Building Your Volvo S60: The Options Seem Endless


Building Your Volvo S60: The Options Seem Endless

When the Volvo S60 was first introduced for the 2000 model year, it was commended for its luxurious features and styling. However, potential customers didn’t have a wide array of choices when it came to building (and subsequently purchasing) their new Volvo. The brand had continually updated the luxury vehicle throughout its 16-year run, but buyers were generally stuck with the nameplate’s standard features.

My, how have times changed! Customers can practically build their new S60 from the ground up, choosing between a variety of powertrains, trims, designs, and package options. This doesn’t only make the car-buying experience more interactive, but it also allows these potential buyers to fully customize their new luxury vehicle.

With thousands upon thousands of possible combinations, it can be a bit daunting to build your new S60. Luckily, we’re here to help guide you through that journey. Then, when you’re ready to purchase a Volvo S60 in New Jersey, you’ll have an understanding of the amenities and features you most desire…


Each of the S60’s six engine options are perfectly capable in their own specific ways. Some of the units prioritize power, while others feature unmatched fuel economy. The options include:

  • 5 Drive-E FWD (2.0-liter Turbocharged/Supercharged engine, 240 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque, 37 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)
  • T5 AWD (250 horsepower, 266 pounds-feet of torque, 29 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)
  • T6 Drive-E FWD (302 horsepower, 295 pounds-feet of torque, 33 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)
  • T6 Drive-E AWD R-Design (302 horsepower, 295 pounds-feet of torque, 31 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)
  • T5 Inscription Drive-E FWD (240 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque, 37 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)
  • T5 Inscription AWD (250 horsepower, 266 pounds-feet of torque, 29 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency)


Based on your engine options, you’ll be prompted to choose a corresponding trim. There are a number of amenities included on these specific S60s, so we’re going to focus on the new features that are coming to each trim.

For instance, the affordable T5 Drive-E, T5 AWD, and T6 Drive-E trims have seen several revamps beneath the vehicle. The new standard option is the 17-inch “Pallene” alloy wheels, but customers could alternatively opt for the 19-inch “Portia” diamond-cut alloy wheels (with the 19-inch Sport Package) or the 18-inch “Skadia” alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the T6 R-Design AWD trim includes standard 19-inch “lxion” alloy wheels.

Meanwhile, the T5 Drive-E Inscription trim will feature that previously-mentioned 2.0-liter engine and the accompanying eight-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission. The vehicle’s body has been revised, with the rear seating now delivering three more inches of legroom. The trim includes a number of “new” standard features, including speed-sensitive steering, personalized power steering, and a rear park assist camera. Of course, the interior has also been revamped, featuring Linear Walnut Wood inlays and the complementing interior accent lighting.

The T5 AWD Inscription also sees an increase in rear legroom, and that 2.5-liter engine will be partnered with a six-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission. This trim also adds the brand’s impressive all-wheel drive capabilities, which features Instant Traction technology. Much like the T5 Drive-E Inscription, the T5 AWD Inscription also includes a variety of “new” standard features (like an Interior Air Quality System, sound deadening materials, and rear/rear side window sunshades).


There are a number of ways you can customize your Volvo S60. It starts with the vehicle’s exterior, as you’ll have to choose between a variety of color options:

  • Black Stone Paint
  • Ice White Paint
  • Magic Blue Metallic
  • Seashell Metallic
  • Savile Grey Metallic
  • Flamenco Red Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic

Before you head to the inside of your new S60, you’ll have to choose between a pair of wheel options. The standard accompanying wheels are 17 x 7 Pallene Silver Alloy wheels, but customers can also choose the 18 x 8 Skadi Silver Bright Alloy wheels for an extra $750.

Your toughest design decision will come down to the upholstery, as there are seven possible textile, leather or sport leather options. The Off-Black T-Tec upholstery is the lone textile option. Meanwhile, drivers can decide between a trio of leather choices, including Off-Black, Soft Beige, and a combination of the two. The Sport Leather options are highlighted by the Soft Beige, with the Off-Black and Beachwood/Off-Black also offered.

Finally, you’re going to have to choose the style of your dashboard/inlay. The options include the standard Shimmer Graphite Aluminum or the available Piano Black or Urbane Wood.


There are a number of ways to spruce up your new S60, even after you’ve opted for a trim. Customers can choose between a number of different packages, options, and accessories.

There are several packages that will help improve the vehicle’s safety, comfort, and convenience. For instance, the Blind Spot Information System Package adds a number of safety technologies, like the Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Lane Change Merge Aid.

The Convenience Package includes the Homelink Remote Garage Door Opener, a Park Assist Camera, and Power Retractable Exterior Mirror, while the Climate Package adds heated front and rear seats, as well as a heated windshield, steering wheel, and windshield wiper nozzles. Finally, the Technology Package boasts a number of innovative features, like Adaptive Cruise Control, a Collision Warning, and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection.

The “options” are highlighted by the impressive Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, which offers up to 12 loudspeakers to help “deliver an exceptional and effortless sound reproduction.”

Finally, there are a number of “accessories” that you can add to your S60 (assuming they’re not included in your trim). Among the most popular inclusions are the Rear Seat Entertainment system (which will entertain your passengers via a pair of eight-inch touch screens) and the front blind view camera (allowing the driver to essentially “see around corners.”)

Drivers can also opt for sports pedals, net pockets, eyeglass holders…all amenities that will improve the overall driving experience. If drivers are really looking to customize their S60, they can select either the Iron Stone or Terra Bronze Exterior Styling Kit, which adds exclusive front bumpers and skid plates.

So how much do these specific S60s cost? Assuming the buyer is opting for the accompanying trim (which typically costs an “extra” $2,500 to $3,000) you’re looking at spending around:

  • T5 Drive-E FWD: $36,500
  • T5 AWD: $38,000
  • T6 Drive-E FWD $42,000
  • T6 Drive-E AWD R-Design: $47,000
  • T5 Inscription Drive-E FWD: $42,000
  • T5 Inscription AWD: $43,500

These are incredibly affordable prices, especially when you compare these to the costs of other luxury vehicles. Furthermore, the S60 is as capable as any other car in the class, and the combination of luxury, convenience, and safety features is practically unmatched.

Regardless of what trims or design choices you make, we’re certain you’ll be satisfied with your new luxury vehicle. How do we know? The S60 is one of the most impressive and well-received luxury cars, and there just aren’t many owners out there who don’t appreciate all the vehicle has to offer.

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