The 2019 Volvo S60 vs The Competition

The Volvo S60, new from the ground up for the 2019 model year, competes in the luxury sports sedan segment. This is a market that has extremely high standards, buyers of these vehicles expect a perfect blend of power, performance, and luxury. With the competition so high, automakers have been continuing to offer new innovations, new technologies, and to take strides to not only improve handling dynamics and power, but to add even more sophistication to the cabin space.  Volvo's entry into the segment is the S60. It was first rolled out in 2000, entered its second generation in 2010, and now, for 2019, is in its third generation.  Top competition of the S60 includes the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, and the Mercedes-Benz C300. Here is a quick glance at how the Volvo matches up to the competition in various categories:


 Starting MSRP  0-60MPH (Seconds) Horsepower
Volvo S60 $35,800 6.2  250
Audi A4 $37,400 7.1 190 
BMW 325 $34,900 7.1 180
Mercedes-Benz C300 $41,400 5.7 241
Jaguar XE $36,995 6.5 247
Lexus IS  $38,310 6.9 241
 


The Volvo S60


The Volvo S60 carries the well-established face of Volvo's newest design language, along with hints of some classic Volvo styling cues. Some of the impressive features of this model include the LED headlight design, the new grille and Volvo Iron Mark, and the expressive use of the Volvo word mark on the rear. Step into the cabin and you will find a clean, Scandinavian interior design similar to what was first introduced in the 90 Series cars. The S60's interior raises the bar in the segment with natural materials and new details on the dashboard and instrument panel. 

A very interesting offering Volvo is giving customers is a chance to possess a car in a brand new way.  S60 customers can use Volvo Cars' new premium subscription service 'Care by Volvo'. This is a first for this segment. It offers car access with no down payment through a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. Care by Volvo makes having a car easy and hassle-free; even insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance is taken care of. 

Safety is a top priority on the new S60. This model uses Volvo Cars' own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system that was just launched earlier this year. It has already achieved industry-leading safety ratings, making the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.


The Competition


Audi A4

The 2019 A4 turns heads with its appearance, with its new S line bumpers and Singleframe grille, and a new exhaust layout at the back. The 2019 Audi A4 offers a powerful (available) 248-hp engine that is paired to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Top features include a power sunroof and an ambient LED interior lighting package. The A4 offers an inviting cabin that passengers and drivers alike enjoy.

  
BMW 325

The BMW 3 Series has been a part of this segment for more than 40 years,  giving it the opportunity to become a refined and evolved model. The style and handling of this sedan make the 3 Series the most popular BMW Series of all time. It has a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, advanced steering and suspension for renowned, road-hugging handling. Inside you will find impressive innovations like the Full Color Head-Up Display that will help you keep your eyes on the road. Energy-efficient BMW iPerformance technology makes the commute in a 325 an exciting driving experience.
  
Mercedes-Benz C300

The 2019 C-Class used countless technological advances in an undeniably seductive style and elegant shape. New for this model year is lower body styling, wheel choices, and all-LED lighting. The C300 has an acclaimed cabin that is packed with innovations. For power, a twin-scroll turbo, Direct Injection and CAMTRONIC valve adjustment pump out 255 hp and an efficiency of 34 highway mpg.
  
Jaguar XE

The 2019 Jaguar XE is one of the most advanced, efficient and refined sports sedan that Jaguar has ever produced. The XE's exterior stands out from the crowd with great proportions and clean surfaces that form the core of Jaguar design.  The XE's Ingenium 2.0‑liter, 4‑cylinder, 296 hp turbocharged gas engine delivers outstanding power and torque. For excellent acceleration and effortless overtaking, maximum torque is available between 1,500-4,500 rpm. 
  
Lexus IS

Among the many ways the 2019 Lexus IS stands apart is its bold design. With a turbocharger designed in-house, IS power is robust. You will feel the low-end torque and responsive performance the moment you accelerate. Inside, the available class-leading 10.3-inch display makes everything from the Lexus Enform App Suite to the full-screen Navigation map a great viewing experience. Drive Mode Select enables you to make your IS more responsive or efficient with the simple turn of a dial.
  
 

Conclusions

As you can see the luxury sport sedan is an exciting class of vehicles. Most offerings in this segment certainly offer refinement on the inside, sleek style on the outside, and power under the hood. So when it comes to choosing the overall top model, there are some worthy choices. That being said, Volvo has set new marks by completely redesigning its entry into the segment with its 2019 S60. It comes in at an incredible starting MSRP, making it a great value. It comes with standard features that you will only find as options on the other models. For example, the S60 is the only car in the segment to offer a standard Panoramic Moonroof. And what about power? With a horsepower rating on the base model of 250, you will find that is hard to beat. With the opening of the company's US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina, the new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the US.  

Find the 2019 S60 at Volvo Cars North Miami

A US-built sports sedan with a unique Scandinavian take on luxury? The 2019 Volvo S60 has just become a leader among the many rivaled competitors in the world of luxury sports sedan! Are you interested in learning more, seeing the S60 in person, or taking a test drive? The S60 is now in full stock at Volvo Cars North Miami! View our inventory or contact us with questions.


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