Volvo’s appeal begins with its understated design. With clean panels and simple, straight lines, the S60 cuts a striking shape. Bold light elements at either end add more visual impact and look especially fantastic in the dark. And with its wheels (19-inchers in the case of my R-Design tester) pushed toward the ends of the body, the S60 has a very athletic stance on the road.
The cabin is likewise a straightforward affair, with almost no buttons anywhere to be seen. There are but a few material types and shapes throughout the interior, but all of them are great to behold and lovely to the touch. Stitched leather, drilled-metal Bowers & Wilkins speaker grilles and brushed metal trim are especially nice touches on my test car. Visibility is very good in all directions thanks to the tall, upright seating position, as well as narrow pillars and big windows all round.
The latest car on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular architecture, the 2019 S60 sedan, once again proves that the Swedish automaker knows exactly what to put into a luxury sedan — and exactly what to leave out. The result is a car that’s incredibly easy to live with and tough to pick fault with.