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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

The high performance T5 and S60R models are thirsty and expensive to insure, but the rest of the petrol range is more reasonable. Other running costs such as parts and servicing are cheaper than manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz or BMW while residual values, although not as strong as the V70, are still better than the average rep-mobile.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,877 - £2,328 *
Diesel 131p £1,353 - £1,610 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period 20,000 miles.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £160 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 33 - 44
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5 2.5

The S60 is quite a polluting model, especially the high performance petrol models. The diesel are, as you'd expect, better in terms of economy and emissions - the later versions of both the 2.4D and D5 models emit 174g/km of CO2 and are capable of 43mpg. However compared to modern diesels from other carmakers this seems less impressive.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.4 Bi-fuel 159 g/km (Min) £190
2.5R Petrol 266 g/km (Max) £325


3.5 out of 5 3.5

The S60 is a rugged and durable car and although occasional problems are reported there's very little to worry about. All the engines have been well proven in other Volvo models.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox A recall in 2003 and again in 2004 for a possible fuel leak. There was a recall in 2004 for an overheating fault with the electric cooling fan. In 2007 there was another recall again affecting the cooling fan.
Other One recall in 2004 for a possible suspension collapse

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