Is the Volvo 2017 S60 reliable

Solid Sweden - Volvo S60 and V60 are hardly defective after high mileage

A generation change is often a good time for car buyers to buy into the discontinued model. It is not uncommon for prices to fall, especially for young used vehicles. The V60 (station wagon) and S60 (sedan) models are currently fresh from Volvo's mid-range model.

Second-hand customers can not only speculate on falling prices, but also expect that the purchase price for the used vehicle is well invested. Because the Swedish models are not only considered to be very well made, but also as technically mature products.

In the "TÜV Report 2018", in which the performance of the most common models in the main vehicle inspection (HU) is assessed, it says in the heading: "Middle class really big." Despite the often above-average mileage, the Volvos completed the HU extremely successfully. There are still some chassis components that are most worrisome: the axle suspension is twice as likely to have a negative impact on the second HU than the average of all checked-out cars. The failure rates of the steering system at the first general inspection are less high, but they do exist. There is hardly anything negative to report when it comes to lights and brakes or oil loss.

Due to the low number of registrations, the ADAC does not want to allow itself a statistically reliable judgment on the Volvo, so the Swede does not appear in the club's official breakdown statistics. But the list of reasons why the club's helpers left is short: The exhaust gas recirculation valve on cars from 2014 often went on strike. In the years of construction 2011 to 2013 there were defects around the turbocharger and intercooler. Air flow meters (2011-2012) and drive belts (2010-2012) also prompted a call for help.

The low number of recalls of the model series offered from 2010 underlines the comparatively low error rate and inconspicuousness of the S60 and V60, and the number of affected copies in the three campaigns is also rather low. Most recently, around 850 Volvos from model year 2017, including those of the mid-range models, had to go back to the workshop due to faulty airbag igniters in January 2017. Previously, the risk of failing power steering and releasing parking brakes gave cause for improvement.

The double V60 / S60 came on the market in 2010. There had been an S60 before, but the station wagon was new and ranks between the V50 and V70. In 2013 there was a facelift for both body variants, which brought new headlights and a redesigned front section and a digital cockpit for the interior. A new cyclist detection system was also introduced, supplementing the city emergency brake for pedestrians and thus the good safety equipment.

Under the bonnet, the customer can choose between petrol and diesel units, but also engines that run on bioethanol E85. A special feature is the V60 with plug-in diesel hybrid drive, which was offered from 2012. The majority of the conventional engines are four-cylinder, but five and six-cylinders have also been installed.

The combustion engines produce 84 kW / 115 to 165 kW / 224 PS for the diesels, depending on the engine and year of manufacture. In the case of gasoline engines, it is 110 kW / 150 PS to 225 kW / 306 PS, with the Polestar AWD moving up as the strongest in the group with 270 kW / 367 PS.

When looking for a 224 kW / 304 PS strong V60 T6 AWD, those interested in a car from 2012 can expect a price of almost 18,000 euros, depending on the equipment. The "DAT market mirror" of Deutsche Automobil Treuhand gives an average sales price of exactly 17,750 euros for the Kinetic line with a mileage of 107,000 kilometers.

If it is a weaker sedan with a gasoline engine, the S60 T4 with 132 kW / 180 PS from 2013, which is listed from 12,550 euros (91,000 kilometers), may be an option. A V60 D3 with 120 kW / 163 PS strong five-cylinder from 2011 in R-Design is listed for 10,450 euros and 143,000 kilometers.

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