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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

There have been numerous changes to the S60 model line-up over the years but the entry-level car S came with ABS (with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), front and side airbags (including curtain bags), air conditioning, cruise control, electric windows, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels. SE models add climate control with Air Quality System (AQS), front fog lights, wood trim, a four-CD audio system with Dolby surround sound, sports leather trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.

T5 gained EBA (Electronic Brake Assist) and DSTC (Dynamic Stability Traction Control) in Oct 2001. The most recent trim levels are SE, SE Sport and SE Lux and all cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, ECC (Electronic Climate Control) with Volvo's AQS (Air Quality System) and pollen filter, cruise control, six CD changer, remote audio controls on steering wheel, DSTC traction control plus an alarm and immobiliser.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo S60 (00-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Sport optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Safety

3.5 out of 5 3.5

As you would expect from Volvo, safety credentials are reassuring and the saloon received four out of five stars in the Euro NCAP rating. Driver and passenger airbags are complemented by a side impact protection system while security consists of an alarm, immobiliser and deadlocks. Cars from 2005 come with a passenger airbag cut-off switch and optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Interior & boot space

3 out of 5 3.0

Boot space is generous with 394 litres of space but the load area can be tricky to access due to a narrow boot opening, however the rear seats split and fold for added versatility. Of course if practicality is a key factor go for the V70 - basically the estate version of the S60. Up front there are plenty of useful cubby holes and storage bins, including a large central stowage box between the front seats.

Cars from 2005 come with water repellent glass, to faster clear the windows of rain.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volvo S60 (00-08) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A4 Saloon (00-04) 445 litres
Saab 9-3 Saloon (02-11) 425 litres
Volvo S60 (00-08) 394 litres
BMW 3-Series Saloon (98-05) 300 litres

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