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2016 Volvo S60

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$14,188 — $26,272 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Volvo S60 exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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2016 Volvo S60 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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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 stre...

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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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

fast, comfortable, safe sports sedan

by djk33 from White Lake, MI on July 10, 2019

Excellent car that is deceivingly fast but comfortable. Turbo-charged inline 6 cylinder has outstanding power and torque but still delivers decent gas mileage (23.5 miles/gal combined driving). Has ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love it ! Rides, & Drives great! Lots of room 🙂

by Cindy L. Scott from Trenton, Ga. on April 18, 2019

Best of all cars I have ever had. Named her "Midnight Rider". Grandchild is crazy over it, loves riding in it and the sunroof 🙂 Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Volvo S60 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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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