any significant changes; however, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats come standard in the 2018 S60.
The trims for the 2018 Volvo S60 are the Dynamic, Inscription, Cross Country, R-Design, and Polestar.
There are two engine options. The T5 engine is a 240-hp, 2.0-L, direct-injected turbocharged engine. The T6 engine is a 2.0-L, 302-hp or 362-hp, direct-injected turbocharged and supercharged engine. The Dynamic, Inscription and Cross Country come with the T5 engine. The R-Design and Polestar come with the T6.
There is room for five in the S60, including the driver. The front seats are roomy and very comfortable. The back-seat area is actually a little tight on space, and the seats don't have the same comfortable padding. If you frequently have adults or older children riding in the back seat, go with the Inscription trim. It has 3.4" more room in the back seat because it has a longer wheelbase than the other trims.
The 2018 Volvo S60 is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. AWD accosts $2,000 more than FWD.
The 2018 S60 has an MSRP of $34,100 for a FWD Dynamic. A T6 Inscription has a starting price of $36,950. The AWD Cross Country starts out at $44,350. The R-Design has a MSRP of $47,550, and the Polestar starts out at $60,000.
Volvo neglected to update the S60 infotainment system like they did the XC60. The S60 comes with a 7" display screen and lots of buttons that make it seem even more outdated than it really is. It does come with an eight-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth connectivity, a diversity antenna, audio controls in the steering wheel and SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio. You can get an audio upgrade to a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon system with Sensus Navigation for $1,600.
The T5 FWD models are the most fuel-efficient. They get 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. T5 AWD Inscriptions and Dynamics get 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The T5 AWD Cross Country gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The T6 AWD R-Design gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Polestar is the least fuel-efficient S60. It gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Volvo's City Safety system comes standard on all S60's. This system monitors the road for vehicles and pedestrians, alerts the driver to the risk of a possible collision and applies the brakes automatically, if necessary.
Additional available safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parallel park assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
If you are shopping for a small, luxury sedan to commute to work in, the Volvo S60 is definitely worth considering. The front seats are very comfortable, and it gets better gas mileage than many other small sedans. The infotainment system isn't very user-friendly, though, and can be distracting. If you need to use it frequently in heavy traffic, it could be a real drawback. The S60 also isn't great for carpooling, due to the cramped back seat.
The Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans are better cars for the money. The A4 has a more modern, refined feel. It's sportier and more fun to drive, too. It costs about $2,000 more than the S60, but it is worth it in the long run. The infotainment system and technology are better in the A4 than the S60, and the interior is more appealing. The BMW 3 Series also offers sportier, more athletic handling than the S60, is roomier and costs about the same. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class starts out at about $40,000, but you get a higher quality, more luxurious interior for your money. You can even get a cabin fragrance system in the C-Class sedans.