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2016 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2016 Volvo XC60's cargo space, comfort, and safety features make it a great choice for a family vehicle. That said, its reliability rating is below average, which is partly why this SUV scores in the bottom third of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Supreme seating comfort
  • Best-in-class cargo space
  • Powerful engine options
  • Supple ride quality
  • Below-average reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2016 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

For the most part, the 2016 XC60 is a good used SUV. It has a smooth ride and good overall performance thanks to several powerful engine options. The XC60's elegant interior, ample passenger room, and class-leading cargo space also make it a comfortable daily driver. Its Achilles' heel is its below-average reliability rating. 

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Volvo XC60 in our comprehensive overview. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 67 professional reviews.

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How Much Is the 2016 Volvo XC60?

Average prices for a 2016 XC60 hover around $32,000, based on more than 230 listings for the vehicle on our site. That's also about what you can expect to pay for a 2016 Lexus NX or a 2016 BMW X3. Because used car prices fluctuate depending on a vehicle's configuration, condition, and mileage, you'll see 2016 XC60 list prices that range from $20,000 to $40,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Volvo XC60 Cost to Own?

Plan on spending about $25,300 over the course of five years to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a used 2016 XC60. These ownership costs are much lower than what you'll spend on many other luxury compact SUVs. For example, you'll pay an additional $4,800 on these expenses with a 2016 Audi Q5, and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC will cost you an extra $8,200.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC60?

The 2018 XC60 – which has been fully redesigned – is a much better SUV than the 2016 XC60. For starters, an impressive amount of safety equipment is standard, including high-tech systems such as collision mitigation with active braking, oncoming lane mitigation, and equipment that scans for cyclists, pedestrians, and large animals. More tech features – including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – are also included. Volvo's new powertrains gain horsepower without sacrificing fuel efficiency. An added benefit of the extra power is that the 2018 XC60 can tow up to 5,291 pounds – a remarkable improvement from the 2016 XC60's 3,500-pound tow rating. The catch here is the price tag. The 2018 XC60 has a starting MSRP of $41,500 – well above the 2016 XC60's average price of $32,500. You may be able to slim down the cost of a new XC60 somewhat by taking advantage of current Volvo deals.

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If a new XC60 is out of your budget, there are a few other alternatives you can consider. The 2018 Lincoln MKC ($33,355) is one of the least expensive compact SUVs from a luxury nameplate. While this SUV isn't as well-rounded as the 2018 XC60, it's very comfortable, comes packed with lots of features, and has a history of above-average reliability. Another option is to select the mid- or top-level trim of an affordable model, like the 2018 Honda CR-V or Volkswagen Tiguan. For around the same price as a 2016 XC60, you can get a well-equipped CR-V or Tiguan that includes upscale goodies like leather seats, a navigation system, and a panoramic sunroof.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Volvo XC60?

The 2016 XC60 is expected to be one of the least reliable vehicles in the luxury compact SUV class. It has a score of 2.5 out of five, whereas more dependable models like the Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC have ratings of four.

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2016 Volvo XC60 Recalls

As of this writing, two recalls have been issued on the 2016 XC60. The largest recall addresses a potential problem with the front passenger seat belt. A smaller recall replaces the fuse for the starter motor in select vehicles. Check to ensure any applicable recalls have been addressed before you buy a used XC60.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo XC60 Is Best?  

The 2016 XC60 is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model and concludes with the 2017 model year. The redesigned 2018 XC60 marks the beginning of a new generation.

You can likely save money – and get a very similar SUV – by shopping for an older model in the same generation as the 2016 XC60. There have been slight changes to the powertrain over the last few model years, and an infotainment system became standard with the 2015.5 model. Otherwise, the XC60 remains mostly unchanged when it comes to features and ratings.

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is available with T5 and T6 powertrains and in base, Premier, and Platinum trims. All-wheel drive is available; front-wheel drive is standard. A standard XC60 comes with attractive features like an infotainment system, satellite radio, and safety tech, but you'll want to look for a Premier model for leather seats and navigation. The T5's base engine is quite potent, so don't worry about finding a more powerful model.

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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 XC60?

The 2016 XC60 has some of the highest safety scores in its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the car a five-star overall rating, with four out of five stars in the rollover test. The XC60 was also named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it received the highest rating of Good in each individual crash test.

Every XC60 comes with Volvo's City Safety system, which can alert you of possible collisions and automatically apply the brakes when traveling at low speeds. Interestingly, the XC60 doesn't include a standard rearview camera like many rivals do, but it is available. Other available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a driver alertness monitor.

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2016 Volvo XC60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC60 or 2016 Acura RDX?

The 2016 Acura RDX rivals the 2016 XC60 in terms of safety and select ownership costs. Both cars offer ample passenger space and classy cabins, but the XC60 has superior ride quality and an easier to use infotainment system. On the other hand, the RDX has a slightly higher reliability rating. In the end, both models are a good choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC60 or 2016 Audi Q5?

The 2016 Audi Q5 delivers a thrilling driving experience and offers a tempting selection of powerful engines. However, the XC60 is the more sensible choice, with higher safety and expected reliability ratings. You'll also spend significantly less to maintain, fuel, insure, and repair the XC60 than you will the Q5.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volvo XC60 or 2016 Volvo XC90?

Volvo's flagship luxury midsize SUV, the XC90, was fully redesigned for 2016. It earned high praise when it debuted for its comfort and interior quality. That's one of the few advantages a used 2016 Volvo XC90 has over its smaller sibling. It's a good choice if you need seating for seven (both 2-row and 3-row XC90s are available), but it is more expensive to buy (by about $12,000, on average) and own. If the XC90 doesn't fit into your budget, it's fine to stick with the compact XC60.

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2016 XC60 Performance

How Does the 2016 Volvo XC60 Drive?

The 2016 XC60's standard engine is a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder with excellent power and acceleration. There are also more powerful available engines, like a 305-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder. XC60s are available with an automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. This Volvo has one of the softest rides in the segment, floating easily over bumps in the road. Though not completely sporty, it has confident handling and can maneuver through curves with ease.

Does the 2016 Volvo XC60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the XC60 gets excellent fuel economy estimates for the class: 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2016 Volvo XC60 Towing Capacity

The 2016 XC60 can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 XC60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 XC60 Seat?

The five-person 2016 XC60 features an elegant interior with high-quality materials, a handsome design, and excellent fit and finish. The seats are very comfortable, and even tall passengers should have ample head- and legroom in the rear.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Volvo XC60?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the car's second row, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the XC60's LATCH system as Marginal – the second-lowest rating – for ease of use.

2016 Volvo XC60 Features

Every 2016 XC60 comes with standard satellite radio and the Sensus infotainment system, which is easy to use and offers cool extras like Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity. Some XC60 models include features like navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

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2016 Volvo XC60 Dimensions

Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

If you're looking for utility, you'll appreciate the XC60's best-in-class cargo space. It has a maximum capacity of 67.4 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.  

Volvo XC60 Length and Weight

The curb weight of the XC60 ranges from 3,840 to 4,170 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight tops out at 5,380 pounds. The XC60 is 15.2 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Volvo XC60 Built?

Volvo built the 2016 XC60 in Belgium.

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