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Volvo S60 saloon - Reliability & safety

Impressive safety technology but reliability remains to be proven

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

Volvo's aim – as outlined in its 'Vision 2020' programme – is that nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. It's a bold ambition but Volvo's use of cutting-edge safety and driver assistance technology could well make it a reality.

That's not the only thing that provides reassurance. Volvo's customers are generally pleased with their cars, with the brand coming 13th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.

Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid reliability

When evaluating the likely reliability of the S60, it's encouraging to note that the Volvo XC60 SUV - with many shared components - came an impressive 16th in the 2019 Driver Power survey, with a high score for reliability.

Although neither the S60 or V60 were launched in time for the most recent survey, aggregate scores across the Volvo range reflect that owners were happy with the safety features of their cars, while many commended the brand's infotainment systems.

Safety

The Volvo S60 scored five stars at the hands of independent experts Euro NCAP, with an impressive 96% in the adult occupant protection category.

As well as the physical strength of its cars, Volvo is also among the top brands when it comes to driver assistance and crash-mitigation technology. Volvo's Pilot Assist system is one of the most advanced on offer. It seamlessly combines lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control to follow the car ahead while remaining within a marked lane on the road.

Every model has autonomous emergency braking as standard, as well as all the usual mandatory features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control and tyre pressure warnings.

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