Volvo S60 Review

Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Review

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Safety and Security

The following safety and security equipment is standard on the Volvo S60 T5 SE: dual stage driver and passenger airbags, SIPS (side impact protection system), SIPS airbags, IC (inflatable curtain), WHIPS (whiplash protection system - front seats), ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD (electronic brake distribution), DSTC (dynamic stability and traction control) with electronic brake assistance, 5 x 3 - point seat belts, seat belt pre-tensioners (front and rear), head restraints - all 5 seats, ISOFIX child seat preparation, anti-theft alarm including immobiliser and panic function, key integrated remote control central locking including fuel flap with deadlocking system, mass movement sensor, tinted windows, visible VIN plate, daytime running lights*, headlamp levelling system, high level LED brake light, side marker bumper illumination, home safe and approach lighting.

*Daytime running lights are synonymous with the Volvo name and significantly increase other drivers awareness of your presence.

The 31 January 2003 marked the 20th anniversary of the compulsory wearing of seatbelts in Britain. When Volvo engineer, the late Nils Bohlin, invented the very first three-point seat belt nearly 50 years ago he could not have guessed how many millions of lives this would help to save. [ click here for more information ]

Comfort and Refinement

According to Volvo's press literature the S60 designed under Volvo's British Executive Design Director, Peter Horbury, mixes sporting design with real world practicality and executive levels of luxury, comfort and driving pleasure and we couldn't agree more.

The S60 T5 SE has ample cabin space for 4/5 adults and certainly a family of 5. Despite its swooping, coupe like roofline head and leg room is good however, taller rear passengers may find the rear door entry space a bit tight as a direct consequence of the swooping rear design.

Volvo was the first car manufacturer to improve driver comfort by studying ergonomics and introducing adjustable lumbar support backs in 1964 and, after nearly 40 years of continuous research, crash testing and innovation, Volvo is now proud to claim its seats can reduce whiplash injuries by 50 per cent. [ click here for more information ]

Without doubt the seats in the S60 T5 SE were the most comfortable we had ever experienced. Your whole torso feels comfortable and supported including the thigh to knee area which reduces overall leg pressure on a long drive. On the T5 SE an electrically adjustable driver's seat (with memory) and door mirror memory is standard which was perfect for us as we changed drivers frequently.

Front and rear electric windows, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, cruise control, illuminated driver & passenger mirrors, front & rear readings lamps and electric glass tilt & slide sunroof with one touch open & close are standard on the T5 SE.

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Volvo S60 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolvo S60 T5 SE
Body TypeSaloon
ColourBlack Sapphire Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.8 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban22.2 mpg
Extra Urban31.0 mpg
Combined24.6 mpg
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever comes first)
3-year unlimited warranty on the paintwork
8-year warranty against rust perforation
Price (when tested on the 04/01/04)£26,300 OTR

Car as tested £32,587.33

Includes the following options:

Sports Pack £1590
Bi-Xenon Headlamps £650
Metallic Paint £500
Reversing Sensors £387.33
Winter Pack £375
Mesh Aluminium Trim £250
Rear Cupholder £35
and Navigation Pack 1 £2300

The information contained within this Volvo S60 review may have changed since publication on the 4 January 2004. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Volvo dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018