Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.5 - 8.9 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 22.3 - 37.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 35.3 - 41.5 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 104.5 - 176.5 mpg
  • Expect average running costs due to the lack of diesels
  • Wait for the T4 if you're looking for lower running costs
  • T8 Twin Engine delivers strong performance

Currently, the S60 is not a car that's going to be at the top of your shopping list if you're looking for low running costs. The fuel economy figures of 35.3-39.8mpg (WLTP) for T5 models suggest a real-world average of 30-40mpg depending on how gently you drive. Equally in terms of servicing and maintenance, Volvo's dealers are typical for the premium market – so don't go expecting low hourly labour rates.

It's not a particularly green choice in the conventional sense, unless you count not offering a diesel version as a good eco step. Those looking for low CO2 emissions will have to stump-up the £50k-plus for a plug-in version – and even then, you'll only get the true benefit of battery-assisted running on shorter, urban-centric drives. A CO2 figure of 39-42g/km is quoted for the T8, while 48g/km is the Polestar Engineered's output.

Those looking for low emissions via the diesel route, will need to look elsewhere. Having said that, the 250hp T5 petrol variant puts in a reasonable, if not distinguished performance, with a CO2 figure of 149-155g/km and we can expect better from the T4, which is due to arrive in the UK in 2020.

The S60 does have an Eco drive mode for those who want to maximise their economy – so it changes up gears as early as possible (to keep the revs low) and the engine coasts when you back off the throttle at any speeds above 40mph. Given the T5's 145mph potential, the potential of 40mpg-plus in gentle driving is more than acceptable.

Can I expect high levels of reliability?

  • Volvo reliability is industry average
  • Regular software updates are needed
  • Shared tech across most of the Volvo range

Volvo reliability is about industry-average, and as the S60 is based on the same technology as the rest of the 60- and 90-series models, there's no reason to think it will perform any differently, save for the fact it's built in a brand new facility. That it's located in South Carolina in the USA, shouldn't matter and Volvo's invested heavily in cutting-edge production technology to curtail teething troubles as production ramps up.

Parkers owners reviews for the newer 60- and 90-series models don't exactly paint a positive picture (on an admittedly small sample), with a number of owners reporting serious electric issues, which the dealers (that are highly rated) have struggled to fix. In terms of actual build quality, from within the cabin, it feels on the pace, but not in any way better than the established premium-class opposition.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £465
Insurance group 34 - 43
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