The 2021 Volvo S60 is highly regarded by everyone who has been lucky enough to drive it. Its 1st class seats, minimalist style, and formidable performance place it in a league of its own. But how does it stack up against the 2021 Tesla Model Y, a newcomer that has taken the industry by storm due to its quick acceleration, advanced tech, and spacious interior?

Design & Style

The Tesla Model Y has an oval shaped exterior that is near futuristic, and similar to the space shuttle. It is a daring design that will win over the futurists among us. The interior is clean, crisp and minimalist, with fifteen inch touchscreens that provide centralized command and toggles for the steering wheel. The suede trim looks and feels wonderful, as do the leather seats. The Volvo S60 has balanced and attractive proportions, with an extended nose, shortened overhangs and a frame that sits on eighteen inch wheels. The interior has nine inch touchscreens with metallic and leather mesh that is easy on the eyes. Passengers will sit on genuine leather seats that feel extremely comfortable.

Technology & Safety

Volvo has always taken safety seriously, and the S60 continues this legacy by winning the prestigious Top Safety Pick award. It has a long list of countermeasures, including headlights which are adaptive, lane control, automated emergency brakes, and Pilot Assist, a quasi-autonomous function that allows drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel so that the vehicle can briefly operate itself. Cabin perks include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, sunroof, powered seats, a camera with surround view and premium audio provided by Harman Kardon.

 The Tesla Model Y has earned a perfect NCAP 5 star rating, plus a Top Safety Pick award of its own. It has all of the safety features found in the S60 including pedestrian detection and notifications for cross traffic in the rear, and luxuries within its cabin include climate control, USB ports, video streaming, but no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.


The Tesla Model Y is one of the most dynamic cars in its class. Those who purchase the Performance variant will get an engine that can generate 384 horsepower with 376 pounds of torque. Those that purchase the Volvo S60 T8 will get a hybrid plugin that functions with a battery and can generate up to 400 horsepower.

The Bottom Line

Both of these cars are nearly tied when it comes to safety and performance. But the egg shape of the Tesla Model Y is off putting for some, and in a day an age where millions of people use Apple or Android devices, not having Apple CarPlay or Android Auto doesn't make sense, so the Volvo S60 wins.

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