2001 Volvo S60 SE 2.0T from UK and Ireland


You get a lot of car for your money, but don't expect it to be worth much when you sell it on


Front lower suspension bushes failed.

Top engine mount failed

Main brake master cylinder failed (both circuits!)

Alarm played up

Door locks failed

Chewed up edges of front tyres.

General Comments:

I bought this car knowing that it had it's foibles but didn't think they would all hit me. Sure enough the door locks played up and I had to replace the lower wishbone bushes along with the upper engine mount. Neither were hugely expensive jobs, but in a car only 4 years old and from a manufacturer as Volvo I expected a little better quality.

That said, I have never driven a more comfortable car over long distances. I drove it non stop back from the Lake district to the South Coast. The car is a very nice place to be in and is very well built from a passenger point of view. The seats are amazingly comfortable and the cabin well designed although not in such a contemporary way as a BMW or Mercedes.

The worst thing about the car though was the depreciation. The spec of the car I bought was around £25k when new. I bought it 4 years later for £9k and struggled to get near £4k 2 1/2 years later on a trade in.

The fuel consumption was not great, around 28mpg generally which was the main reason we sold the car for a diesel engined car. You could get up to 35mpg on a gentle motorway run, but you had to have a light right foot. If I had the chance to re think I would have gone for the D5 model.

Unfortunately Volvo do not have the badge prestige to hold values which is a shame. The car is fundamentally vary good and I enjoyed driving it and was sad to see it go. I would consider another Volvo, but only if the depreciation issues were not so much of a factor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

2001 Volvo S60 2.4, 5 cylinder, 168 hp from North America


Fantastic In many ways, a breakthrough vehicle


So far, nothing has gone wrong with this car, as expected. I believe at 105k, I need to replace the gas filter and timing belt (as cars need this with age for the continuation of good performance).

General Comments:

I love this car a lot, as it is. I could change a few things, but overall, it was thought out very well, and has a great inner and outer design.

The ventilation system smells funny sometimes, but is very efficient, as it has foot vents for the back seats, as well as side vents between the doors.

One big no no about the car is its backward visibility, it can be difficult to swoop your head back when changing lanes, as Volvos are no longer boxy (I have gotten used to this).

The back seat are very comfortable, and have sufficient legroom when the front seats are pretty far up. I am 6' 2" and do not find that the front seats need to go back very far, they are quite comfortable and sporty.

In terms of performance, the car has sufficient acceleration for the size. It accelerates more quickly if you do not hold down the gas all the way. It can be sluggish when under 35 mph, but rides PERFECTLY at 50 mph plus. I took it to 115, and it didn't sway at all, and felt as if I were going 55 mph. If you want a safe car, which has good acceleration, I would recommend the 2.4t, or t5. Personally, I am fine with the standard s60 though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2006

2001 Volvo S60 S 2.0 light pressure turbo from UK and Ireland


Better and cheaper than an equivalent Audi A4


Petrol flap fell off the second day I had the car.

General Comments:

Bought as an ex lease car (one owner, immaculate, 80k and FVSH) for UKP 5800 from a dealer with warranty. It represents so much car for the money it seems illegal.

The kids love the comfort, the space, the safe feel and the B pillar mounted face cooling vents (a superb touch). I love the standard equipment, the "hewn from solid rock" build quality, and the refined warble and punch from the smooth 5 cylinder engine. It's not a stunning handler, but it's competent enough for a family car. Oh and nobody makes seats like Volvo.

The car has been cheap to run, rarely returning less than 30 mpg. It has also been utterly reliable, and has build quality that matches or even eclipses the Germans, with a more pleasant image to boot. The car has had just one silly fault which the warranty paid for. Other than that, it looks, drives, and sounds like a 20,000 mile car. Doors clunk reassuringly, there is no wind or tyre roar and the interior trim doesn't emit even a hint of a squeak.

It's a subtle, classy family car which provides an attractive mix of premium sector build quality and refinement, with Ford and Vauxhall screen prices. I'd buy another tomorrow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2005

3rd Jul 2005, 11:10

I am reassured by your comments, as yourself just bought 2001 car with 78000 miles and the car drives and looks new.

14th Sep 2005, 07:37

I got the "pipe and slippers" jokes when I bought mine, but everyone that has been in it or driven it has said it was far nicer than they would have thought. In fact, one friend went straight out and bought one after driving it.

The performance particularly, surprises almost everyone. It's no sports car, but the turbo gives it a great midrange, and the car is far quicker than the average family hack. Sounds fantastic when worked hard as well - a bit like an old Audi Quattro.