While the crossover segment continues to heat up and as competition keeps getting stiffer in the luxury mid-size crossover segment, we are getting some outstanding vehicles that want a piece of this extremely popular pie. However, back in 2013, there was one mid-size luxury crossover that was the second best-selling model for its brand and one of the best selling in the segment – the Volvo XC60.
Now, the 2016 Volvo XC60 has exactly adopted all the changes of the new Volvo vehicles that are currently on the market including the XC90 and the new S90, but there is something about the Volvo XC60 that still makes it a legend in its segment. Of course, later down the line we will see a successor to this much-loved luxury mid-size crossover – but for now, it is still one of the best mid-size luxury crossovers on the market. Let’s take a deeper look at the new 2016 Volvo XC60.
In my opinion, the 2016 Volvo XC60 is one of the best looking mid-size luxury crossovers in the segment – right up there with the new Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Porsche Macan. It has an extremely smooth design theme with rounded cues and an overall sleek profile.
The Volvo XC60 sits on a wheelbase that measures 109.2 inches with an overall length of 182.8 inches. The width of the Volvo XC60 comes in at 74.4 inches while the height comes in at 67.4 inches. Even though that wheelbase is shorter than most of its competitors, like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Volvo XC60’s overall length comes in at about the same as its rivals.
Our 2016 Volvo XC60 Platinum model came standard with dual tailpipes, bright metal sill plates, chrome strip tailgate, silver roof rails, shimmer graphite aluminum inlays, and 18 x 7.5 leda alloy wheels.
The cabin of the 2016 Volvo XC60 definitely pays homage to its Scandinavian roots with its simple yet elegant design. The interior is highlighted by the floating center stack, a 7-inch center display screen, and available real wood trim.
Our test model, the XC60 Platinum, came with all the bells and whistles you could probably need including navigation, rear-view camera, rain sensing wipers, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, heated seats, electric folding rear headrests, adaptive cruise control with full stop function, and a long list of safety features that we’ll get into later.
While the design and list of fun tech features may be lacking, the best thing about the interior of the Volvo XC60 is the comfort. The seats of the Volvo XC60 are extremely comfortable and perfect for a long road trip. In fact, during our week-long test drive, we took the Volvo XC60 on a five and a half hour Memorial Day road trip from New York City to Virginia Beach and were amazed by the comfort and support of the seats. The 2016 Volvo XC60 comfortably sits five passengers with rear legroom coming in at 36.4 inches and front legroom coming in at 41.2 inches. Of course, we were hauling some cargo in our Volvo XC60 and the maximum cargo capacity of 67.4 cubic feet did not disappoint a bit.
Our 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E was powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine making a strong 302 horsepower with a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the XC60 T6 Drive-E can run from 0 to 60 mph in just six seconds flat with a top speed of 122 mph.
The best thing about this supercharged and turbocharged engine is that the supercharger builds boost at low speeds, killing the lag of a turbocharger. The two actually working seamlessly for smooth and quick acceleration throughout the rev range.
Fuel economy wise, our 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E manages an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg** (city/highway).
Besides the long list of standard features you would expect from a Volvo, the XC60 can be optionally had with a bunch of additional safety features that will make your everyday drive that much better. We heavily tested the Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist during our long drive to Virginia Beach. The Volvo XC60 was able to easily adapt to changing speeds and come to a full stop and accelerate back up to the selected speed without any issues. It was the perfect feature for our long distance trip.
Our test model was also equipped with lane departure warning, automatic high-beam (great for a late night drive on a dark road), collision warning with full auto brake, pedestrian and cyclist detection, dual xenon bending headlights (providing light at every corner during turns and bends), and much more.
Overall, when it comes to safety, the Volvo XC60 does not play around and the best part is that you don’t have to actively engage with the safety features. They are constantly working on their own to provide you the safest trip.
So, while the 2016 Volvo XC60 hasn’t caught up to the all the rest of the changes that are happening to newer Volvo vehicles, it is still one of the best options for a mid-size luxury crossover with its impressive safety systems and spacious size. Prices for the 2016 Volvo XC60 start at $36,660*. Test drive a 2016 Volvo XC60 at your nearby AutoNation-affiliated Volvo dealership.
*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.