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2016 Volvo V60 Review

Outstanding safety scores, powerful engines, and a lavish cabin make the 2016 Volvo V60 a solid wagon. However, it ranks in the bottom half of our rankings because other wagons have more rear-seat and cargo space, along with better reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Potent engines
  • Refined interior styling
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Small cargo space for a wagon
  • Cramped rear-seat legroom
  • Below-average reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Volvo V60's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo V60 has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Volvo V60 Overview

Is the 2016 Volvo V60 a Good Used Wagon?

The 2016 V60 is an appealing wagon, but it costs more than most rivals. Above-average fuel economy and good crash test scores are among the high points for the luxurious V60. However, the V60’s limited cargo and rear-seat space reduces its utility, something most wagon shoppers expect.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 24 Volvo V60 reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Volvo V60?

Based on 52 listings for the 2016 Volvo V60, expect to spend between $18,300 and $37,400. The average list price is $24,100. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Volvo V60 Cost to Own?

The V60’s estimated five-year costs for fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs are projected to be about $24,140 – or $4,830 per year. By comparison, average five-year costs for the 2016 Volvo XC60 and 2016 Audi Allroad are about $25,340 and $29,680, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New V60?

Besides some minor trim shuffling, there are few differences between 2018 and 2016 V60 models. For 2018, Volvo discontinued the optional six-cylinder engine and introduced an optional turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine. Unless this change is important to you, go for the 2016 Volvo V60. You’ll pay less and get a similar vehicle.

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If you are open to other new wagons, consider the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. This Volkswagen features a peppy engine, a smooth ride, and nimble handling. You'll also find more second-row legroom and additional cargo space in the VW. The Golf SportWagen costs less than the V60, and you could also save even more money by searching our Volkswagen Deals page.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Volvo V60?

The 2016 Volvo V60 has a below-average

reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Volvo V60 Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2016 Volvo V60 has two safety recalls. One recall corrects a problem with the front-passenger seat belt buckle possibly separating. Another addresses a problem with the starter fuse blowing. Before purchasing, make sure a Volvo dealer has performed the necessary recall repairs.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo V60 Is Best?

The 2016 V60 is part of a generation that launched for the 2015 model year. Models from 2015 through 2017 all earn good overall scores. For the 2016 model year, Volvo discontinued the T5 all-wheel drive model. For 2017, an available turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine replaced a previously available six-cylinder engine.

Since you won't get too many upgrades by going for a newer model, we recommend the 2015 V60. It's a similar wagon that likely costs less than models from any of the other years.

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Which Used Volvo V60 Model Is Right for Me?

Most buyers should be satisfied with the base T5 Drive-E model. It has a powerful engine and a lengthy list of standard features. For a bit more cash, the T5 Drive-E Premier adds some nice features like leather upholstery, navigation, and roof rails. The T6 AWD R-Design has the same features as the Premier model, along with a stronger six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Both the T5 Drive-E and T6 AWD R-Design are available as Platinum models, which add tech upgrades like a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, push-button start, and a long list of driver assistance features.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the V60?

The V60 has one of the highest safety scores in the wagon class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+, their highest award.

The V60 is available with a long list of advanced safety features. All models have City Safety, which is a low-speed forward collision warning system that can automatically apply the brakes. Available safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, road-sign recognition, and full-speed forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

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2016 Volvo V60 Versus the Competition

The wagon class includes budget-friendly rivals like the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and the Fiat 500L, along with high-end upscale models like the Audi Allroad. While the V60 has more cabin luxury and comfort than many rivals, it’s also among the costliest models in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo V60 or 2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon?

The 2016 BMW 3 Series is available in a wagon body style, called the Sports Wagon. Its cabin is just as luxurious as the V60’s, but it has sharper performance. It also has better gas mileage than the V60 if equipped with the available turbodiesel engine. You'll get more passenger and cargo space in the BMW. The Sports Wagon also has a higher reliability rating than the Volvo. If you can afford to spend more, choose the 3 Series Sports Wagon.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo V60 or 2016 Volvo XC60?

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a great in-brand alternative to the V60 that offers more cargo and passenger space. The XC60 sits in the luxury compact SUV class, but there's nothing compact about its cabin. Both rows of seats are accommodating for tall adults, and there's significantly more cargo room in the XC60 than in the V60. That said, the XC60 has a higher average price and gets lower fuel economy estimates than the V60. If you need the space, go for the XC60. If not, save your money and get the V60.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo V60 or 2016 Audi Allroad?

Those looking for an upscale wagon might also consider the 2016 Audi Allroad. The Allroad doesn't offer a more potent six-cylinder engine like the V60 does, but its lone turbocharged four-cylinder provides plenty of power. The Audi also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is optional in the Volvo. Still, the V60 boasts better gas mileage, a lower average price, and great crash-test scores. The Volvo is the slightly better pick.

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2016 V60 Performance

How Does the 2016 Volvo V60 Drive?

A 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the base 2016 Volvo V60. Some models come with a 325-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder delivers quick acceleration and should be sufficient for most drivers, while the six-cylinder is among the most potent engines available in the wagon class. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes with the four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the six-cylinder.

Does the 2016 Volvo V60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the 2016 V60 gets 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the class. By comparison, the 2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon gets 22/33 mpg city/highway, and the diesel version gets 30/40 mpg city/highway. Additionally, the 2016 Volvo XC60 gets 23/30 mpg city/highway, and the 2016 Audi Allroad gets 21/28 mpg city/highway.

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2016 V60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 V60 Seat?

The 2016 Volvo V60 seats five, with generous headroom in both rows. However, tall passengers may want more rear-seat legroom. The V60's elegantly designed cabin is constructed with premium materials.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Volvo V60?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system the second highest Acceptable rating for its ease of use. The upper tethers are easy to find, but other hardware can be confused for the tethers. The lower anchors are easy to use, but they are a bit deep in the seats.

2016 Volvo V60 Features

The base model comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Higher trims offer even more features, like a Harman Kardon premium audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and navigation. The V60's tech features are mostly easy to use, and the Sensus infotainment system has intuitive menus. The numerous buttons and knobs on the center stack are logically arranged.

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2016 Volvo V60 Dimensions

Volvo V60 Cargo Space

For a wagon, the 2016 V60 has below-average cargo space. There's 43.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. However, its low floor makes loading heavy objects easy. There's also good versatility with its 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats.

2016 V60 Length and Weight

The 2016 V60 is roughly 15.2 feet long, and its curb weight is over 3,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Volvo V60 Built?

The 2016 Volvo V60 was built in Gothenburg, Sweden.


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