Volvo gives two paths to luxury with 2016 S60
Is that an S60 driving by? Is that another one? Why do they look so different? For this new year the Volvo S60 offers two very different models that have different purposes. The Cross Country is an off-roading sedan that offers a higher ride height, fender flair and AWD. The Inscription is the lavishly luxurious car that you expect the S60 to be. Both are made to turn some heads and bring in the features and equipment that we want at a price the starts out much lower than the more mainstream names of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Of course the S60 is one of the most safety laden vehicles on the road, we wouldn’t have it any other way, and the Inscription give you three more inches of legroom to make it very comfortable in the rear seat. The newness for this year is the Cross Country model that makes it easy to see how Volvo is trying to show how the luxury cars can be great off road vehicles. With the way compact crossover SUVs are getting smaller, this is probably the next step, and might save on a lot of retooling at manufacturing facilities.
The pricing of the S60 is going to put a smile on your face. The T5 starts just under $35,000, while the Inscription Premier T5 in FWD comes in at just under $40,000 and the Cross Country begins life around $45,000. Adding the AWD will cost you an additional $1,500 but its well worth it to gain that added driving control on and off the road.
At these prices you are getting an S60 Sedan that has the expanded rear seat in the Inscription or an off road player in the Cross Country. The cabin is comfortable and all controls are easy for you to find when you are ready for a drive. Everyone will feel comfortable and supported in the seats of the S60 which also offers plenty of visibility.
On the outside the S60 is a stylish and sleek sedan. The long hood transitions easily to a low roofline that curves to the back in a style that resembles a four-door coupe and not a sedan. With the different look of the Cross Country the two cars sitting side by side appear to be completely different cars, but they are obviously built on the same platform and are the same car for the most part.
The equipment you can find in the S60 starts with the active safety of the City Safety system which helps to avoid low speed collisions, the Collision Warning system with full auto brake that senses collisions out on the road and helps apply the brake quickly and the Pedestrian Detection system with the full auto brake to also apply the brake. In the Inscription you will get more space, a rearview camera, walnut wood trimmings, sound deadening materials, a power rear window sunshade and silk-metal accents.
For the optional features the S60 can be had with 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, a sporty chassis enhancement, Park Assistance Pilot which self-parks the vehicle, blind spot information system, keyless entry and starting, a rearview camera, power folding exterior mirrors, heated front seats, a heated windshield, a Harmon/Kardon audio system and much more to make the V60 the car you really want to drive every day.
As with much of the Volvo lineup you have a choice of three engines. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder comes on the FWD models only and the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder and 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder are found on the AWD models. The horsepower starts at a low of 240 and move to a high of 325 to give you the power you need and the fuel efficiency that matches as the smaller engine can reach up to 37 mpg on the highway.
The drive in a V60 comes in a variety of ways because you have a couple different ways this car is set up. Regardless of your choice of trim, the active suspension and responsive steering give you the ride you want along with the ability to enjoy better driving with the AWD on the Cross Country. As a new way to show off a how a car can be made and offer a highly versatile choice, the S60 is waiting for you come on in and pick one up and start driving in comfortable luxury today.