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2023 Volvo S60: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2023 Volvo S60 is a premium small sedan with lots of appeal. It offers something a little different from more mainstream offerings in European luxury cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The S60 prioritizes luxury and safety over performance, but this is still a pretty engaging car to drive. As you might expect from the Volvo brand, the S60 has excellent safety ratings (an IIHS Top Safety Pick+) and has some of the most comfortable seats in this class.

Power and Mileage

The Volvo S60 has two powertrain offerings: the B5 mild-hybrid turbocharged 4-cylinder and the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain with a supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine also mated to an electric motor.

The B5 engine produces 247 horsepower and returns up to 30 combined mpg with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 28 mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD). The T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain makes 455 horsepower, returns 74 MPGe (or 31 mpg with no charge in the hybrid battery), and gets up to 41 miles of electric range.

The Core, Plus, and Ultimate trims are available with either powertrain, but the Polestar Engineered model comes exclusively as a plug-in hybrid. FWD is standard and all-wheel drive is optional with the B5 powertrain. All T8 models have AWD.

Let’s take a closer look at the four distinct trims of the Volvo S60 and find the one that’s right for you.

2023 Volvo S60 Core (starting at $41,300)

The Volvo S60 Core is well-appointed for a base model, especially with regard to safety. Standard safety features are numerous. They include blind-spot monitoring, steering assist, cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, a driver alertness monitor, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping aid, oncoming lane mitigation, road sign information, road-departure mitigation, a whiplash injury protection system, slippery road alert. Its collision warning can detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and even large animals.

Other standard features include LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, a Google-based infotainment system with Google Maps and Apple CarPlay, four USB-C ports, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control, a memory driver’s seat, and your choice of leatherette or City Weave Textile upholstery.

On top of AWD, some options include 19-inch wheels and a Climate Package with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and headlamp cleaners.

After applying the $1,045 destination fee, the 2023 Volvo S60 Core has a base price of $42,345. If you get a 60-month loan with 3% interest and no money down, you’d have a monthly payment of about $761. See 2023 Volvo S60 models for sale

2023 Volvo S60 Core includes:

Many safety features: A long list of standard safety features includes collision warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and much more.

Power moonroof: This standard feature is a costly option for some rivals.

Google infotainment system: This user-friendly system has built-in Google Maps and Google Assistant and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

2023 Volvo S60 Plus (starting at $44,000)

The Plus trim for the 2023 Volvo S60 adds some excellent features while keeping the price reasonable. Perhaps most significant is the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system. Pilot Assist incorporates adaptive cruise control with other driver assistance features like lane-keep assist to make highway driving a breeze, but you still need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

Other standard features with the Plus trim include leather upholstery, a 360-degree camera with park assist, a universal garage door opener, ambient interior lighting, power child locks, and power-folding rear headrests and backrests.

Options are the same as on the Core trim. They include 19-inch wheels, the Climate Package, an air purifier, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Assuming a 60-month loan with 3% interest, the 2023 Volvo S60 Plus model starts at about $809/month. See 2023 Volvo S60 models for sale

2023 Volvo S60 Plus includes:

Pilot Assist: This semi-autonomous driving system uses adaptive cruise control to make highway driving safer and more relaxed.

Leather upholstery: Authentic leather turns up the luxury in the 5-seat S60 Plus cabin.

360-degree camera: This convenient feature provides a clear view of everything around you, which is handy in tight parking lots.

2023 Volvo S60 Ultimate (starting at $46,750)

Moving up to the Ultimate trim takes the Volvo S60 to the next level of luxury. For starters, the optional air purifier and Harman Kardon audio system on the Plus trim are standard on the Ultimate model.

Standard features on the S60 Ultimate include 19-inch wheels, 4-way power lumbar control, a memory front passenger seat, a tailored dashboard, front-seat cushion extensions, a head-up display, 4-zone automatic climate control, and a 12-volt power point in the trunk.

Additional options include the Climate Package and sport seats upholstered in Nappa leather or leatherette/textile. A Bowers & Wilkins audio system provides even more immersive sound than the Harman Kardon system.

If you get the S60 Ultimate with a 60-month loan with 3% interest, payments will start at approximately $859/month. See 2023 Volvo S60 models for sale

2023 Volvo S60 Ultimate includes:

Head-up display: Safely keep your eyes on the road while getting vital information from the graphical head-up display.

Premium audio: A Harman Kardon premium audio system comes standard on the Ultimate trim; a Bowers & Wilkins system is optional.

4-zone climate control: All of your passengers will be supremely comfortable in the S60 Ultimate, thanks to this feature.

2023 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered
(starting at $68,050)

The high-performance Polestar Engineered Volvo S60 comes exclusively with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is the main reason its starting price is comparatively high.

The Polestar Engineered trim has many unique features improving performance and aesthetics. In addition to upgraded brakes, it has a sport suspension with Öhlins dampers and a special appearance package.

The Polestar Engineered S60 has many of the same safety, interior, and tech features as the Ultimate trim. But it also has Nappa leather sport front seats with open-grid textile upholstery, gold-colored seatbelts, a charcoal headliner, a sport-tailored steering wheel, metal mesh aluminum trim, and a crystal gear shifter. The Climate Package and Bowers & Wilkins audio come standard.

The S60 Polestar Engineered is essentially a one-option car. They’re all equipped the same; you just pick the color.

The S60 Polestar Engineered sports sedan has a monthly payment starting at about $1,242 if you get a 60-month loan with no money down and 3% interest. See 2023 Volvo S60 models for sale

2023 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered includes:

Öhlins dampers: Enjoy a more engaging drive with the sport-tuned suspension, which features high-tech Öhlins dampers.

Sporty appearance package: The S60 Polestar Engineered strikes a nice balance of subtle and sporty. It has the dignified look of a Volvo with just the right amount of gloss black trim, and the yellow brake calipers are a nice touch.

Nappa leather sport seats: The interior of this sports sedan is luxurious and sporty with unique Nappa leather sport front seats, gold-colored seat belts, and a crystal gear shifter.


What is the best 2023 Volvo S60 trim?

For most buyers, the mid-range Plus trim has the best balance of luxury and value in the Volvo S60 lineup.

How many mpg does the 2023 Volvo S60 get?

With the base B5 powertrain, the Volvo S60 gets 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway/30 mpg combined with FWD and 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined mpg with AWD. The T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain gets a combined 74 MPGe rating with a full charge or 31 mpg when the hybrid battery is exhausted.

Which 2023 Volvo S60 trim level offers the most safety?

The Volvo S60 Plus trim models (and above) are safest because they have a 360-degree camera and the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system with adaptive cruise control. The S60 earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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