2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the C-Class Sedan and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-Class Sedan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

The C-Class Sedan has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The C-Class Sedan has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes C-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S60.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:

 

C 300

AMG C 43

S60 T5

S60 T6/T8

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

The C-Class Sedan’s optional 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the C-Class Sedan uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The S60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

The C-Class Sedan is 9 inches narrower than the S60, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The S60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The C-Class Sedan has a larger trunk than the S60 (12.6 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the C-Class Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

A power rear sunshade is optional in the C-Class Sedan to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

The Mercedes C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Volvo S60 isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The S60 has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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