Comparing the Volvo S60 to Its Closest Competition

When you're considering a sport luxury sedan for your Lansing-area travels, finding the right fit is critical. You want the right mix of performance and features that help enhance every trip, but you don't want to break the fuel budget when its time for a weekend joyride. The Volvo S60 is here to prove that it is the perfect sport luxury sedan for East Lansing and DeWitt drivers, and Crippen Volvo has put it up against its closest competition to show exactly why.

Volvo S60

Audi A4

Mercedes-Benz C300

Acura TLX

Lexus IS 300

BMW 330
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder2.0 L 4-cylinder2.0 L 4-cylinder2.4 L 4-cylinder2.0 L 4-Cylinder2.0 L 4-cylinder
Horsepower316 248255290260255
Torque258 ft-lbs273 ft-lbs273 ft-lbs182 ft-lbs258 ft-lbs295 ft-lbs
Highway MPG343135333036
Transmission8-Speed Shiftable Automatic7-Speed Automatic9-speed Shiftable Automatic8-Speed Automatic8 Speed Automatic8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4

When comparing the Volvo S60 to the Audi A4, the Volvo takes an immediate advantage when you look at what’s available under the hood. The Volvo S60 is available with three unique powertrains. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, you can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine that delivers 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. You can even take things a step further with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers a total of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque by combining the 316-horsepower dual-charged engine with an electric motor.

Meanwhile, the Audi only offers one engine spec; a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo that generates 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Comparable to the base Volvo S60 for sure, but at a much higher base price. For similar money to the Audi A4, you’ll find the 316-horsepower Volvo S60 to be a much more satisfying drive.

Fuel economy in the Volvo S60 is much stronger than its Audi opponent as well. With the base engine, the Volvo S60 makes up to 36 mpg highway and 23 mpg city. The Audi boasts similar city numbers, but falls short in highway efficiency at just 34 mpg.

Both the Audi and Volvo models come with a power panoramic moonroof as standard, making the cabin feel bright and open. They also both feature dual-zone automatic climate control to help you stay comfortable throughout the year in Mason, MI. Heated and ventilated Nappa Leather seats are available on the Volvo S60 while the Audi A4 only offers heated seats.

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Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes-Benz C300

Moving on to yet another German competitor, the Volvo S60 once again takes top marks over the Mercedes-Benz C300. The engine options put the Volvo S60 ahead right of the gate, as you’ll only find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo available in the Mercedes-Benz model. This engine delivers 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, putting it a touch above the base Volvo S60 model, but once again the base prices are so different that you can choose the more powerful Volvo model for the same money as the most basic Mercedes-Benz.

Finding your way around Charlotte, MI is much easier in the Volvo S60 than it is in the Mercedes-Benz C300. That’s because the Inscription trim of the Volvo S60 comes standard with built-in navigation. It’s only an optional extra on even the top-spec C300 model, so you’ll pay a premium to know where you’re going.

Confidence in heavy traffic is also tilted toward the Scandinavian sport luxury sedan over the German model. Adaptive cruise control is another standard feature on the Volvo S60 that is only an optional extra with the Mercedes-Benz C300, so you’ll always have to manage heavy traffic on your own if you choose the Merc.

The key word in describing the Volvo S60 is luxury, and it pulls through with heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats as a standard feature on all Inscription models. This is yet another feature that is an optional extra on the Mercedes-Benz C300, adding even more to the already high cost of this compact sedan.

Keep your bumpers safe in the Volvo S60 thanks to built-in parking assistance features. The Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have those, so you’ll have to rely on your own judgement when getting into and out of tighter spaces.

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Volvo S60 vs Acura TLX

When it comes to luxury, both the Volvo S60 and Acura TLX are incredibly well-matched. Both feature premium leather seating with heat and ventilation to ensure you keep comfortable in even the harshest weather conditions. Both come with advanced technology such as adaptive cruise control and parking sensors to help you drive with confidence. And both come with built-in navigation, push-button start, and connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

To truly beat out the Acura TLX, the Volvo S60 has to turn to outright performance. The base engine of the Acura TLX sits right between the base and dual-charged engines in the Volvo S60 lineup. At 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, the Acura TLX is a worthy opponent to the base-spec S60, but the dual-charged engine with 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque will still help it pull ahead.

Fuel economy is where the Volvo S60 is a true winner over the Acura TLX. The Volvo model with the dual-charged engine offers up to 32 mpg highway and 21 mpg highway, while the Acura TLX makes less power and still loses the fuel economy race at 29 mpg highway and 20 mpg city.

Volvo S60 vs Lexus IS300

When stacked up against another Japanese rival, the Volvo S60 is once again fairly evenly matched on interior luxury. However, the Volvo does offer heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats while the best you’ll do in the Lexis IS300 is a faux-leather upholstery. Still, the power panoramic moonroof offered on both models and dual-zone automatic climate control mean comfort is about equal with both of these luxury sedans.

The Volvo S60 gives you more space for cargo than the Lexus model, and your rear-seat passengers will also enjoy greater legroom.

As with the other models, it’s what’s under the hood that truly helps the Volvo S60 stand out, with 316-horsepower vs the 241-horsepower Lexus model. And with fuel economy at up to 36 mpg city, you’ll far outpace the Lexus and its 24 mpg highway.

Volvo S60 vs BMW 330

With standard adaptive cruise control and parking assistance in the Volvo S60, you’ll have an easier time both driving and parking vs the BMW 330i. Furthermore, heated seats are standard in the entire Volvo S60 lineup, and you’ll have to pay extra to get them in the BMW.

Both power and fuel economy are similar in both models at the base end of the range, but the alternate engine choices of the Volvo make it a winner if you’re looking for added performance.

Finally, the available Nappa leather and ventilated seats mean you can have more luxury in the Volvo S60 Inscription, where you’ll have to add those features ala carte if you opt for the BMW.

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