Volvo S60 saloon (2010-2018) - Reliability & safety

The Volvo S60 carries on the tradition of extremely safe Volvos and reliability should be pretty good, too

Carbuyer Rating

3.2 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

Volvo has probably the best reputation of any carmaker around when it comes to road safety. In the past, the company pioneered safety systems like seatbelts and continues to innovate in this area, pledging that no occupant of its cars will be killed or seriously injured in an accident by 2020. Owners of the S60’s sister model, the V60 estate, reported fairly solid reliability and build quality, so you can buy with confidence.

Volvo S60 reliability

The S60 doesn’t feature in our 2018 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but its estate equivalent, the V60, was rated 63rd out of the 150 cars surveyed overall in the 2016 survey. Volvo as a brand was rated 13th out of 26 carmakers on the UK market for overall satisfaction.


Like its smaller counterpart the Volvo V40 hatchback, the Volvo S60 leads its class when it comes to safety. It hasn’t been through the independent Euro NCAP crash safety tests, but the near-identical Volvo V60 estate version secured the maximum five-star rating, so you can expect the saloon to be just as robust and look after you just as well in the event of an accident. The S60 comes with six airbags, electronic stability control and a collision-avoidance radar system as standard.

If you choose the optional Driver Support Pack, you also get a raft of clever systems that are dedicated to avoiding accidents in the first place, including automatic braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, queue assistance (which can pretty much drive the car for you in slow stop-start traffic), lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic warning and road-sign detection.

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