2019 Volvo S60 Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 20, 2018
  • Redesigned compact luxury sedan
  • T5, T6 AWD, and T8 eAWD model series
  • Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, Polestar Engineered trim levels
  • Shares platform and powertrains with other Volvo models
  • Buy, lease, or subscribe through Care by Volvo
  • Built in new factory in South Carolina


Since 2015, when the 2016 Volvo XC90 went on sale, this Sweden-based, Chinese-owned automaker has been steadily redesigning every model in its lineup. Each of Volvo’s cars, wagons, and SUVs has benefitted from a uniform approach to design, engineering, and technology, making each of them far more desirable than the products they’ve replaced.


2019 Volvo S60 R-Design front quarter right photo Now, it is the S60 sedan’s turn. Built to compete with the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the redesigned 2019 Volvo S60 is offered in a variety of model series and trims, ranging in price from the mid-$30,000 range all the way up to the mid-$60,000 range.

Exterior Features

Volvo’s modern styling themes fit the new S60 like a glove. Though the car is based on a front-wheel-drive architecture, its proportions suggest a more appealing rear-drive vehicle.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights with Volvo’s signature “Thor’s Hammer” running light arrangement. They feature automatic high-beam operation and bend with the car’s steering to help shed extra light in corners.

Aluminum wheels are standard, ranging in size from 17 ins. in diameter with Momentum trim to 19 ins. with R-Design and Inscription trim.

Interior Features

If you’ve seen the inside of a Volvo XC60 or XC90, then you’ve seen the inside of the new S60. Spare Scandinavian design rules, rendered in quality materials including available metal or wood trim.

Leatherette upholstery is standard, with premium Nappa leather an option. Up to five occupants sit beneath a standard panoramic sunroof. Front seats feature standard whiplash protection, and Volvo’s 9-in. Sensus infotainment system dominates the center of the dashboard.

Optional Features

In addition to premium leather, the 2019 S60 can be fitted with a heated steering wheel, heated front and outboard rear seats, ventilated front seats, and massaging front seats.

Comfort increases with the available 4-zone climate control system, which includes an air filter and air purification. Optional ‘Contour’ front seats offer a wider range of adjustment than the standard seats.

Under the Hood

Three different powertrains are available for the new S60. The first is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine supplying 250 horsepower to the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

If 316 horsepower sounds appealing, give the S60 T6 a try. It’s got a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, and the power flows to all four wheels.

The S60 T8 eAWD is equipped with the same engine as the T6 AWD, but is paired with an electric motor driving the rear wheels, and a battery pack. It generates 400 total system horsepower, supplies modest electric driving range, and is exclusively available in Polestar Engineered trim, which upgrades the car’s power, braking, and handling.

Each 2019 S60 features automatic engine start/stop technology as well as multiple driving modes. The R-Design trim equips the car with transmission paddle shifters, and Volvo offers an adaptive damping suspension for the new S60.


Every 2019 S60 employs ultra-high-strength Boron steel in its safety cage, and this, in combination with front and rear crumple zones specifically engineered to disperse crash energy, ought to do an excellent job of protecting occupants.

Numerous driver-assistance, collision-preparation, and collision-avoidance systems are also on board as either standard or optional equipment.

Highlights include standard City Safety with Autobrake, which is a forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians, bicyclists, and large animals in order to help prevent accidents.

Volvo On Call services are also standard, and free for the first four years of ownership. It includes automatic collision notification, among other features. The S60 is also equipped with an emergency braking system that activates following a collision in order to bring the car to a stop as soon as is possible.

Additionally, Volvo’s Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering technology is available, as well as Park Pilot Assist which can steer the S60 into a parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission. Various road-departure and lane-keeping systems are also offered, along with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, and more.


Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system features a vertical 9-in. display, and includes Sensus Connect smartphone and system apps that supply a variety of remote and in-vehicle functions. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present and accounted for, and navigation is available.

Audio upgrades include a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium system and a high-fi 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system. Volvo also offers a head-up display for the new S60, along with a 12.3-in. digital instrumentation display with four different themes, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.

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