The 2019 Volvo S60 is exactly what takes place when a car is left in the clothes dryer too long. The long-awaited successor to Volvo’s aging compact luxury sedan lineup that goes back to its iconic 240, the 2019 S60 complete Volvo’s several-year effort to remake its whole range. Initially glimpse, the wait deserved it– even at the S60’s approximately $37,000 base rate.
The S60, which will be provided in Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription trim levels with an option of powertrains, channels its larger S90 brother almost to a fault. Up front, its take on Volvo’s vertical, pedestrian impact-friendly front end varies from the S90 just in its lower fascia detailing. From the side, the much shorter S60 appears more sinuous than the extended S90. At the back, the two are almost indistinguishable with their C-shaped taillights– although the extensively spaced Volvo badge has actually moved from in between the taillights on the S90 to above them on the S60.
Inside, the S60 finally gets its variation 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, specifically in Momentum trim. The S60 R-Design that beings in the middle of the lineup features less chrome outside, a blacked-out interior, and silver mesh-like trim inside. It likewise gets a sport-oriented suspension and 19-inch wheels.
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 through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The T6 adds a supercharger for a total of 316 hp provided to all four corners. Topping the line is the T8 plug-in hybrid that includes an electric motor for a combined output of 400 horse power. The S60 T8 will introduce after its brother or sisters and it will be available with efficiency upgrades such as an Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and a 15-hp increase from Volvo’s internal tuner Polestar.
Naturally, Volvo hasn’t ignored safety. Standard equipment on all S60s consists of automatic emergency situation braking that can detect pedestrians, bicyclists, and big animals. Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, which keeps the car in its lane and away from other vehicles or obstacles to let motorists take their hands off the wheel for brief time periods, is optional.
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 dressy S60 T6 Inscription is priced at about $44,000. The T6 engine with its basic all-wheel-drive system includes $3,500 to $4,500, depending upon 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 offered as part of the Care by Volvo subscription service, that includes insurance coverage and maintenance in a single month-to-month cost. Simply 3 S60 tiers are offered as part of this service, starting at $775 monthly for a T6 Momentum with the optional Premium and Multimedia plans and a choice of 8 exterior and 2 interior hues. For $850, the T6 R-Design includes its sport-oriented suspension, partial nappa leather upholstery, and 19-inch wheels.
Volvo will ultimately use the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered by means of subscription in minimal numbers. Rates for that model hasn’t been revealed.