2018 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2018 Volvo S60
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

You have your work cut out for you if you’re in the market for a compact luxury sedan.

One of our favorites for its all-around competency is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

It’s expensive and spartan at every level against its rivals, but it’s also built and engineered to a standard we almost thought Mercedes had forgotten.

The Jaguar XE gets our blood pumping with its grippy handling and communicative steering, even if it’s tight inside.

Cadillac’s ATS entertains in similar ways to the Jag and has its own swagger, plus it’s often discounted.

Audi’s latest A4 is the segment’s leader on paper, even if it’s light on personality in the real world.

And, of course, the BMW 3-Series has long been the segment’s default for enthusiasts, even if it’s not quite as dynamic as it once was.

2018 Volvo S602018 Volvo S60
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2018 Audi S4/S5 First Drive2018 Audi A4
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2018 BMW 3-Series2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Edition models2018 Cadillac ATS
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2018 Jaguar XE2018 Jaguar XE
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2018 Volvo S60 is a pleasant car, but rivals and even the rest of Volvo’s lineup have left it in the dust.
8.0
The 2018 Audi S4 balances perfectly performance with luxury in a package that's both practical and sharp. Hardly a recipe for excitement, but one that touches all the bases.
6.7
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
6.8
A sports car with a more practical body, the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V represents American engineering at its very best.
7.4
The 2018 Jaguar XE is the other, other compact luxury sedan. It aims high, and mostly delivers.
7.5
Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
MSRP From     
$34,100$36,000$34,900$35,495$35,725$40,250
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
T5 FWD Dynamic2.0 TFSI ultra Premium S Tronic FWD320i Sedan South Africa4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWD25t RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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