2011 Volvo S60: Full Details


  • Competes with: Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL, Lexus ES 350
  • Looks like: Volvo has officially abandoned its boxy image
  • Drivetrain: 300 hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2010

Volvo continues to reshape its lineup in major ways with the all-new S60 sedan. While it looks outrageously unique for a Volvo, the car will pack standard safety features never before seen on a production vehicle. That’s so Volvo.
It will be equipped with Volvo’s City Safety pedestrian avoidance system, which actually stops the S60 from speeds up to 22 mph if it detects a pedestrian in the road. The system first alerts the driver of an issue with a warning alarm and flashing light on a head-up display; the car’s brakes are also pre-charged for better stopping ability. If the driver doesn’t react and an impact is imminent, the car will apply full braking power to bring it to a stop. This feature will be standard on all 2011 Volvo S60s.
While systems like that often turn off driving purists, Volvo is adding a more advanced form of stability control — Advanced Stability Control — that can detect skidding “tendency” at an earlier stage than current systems. The S60 will also have a feature called Corner Traction Control to allow the car to handle curvy roads with little understeer.

What about the car’s guts? Oh, it’s just a more powerful version of the company’s turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder; it’s also used in the XC60 crossover. In the S60, it will produce 300 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. The company says its zero-to-60-mph time will be 6.2 seconds. This will be the only engine available at launch late in 2010, and all T6 models will have all-wheel drive standard. It’s likely a lower-powered, front-wheel-drive model may also be offered.

Unlike the XC60, though, Volvo designers have made sure the navigation and multimedia systems are well integrated into the car. Instead of the XC60’s remote control setup, the S60 allows drivers to control all features via steering-wheel-mounted controls.

The S60 will debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, but we’re unsure if it will make it stateside for the 2010 New York auto show in April.

There are many more photos below.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2010 | Comments (10)
Tags: Volvo, Volvo S60



These lights on the grill never worked for me, not on Elantra, not on MB, not on Lexus and it doesn't work on Volvo.

I love the boxy Volvos. I don't buy them because they overpriced junk, which is lagging behind in engine tech, like 10 years or more.

Obviously, if you in "P"ark and you happen to have thick fingers, you can't use HVAC in this car.

Not sure about those bright blue eyes, looking at you while you drive.

Center console is nice (take away shifter is too close to the board) but the rest of the dash is... where is the dash?


Not a fan of the headlights. Looks kind of bug-eyed, no?


Side profile looks Lexus-ish


omg so beautiful!!!!!


Except for the seats, which look great, this car probably won't stack up well against similar priced competition. The interior looks too bland for this price bracket. Even the exterior takes a back seat to the new Sonata, not a good thing for a luxury brand in the 40K price range.


Wow! What happened? The concept was so beautiful and sleek. Based upon the "surprised" look of those Pontiac-ish headlights, this production car has been violated by the ugly stick. See concept here: http://www.dieselstation.com/Volvo/Concept-S60/Volvo-S60-Concept-wallpaper-ds01-i1374.html



Zack, you know, Sonata and this car don't go together.
Lets say, the person who is buying this car will not even look into Sonata. Volvo is a status car even that we know they are very short of a quality to be a status car.
Volvo is a niche car. They are looking for people who think being sophisticated but can't afford BMW. so here is Volvo. Stylish, European, nice seats, plenty of safety devices, 20 years old engines, fuel monster, unreliable...
That's unique! This is what they pay for!
Sonata... Sorry. Mainstream and not even a great sample of mainstream. When your Limited edition is covered in cheap plastic... sorry. May be more expensive 2011 model changes all that?


When I bought a BMW, I cross-shopped Volvos. There isn't that much difference in the pricing. Now the ex has the BMW and now I have an old car. Worked out well for this guy. One advantage the Volvo had over the BMW was a lack of a need for premium fuel. Almost was a deal breaker for me.

Can't say they didn't try to keep as close as possible to the concept version. I loved the rear of the concept, but generally speaking, and as normal, this production is just a watered down version of the concept... You can still appriciate its unique volvo style in it though!


This Volvo looks ugly from the back. Am I the only one that sees that? It looks like 4 doors Civic!!!
Also the AWD is actually a front wheel drive with rear occasionally engaging it when the front wheel skids. Volvo engineers got it wrong. Hey guys, look at BMW, Mercedes, even Audi changed their 50/50 to 40/60 power split. Volvo has it 95/5 front bias. No wander the company is out of business and is being passed around to different owners. Now will own by China, maybe they can make it profitable!!! With Chinese parts of course, don't tell me otherwise. That is what happens when you have incompetent people working for you.
Good luck Volvo, 5 more years and you'll be history, just like GM and Chrysler.
Other that that seems to be decent, good power, fair price, if it doesn’t go close to
$38 000. Seems to be reliable, based on Volvo history and that 12 years rust guarantee is nice.

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