With a base price starting at $36,600, the 2016 Volvo XC60 is one of the top models in the mid-size luxury utility market.

From performance to comfort to Volvo’s industry-leading safety features, the new XC60 is absolutely outstanding.

Available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations, the XC60 provides consumers the choice of three Drive-E engines. The Drive-E engines are designed to provide efficient operation without compromising the driving experience.

I was blown away by its performance, as well as the XC60’s ability to deliver an EPA fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway for a five-passenger utility vehicle.

The base engine for front-wheel drive models is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, delivering 240 horsepower and 258 lbs.-ft. torque. Mated to an eight-speed driver-adaptive automatic transmission, it has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.9 seconds.

All-wheel drive models are powered by a 2.5-liter I-5 engine delivering 250 horsepower and 266 lbs.-ft. torque. Mated to a six-speed driver-adaptive automatic transmission, EPA fuel economy ratings haven’t been released yet, but it has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.6 seconds.

For those wanting even more performance, XC60 consumers also have the option of the 2.0-liter engine aided by a supercharger to deliver 302 horsepower and 295 lbs.-ft. torque, and is mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway. It has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.5 seconds.

For 2016, the XC60 is available in T5, T5 Premier, T5 Platinum, T6 and T6 Platinum trim levels.

When it comes to luxury, the XC60 doesn’t disappoint. Standard features include leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with aluminum inlays, wood decor trim, quartz headliner and front door sill plates and a metal threshold for the cargo area.

An available Inscription Package adds Sovereign Hide soft leather seats, leather covered dashboard, linear walnut wood inlays and leather front console cover.

Every XC60 includes a high-tech instrument cluster with adaptive digital display. It is also one of the most highly connected vehicles on the road thanks to Sensus Connect, which includes Cloud-based apps, internet browser and the ability to serve as a rolling hotspot for portable devices being used in the vehicle.

As you would expect from Volvo, there is a long, long, long list of standard safety features. Suffice it to say you won’t find another vehicle in this segment offering more safety features.

For those in the market for a mid-size luxury utility vehicle, the 2016 Volvo XC60 is an absolute must for the test drive list.

 

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.