Volvo S60 Review from Slovenia

2001 Volvo S60 2.4 170HP 2.4 170HP

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 170HP Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460

Summary:

Better than BMW for less!

Faults:

Some car-wash rotating brushes are pulling the front bumper sides out of place. More embarrassing than annoying.

Roof rack rubber fittings wear out very fast. Already changed twice. Strange.

General Comments:

The car is definitely not small (as it appears to my American friend). There is a lot of space, still this is not a cab driver's choice.

Although this car is often compared to BMW 3 series, to me it looks and feels much closer to series 5.

The 170 HP, 5 cylinder engine is adequate, but nothing to write home about, except perhaps for the very nice sound (not before first 10.000 km though). If you are looking for tire burning speed thrills, definitely go for 250HP T5 or at least 200HP "Soft Turbo".

Interior comfort, isolation and especially seats are all exceptional. Standard stereo has very good sound (better than any other "standard" stereo by far), no need for pricey Dolby Surround or amplifiers.

Handling and suspension are excellent. Curve handling is 100% balanced. Just point the steering wheel and the car follows. Very secure feeling.

This is very enjoyable and reasonable car with very subtle style and nice character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2002

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review