Looking for a Used S60 in your area?

CarGurus has 2,449 nationwide S60 listings starting at $2,600.


2001 Volvo S60 Overview

The S60 is Volvo's mid-size replacement for the discontinued S70, positioned between the S40 and S80 in both size and price. With this model, Volvo has attempted to combine the sporty feel of its entry-level S40 with some of the luxury elements of the S80. The boxy styling of the S70 has been abandoned, in favor of a sleeker looking exterior presentation. Other notable adjustments include a wider and stance, longer wheelbase and a lower height.

The S60's sporting look is backed by two powerful turbocharged engines. The base model houses a modest 2.4 liter inline five, which produces an adequate 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. However, buyers are given two enhancement choices. The 2.4T gets turbocharged 2.4 liter five, which pumps out 218 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, while the T5 houses a 2.3 liter turbocharged five, supplying 247 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque.

The Base S60 and the T5 engines can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. The 2.4T is automatic only, but a manual shift feature is included. Fuel economy with the manual transmission is estimated at 21/28 mpg with either engine. Mixed driving averages can be expected in the low 20s with any configuration.

The sedan is well equipped with standard safety features, like front side airbags, side curtain side airbags, anti-whiplash front seat backs and ABS. Traction control is standard on the the T5 and optional of the 2.4T.

The S60 competes in a difficult market, with formidable opponents like the Lexus ES, Acura TL and Infinity I30. Reviewers tout the TL as the best selection in this segment, and claim that the Lexus offers a more upscale feel than the Volvo.

The S60's top strengths include seat comfort and ergonomics. The controls are cleverly placed, easy to understand and very functional. The interior is well designed, but simply outclassed by the competition. Acceleration is impeded by significant turbo lag, but test drivers note that there is adequate power availability throughout the speed range.

Updated by Anonymous

What's your take on the 2001 Volvo S60?

Have you driven a 2001 Volvo S60?  

Looking for a Used S60 in your area?

CarGurus has 2,449 nationwide S60 listings starting at $2,600.

Have questions?   Ask a question

Volvo S60 Questions


S60 T5 Top Speed.

Ok. I have a 2001 Volvo S60 T5. I was wondering what the true top speed of the car is. In the united states, as far as I know, its limited to 135, is it true that it does 155 without the limiter????

How To Fix Error Code P0305 For This Car? Model:S60; Maker:Volvo; Year:2001...

How to fix error code P0305 for this car? Model:S60; Maker:Volvo; Year:2001; Engine:T5

Cam Position Senser

Got error code p0342 . low volt and took voltage readings. And got 5v 5v and 0v. Think it should have got 5v 12v and 0v

Any Resolution Ever Found For The 2001 Volvo S60 2.4T With The Rough Shifti...

Problem first started with hard downshift from 2nd to 1st. Now it jerks hard when accelerating,usually at 20 mph. Its like the car hesitates and then jerks as I am stepping on the gas. It is more prev...