2019 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2019 Volvo S60
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Though buyers have started to move toward crossover SUVs, compact luxury sedans offer many compelling reasons not to follow the crowd.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with its swoopy styling and cossetting ride quality, makes an easy favorite.

Don't count out the tech-forward Audi A4, though, or the shapely Jaguar XE.

The BMW 3-Series was once the default here, but today's model is soft unless the right options are selected.

Finally, we love the Cadillac ATS for its sharp handling, but you'd better act fast to get the sedan.

The lineup goes coupe-only for 2019.

2019 Volvo S602019 Volvo S60
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2018 Audi A42018 Audi A4
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2018 BMW 3-Series2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Cadillac ATS2018 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
The 2019 Volvo S60 should give the "default" German choices a real run for the money.
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The 2018 Audi A4 and Allroad are sophisticated luxury cars with few glaring faults—and lots of commendable features, particularly the high-tech Virtual Cockpit.
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The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
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The Cadillac ATS remains a highly desirable underdog with its terrific ride and handling and willing powertrains. It's as fun-to-drive as any compact luxury sedan.
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The 2018 Jaguar XE is the other, other compact luxury sedan. It aims high, and mostly delivers.
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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     
$35,800$36,000$34,900N/A$35,725$40,250
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
T5 FWD Momentum2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Plus S Tronic FWD320i SedanN/A25t RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanN/ASedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Audi A42019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Cadillac ATS2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Jaguar XE2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class