2016 Volvo XC60

2016 Volvo XC60

2016 Volvo XC60


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4, 302 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Understated luxury, Volvo's lifelong attention to safety and strong on- and off-road performance are the hallmarks of the Volvo nameplate. The XC60 is a stylish compact crossover intended to compete with BMW X3 and the Acura RDX. The XC60 is a competent traverser of snowy roads but fitted with a luxurious interior featuring the latest in safety equipment. Volvo has always had an intense passion for safety technology, and the XC60 features many such systems, including the City Safety automatic braking system, a roll-over protection system, a whiplash protection seating system and numerous side and front airbags.

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What's New For 2016

The Volvo XC60 is largely unchanged for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Volvo XC60

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Dstc/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • On-Call Plus Emergency S.O.S
    • City Safety Forward Collision
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Graphic Equalizer
    • 650w Premium Amplifier
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Harman Kardon Premium AM/FM Stereo w/CD -inc: Sensus Connect w/integrated 7" color display, Bluetooth integrated interface including audio streaming, Sirius satellite radio w/6-month subscription, HD Radio, auxiliary audio input, USB and iPod function and audio buttons in steering wheel
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" Leda Diamond Cut Alloy
    • Tires: P235/60R18 AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Laminated Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Bodyside Insert and Body-Colored Bodyside Cladding
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Chrome Grille
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: power lumbar, power driver seat w/memory and power passenger seat
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum/Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Aluminum/Genuine Wood Console Insert and Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Tracker System
    • Sensus Navigation with Mapcare
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Anti-Whiplash Fixed Front Head Restraints and Power Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Air Filtration
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Mechanical Features
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Electric Parking Brake
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
    • 180 Amp Alternator
    • 70-Amp/Hr 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 3.33 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission w/Oil Cooler
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • GVWR: 5,140 lbs
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Geartronic Automatic -inc: Start/Stop and Adaptive Shift
    • Engine: 2.0L 16V I4 Supercharged Turbo Drive-E

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 70.4
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 38.3
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.9
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.5
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 31.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 67.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 30.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 30.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 600
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 180
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/120
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 302 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 295 @ 2100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 67.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 9.1
    • Liftover Height (in) - 29.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 98.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volvo XC60
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/60HR18
    • Front Tire Size - P255/45VR20
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/45VR20
    • Rear Tire Size - 235/55HR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.25
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.03
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.46
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.22
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.01
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.33
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4043
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Volvo XC60, now in its seventh year, is a mid-size crossover SUV built on the platform of the sweet S60 sedan. Available with front- or all-wheel-drive, the XC60 is safe and particularly sensible, as Volvos are known to be. The V60 wagon is similar but it’s more like a large hatchback, not nearly as roomy in back as the family-friendly XC60.

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is available in 10 different models. For 2016, there are no real changes, just a shuffling of options.

The XC60’s fuel-efficient, direct-injection 2.0-liter engines, called Drive-E, were new for 2015. There are two versions, the T5 with 240 horsepower and T6 with 302 horsepower, both paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The T5 is turbocharged, while the T6 adds a supercharger to the turbocharger. The idea behind having two aspiration methods on the same engine is that one (turbocharged) brings more power at higher speeds, while the other (supercharged) brings more a lower speeds.

The lightweight Drive-E engines with the solid Haldex all-wheel drive come with the old 6-speed transmissions that now seem archaic. A 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder sounds stodgy but is actually strong and smooth; a 3.2-liter inline-6 makes 240 horsepower; a turbocharged 3.0-liter six makes 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque; while the R-Design model using that engine is tuned to bring 325 horsepower.

Safety has been Volvo’s thing forever. The XC60 gets Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, and nearly a clean sweep from NHTSA, missing by one star in the rollover test. Its City Safety system alerts the driver to an imminent collision and brakes to prevent low-speed rear-enders. The system recently added Pedestrian Detection and Cyclist Detection.


The 2016 XC60 comes with a choice of five engines, two drive systems and three trim levels. The base XC60 T5 FWD 2.0-liter Drive-E starts the climb at $36,400, and the Premier and Platinum trims add $3250 and a whopping $7650, respectively, to the MSRP. The T6 turbocharged and supercharged Drive-E comes in Premium trim for $41,150.

In the AWD versions with the older engines, the base 2.5-liter five-cylinder goes for $37,900 in base trim, and $41,150 in Premier and $45,450 in Platinum. Move up to the 3.0-liter six-cylinder and it’s $42,650 in Premier and $47,650 in Platinum. The R-Design is $46,500.


Over its seven years, the Volvo XC60 has maintained the same look, with only a new nose for 2013. Yet the chiseled lines, rakish angles and upswept beltline remain distinctive and don’t look too dated.

Among crossovers, the Volvo looks more like a car or wagon than the vast majority of them. Its overall proportions are well balanced. The XC60 is higher than it appears, and that’s no small design trick. The nose is low and crisp, and the bumpers are slim. The grille features a chrome diagonal bar that’s the Volvo symbol, understated, unlike the Acura shiny wedge or Lexus in-your-face spindle.

There are no artificial scallops like cupcake icing. It’s not insecure or screaming for attention like a BMW. You’ll find no moldings in the wheel arches, or fake vents like in a Buick. The XC60 is simply handsome and mature, while being far more rugged and capable (with all-wheel drive) than it suggests.


The Volvo XC60 cabin is Scandinavian to the core, bless its clean and functional heart. It’s quiet and the front seats are supremely comfortable. The floating center stack with real dials on its console is a relief. The center stack is canted toward the driver, with a clear Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display of the gauges and instruments. The black dashboard is relatively plain, devoid of glitz, business-like; it avoids confusion, it’s about driving, not game-playing. If the standard black leather interior appears too sober, two-tone leather is available.

Three kids fit fine in the back, but not three adults. Legroom is not ample, but headroom is generous. There is a good 30 feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which folds flat, although not completely flat.

Driving Impressions

The XC60 handles a lot like the S60 sedan, which is to say secure. However there is a big difference in handling between the front-wheel-drive models with the lighter Drive-E engines and the all-wheel-drive versions with the inline five and sixes. Actually, each of the five powertrains has different handling.

The Drive-E T5 has almost no torque steer, while the Drive-E T6 has enough that you can feel the stability control system in a tug of war with it. (Torque steer, common on front-wheel-drive cars, is traditionally felt as a tug on the steering wheel when accelerating.) Both the T5 and T6 Drive-E models are better balanced than the all-wheel-drive cars with their heavier engines, which translates to heavier and slower steering.

But with the rugged Haldex all-wheel drive you also get nine inches of ground clearance, and passage through deep snow and mud. The T5 all-wheel-drive with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is not as quick as models with the six-cylinder engines. And with the turbo 3.0-liter, the R-Design is a bonafide sports sedan.

The Drive-E engines with 8-speed automatics are designed for great fuel mileage while delivering good performance. The transmission shifts a lot in order to keep the engine at peak efficiency around 1500 rpm, but the shifts are smooth as silk. When we floored it, the transmission leaped down an amazing four gears to drive the engine toward 5000 rpm, but that’s what it was designed to do. In the T6 Drive-E, you can feel the muscle in the front wheels, but the yank of torque steer is mostly controlled by the electronics.

The Drive-E models have Sport and Eco+ modes to adjust the throttle for power or economy. There is also a start-stop system that’s fast and unobtrusive, almost as good as Mercedes and better than BMW.

The XC60 stays planted in fast corners and doesn’t feel like a tall vehicle in tight ones. Excluding the R-Design, you can’t quite call it sporty, but it is responsive. The ride is firm, maybe not as smooth as many other crossovers, but still forgiving on rough roads and better prepared for driving fun or challenges. However the ride is pretty rough with the optional 20-inch alloy wheels and low-profile tires, and can wear on you.


It’s hard to go wrong with the Volvo XC60, as long as you choose the right model for your needs. T5 or T6, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, power or economy, it’s all there in the powertrains. Responsive handling, smooth transmission, stylish exterior, beautiful cabin with superb front seats, functional easy instrumentation, and good cargo space. And of course the safety.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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