2016 Volvo XC60

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$36,600

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2016 Volvo XC60
2016 Volvo XC60

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Minimal wind noise
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Roomy backseat
  • Impressive fuel economy

The bad:

  • Torque steer
  • Trip computer not easy to use
  • Navigation system lags competition

14 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2016 Volvo XC60 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Choice of five engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Performance-focused R-Design models available
  • Digital instrument panel available

2016 Volvo XC60 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Volvo XC60?

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a five-seat compact luxury SUV that competes with the Cadillac SRX, BMW X3, Acura RDX, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Audi Q5. Trim levels include the T5, T5 Premier, T5 Platinum, T5 Drive-E, T5 Drive-E Premier, T5 Drive-E Platinum, T6, T6 Platinum, T6 Drive-E, T6 Drive-E Platinum, T6 R-Design, T6 Drive-E R-Design, T6 R-Design Platinum and T6 Drive-E R-Design Platinum. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is either standard or available on most trims.

What's New on the 2016 Volvo XC60?

For 2016, the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine is no longer available.

How Does the 2016 Volvo XC60 Compare to Other Compact Luxury SUVs?

While the Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3 have the same or more power, none exceed the XC60 T5 Drive-E in highway fuel economy. In addition, the Volvo XC60's base trim costs several thousand dollars less than other compact luxury SUVs like the BMW X3, but its available navigation system falls behind.

What Features in the 2016 Volvo XC60 Are Most Important?

The 2016 Volvo XC60 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque and drives the front wheels. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's both turbocharged and supercharged is available, with 302 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six is offered with either 300 or 325 hp, both with standard all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes with all Drive-E-designated engines, while other engines pair with a six-speed automatic. Significant standard features include the City Safety collision avoidance system, roll stability control, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, a 7-inch dashboard screen, power front seats and heated side mirrors. As required with all new cars, the XC60 includes antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include a forward collision warning system with pedestrian and cyclist detection and automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning, navigation system, configurable digital instrument panel, heated windshield and steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate, panoramic moonroof and leather upholstery.

Should I Buy the 2016 Volvo XC60?

A smooth ride, comfortable front seating, expansive backseat and strong fuel economy make the Volvo XC60 a competitive entry among compact luxury SUVs. However, you'll find some torque steer in sharp turns, and the navigation and trip computer could be easier to use.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Absolutely perfect

This car has blown me away. It has all the bells and whistles I wanted and drive like butter! The color is perfect and the rims are bomb! The interior is clean, and very well taken care of.

5.0

Absolutely poised.

Poised is the best word for it. Handles great in comparison to my older XC90 I had, has great power for an SUV. In comparison to things like the crosstrek with 180hp, the VW Atlas with 180hp, this little guy has over 270hp. Drives great, amazing safety features, I just really enjoy my car. Had it almost 3 months now and I still love really enjoy driving it everywhere.

5.0

Too new to comment.

It meets all my needs and is quite an upgrade from my former 2013 Volvo SUV. I didn't expect t o be asked to take this essay after owning the car for only 3 weeks. Stupid request on your part to even send it to me.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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