Volvo S60 trim comparison: From Momentum to Polestar Engineered, there’s an S60 for you
We’ve spent quite a bit of time in our long-term 2019 Volvo S60—over 16,000 miles since June, to be exact. So far, we’ve been pretty happy with it. We’ve visited many of California’s major cities in it, driven it cross-country on a couple of occasions, and it has proven to be a comfortable commuter. Our Volvo is well equipped for its $50,630 price, but the lineup has many other offerings that might suit your needs better. Here’s what you need to know about the Volvo S60’s trim levels.
What’s Standard on the Volvo S60
The Volvo S60 trim levels go from the Momentum to Polestar Engineered. The Momentum is available with two engine options: the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder T5, which produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque; and an optional 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged T6 engine that delivers 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. In either case, you’ll get an eight-speed automatic, but the T5 is only available in front-wheel drive, whereas the T6 sends power to all four wheels.
Some of the Volvo S60 Momentum’s standard features include a 12.3-inch digital driver display, two USB ports, a 9.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, leatherette upholstery, and front powered seats. Safety-wise, all S60s come with cruise control, lane keeping aid, and collision mitigation support. The 18-inch wheels and LED headlights with “Thor’s hammer” daytime running lights are also standard on the Volvo S60.
There are many packages available for the Momentum—ours is equipped with the Premium package, which adds keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot warning with rear-cross traffic alert, among other things. The Advanced package, which is also equipped on our S60, includes LED foglights with cornering lights, a 360-degree surround view camera, and the Pilot Assist system with adaptive cruise control, which includes technologies like lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking, which aim to reduce driver stress levels.
Volvo S60 R-Design Features
Moving up the configuration ladder, the R-Design builds on the Momentum trim, adding Nappa leather upholstery, metal mesh inlays, dual exhaust tubes, black mirror caps, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system. The S60 R-Design is considered to be the sportiest S60 variant and is also available with the T5 and T6 engines, as well as the T8 plug-in hybrid, which delivers 400 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque.
Although you also get 18-inch wheels, these come in a double-spoke design, which look sharper than the standard wheels. The R-Design also adds a special grille, a powered tailgate, illuminated door handles, and foglights.
Inside, you’ll get a four-zone automatic climate control and sportier-looking seats with cushion extensions and lumbar support.
Volvo S60 Inscription Features
The various Volvo S60 configurations are tailored to attract different buyers. The Inscription model adds driftwood inlays, heated front seats, and a standard Harman Kardon sound system with a subwoofer, all marking it as the upscale trim.
The Luxury package, which is available on the Inscription model, adds perforated leather massaging front seats with adjustable side support. Four different seat colors are available, and to differentiate the cabin a bit more, the word “Inscription” is embroidered on the front headrests.
Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered Features
The Volvo S60’s top trim is the Polestar Engineered, which comes standard with the T8 powertrain and AWD. Its lithium-ion battery has an electric range of 21 miles, which may be enough for your commute.
The S60 Polestar Engineered has a few features that distinguish it from the rest of the lineup. The exterior looks similar to the other trims; the grille and Polestar Engineered badges are likely the only difference that you’ll notice outside. Inside, though, the upgrades—like special seats, a new shifter, and yellow seatbelts—are more apparent.
Read more about our long-term Volvo S60 T6 Momentum:
- Update 1: What We Learned on a California Road Trip
- Update 2: We Try Volvo’s Connected Car App on Our S60 Sedan
- Update 3: Driving From L.A. to Houston and Back