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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