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Now that there are thousands of us who have put thousands of miles on them, I am very interested to hear thoughts about the new S60...

Personally, I am driving a T6 R-Design with Polestar optimization. I am thoroughly enjoying my ride. It had one hiccup early on (needed a replacement water pump) and the mileage is a little underwhelming at 20MPG average. But otherwise, it is a really good car; my second favorite Volvo of all time. It looks great, has decent sporty performance and did not break the budget.

Hope others are similarly pleased. It doesn't seem to be selling particularly well, but that's a piece of the Volvo charm - its more of a niche focus versus mass market. I also still use a Blackberry.

Regardless, please share your thoughts...
 

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I too am loving ours. I traded in a BMW 4 series and this feels every bit as sporty but much more comfortable. The tranny seems like the best I’ve ever had from Volvo, almost as good as the Bimmer. I have, literally, no complaints. I’m even getting 27mpg but I have a T5.

I test drove everything in the class and while some cars might’ve been better at one thing or another I believe the Volvo is the best at most things that matter everyday.....


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I too am loving ours. I traded in a BMW 4 series and this feels every bit as sporty but much more comfortable. The tranny seems like the best I’ve ever had from Volvo, almost as good as the Bimmer. I have, literally, no complaints. I’m even getting 27mpg but I have a T5.

I test drove everything in the class and while some cars might’ve been better at one thing or another I believe the Volvo is the best at most things that matter everyday.....


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I too came from a 4 Series, 428 X drive Gran Coupe.

My observations on my S60 T6 R Design. I do not have Polestar optimization but that is on my to do list.

The S60 handles more linearly and is consistently solid up to about 75 MPH. The BMW handled better at faster speeds.
Better turning radius on the Volvo.
The Volvo seems quicker off the line until about 35 MPH.
The S60 is more comfortable and roomy.
My BMW had none of the safety features of the Volvo.
I like the Sensus system and like being able to use Carplay when I need to.
I miss the red lighting of the BMW gauges.
I think the Volvo phone app is miles better than the BMW one. Mileage was better on the BMW. I get low 20s locally 25-27 on the highway.
 

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I too came from a 4 Series, 428 X drive Gran Coupe.

My observations on my S60 T6 R Design. I do not have Polestar optimization but that is on my to do list.

The S60 handles more linearly and is consistently solid up to about 75 MPH. The BMW handled better at faster speeds.
Better turning radius on the Volvo.
The Volvo seems quicker off the line until about 35 MPH.
The S60 is more comfortable and roomy.
My BMW had none of the safety features of the Volvo.
I like the Sensus system and like being able to use Carplay when I need to.
I miss the red lighting of the BMW gauges.
I think the Volvo phone app is miles better than the BMW one. Mileage was better on the BMW. I get low 20s locally 25-27 on the highway.
Lol. “I miss the red lighting of the BMW gauges.”




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I had an S60 T6 as a service loaner while my V90 was in the shop. I put over 1,000 miles on it. The car was very comfortable and similar to the V90 on the inside. The ride was good and the controls were easy to use. The S60 would be something that I would consider if I was in the market for a sedan -- especially since I don't need something as big as an S90.
 

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I too came from a 4 Series, 428 X drive Gran Coupe.
I miss the red lighting of the BMW gauges.
Just put the gauges set to Performance Display and they are Red, lol!
 

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Very interesting to have two BMW converts; that's potentially good news for Volvo if there are more enlightened shoppers.
I actually cross shopped against the 330iX MSport and Audi S4. I think the T6 R-Design hangs in nicely with both of these cars.
But Volvo doesn't equate with performance in most people's view, unless they take the time to dig in...
Hopefully more people take a hard look; BMW, Audi and Mercedes are surely taking notice of the S60.
Volvo certainly isn't ever going to be BMW's M, Audi's RS or Mercedes' AMG. But it stacks up nicely in the wannabe-category.
 

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I too came from a 4 Series, 428 X drive Gran Coupe.

My observations on my S60 T6 R Design. I do not have Polestar optimization but that is on my to do list.

The S60 handles more linearly and is consistently solid up to about 75 MPH. The BMW handled better at faster speeds.
Better turning radius on the Volvo.
The Volvo seems quicker off the line until about 35 MPH.
The S60 is more comfortable and roomy.
My BMW had none of the safety features of the Volvo.
I like the Sensus system and like being able to use Carplay when I need to.
I miss the red lighting of the BMW gauges.
I think the Volvo phone app is miles better than the BMW one. Mileage was better on the BMW. I get low 20s locally 25-27 on the highway.
Also the S60 is much, much quieter.
 

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Very interesting to have two BMW converts; that's potentially good news for Volvo if there are more enlightened shoppers.
I actually cross shopped against the 330iX MSport and Audi S4. I think the T6 R-Design hangs in nicely with both of these cars.
But Volvo doesn't equate with performance in most people's view, unless they take the time to dig in...
Hopefully more people take a hard look; BMW, Audi and Mercedes are surely taking notice of the S60.
Volvo certainly isn't ever going to be BMW's M, Audi's RS or Mercedes' AMG. But it stacks up nicely in the wannabe-category.
BMW isn't the old E46 or E39 any more. More of a luxury car for old lady real estate agents.
 

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Yesterday I was driving into the airport parking lot and a new S60 passed me (I had my window rolled down). It sounded so much different and meaner than a regular Volvo 2.0 liter.
 

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Yesterday I was driving into the airport parking lot and a new S60 passed me (I had my window rolled down). It sounded so much different and meaner than a regular Volvo 2.0 liter.
Probably a T6; its exhaust note is different than any other Volvos using the 2.0l engine.
 

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It was a S60 T6 but is it different from the XC90 T6 2.0l? Because I have a ‘19 XC90 T6 and it sounds different imo from the S60 T6?


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The exhaust note is different. The drivetrain is the same, otherwise.
 

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I drove my former 2.0 eDrive (a 2016 XC90 T6) really hard for 3 years and it never made any of the beautiful sounds that my new 2.0 makes (via a 2019 S60 T6) all the time. The Polestar optimization makes it even nicer sounding (i.e., meaner) but the stock is nice as well. Not sure if it is all mechanical or perhaps fabricated...regardless, it is very different.
 

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Had a fully loaded awd as a loner. I loved it and put plenty of miles on it. That turbo is legit. I wonder how much the extended warranty would be for one of those? It was really nice but the electronics struck me as something that is going to be a problem. Same with the all wheel drive. I would still take one, no problem.
 

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Had a fully loaded awd as a loner. I loved it and put plenty of miles on it. That turbo is legit. I wonder how much the extended warranty would be for one of those? It was really nice but the electronics struck me as something that is going to be a problem. Same with the all wheel drive. I would still take one, no problem.
The extended warranty is very well priced and sold in fixed price by a brave dealer steingold volvo at squareup.com. Up to 10 year 100k miles and is below $3k. (and use code swedespeed to get 100 off).
Fixed price removed the hassle to negotiate with dealer and no other dealer could beat it.
 

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The extended warranty is very well priced and sold in fixed price by a brave dealer steingold volvo at squareup.com. Up to 10 year 100k miles and is below $3k. (and use code swedespeed to get 100 off).
Fixed price removed the hassle to negotiate with dealer and no other dealer could beat it.
That’s where we got the warranty for our XC 90. I really love VoLvo but good grief the repairs seem to start at about 50 K miles.

I’ll wait for the CPOs next year.
 

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I drove my former 2.0 eDrive (a 2016 XC90 T6) really hard for 3 years and it never made any of the beautiful sounds that my new 2.0 makes (via a 2019 S60 T6) all the time. The Polestar optimization makes it even nicer sounding (i.e., meaner) but the stock is nice as well. Not sure if it is all mechanical or perhaps fabricated...regardless, it is very different.
The S/V60 R-Design and Polestar models have active exhaust systems which do create a better sound than the earlier SPA cars.

My S60 T5 Inscription just hit 9K miles. Car is a joy to drive and mpg is now up to 34 in mixed driving. Full disclosure, I drive it in "Eco" mode quite often, which means it coasts on decel with no engine braking. It becomes a bit of a game while driving to see how much one can coast.
 

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Have 585 miles on a T5 MY 2019 S60 that I picked up last week. Birch with blond interior; Inscription trim with 4-C chassis and 19" wheels. This is the first car I have had in about a decade, so it's a bit of a change being seated lower to the ground. Took the car on a trip to the beach this past weekend and got some good highway mileage on it. Love the ride and interior comfort. It feels heavier on the road than expected and the 250hp is plenty for my purposes. I'm sure that a Polestar engineered T6 would be fun...maybe the next car. We have a MY2018 XC90 as well with a B&W sound system and I think the Harmon/Kardon system does just fine in the smaller cabin. I know it's a point of frustration for some, but I do like the touch screen system that Volvo uses in these models. Very intuitive.

Very pleased with the decision. S/o to Forrest at Volvo of Cary for going above and beyond to track down the car-specs I wanted.
 

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Have 585 miles on a T5 MY 2019 S60 that I picked up last week. Birch with blond interior; Inscription trim with 4-C chassis and 19" wheels. This is the first car I have had in about a decade, so it's a bit of a change being seated lower to the ground. Took the car on a trip to the beach this past weekend and got some good highway mileage on it. Love the ride and interior comfort. It feels heavier on the road than expected and the 250hp is plenty for my purposes. I'm sure that a Polestar engineered T6 would be fun...maybe the next car. We have a MY2018 XC90 as well with a B&W sound system and I think the Harmon/Kardon system does just fine in the smaller cabin. I know it's a point of frustration for some, but I do like the touch screen system that Volvo uses in these models. Very intuitive.

Very pleased with the decision. S/o to Forrest at Volvo of Cary for going above and beyond to track down the car-specs I wanted.
He’s my salesman too, great guy!


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