With so many SUV options available on the market, drivers typically have no problem finding one that will suit their individual needs. This large automotive category ends up shrinking down in size when drivers begin narrowing their search to the luxury side of the segment. Luxury SUVs, while not impossible to find, are fewer and farther between than those offered by value brands.
Most people who purchase in the crossover segment, typically do so to accommodate their growing families, which puts vehicle safety as their primary concern. A luxury brand known for their commitment to this very subject, offers one of our favorite SUVs for 2016. Volvo XC60 is the luxury SUV everyone is talking about, and we want to highlight just a few of the reasons why this is.
2016 XC60 Puts Safety First – Always
The Volvo Group has been around for quite some time, and their longevity on the market says more than we ever could regarding their quality and reliability. The Swedish company was founded nearly ninety years ago, and has put a major emphasis on in-vehicle safety since the first day it was conceived.
When choosing any vehicle, especially one in the luxury category, safety is always important. It is for this reason that consumers, especially those with families or teenage drivers, have turned to the brand for nearly nine decades. The crossover SUV XC60 exemplifies Volvo’s passion for safety in its 2016 model year, making it an incredibly popular vehicle for luxury car buyers who demand the very best.
The overall safety features that have been incorporated into the 2016 XC60 have helped the crossover earn impeccable safety ratings. With an overall 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2016 XC60 also took home the highest Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both of these honors are incredibly telling of how much Volvo values safety in their vehicles, and while we could have easily put this as a point on our list – it is too impressive to be limited to a single bullet point.
The Top 10 Features of the 2016 Volvo XC60
Volvo’s luxury compact crossover has a lot going for it. Whether you are one of the drivers with a family to haul, or simply someone who enjoys the higher ground clearance and added interior space – the 2016 XC60 is loaded with awe-inspiring features. Take a look at some of the best of the best that the newest XC60 model offers.
The base 2016 XC60 has a starting MSRP of just $36,600. In the world of luxury crossovers, this is merely a blip on the financial radar. With some vehicles in the same class starting well over $50,000 – the XC60 is the perfect place to start for drivers who are more conscious of their budget.
Volvo’s compact crossover will continue saving you money during your entire close of ownership thanks to its high fuel economy ratings. With an estimated highway fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon, the 2016 XC60 has the capacity to keep you on the road longer than other crossovers.
If saving the planet is on your everyday “to-do list,” then driving a XC60 should be too. With the standard four-cylinder Drive-E Turbocharged/Supercharged engine, you will feel like the Earth’s super hero on a daily basis. Amassing an impressive 302 horsepower, this engine is not just powerful, it also offers lowered fuel consumption, and 30% fewer harmful emissions to the environment. Win-Win-Win.
Standard All-Wheel Drive:
Regardless of where you live or what the annual weather looks like, the XC60 will inspire confidence behind the wheel with its advanced all-wheel drive system. Take on all terrain, and all weather, with all wheel drive confidence.
Advanced Stability Control:
Complementing the all-wheel drive system beautifully, is the advanced stability control of the XC60. Detecting skids at an early stage, this system compensates precisely in order to reduce understeer, and increase traction around corners taken at higher speeds.
Active Bending Lights:
Imagine your headlights turning with your steering wheel, every time you manipulated your car in the slightest way. With active bending headlights, the XC60 gives a clear view of the road at night for a better look at what lies ahead. These lights move with the compact crossover in a side-to-side motion, allowing for maximum visibility all of the time.
City Safety Auto Braking:
Touted as one of the safest car brands in the world, Volvo has included some rather impressive safety technology inside of the 2016 XC60. Among that technology is the city safety auto braking system. In the event that traffic comes to a quick stop, this system engages by preparing the brakes for a sudden and complete stop. Without driver input, this system also engaged automatically in order to prevent a collision, keeping an eye on the road even when you can’t.
Volvo’s advanced infotainment system allows for the driver to completely control their vehicle. A host of apps are included, along with the award-winning Volvo On Call feature which allows for control of the XC60 from a remote location. Built-in WiFi is also a part of the Sensus Connect system, which keeps you and your passenger connected around the world.
If you set out to define vehicle luxury, headlight washers are unlikely to be a part of that definition, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them! The 2016 XC60 includes headlight washers, which is one of those features that you don’t think you need, until you have them. Drivers can experience a completely clear view of the road ahead, everytime they get behind the wheel.
Electric Folding Rear Head Restraints:
This feature is rather self-explanatory, but it’s unique and awesome functionality deserved a mention on our list. Passengers can adjust their head restraints with the touch of a button, for maximum and precise comfort.
Five Trim Levels to Choose From for 2016
The 2016 XC60 is one of our favorite Volvo crossovers on the market this year. Loaded with premium amenities and luxurious touches, the Volvo XC60 is truly a luxury vehicle worth taking for a test drive.With five different trim level options, even the high end version of the XC60 is reasonably priced at $47,200.
The base level T5 Drive-E comes standard with amenities you would never expect from the lowest trim level of a vehicle. Including advanced features like a dual-zone automatic climate control system, an eight-speaker audio system, eight-way power front seats, heated power mirrors, and more.
Optional packages such as the Premier Package adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and an auto-dim day/night mirror. For drivers who want it all, the Platinum Package includes a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a HomeLink garage door opener, power tailgate, roll-up cargo cover, rear park distance control, and more.
Essentially, Volvo defines the trim levels of the XC60 based on the engine and drivetrain preferred. Drivers are then encouraged to add options packages to further customize their XC60 to their exact preferences. Whatever you want out of your luxury compact crossover, Volvo works with your needs, desires, and budget, to ensure your 2016 XC60 is exactly as you envisioned it being.