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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Swedish firms new saloon hasn’t been independently crash tested yet by Euro NCAP, but we'd expect the Volvo S60 safety to be good enough to score the full five stars, especially as Volvo take crash protection extremely seriously.

As well as the usual six airbags and anti-skid control, the S60 comes with the same City Safety as standard that uses radar to detect a car’s hard braking out in front. If it fails to detect any input from the driver it applies the brakes.

New safety technology includes a world first – Pedestrian Protection. The system comes standard with the Driver Support Pack (£1,450) and uses both a radar sensor fixed in the grille and a camera mounted in the top of the windscreen to identify pedestrians. At below speeds of 21mph both camera and radar identify pedestrians and detect their movements. If the car thinks the pedestrian is in risk of being struck by the car, and all the systems detect no input from the driver it carries out a full emergency braking manoeuvre. The system is effective and should cut road deaths.

Saloons aren’t the most practical of cars and the S60 is no exception. In fact we'd go further and say in its class the S60 is one of the least practical. The seats don’t completely fold flat, and both the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series have at least a third more luggage space in the boot.

One area we have to commend Volvo is with being able to squeeze in two reasonably tall adults in the rear, although passengers will have to keep their heads down on exit and entry thanks to those rakish lines.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo S60 (10-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Business Edition equipment

Business Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Business Edition optional equipment
None available

Business Edition Lux equipment

Business Edition Lux standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Business Edition Lux optional equipment
None available

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
ES optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

R Design equipment

R Design standard equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R Design optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

R Design Lux equipment

R Design Lux standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R Design Lux optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

R Design Lux Nav equipment

R Design Lux Nav standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Lux Nav optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

R Design Nav equipment

R Design Nav standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Nav optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

R Design Premium equipment

R Design Premium standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Premium optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

SE Lux Nav equipment

SE Lux Nav standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Lux Nav optional equipment
None available

SE Lux Premium equipment

SE Lux Premium standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Lux Premium optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Premium optional equipment
None available