2016 volvo v60 Model Overview
New for 2016
The V60 T5 AWD trim has been discontinued for the 2016 model year and has been replaced by the V60 Cross Country. Other changes to the 2016 Volvo V60 lineup is the addition of new-design 17-inch alloy wheels for the V60 T5 Drive-E, standard 19-inch alloy wheels for the V60 T6 AWD R-Design, and optional 19-inch alloy wheels for the V60 Cross Country.
The 2016 Volvo V60 is a compact luxury wagon available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. A raised version with increased ground clearance called the V60 Cross Country was added for 2015 and comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
Three engines are available in the 2016 V60, a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the V60 T5 Drive-E, a 2.5-liter turbo I-5 rated at 250 hp and 266 lb-ft in the V60 Cross Country, and a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 making 325 hp and 354 lb-ft in the V60 T6 AWD R-Design. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox available in the V60 T5 Drive-E while the Cross Country and R-Design models come with a six-speed unit. Fuel economy is excellent in the T5 Drive-E model at 25/37 mpg city/highway. Cross Country models are rated at 20/28 mpg while R-Design variants are at 18/27 mpg. A high-performance model called the V60 Polestar is also available in limited numbers and is powered by a more powerful version of the R-Design’s turbo-six, with 345 hp and 369 lb-ft paired to a revised six-speed automatic. Fuel economy doesn’t change despite the additional performance in the V60 Polestar.
For a wagon the 2016 V60’s space is on the small side, with up to 28 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 43.8 cubic feet with them down. However, the standard 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats make the V60’s cargo area flexible, allowing owners to configure it according to their needs. Passenger space is respectable for the class, with adequate room for four passengers.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the V60 comes with City Safety, Volvo’s autonomous emergency braking system, which applies full braking power if it detects an imminent collision at speeds under 30 mph and the driver doesn’t react. When opted with the Technology package or the Platinum trim, the V60 gains lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and driver alert control, and an upgraded City Safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake. Blind spot warning available but it’s bundled together with front and rear park assist.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Features that are standard on the base V60 include Bluetooth connectivity, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, power front seats with driver’s side memory, Sensus infotainment system with a seven-inch screen, City Safety, and leatherette upholstery. Stepping up to the Premier trim adds the active digital display, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, silver roof rails, and leather upholstery. The range-topping Platinum trim, which is available on all V60 variants, includes a rearview camera, active HID headlights, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, adaptive cruise control with queue assist and driver alert control, lane departure warning, and an upgraded City Safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
The V60 Cross Country comes with a generous array of standard features including the Sensus infotainment system with a seven-inch screen and navigation, rear park assist, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, the City Safety system, sports seats, and the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats.
For those seeking more performance out of their V60, consider the V60 T6 AWD R-Design, which comes standard with a lowered sport chassis, sport seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, and larger front brakes. The Sport package for the V60 T5 Drive-E adds all of these features except the larger front brakes.
The limited-edition V60 Polestar is the most performance-oriented model of the range and comes with a more aggressive suspension setup featuring Ohlins shocks, larger brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, a retuned six-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter turbo-six, which now makes 345 hp and 369 lb-ft, a carbon fiber front strut bar and stiffer anti-roll bars.
What We Think
For those without families but need to haul gear, the 2016 V60 is a great choice, offering decent space, entertaining driving dynamics, and a seductive exterior design. In a 2015 First Test of the V60 T5 Drive-E, we said that when equipped with the Sport package, the V60 is a strong performer, possessing strong acceleration, little body roll, and impressive agility. However, we did note that the cargo space is small for a wagon due to the car’s sexy exterior. The limited edition Polestar V60, as we noted in a 2015 First Test review, is even more potent thanks to its more aggressive suspension setup and powerful turbo-six engine. At its limit, however, the V60 Polestar tends to understeer too much due to it being nose-heavy.
In terms of comfort, the V60 retains the typical Volvo trademark seats that provide excellent levels of comfort and support, as we noted in a 2015 V60 Cross Country First Test review. The vague steering feel, on the other hand, detracted from the car’s handling while switching modes made it excessively heavy during slow maneuvers. While the increased ground clearance didn’t detract much from the V60’s handling, it enabled it to go through some light off-roading on dirt roads.
- Non-Cross Country models are fun to drive
- Polestar models are a rarity
- Volvo’s seats are the best in the business
You Won’t Like:
- Cargo space is less than competitors’ wagons
- Steering feel is vague
- Understeers too much at its limit