WE LIKE Looking at it, being in it, great base engine
WE DON’T LIKE Sport suspension, hybrid brake tuning, safety optional
Volvo has been on a tear since it earned 2016 SUV of the Year honors with the XC90. By offering consistent avant-garde styling, safety, and value, everything it’s sent since ends up in the finalist category. The 2019 Volvo S60 sedan and V60 wagon keep the ball rolling in an incredibly competitive segment.
The S60 and V60 both look handsome and distinctly Volvo. The look and feel of the spacious interior is better still, with each trim having a distinct personality. The base V60 Momentum delivered a fresh Scandinavian take—”light and airy with some contemporary ‘Swedish Plaid,'” Chris Theodore said.
The standard 250-hp T5 2.0-liter turbo-four is our favorite of the three powertrains, delivering solid all-around performance. Some thought the 316-hp T6 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged I-4 lacked refinement, but others liked its manic power delivery. But the 415-hp plug-in hybrid T8 displayed erratic acceleration as its electric motors, supercharger, and turbocharger individually kicked in. The T8 brakes were inconsistent, too—an issue with T8s dating back to 2015.
We’re less pleased with the sporty versions of the new Volvos. The S60 R-Design was a reasonably convincing sport sedan, but the sacrifice in ride quality wasn’t worth the handling gains. The S60 T8 Polestar felt “off-message and half-baked,” Angus MacKenzie said.