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GREEN | 6 out of 10
18/26 mpg city/highway
fuel economy (18 mpg city/26 mpg highway) is just a hair below the rear-drive 335i.
Kelley Blue Book
Fuel economy is average compared with other six-cylinder models in this class
figures that are on the money with other six-cylinder all-wheel drive offerings in the segment
The Volvo S60 models don't stand out among sporty compact sedans; and with the recent introduction of turbocharged four-cylinder engines from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the S60 is now looking near the back of the pack with respect to fuel economy.
With some significant changes to the base five-cylinder engine in the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 models this year, we don't yet have EPA numbers; but last year's base S60 T5 with front-wheel drive was the best of the lot, at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. All-wheel drive models typically come in a bit lower.
There's actually no penalty for the higher performance you get in the R-Design versus the T6. Both achieve 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway in EPA testing, for 21 mpg combined.
Even considering the S60's luxury and performance status, its mileage is lackluster.