What’s the best year for a used Volvo S60?

I’m ready for a new set of wheels. What’s the best year for a used Volvo S60?

Melanie Mergen · Answered on Jan 31, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The Volvo s60 has been around since the 2000 model year. The best year for a used Volvo S60 might be a new model like 2019 through 2021, or 2011.
The newest generation of Volvo S60s, beginning with the 2019 model year, will obviously come with the highest price tags but the most advanced features, like driver assistance technology—and while pricier, they could allow you to drive a used car that still feels relatively new without spending the full new car price. For 2021, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning features were introduced as standard.
On the other hand, an older generation of the S60 might be more appealing if your top priority is to find a comfortable, reliable vehicle at a bargain. The second generation that started with the 2011 model year was a pretty significant step up from the first—Consumer Report notes this group of vehicles has better handling, upgraded engine options, and additional safety features like City Safety (more widely known these days as forward collision avoidance).
As for model years to avoid, the 2012 S60 has the most numerous consumer complaints on CarComplaints.com, with most relating to engine and electrical problems.
If all-wheel drive is a priority for you, the first models don’t have this available, so look for 2002 or newer S60s. Another common complaint about the early S60s was the setup of its stereo system controls, which saw improvements from 2005 onward—but a less-than-intuitive infotainment system remains a common complaint among drivers of the most recent generation.
Overall, RepairPall gives the S60 a reliability rating of 3.5/5, which is above average.
As important as it is, the S60’s model year isn’t the only factor you should consider when looking for a used car. You’ll also want to pay attention to:
  • The Volvo S60’s overall condition
  • Its mileage
  • Its accident history
  • Its safety ratings
  • Its trim level
  • Its average car insurance costs
  • Commonly reported problems or recalls issued for the model year
  • Other factors that are important to you
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