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2016 Volvo S60 Walk Around

The S60 looks like a Volvo, but one of the most fashionable ever. Sweeping lines and smooth contours highlight the wedge shape. Expressive, organic details and flashy alloy wheels make the S60 look like it’s moving, even when idle.

The new Inscription sedan looks like a longer version of the S60. That’s because it is: its wheelbase grew 3 inches. The Inscription’s roofline had to be reshaped to accommodate the additional body length.

Boldest of all is the R-Design, with its trunklid spoiler, special wheels, and sport tailpipes.

The Cross Country flaunts a more rugged appearance, with honeycomb grille, black fender cladding, side scuff plates, skid plates, and 19-inch diamond-cut wheels. Ground clearance of 7.9 inches gives it a more rugged stance. Cross Country gets an appealing shade of dark gray paint, complemented by blacked-out greenhouse trim and fender extensions.

Interior

Smart and stylish in the tradition of Scandinavian simplicity, the S60 interior seems almost minimalist. That traditional Swedish motif is complemented by contrasting, high-quality materials and pleasing textures. Elegantly blending form with function, the driver-oriented cockpit features Volvo’s floating center console, bringing a modern tone. Storage is available below and behind the console.

Upper-trim models feel luxurious, but not lavish. In base models, the interior almost looks stark. R Design models get a unique steering wheel and upholstery.

Five adults can be accommodated, while four can travel in full comfort. Front seats are among the best we have enjoyed, boasting thoughtful support and bolstering.

The rear seat is larger than it looks, but space is no more than adequate in regular-wheelbase models. A raked rear window puts the back seat closer to the floor than taller adults might prefer. Still, the back seat holds two passengers taller than six feet. The new, longer Inscription model offers 3.2 extra inches of legroom, making it class-leading in terms of rear space.

Though hushed most of the time, with sounds from wind, road and tire surfaces well suppressed, an S60 isn’t the quietest sedan, especially the R-Design.

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