2016 Volvo S60

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Volvo S60. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    240-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Power, estimated gas mileage (T6 Drive-E)
  • Responsive steering
  • Smooth eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Sound quality of available premium stereo
  • Value

The Bad

  • Stop-start technology annoys
  • Busy ride with 19-inch wheels, Volvo's Sport Chassis
  • Nonlinear brake-pedal response
  • Gray interior looks dreary
  • Lack of backseat legroom in regular-length version

Notable Features of the 2016 Volvo S60

  • New Cross Country and Inscription models
  • Supercharged and turbocharged engine available (T6 Drive-E model)
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • City Safety low-speed collision avoidance standard
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection with auto-braking available

2016 Volvo S60 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Volvo S60 is a five-seat luxury sedan that goes toe-to-toe with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of turbocharged engines.
New for 2016
Two new models join the S60 lineup: the China-built Inscription with front- or all-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive Cross Country. Volvo will also offer a small run of all-wheel-drive Polestar S60s powered by a 345-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and featuring suspension and brake system modifications.

(Skip to details on the: S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country)
Significant Standard Features

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Multimedia system with 7-inch dashboard screen
  • City Safety collision avoidance system
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Heated windshield
  • Power moonroof
  • Configurable digital instrument panel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Backup camera
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Dual-screen backseat entertainment system

S60 Inscription
Volvo, now owned by Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely, is the first luxury brand to export a car from China to the U.S. with the new Inscription, which is an S60 with a stretc...

Vehicle Overview

The Volvo S60 is a five-seat luxury sedan that goes toe-to-toe with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of turbocharged engines.
New for 2016
Two new models join the S60 lineup: the China-built Inscription with front- or all-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive Cross Country. Volvo will also offer a small run of all-wheel-drive Polestar S60s powered by a 345-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and featuring suspension and brake system modifications.

(Skip to details on the: S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country)
Significant Standard Features

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Multimedia system with 7-inch dashboard screen
  • City Safety collision avoidance system
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Heated windshield
  • Power moonroof
  • Configurable digital instrument panel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Backup camera
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Dual-screen backseat entertainment system

S60 Inscription
Volvo, now owned by Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely, is the first luxury brand to export a car from China to the U.S. with the new Inscription, which is an S60 with a stretched wheelbase for an additional 2.9 inches of rear legroom. The Inscription is also more luxurious and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.

The front-drive model comes with a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission while the all-wheel-drive version has a 250-hp, turbo 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic.
What's Special

  • 2.9 inches of additional rear legroom
  • Walnut inlays and silk-finish metal interior trim
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Side window shades and a power rear shade
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

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S60 Cross Country
The S60 Cross Country uses the same basic playbook as Volvo’s other Cross Country models but in a sedan format: standard all-wheel drive, a raised suspension and SUV-like styling cues. It's powered by a 250-hp, turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
What's Special

  • Unique front-end styling, including a honeycomb grille
  • Black fender extensions
  • 7.9 inches of ground clearance

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2016 S60 Video

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Latest 2016 S60 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

love my Volvo, makes me feel safe.

by Amy from McAllen on October 20, 2018

This car gives me a feeling of security that I had not felt with previous vehicules. It is the service the agency provides that is very lowsy. Read full review

(4.0)

Most safe car to drive

by Kim from Pepperell on September 16, 2018

I love it, it so comfortable to drive and feel safe ,nice car but not to expensive and good in gas and also very good in snow too.. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Volvo S60 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volvo
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    130-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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