2019 Volvo S60 first drive: A Swedish revelation

The 2019 Volvo S60 has a lot to live up to. Following a series of award-winning new models like the XC90, S90, and XC40, it’s the third-generation of an enduringly-popular sedan known for being safe, even if not sporty. That omission is something Volvo really wants to change with its 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, too. It’s also the first vehicle off the line at Volvo’s new $1.1bn Ridgeville, SC facility, the automaker’s first US production line.

Throwing money at a company to turn it around doesn’t always reap rewards, but Volvo is a sterling example of reinvention. The combination of Geely’s deep pockets and the Swedes’ refusal to compromise on their own quirky style, safety, and luxury obsessions is a case study fit for a textbook. Better still, it’s a range of cars and SUVs that pretty much satisfy wherever you look.

For the US at least, the 60 Series had been the last, lingering reminder of the old Volvo. Now, inheriting the best and brightest of the cars that have impressed before it, the 2019 S60 has evolved into something deeply special.

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