Car and Driver gives the 2015 Volvo S60 a three out of five-star rating with complaints about performance and features in contrast to the price. Complaints from U.S. News & World Report is the S60's small trunk, cramped back seats and a difficult to use on-board information and entertainment system.
With the S60 weighing roughly 3,600 pounds, the 240-horsepower engine and eight-speed transmission feel strained, according to Car and Driver. Reported by USA Today, when the Volvo S60 is compared to other entry-level luxury sedans at a similar price, it falls short on features and performance. The rival BMW 3 offers better fuel economy and sharper handling along with a more user-friendly on-board infotainment system. The Lexus ES350 has a more spacious rear seat, a larger trunk and a stronger V6 engine. The S60's suspension is described as "floaty," and the steering feels disconnected, states Forbes.
The base-level S60 T5 starts at $33,300 and is equipped with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This front-wheel drive car achieves 25 mpg for city driving and 37 mpg on the highway. The S60 is also available in a T6 model with a supercharged engine-variation, pushing 302 horsepower. The higher-performing T6 starts at $38,100 and gets 24 mpg for city driving and 35 on the highway.