- Carries over for 2016 with no significant changes
- Compact luxury crossover, seats five
- New Drive-E engines introduced last year, which improved fuel economy
The 2016 Volvo XC60 carries over into the new model year with no real updates, after adding two new Drive-E engines under the hood last year.
The XC60 has a sleek, subtle look to it that in typical Volvo style is light on drama and rather minimalist. However, the beltline rises up as it moves back which combines with an aggressively canted hood to give the XC60 a dash of needed menace. 18-inch alloy wheels come standard, with larger 20-inch wheels available on higher trim levels. Powered/heated side mirrors and rain sensing windshield wipers also come standard on all models.
Both of the XC60’s Drive-E engine options use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as a base, but with different levels of forced induction. In T5 Drive-E models, the engine is turbocharged and makes 240-hp, while in the T6 Drive-E it is both turbocharged and supercharged and cranks out 302-hp. An eight-speed automatic transmission also debuted last year, along with a new ECO+ driving mode to maximize efficiency. The other two engines carry over; the T5 trim features a 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five while the T6 trim features a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that outputs 300-hp in T6 models or 325-hp in T6 R-Design models. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive optional (R-Design models get standard all-wheel drive).
Both of the new engines improve the XC60’s fuel economy. The old model topped out at 18/26 mpg city/highway, a figure that both Drive-E models beat easily; the T5 Drive-E returns 24/31 mpg, while the T6 Drive-E is no slouch in its own right with 22/29 mpg.
Inside, the XC60 has a premium grade cabin with wood inlays that add to the luxury aesthetic. Volvo’s Sensus Connected Touch multimedia system comes with a seven-inch screen and connects to your smartphone to power different apps including internet radio, weather updates, and even a web browser. Sport seats are newly available to keep bottoms more firmly planted in spirited driving. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A rear-seat entertainment system with two screens is optional, as are a navigation system and an adaptive digital display in the instrument panel.
The latest XC60 extends Volvo’s commitment to safety, with plenty of standard safety features, including Volvo’s City Safety technology. City Safety uses forward facing sensors to detect obstacles and can even stop the car automatically to avoid a collision at speeds of up to 31 mph. Antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and six airbags also come standard. Available safety technology includes pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts.