Volvo S60

2016 Volvo S60

Pros: Crisp handling; impressive-for-the-class projected fuel economy from new 4-cylinder engine; unique available safety equipment; some testers prefer S60’s traditional push-button audio and climate controls to the touchscreen and/or joystick interfaces of many class rivals

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space (except Inscription); stiff ride with available 19-inch tires, acceleration isn’t very linear with 4-cylinder engines; unrefined operation of 4-cylinders’ start/stop feature

CG Says: Volvo S60 loses an engine and gains two new models for 2016. The six-cylinder engine in the all-wheel drive T6 is replaced by a 302-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that was introduced last year in the front-wheel drive T6. The T5 is now available in a long-wheelbase Inscription series that adds three inches of additional rear legroom. The new Cross Country adds raised ride height and unique styling cues to the T5. The sporty Polestar is powered by a 345-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter six. Being a Volvo, the S60 is available with a host of safety equipment, including Lane Keeping Aid and a Pedestrian Detection system that can also detect cyclists. Overall, S60 offers a likeable blend of vivid performance, distinctive styling, and upscale interior trim–as well as the safety features expected of a Volvo. While the sporty AWD T6 R-Design has sharper handling, its stiffer ride and much higher price make it a less compelling choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Belgium
Base Prices T5: $34,150
AWD T5: $35,650
T5 Premier: $36,800
AWD T5 Premier: $38,300
T5 Inscription Premier: $38,900
AWD T5 Inscription Premier: $40,400
T5 Inscription Platinum: $41,900
AWD T5 Inscription Platinum: $43,400
T5 R-Design: $39,900
AWD T5 Cross Country Platinum: $43,700
T6: $39,450
T6 Platinum: $43,300
AWD T6 R-Design: $44,400
AWD T6 R-Design Platinum: $47,900
AWD T6 Polestar: $60,640

Base Engine
turbocharged  2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-38

Base Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
345
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

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2016 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design
Volvo S60 Cross Country – model year 2016
2016 Volvo S60 T5 Cross Country