Both Lexus and Volvo are high-end luxury car brands with a lot to offer in terms of performance and handling. In case you are confused between the 2018 Lexus IS and the 2018 Volvo S60, this comparison will tell you why Volvo is a preferred choice for many car buyers.

Design & Style

In terms of exterior styling, both the models are quite impressive. The Lexus IS is a 5-seater with supportive and comfortable front seats, with a generous amount of legroom in the rear seats. The cabin is also good enough, offering top-notch materials throughout, with plentiful soft-touch surfaces as well as hard plastic.

On the other hand, the 2018 Volvo S60 is quintessential of comfortable seating coupled with an attractive cabin interior. With wood inlays and leather seats, the interior brims with lavish fittings. The strong build quality is well complemented by high-quality materials and surfaces.

Technology & Safety

Some of the standard technology features in the 2018 Lexus IS include a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, satellite radio, a ten-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and a moonroof. You have an option to upgrade to the Lexus Enfrom App Suite, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, integrated navigation and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. The infotainment screen has crisp graphics, but the Remote Controller can be difficult to operate. Also, you don't get smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. For safety, you have automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera.

With a wealth of technology features, the Volvo S60 outclasses Lexus with its Sensus infotainment system, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, HD Radio and satellite radio. With excellent positioning of buttons and knobs and basic menu layout, the system is easy to operate. Volvo's City Safety System is a key safety feature, which detects a possible collision and applies automatic brakes if required.


The base Lexus IS offers a turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine with a 241 HP rating. Plenty of power is delivered for daily driving. However, it is nowhere near to Volvo S60 with an engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Bottom Line

With easy handling and posh interiors, the 2018 Volvo S60 is too good a vehicle for an entry-level luxury sedan. Given the set of attributes it has to offer, no doubt it's a preferred choice over Lexus IS. The overall brand value of Volvo and its characteristic functionality make for a popular option among car buyers. This doesn't take Lexus IS out of the equation, but if you are looking for a complete package, you should definitely go for 2018 Volvo S60.

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