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Review of the 2015 Volvo XC60

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • New engines for front-wheel-drive models only increase the 2015 Volvo XC60's appeal. It's one of our top recommended compact luxury crossovers due to its generous space, appealing road manners, attractive cabin and emphasis on safety.

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  • Pros

    Energetic and efficient four-cylinder engines; well-balanced ride and handling; superb crash scores; supportive seats; distinctive cabin design; generous cargo space.

  • Cons

    All-wheel drive tied to less efficient engines; sluggish 3.2 AWD model; rear seat doesn't recline.

  • What's New for 2015

    Front-wheel-drive Volvo XC60 trims get new engines for 2015 along with the moniker "Drive-E." The T5 Drive-E has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the T6 Drive-E has a novel turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. These engines are paired to an equally new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard automatic engine stop-start, which help these XC60 models achieve segment-leading fuel economy.

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First and definitely last volvo

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Vehicle: 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 6/14 (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

Safety features are outstanding, but after driving car for 2 months, each day is as frustrating as the last in how poorly designed the interior is. Virtually no place to store things. In order to reach something easily (while driving), it has to be in one of the two cup holders. Bluetooth and iPod functionality is unintuitive. I have had to memorize exactly what will work when, which has relieved some of that frustration. Lots of reviewers praise the comfort; it has been more comfortable than Toyota Highlander, but not by much. Most frustrating : the poor service of ONLY Volvo dealer in my area. Not having a choice for service has been a major mistake.

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Best car i've ever owned,

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Vehicle: 2015 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 6/14 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The more I found out about the Volvo XC 60 the more impressed I was, to the point that I got two. The price was considerably lower than comparable vehicles. The Volvo XC 60 has the most comfortable seats of any vehicle I've ever driven. Its safety features were top of the line. It had all the options I could get from other vehicles, and more. I listen to educational and music CD's and only with the Volvo could I replay a section I wanted to hear again. This feature used to be available in most vehicles, only Volvo kept it. A customer service rep emails me regularly, making sure all my questions and issues are handled.

Full 2015 Volvo XC60 Review

What's New for 2015

Front-wheel-drive Volvo XC60 trims get new engines for 2015 along with the moniker "Drive-E." The T5 Drive-E has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the T6 Drive-E has a novel turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. These engines are paired to an equally new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard automatic engine stop-start, which help these XC60 models achieve segment-leading fuel economy.


Family vehicles have a reputation for being boring, while Volvo family vehicles have the added historical burden of cinder-block styling, sleepy driving dynamics and an ultra-sensible nature generally appealing to those who wear grandpa shoes and elastic-waist jeans. But you can expect absolutely none of that from the 2015 Volvo XC60.

The XC60's been out for a few years now and we've always thought highly of its sleekly styled exterior, stylish cabin and engaging driving dynamics. Best of all, those characteristic attributes disguise what is still a sensible vehicle with plenty of family-friendly space and features, complemented by top-notch crash test scores.

For 2015, it gets even more appealing thanks to new four-cylinder engines that boast energetic acceleration and class-leading fuel economy. Aiding the latter is an equally new eight-speed automatic transmission and a surprisingly refined automatic engine stop-start system. Unfortunately, these engines are only available on front-wheel-drive models, whereas the old lineup of six-cylinder engines and six-speed automatic transmissions soldier on with all-wheel drive. The difference in fuel economy is significant, as is acceleration with the laggardly 3.2 AWD model.

With the exception of that particular model, the 2015 Volvo XC60 is one of our top recommended compact luxury crossovers. Of primary appeal is its well-rounded nature, which allows it to share some of the best attributes of its key competitors: the spacious and family-friendly 2015 Acura RDX, the stylish and fuel-efficient Audi Q5 and the engaging 2015 BMW X3. Although it can get a tad pricey (especially compared to the Acura), the XC60 is a family vehicle that deserves an entirely different reputation.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Volvo XC60 is a compact crossover SUV that seats five people. There are five trim levels that correspond to engine and drivetrain: T5 Drive-E, 3.2 AWD, T6 Drive-E, T6 AWD and T6 AWD R-Design. Each is then broken into sub-trims.

The 2015 XC60 T5 Drive-E and 3.2 AWD come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, front and rear foglights, LED running lights, roof rails, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, "T-Tec" fabric upholstery, a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod audio interface. The 3.2 AWD differs in its engine, transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

The Premier sub-trims of the T5 Drive-E and 3.2 AWD, as well as the base T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD, add keyless ignition and entry, a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, leather upholstery, configurable digital gauges and an auto-dimming mirror. The T6 trims also get transmission paddle shifters. The T6 AWD R-Design is similarly equipped, but also has 20-inch wheels, unique exterior and interior design elements, and its own unique digital gauges.

The Premier Plus sub-trim is available on all trims and adds a rearview camera, power-folding mirrors, a power liftgate, power-folding rear headrests, a folding front passenger seat, a cargo cover and a pop-up trunk-mounted grocery holder.

The Platinum sub-trim adds auto-dimming exterior mirrors, interior accent lighting, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system and a navigation system (available separately on the other sub-trims).

The Climate package adds an interior air quality system and heating for the front seats, rear seats, steering wheel, windshield and washer nozzles. The Sport package adds 20-inch wheels and sport front seats (deletes the folding front passenger seat). Individual options include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and rear child booster seats that also include power child door locks. The R-Design can be equipped with special leather/simulated suede upholstery.

See the below Safety section for additional safety-related options.

The T6 Platinum sub-trims can be equipped with the Inscription package, which includes upgraded leather upholstery, extended leather interior trim, power front seat lumbar adjustment, special floor mats and sill plates, and special wood trim.

One notable dealer-installed accessory available on every XC60 is the Sensus Connected Touch system. This adds touchscreen functionality to the standard "Sensus" color display screen along with an onboard WiFi connection, Internet access and voice-activated audio controls, including those for Spotify Internet radio. A less sophisticated navigation system can also be added that costs much less than the so-called "integrated navigation system."

Powertrains and Performance

The 2015 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, along with an automatic stop-start system that shuts down the engine to save fuel when the XC60 has come to a stop. Volvo estimates the T5 Drive-E will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is excellent at 27 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway).

The 2015 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD comes with a 3.2-liter inline-6 that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. Volvo estimates a very leisurely 0-60 time of 9.1 seconds, which would make that XC60 the slowest vehicle in the segment. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway).

The 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E comes with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like the T5, it has front-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic with engine stop-start. In Edmunds testing, an XC60 T6 Drive-E went from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is certainly quick, but ultimately a bit slow when compared to other compact crossovers with an upgrade engine. Fuel economy is an impressive 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway), and it returned 26.5 mpg on the 120-mile Edmunds evaluation loop -- about the same as the less powerful Audi Q5 2.0T.

The 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD models get a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. The regular T6 AWD version produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the R-Design version is good for 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Both have all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmissions. In Edmunds testing, a T6 R-Design went from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and we expect the regular T6 to only be a tenth or two slower. Either way, this is again a bit slow in comparison to other compact crossovers with an engine upgrade. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for both versions.


Every 2015 Volvo XC60 comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock brakes, whiplash-protection front seats, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is Volvo's City Safety system, which is an automatic braking system that engages at speeds of up to 30 mph when the car detects that a collision is imminent.

There is additional, optional safety equipment. The Dual Two-Stage Integrated Booster Seats pop up from the backseat's outboard positions and accommodate children with a height/weight range from 37 inches and 33 pounds to 55 inches and 80 pounds. These booster seats come with power child door locks. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) package adds a blind-spot warning system, cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. The Technology package adds a frontal collision warning system with fully automatic braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection with fully automatic braking, a driver-inattention warning system and lane-departure warning.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 2015 XC60 T6 Drive-E with the Sport package's 20-inch wheels and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, a respectable distance for this class of vehicle.

The XC60 received a top five-star rating from the government for overall, frontal and side crash protection. It also received the best possible rating of "Good" in all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, which is a rare achievement.

Interior Design and Special Features

As with other Volvos, the XC60's cabin is defined by modern yet inviting design indicative of its Swedish homeland. The shape of the "floating" center stack and available real wood trim are particularly distinctive, and there's certainly no mistaking the XC60 for anything else in the segment. Another Volvo hallmark is the sublimely comfortable and supportive front seats.

The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and "mode man" pictogram make climate control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system's phone-style number pad and surrounding buttons may look a bit antiquated in the luxury class these days, but they're simple and make controlling basic stereo functions easy. For more complicated tasks like selecting a media player playlist, programming the optional navigation system or controlling more complicated vehicle functions, the XC60 relies on the standard Sensus system. It, too, is fairly easy to use and similar to competitor systems, though the multipurpose knob's location on the dash (rather than the center console) is not ideal.

The rear seat is particularly roomy as smaller crossovers go, with a high seat cushion, above-average headroom and decent legroom for adults. Unfortunately, the seatbacks do not recline, but parents and kids alike will appreciate the available integrated child booster seats that pop up from the seat bottom. To accommodate cargo, the versatile 40/20/40-split rear seat can be folded in a number of different ways. Maximum cargo space is 67 cubic feet, which is a good number for this class.

Driving Impressions

The Volvo XC60 engages drivers with responsive steering, and handling that feels tight and controlled even when going around turns. It's not the sportiest entry in the segment, but it's certainly athletic and offers more driving entertainment than you might expect from a Volvo. At the same time, the XC60 easily soaks up road imperfections and provides a comfortable ride quality. We would think twice about the available 20-inch wheels, though, as you may find the resulting ride to be a touch too firm.

The rest of the XC60 driving experience differs greatly depending on the engine and trim you get. The 3.2 AWD is essentially the slowest vehicle in the small luxury crossover segment and delivers unimpressive fuel economy; we'd recommend avoiding it, based on these two demerits. The other choices in the lineup are far more appealing, especially those with the new four-cylinder engines. The T5 Drive-E delivers energetic acceleration and class-leading efficiency, while the T6 Drive-E turns the energy level up even further with its novel turbo- and supercharged power plant. The T6 AWD's turbocharged-6 is just as enthusiastic in getting the XC60 moving -- if not as quickly as some rival upgrade engines -- but it does return significantly lower fuel economy than the front-wheel-drive engines.

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