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2016 Volvo XC60

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$21,530 — $36,130 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Volvo XC60 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Volvo XC60
  • Choice of five engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Performance-focused R-Design models available
  • Digital instrument panel available

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from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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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2016 Volvo XC60 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Volvo XC60 is a compact luxury SUV that competes with the Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. It's availab... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best most reliable car I have owned

by happy owner from St Louis, Mo on November 9, 2018

Recent trip to Pa. 3100 miles 119 gals gas,26 mpg highway and 2 lane mountain. This car handled back mountain roads like dream even in downpour. I gave it a 4star on interior design because it could ... Read full review

(4.0)

Extremely powerful Crossover

by JobuSam from Chantilly, VA on October 20, 2018

Super & Turbocharged engine gives this car a high thrust to weight ratio! Lots of safety features. Very comfortable and looks great. A bit pricey. Overall reliability is good but bells and whistles ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Volvo XC60 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Volvo XC60 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
good
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
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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 XC60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

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.
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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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