2015 Volvo S60: What's New for 2016
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 19, 2016
If you've been reading the long-term test of our 2015 Volvo S60 and have decided to buy one for yourself, you've got a choice to make. You could walk into a dealership and possibly get a smoking deal on remaining inventory of 2015 models, or you could purchase a newer-than-new 2016 version. Sometimes waiting a year can make all the difference and sometimes there's no variation at all.
In a nutshell, the biggest changes for the 2016 Volvo S60 are the additions of the Inscription and Cross Country models and the T6 R-Design AWD's new engine.
The Inscription is basically a long wheelbase version of the S60 that increases rear legroom by three inches. It's like our departed 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo versus the 328i sedan, but without the weird hatchback design.
The Cross Country is an all-wheel drive S60 raised 2.6 inches for extra ground clearance and possibly to lure people who prefer small crossovers to sedans because of the elevated driving position.
Finally, Volvo drops the T6's turbocharged six-cylinder engine and replaced it with the same turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in our tester. It's down 23 horsepower and 59 lb-ft of torque, but EPA-estimated fuel economy figures have climbed from 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined to 22/31/25. Long-time readers of this blog know that we've had trouble meeting EPA figures with this engine, however, so real-world gains may be slimmer than they appear.
Here's a more detailed list of changes for the 2016 Volvo S60:
-Long wheelbase Inscription added
-Cross Country model added
-T5 Drive-E FWD Platinum dropped
-T5 Drive-E FWD Inscription Premier added
-T5 Drive-E FWD Inscription Platinum added
-T5 AWD Platinum Dropped
-New wheel designs for T5 models
-T6 R-Design AWD gets a new turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
-Quick-fold passenger seat dropped
-Automated parallel parking system available for R-Design model
-Power Blue dropped except for R-design
-Dropped colors: Caspian Blue, Ember Black, Black Sapphire, Electric Silver
-Added colors: Magic Blue, Osmium Grey, Onyx Black
-Prices increased slightly across the board
-Prices for T6 R-Design AWD models increased by $600-700 due to new engine/transmission combo.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor