When we compare the Kia Optima's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the Kia Optima has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, resale value and interior volume. The Volvo S60 has the advantage in the areas of reliability, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Optima and Volvo S60 have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Kia Optima's and the Volvo S60's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
Kia Optima vs. Volvo S60 Pricing
A used 2020 Kia Optima ranges from $16,398 to $25,689 while a used 2020 Volvo S60 is priced between $25,107 to $35,989.
Kia Optima vs. Volvo S60 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia Optima loses 43.2 percent of its value and the Volvo S60 loses 57 percent of its value. This means the Kia Optima retains 13.9 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Volvo S60.
Kia Optima vs. Volvo S60 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Optima is 8.4 out of 10 while the Volvo S60's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Kia Optima being ranked 5 out of 13 Best Midsize Cars and the Volvo S60 being ranked 10 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars.
Kia Optima vs. Volvo S60 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Kia Optima is 7.7 out of 10. For the Volvo S60 the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Volvo S60 a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Kia Optima.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia Optima’s base engine makes 185 horsepower, and the Volvo S60 base engine makes 250 horsepower. The Optima is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 592 miles. The S60 is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 493 miles.This gives the Volvo S60 the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Kia Optima the advantage in maximum range. The Optima uses regular unleaded, and the S60 uses premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia Optima, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Kia Optima and the Volvo S60 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.