2008 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo S60 2.5T
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Saab 9-5—from Volvo’s rival Swedish brand—is perhaps the closest competitor to the S60.

The 2008 Volvo S60 boasts better interior appointments and a better ride, though the (more expensive) 9-5 is more of a driver’s car—and it has a roomier backseat.

The Audi A6 is offered with either front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive, has a roomy interior that feels more upscale, and exhibits a nice ride, but it’s also significantly more expensive than the others.

Another alternative is the Acura TL, a sporty (especially in Type-S form) and luxurious sedan that has a much roomier interior, though it’s only offered with front-wheel drive.

2008 Volvo S60 2.5T2008 Volvo S60
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2009 Saab 9-5 2009 Saab 9-5
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2008 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View2008 Acura TL
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
6.8
If you don’t mind buying a 2009 Saab 9-5 that looks almost exactly like the 1999 model, there’s still a lot of quirky appeal.
8.2
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
8.6
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
MSRP From   
$30,975$40,405$33,725$42,950
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5Turbocharged 4-CylGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf4-Door Sedan *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic CVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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