Family vehicles are often considered as boring and bland. However, Volvo is doing an excellent job trying to shake this reputation with its XC60. For the 2016 model year, the automaker has hooked up the small crossover SUV with a sleek profile and an elegant cabin.
The model which is in its seventh year continues to offer buyers a safe, spacious and practical alternative haul their families and cargo. The model shares its underpinnings with the S60 sedan and the V60 wagon. The three vehicles form Volvo’s core lineup in the US market.
Read along to find out more about the 2016 Volvo XC60:
2016 Volvo XC60 Exterior
The 2016 Volvo XC60 is based on the Y20 platform that underpins the Land Rover Freelander. The vehicle also features numerous cues borrowed from its British cousin. However, most of the new changes are subtle visual upgrades since it underwent a more comprehensive refresh in 2013. The XC60 trim levels correspond to engine options; they are T5 Drive-E, T5AWD, T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD R-Design. There is also a T5 Platinum trim.
The base T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD feature automatic headlights, LED DRLs, front and rear fog lights, roof rails, heated mirrors and automatic wipers. They ride on 18-inch alloy wheels.
The T5 Platinum Trim adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a power lift gate. Moving over to the T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD, you will find 20-inch alloy wheels while most of other features of the base models remain.
2016 Volvo XC60 Interior
The XC60 is a luxurious small crossover SUV that is targeted at exclusive buyers. As such, the model comes with superior equipment. Inside, the small SUV gets a roomy cabin with spacious seats. It will accommodate five passengers and still leave plenty of space for cargo.
However, the rear legroom is tight but there is plenty of headroom. When rear seats are up, the cargo space is quite spacious at 30 cubic feet. The space almost doubles upon folding the rear seatback. The rear seats have a 40/20/40 split-folding capability.
The base XC60 T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD feature as standard 8-way power front seats with lumbar support and a memory function for the driver’s seat. The trims also feature dual-zone climate control and cruise control. The seats are upholstered in a “T-Tec” fabric. The trims are also well endowed with technological features. They feature low-speed forward collision warning, traction and stability control and automatic braking for safety purposes. The vehicle also features a 7.0-inch display screen which integrates Smartphone apps. The vehicle also features a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as an 8-speaker audio system that comes with satellite radio, a CD player, USB audio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD have a Premier package which adds a rear privacy glass, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, an auto dimming mirror, a navigation system and configurable digital gauges. Going higher, the T5 Platinum trim adds keyless entry and ignition, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a rearview camera. The top trims i.e. the T6 Drive-E, T6 AWD and T6 AWD R-Design feature Premier level cues.
The model is also offered with a number of additional packages. The first package is a Technology package which is standard on Platinum trim but optional for other trims. It features lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control AND driver alertness warning. A Convenience package is offered standard on the Platinum trim and optional on other models.
It features a pop-up grocery bag holder, cargo cover, power folding rear head restraints, and a power outlet in the trunk. Another package is the Climate package which is optional for all models. It features heated seats, an automatic climate system and a heated windshield. An Inscription package featuring a special wood trim is also offered.
A rear entertainment system and built-in rear-seat child booster seats with child door locks are offered as standalone options.
The base T5 trim is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder Drive-E mill capable of producing 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The model is offered in FWD and is EPA rated at 24 mpg city and 31 mpg on highway. The Drive-E engine is further supercharged in the FWD T6 to produce 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine returns 22 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway drives. The Drive-E engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system.
Switching to all-wheel models, the AWD T5 features the all familiar 2.5 L inline-5 engine capable of producing 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The engine returns 19 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway drives. The AWD T6 on the other hand features a turbocharged 3.0 L inline-6 engine which delivers 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine is EPA rated at 17 mpg in city and 24 mpg on highway drives. This engine is further boosted in R-Design models to produce 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
All AWD models are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. All models have a towing capacity limited at 3,300 pounds.
Price and release date
The base 2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E model has an MSRP of $ 36,600 inclusive of destination charges. The most expensive model with all options selected will set you back over $50,000.
This market segment is very crowded and Volvo will face competition from all directions. Top competitors will include the likes of Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, Audi Q5, Land Rover LR2, and Lexus RX 350.