2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Arteon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the S60 and Arteon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Arteon’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 1 year and 16000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Arteon (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).

Reliability

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The battery on the S60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the S60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Arteon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 3 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The S60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 48 more horsepower (316 vs. 268) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S60 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 132 more horsepower (400 vs. 268) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the S60 T5 is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

S60

Arteon

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon 4Motion (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

MPG

S60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

Arteon

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Arteon must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Arteon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Arteon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the S60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Arteon:

S60 Polestar

Arteon

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.2 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Arteon are solid, not vented.

The S60 stops much shorter than the Arteon:

S60

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The S60 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the S60 flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Arteon (113.1 inches vs. 111.9 inches).

The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .91 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S60 Polestar executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The S60 is 4 inches shorter than the Arteon, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 1.1 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Arteon doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The Arteon’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Arteon SEL/SEL Premium, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Arteon doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The S60’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Arteon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo S60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S60 second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Arteon isn’t in the top three.

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by over 8 to one during 2019.

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