The 2016 XC60 picks up over from last year with minimal changes. However, the fold down front passenger seat feature has been left out.
Over time, it’s been difficult for family cars to avoid a bad reputation of being boring; however Volvo is doing a great good job of giving her customers a fine alternative with its 2016 XC60. We’ve appreciated the XC60’s sleek good looks and stylish cabin since the model first appearance in 2010. The XC60 is still very much a Volvo at its core, though, and these attributes simply add pep to what is still a very sensible luxury crossover SUV.
Truly speaking, the five-passenger XC60 has plenty of interior space, a comprehensive feature set and top-notch crash test scores. It can also be pretty fuel-efficient. Volvo revitalized the XC60’s engine just last year and this produced an impressive results. The front-wheel-drive Drive-E T5 and T6 versions have some of the best EPA-estimated fuel efficiency (up to 26 mpg combined) you’ll find in this segment. The all-wheel drive XC60 models does not have these engines and as such are not very fuel-efficient, but they still get decent mpg numbers compared with rivals in the category.
Body- Styles, Trim- Levels, and Additions
The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a small crossover SUV with seating arrangement for five. Trim levels correspond to engine and drivetrain and include the T5 Drive-E, T5 AWD, T6 Drive-E, T6 AWD and T6 AWD R-Design.
The 2015 XC60 T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD arrives standard with 18inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, front and rear fog lights, LED running lights, roof rails, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight way power front seats with power lumbar support, driver seat memory feature, a leather wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel, “T-Tec” fabric upholstery and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. Technology gadgets include low speed forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic braking (City Safety), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch center display screen, voice commands, smartphone app integration, Volvo’s On Call system, WiFi capability and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB audio interface.
The Premier edition for the T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD includes a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, leather upholstery, configurable digital gauges, a navigation system and an auto-dimming mirror.
The T5 Platinum trim has a power lift gate, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, a premium 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, interior accent lighting and Volvo’s Technology and Convenience packages.
The base T6 Drive E and T6 AWD comes with the Premier level options and has keyless ignition and entry. The T6 AWD R Design is equally equipped, but gets 20inch wheels, special exterior and interior modeling elements and its own unique digital gauges.
All versions of T6s also have a Platinum trim- level that includes the same equipment as the T5 Platinum trim.
Volvo’s Technology package, standard on Platinum models and feature on all other trims, has an adaptive cruise control, an upgraded forward collision mitigation system, driver alertness and lane departure warnings function and automatic high beam headlight control.
Also available standard on the Platinum, and optional on other 2016 XC60 trims, is the Convenience package, which has a cargo area cover and popup grocery bag holder, power retractable exterior mirrors, power folding rear head restraints and a power outlet in the rear cargo area. The Climate package, a feature for all models, includes an interior air quality system, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated windshield and windshield washer nozzles. The Sport package adds 20inch wheels and sport front seats.
The Blind Spot Information System package bundles a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.
The Inscription package has an upgraded leather upholstery, extended leather interior trim, special sill plates and special wood trim. It is however not available for the T6 R-Design AWD. A Proximity package has a rearview camera, power tailgate and keyless ignition to models that don’t already have the options.
Standard standalone features for the XC60 is inclusive of a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system and built in rear seat child booster seats (that also has power child door locks).
Powertrains and Engine Performance
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E is produced with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 240 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. Front wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard, along with an automatic stop start system that shuts down the engine to save fuel when the XC60 has come to a halt. EPA-estimated fuel economy is excellent at 26 mpg combined 23 city/31 highway.
The XC60 T5 AWD comes with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired up to all-wheel drive through a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA keeps its fuel economy estimates at 22 mpg combined19/26.
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive E lands with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like the T5, it has front wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic with engine stop-start. In a test, an XC60 T6 Drive E drove from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is reasonably quick, however a bit slower than a few other compact crossovers with an upgraded engine. Fuel economy is a great 24 mpg combined 22 city/29 highway, and it came down 26.5 mpg on a 120mile evaluation loop, which is just about the same as the less powerful Audi Q5 2.0T.
Halfway through the brand year, Volvo made this engine available with all-wheel drive. The T6 Drive E AWD with this engine is kept at 23 mpg combined 20/28.
Early build XC60 T6 AWD brands (consider the lack of the “Drive-E” moniker) have a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. The regular T6 AWD edition gives 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the RDesign version is giving out 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Both have all wheel drive and six speed automatic transmissions. In a test drive, a T6 R-Design dashed from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and it’s expected that the regular T6 to be only a tenth or two slower. EPA fuel economy estimates stands at 20 mpg combined 17 city/23 highways for both versions.
Safety Gadgets and Options
All 2016 Volvo XC60s arrives standard with traction and stability control, antilock brakes, whiplash-protection front seats, front seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags. Also added standard is Volvo’s City Safety system, which is a low speed forward collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking system.
There is additional optional safety equipment. The Dual Two Stage Integrated Booster Seats pop up from the backseat outboard positions and accommodate children with a height/weight range from 37 inches and 33 pounds to 55 inches and 80 pounds. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) package includes a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. The Technology package adds an upgraded frontal collision warning system with fully automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, a driver inattention warning system and lane-departure warning.
In a car brake test, an XC60 T6 Drive-E with 20inch wheels and summer tires came to a halt from 60 mph in 118 feet, a respectable distance for this category of vehicle.
The XC60 got a top five-star rating in government car crash tests for overall, frontal and side crash protection. It also got the best possible rating of “Good” in all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests, which is a rare achievement. Finally, the 2016 XC60 won a rating of “Superior” for its frontal crash prevention technology.
Interior Design and Special Features
The XC60 flaunts its Scandinavian roots with a cabin defined by modern yet inviting design. The floating center stack and available real wood trim are spectacularly distinctive, and there is certainly no mistaking the XC60 for anything else in the class. Another Volvo hallmark is the sublimely comfortable and supportive front seats.
The straightforward double temperature adjustment dials and “mode man” pictogram lets climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system’s phone style number pad and surrounding buttons may look a bit antiquated in the luxury class these days, but they’re quite simple and make controlling basic stereo functions very easy. For more complicated tasks like selecting a media player playlist, programming the navigation system or controlling more complicated vehicle features; the XC60 relies on the standard Sensus system. It’s fairly easy to use, though the multipurpose knob’s location on the dash (rather than the center console) is not ideal and it lacks a touchpad input like some other rival controller systems.
The rear seat is also roomy as smaller crossovers have, with a high seat cushion, above-average headroom and decent legroom for adults. Parents and kids alike would love the available integrated child booster seats that come up from the seat bottom. Maximum cargo space is 67 cubic feet (30.8 cubic feet with all seats upright), which is a good number for this class.
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive E gives respectable acceleration and very good fuel efficiency. Similar fuel economy is observed in the T6 Drive-E, and it turns the energy level up even further with its novel turbo- and supercharged power plant. For both, the associated eight speed automatic changes smoothly. It’s however bad unfortunate that these engines are not available with AWD, though. Acceleration is similar on AWD models, but fuel economy is the price.
Around town, the XC60 easily overlooks bad road and gives a comfortable ride quality. Think twice about the available 20inch wheels, though, as you may find the resulting ride to be a touch too firm. As for handling, the XC60 is competent, but it’s not the category’s sportiest candidate. Largely because newer and sportier models have come along in recent years, the XC60 can seem out of its element on tight, twisting roads, and its steering is overly light.