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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Test Drive Review

All drivers, regardless of brand loyalty, look for a level of refinement when shopping for a new automobile. They look at the fit and finish of the interior, the gaps between the panels and, of course, the vehicle’s mechanical integrity. For the better part of 15 years, the Volvo S60 has been gracing us with its mid-size presence. It’s not a visual masterpiece mind you, but rather a comforting companion that helps one navigate the trials and tribulations of today’s modern roadways. This is the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription and it seeks to combine relaxation, performance, and refinement in a way that will appease even the most discerning of mid-size car buyers.

Please continue reading for the more information about the $38,700.00*  2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription FWD.



2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Exterior:

While other sedans look to impress with gimmicky add-ons, bright colors, and over-the-top advertisements, the 2016 Volvo S60 simply goes about its business in the subtlest way possible. It simply works. Its elegant lines are non-threatening and inviting. The 18 x 8 Titania Alloy wheels are soft and, with an 112.4-inch wheelbase, the S60 is just as comfortable navigating the urban jungle as it is rolling down your favorite interstate.

The Inscription model we drove can be had in seven different colors with metallic paint bringing a $560 premium, and a choice of either 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels. Not as sport oriented as the R-Design or as hard-edged as the S60 Polestar, the Inscription offers black and chrome trim accents, dual exhaust tips that are molded into the lower rear fascia and Active Dual Xenon headlights with headlight washers. With the 2016 S60 Inscription, Volvo has created a vehicle with an elegance that allows it to fit wherever the road takes it.



2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Interior:

A long list of tech and luxury items greet the driver as they climb into the cabin. Supportive leather sports seats up front offer heat, memory, and 8-way power adjustability with three save buttons for the driver position. Rear seating surfaces are comfortable and are heated when optioned with the Climate Package. A power moon roof keeps the cabin light and airy, a Harmon Kardon audio system is a nice touch, and the heated steering wheel, along with some specialized Inscription trim details, keeps the luxury side of things in check. Outward visibility, thanks in part to the large windshield and low beltline, is quite good and blind spots were few.

Split 60/40 folding rear seats with a center armrest pass-thru adds additional space to the 12 cubic-feet of storage that’s located in the trunk. Other interior items include electronic ignition with push button and start/stop technology, a 7-inch LCD color monitor for use with Volvo’s Sensus audio, navigation and control software, an adaptive TFT display, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and an electronic dash that can be configured to represent Elegance, ECO, and Performance settings. There’s also adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, accent lighting, and HomeLink integrated garage door opener.




2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Performance:

With three different engine choices that range in power from 240 horsepower (hp) to 302 hp, the 2016 Volvo S60 is impressive. Our tester was equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with direct injection which made 240 hp and 258-lb.ft. of torque. Power was put down to the front wheels via a smooth, shiftable 8-speed automatic transmission. Getting to 60 mph takes just under 6.5 seconds and overall handling was confidence-inspiring with little in the way of body roll. Understeer, however, is apparent when driven aggressively through corners. Surprisingly, the S60 is capable of pulling 0.90-g on the skidpad, an impressive number for any sedan.

For those looking for a true hot rod, there’s always the uber rare S60 Polestar with 345 hp and 269-lb.ft. of torque. Go this route, however, and be prepared to shell out over $60k.

Smoothing out bumps and road imperfections takes precedence over a sporty ride, as the Inscription is suited more to luxury than flat-out performance. Steering feel is firm and not overly assisted, like other sedans we’ve tested, and braking performance felt great, even after repeated hard stops. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 25 mpg city, 37 highway, and 29 mpg** in combined driving; great numbers for a 3,433-lb sedan.



2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Safety:

When it comes to safety, Volvo is one of the masters. The advanced camera and radar systems aid in cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, and lane change merging. There’s also front and rear park assist and collision warning with full auto braking. Further safety features include dual front and side impact airbags, an overhead airbag, occupant sensing airbag, perimeter approach lights, a security system with an ignition disable, anti-whiplash front head restraints, and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. All of this adds up to a 5-Star overall rating from the NHTSA.



2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Overall:

Ranging in base price from $34,150.00 for the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E FWD, to $59,700.00* for the 2016 S60 Polestar, Volvo has positioned the S60 to be accessible to a wide range of consumers. With modern styling, a variety of trim levels, and some of the most advanced safety features offered today, the 2016 Volvo S60 line is a well thought out, impeccably engineered, and beautifully crafted automobile that is definitely worth a look.

To learn more about the 2016 Volvo S60, please call or drop by your local AutoNation Volvo dealer today to check one out!



*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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