The 2022 Volvo S60 is a sedan best suited for pampering its passengers than accelerating their heart rates. In a segment that’s defined by cars with seriously sporty driving characteristics and gutsy engine options, Volvo takes a different approach. The S60’s outward appearance is restrained but elegant and its interior is one of the nicest in its class, with a uniquely Scandinavian aesthetic. While its mellow base engine further limits the fun factor, the two plug-in hybrids’ powertrains are both quick and fuel-efficient. For maximum entertainment, the Polestar Engineered model is a 415-hp plug-in with the sportiest chassis setup.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The non-hybrid 2022 Volvo S60 has a 260-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that pairs with front- or all-wheel drive. Power increases to 400 horsepower on the all-wheel-drive-only Recharge plug-in hybrid, and the top-of-the-line Recharge Polestar Engineered is even sportier. The latter makes 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Along with adaptive dampers and exclusive 19-inch wheels, the Polestar edition is solely available as part of the Care by Volvo subscription plan.

During our drive of one of the higher-spec S60 trim levels, we were extremely impressed with how well they handled it. The steering proved to be quick and precise along twisty roads, and there was a remarkable amount of cornering grip. However, during a comparison test against four-cylinder rivals, a more basic S60 model finished last due to its more subdued driving nature versus sportier alternatives such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia and BMW 3-series.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The nonhybrid 2022 Volvo S60is rated up to 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The plug-in-hybrid version has a 69 MPGe estimate and an electric-only drive range of 22 miles. Once we run one on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate their real-world mpg. For more information about the S60’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Volvo flaunts its superb build quality inside the 2022 Volvo S60, which displays upscale materials throughout and an uncommon attention to detail. The design is undeniably forward-thinking and replete with flourishes such as jeweled switchgear and supremely comfortably seats. Its deluxe features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, massaging front seats, and more.

Not only are front-seat passengers cosseted by comfortable and supportive buckets, but those in the back seat will also appreciate its generous legroom and headroom. Interior cubby space is highlighted by useful door pockets and a center console that boasts a tray with a retractable cover and a handy bin below the armrest. We also managed to fit five carry-on suitcases in the S60’s trunk, which is one less than the 3-series.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every S60 features a tablet-style Sensus infotainment system that looks stylish but can be frustrating to operate. That’s because some of its touch-sensitive icons are hard to select, and some functions such as the climate controls can be distracting to use. Otherwise, the system benefits from a large volume knob and a useful home button. Every model has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard; a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system is available, too.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The handsome sedan also has a variety of driver-assistance technology as standard, as well as options such as a semi-autonomous drive mode. For more information about the S60’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites

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2022 Volvo S60

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Full Specifications

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$46,240 (base price: $37,045)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement
120 cu in, 1969 cc
Power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.7-in vented disc/11.9-in disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, 235/40R-19 96V M+S VOL

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 113.1 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 72.8 in
Height: 56.3 in
Passenger volume: 94 cu ft
Trunk volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 3754 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 6.1 sec
100 mph: 15.2 sec
120 mph: 24.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
¼-mile: 14.6 sec @ 98 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 25 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 37 mpg
Highway range: 530 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 27/23/34 mpg

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