2019 Volvo S60 is up-to-date and made in America
Volvo has opened a new factory near Charleston, South Carolina, and recently started producing the all-new 2019 S60 sedan in the facility. Volvo has invested over a billion dollars in the U.S. production facility, which will employ 1,500 people by the end of 2018. Volvo plans to employ up to 3,900 people at this plant.
Available engines include the 250-horspower turbocharged T5, the 316-horspower supercharged and turbocharged T6, and now for the first time, the 400-horsepower plug-in hybrid T8 as the top performance option. All S60 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. S60 models with the T5 engine use front-wheel-drive, while T6 models use a traditional all-wheel-drive system. T8 models use a gas-electric hybrid powerplant for the front wheels, augmented with an electric motor to power the rear wheels.
The new design takes advantage of Volvo's flexible SPA vehicle architecture, which allows the automaker to adjust almost every dimension in the vehicle while using the same basic chassis and frame. The SPA architecture now underpins all Volvo vehicles from the compact XC40 crossover to the full-size 90-series sedan, wagon, and SUV. With the new platform, the S60 is almost four inches longer than the previous generation, with most of that space going to the rear seat passengers. The S60 is also almost two inches lower, improving both access and handling.
Inside, the S60 has received substantial upgrades, including a new operating system for the expansive 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment and control system. Volvo's touchscreen-based system allows you to use Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integration in concert with the car's native systems. As usual, Volvo's interior is well above competitor offerings, with clean Scandinavian design and the most comfortable seats in the industry.
On the road, the S60 is fast, quiet, and confident in its handling. There's plenty of power in the base engine, and the T6 upgrade gives the S60 a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds. The T8 package offers world-class performance, and if you buy the special Polestar Engineered version, you get 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque, upgraded Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension, and a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. At every trim level, the Volvo outperforms the European and Asian competition in engine power and performance.
Another way the Volvo S60 beats the competition is in pricing, starting at $36,795. That price gets you 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, leatherette interior, the 9-inch Sensus system, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, heated wipers, and 10-way power front seats, as well as Volvo's state-of-the-art safety systems. If you're looking for a premium European sports sedan, the 2019 Volvo S60 just jumped to the head of the line.
2019 Volvo S60
Base price: $36,795
Price as tested: $41,295
Type: Mid-size sedan
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder (316 hp, 295 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 21/32
Overall length: 187.4 inches
Curb weight: 3,657 pounds
Final assembly: Charleston, South Carolina