2016 volvo s60 Model Overview
New for 2016
In addition to an array of new alloy wheel choices, two new variants have been added to the 2016 Volvo S60: the Cross Country and the Inscription. The S60 Cross Country is a raised sedan with 7.9 inches of ground clearance, standard all-wheel drive, and body cladding to make it more rugged. In the range-topping Platinum trim, the S60 Cross Country is only available in one exterior color, Osmium Grey Metallic. The S60 Inscription is a long-wheelbase variant with 2.9 inches of extra legroom in the rear seats and is more upscale. Standard features include Walnut inlays, silk-finish metal accents, interior accent lighting, a power rear sunshade, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Inscription-branded kick plates.
The 2016 Volvo S60 is a compact luxury sports sedan available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A wagon variant called the V60 is also available.
There are four engines available in the 2016 S60 and they are paired to either an eight- or six-speed automatic transmission.
Model: S60 T5 Drive-E, S60 T5 Drive-E Inscription
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/258 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 26/38 mpg city/highway, 25/37 mpg (S60 T5 Drive-E Inscription)
Model: S60 T5 AWD, S60 T5 AWD Inscription, S60 Cross Country
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 – six-speed automatic
Power: 250 hp/266 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 20/29 mpg
Model: S60 T6 Drive-E
Engine and Transmission: Super- and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 302 hp/295 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 22/31 mpg
Model: S60 T6 AWD R-Design, S60 Polestar
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – six-speed automatic
Power: 325 hp/354 lb-ft (S60 T6 AWD R-Design), 345 hp/369 lb-ft (S60 Polestar)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 18/27 mpg
There’s respectable space for four passengers in the S60, however, taller people should avoid the rear seats since there’s limited headroom. Trunk space is on the small side, with only 12 cubic feet of volume but it can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side and side curtain impacts for both rows, the 2016 S60 comes standard with the City Safety system, which is an automatic emergency braking system that’s brings the car to complete stop at speeds below 30 mph if it detects an impending collision and the driver doesn’t react. Standard in the Platinum trim and part of the Technology package are additional safety and driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control with queue assist and lane departure warning. An upgraded version of the City Safety system, which can detect pedestrians and cyclists, is also included in the Technology package and the Platinum grade. Blind spot warning is a standalone option and comes bundled together with front and rear parking sensors.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base S60 includes the Sensus infotainment system with a seven-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, 60/40 split folding rear seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, leatherette upholstery, and the touring chassis calibration. The T5 Premier adds the active digital display, a power glass moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, and leather upholstery. Stepping up to the more powerful T6 model adds paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, sport seats, speed sensitive steering and the dynamic chassis calibration. The range-topping Platinum trim adds active HID headlights, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with queue assist, lane departure warning, and a Harman/Kardon premium audio system.
For those who want improved handling in their S60, consider the Sport package for the T5 models, which come with 19-inch alloy wheels and a more aggressive sport chassis with a lower ide height. T6 models are also available with the same suspension setup when equipped with the 19-inch alloy wheels. The S60 T6 AWD R-Design provides more performance thanks to the more powerful turbo-six, larger brakes, and lowered sport chassis, which are standard.
Those looking for exclusivity and even more performance should consider the S60 Polestar, which adds a more aggressive suspension setup when compared to the R-Design models, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, a free-flow exhaust, a revised six-speed automatic, a full off position for the stability control system, launch control, 14.6-inch six-piston Brembo brakes, stiffer anti-roll bars, a carbon fiber front strut bar, and Ohlins shocks. Additionally, power from the turbo-six is raised even more from the R-Design at 345 hp and 369 lb-ft.
What We Think
Despite its age, the 2016 S60 remains a great choice for those who don’t use their rear seats too much. In a 2015 S60 T6 Drive-E First Test review, we said that the new super- and turbocharged I-4 provides plenty of power and a sizable fuel economy improvement over the turbo-six-equipped S60. When it comes to handling, the S60 also impresses with its agility despite being front-wheel drive. The new four-cylinders’ engine note, however, aren’t as satisfying as that of the turbo-six.
In a 2015 First Drive of the S60 Polestar and its wagon counterpart, the V60 Polestar, we were impressed by how agile it is despite being front heavy. We said that the car was as agile as smaller cars and felt surefooted and poised, with little tendency to understeer. Despite the more aggressive suspension setup, there’s little sacrifice to comfort, preserving the car’s usability as a daily driver. However, the additional performance means a louder cabin due to excessive road noise.
The U.S.-spec, long-wheelbase S60 Inscription will manufactured in China.
- Great performance and handling
- Impressive fuel economy in front-drive models
- The limited-edition Polestar variant is a rarity
You Won’t Like:
- The new four-cylinder engines don’t sound that good
- Interior space is on the small side
- Polestar models have more road noise than most Volvos