2016 Volvo S60 Buyer's Guide
Luxury with Restraint
The Volvo S60 is a stylish and comfortable small luxury sedan priced lower than most of its closest European competitors. Not as hard-edged as a BMW 3 Series or as rich as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the S60 is a sporty luxury sedan with a lighter touch. The Volvo S60 isn't the obvious choice in the segment, but that's one of the reasons its fans find it so appealing. For 2016, Volvo adds two new models to pique your interest: the S60 Cross Country, with raised ride height and off-road-ready suspension, and the long-wheelbase S60 Inscription with more rear legroom.
All of the engine choices are impressive, and as we explain in our 2016 Volvo S60 full review, "Regardless of what you choose, you'll conduct business from one of the most comfortable driver's seats we've ever had the pleasure of sitting in, with a quiet and refined interior as well. An available Sport package amps up handling without ruining ride quality, but if you want the ultimate in Volvo handling, the R-Design version and its Sports Chassis is the perfect choice."
Volvo S60 Cross Country
If you want a small luxury off-roader, but the idea of having a wagon or crossover doesn’t appeal to you, Volvo has just the car for you. The S60 Cross Country sedan comes with a 250-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and nearly eight inches of ground clearance. It's the sedan alternative to wagons like the Volvo XC70 and Audi Allroad, yet has the same go-nearly-anywhere attitude.
Build and Price
Sticker prices for the 2016 Volvo S60 start a tick below $35,000 and top out beyond $53,000 with all the available upgrades. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a bit less. Build and price your own 2016 Volvo S60 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Volvos are more fun and more stylish than ever, but they're still standouts when it comes to safety. For instance, the S60 can detect impending collisions -- with a car, a pedestrian or a cyclist -- and automatically hit the brakes to avoid or mitigate an impact.
For an even more European experience, take a look at the V60, the wagon version of the S60. From our 2016 Volvo V60 review: "The 2016 Volvo V60 wagon feels as comfortable on winding mountain roads as it does on long stretches of open highway. The available Sport package is a must, adding a stiffer suspension that controls body lean in sharp corners while retaining the ability to soak up nasty road imperfections."
For 2016, Volvo introoduced high-performance Polestar versions of the S60 and V60. Whether you want a wagon or a sedan, the limited-edition cars are powered by a 345-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6. The features list includes all-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, Polestar-optimized suspension and a 0-60 speed of under six seconds.
Current-generation Volvo S60 owners seem very pleased overall with their cars. Comfortable and fun to drive are common themes in our Volvo S60 consumer reviews, and as sfmattyb says, the S60 is "not your father's Volvo."
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The 2016 Volvo S60 offers an attractive balance of style, comfort, performance and price, but buyers who want a different mix have plenty of choices. Visit our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.