Volvo XC60 Review & Features

First Drive

2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive

"Thor's Hammer" is the name Volvo has given to the design of its headlights, a captivating element that has become as important to the brand as the actual hood badge. The all-new 2018 XC60 wears a pair of Thor's Hammers that assure no one will mistake this compact luxury SUV for anything but a Volvo.

The new generation of Volvo cars has become somewhat of a hot topic thanks to designs that are powerful, elegant and uniquely Swedish. The compact luxury XC60 SUV is the latest vehicle in Volvo's lineup to be made over, and it wears the design extremely well. From the top of its tapered greenhouse to the lower flanks that look to have been chiseled by the Norse god himself, the XC60's status as Volvo's most popular model is virtually locked in.

2018 Volvo XC60

Smaller, Lighter, Just as Powerful
The new XC60 is built using the same base structure that underpins the larger 90-series models, the XC90 SUV and S90 sedan. Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture design allows it to do this with relative ease, shrinking or stretching certain body sections to create vehicles of various sizes and types.The similarities in structure also permit the smaller XC60 to use all of the same engines that already exist for the 90-series cars.

The XC60 is offered with three engines, all featuring a form of all-wheel drive as standard. The base T5 model gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The midlevel T6, which is the model we test-drove, employs both turbocharging and supercharging to push power levels of the 2.0-liter engine to 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, there's the T8 plug-in hybrid, which uses the T6's engine to drive the front wheels and an electric motor to provide motivation for the rear axle. The cumulative power output from the engine and electric motor amounts to 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, which Volvo claims will briskly propel the T8 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. That's sports car territory for those who aren't familiar.

All the engine options mate up to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be manually shifted by pushing the drive lever to the left or by using the steering wheel paddles that come exclusively with the R-Design trim. All-wheel drive for the T5 and T6 cars is handled by a compact, electrically actuated coupling that can send up to 50 percent of the power to the rear axle on demand. But when it isn't needed, the XC60 conserves fuel by sending power only to the front wheels.

Pricing for the base T5 Momentum model starts at $42,495, the T6 starts at $45,895, and the T8 at $53,895. The sporty R-Design trim adds $3,300 to any Momentum model, with the most sophisticated Inscription trim available for an additional $500.

2018 Volvo XC60

A Spin in the T6 Model
We spent a day driving on a mix of roads in a XC60 T6 Inscription equipped with the optional air suspension, which has the ability to lift the body for more off-highway ground clearance or lower it for high-speed stability and easy loading. Compared to the previous model, the new XC60 is a hair longer and wider, but it sits a little lower to the ground, indicating an attitude shift toward improved dynamics. The wheelbase grows by just over 3.5 inches, too, affording rear passengers another inch and a half of precious legroom.

Digging into the accelerator at the first crack of open highway, our twin-charged four-cylinder went to work with linear power delivery similar to that of a non-boosted V6 engine. Volvo claims this car should hit 60 mph from a stop in 5.6 seconds, which seems a bit optimistic based on our highly technological, butt-in-the-driver-seat method.

The air suspension comes with Volvo's Four-C electronically adjustable suspension, providing varying levels of compliance, for a soft ride when cruising or for more control in the curves. Thumb the drive mode wheel and nearly every driving interface — engine, transmission, accelerator, steering, brakes, dampers and ride height — adapts to suit one of five available modes; Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Individual (personal preferences) or Off-Road.

Though there were no rutted hills to traverse during our drive, we did have a few twisty country road sections on which to lean the XC60. Large-SUV owners looking to downsize will find the XC60 tidier and more buttoned down than something like Volvo's XC90, which weighs about 500 to 600 pounds more, depending on trim. Within its class, however, the XC60 isn't the dynamic leader. Despite lacking the paddle shifters from the R-Design model, we didn't experience any real sense of encouragement from the XC60 to tackle curves with more purpose. That said, it maintains composure well enough when challenged, and it's more than sufficiently comfortable for hours in the saddle.

2018 Volvo XC60

A Wooden Wonderland
The cabin of our heavily optioned Inscription XC60 displayed new levels of style and polish that are now top-class competitive and will certainly make people take notice. The main attraction is the dash, which has contrast stitching and is underscored with long trim inlays that bend and weave around a 9-inch touchscreen and oversized climate vents. The Inscription model further impresses with its swoopy inlays made of real wood.

Below that, next to the gearshift, the cupholders and change drawer disappear under retractable covers made up of thin wood slats to match the curvaceous trim above. When pulled closed, the center console looks clean and minimalistic since most of the accessory and system controls have been consigned to the touchscreen. The few buttons and knobs that remain are ones that are better left out of a touchscreen for fumble-free operation, such as the hazard lights and volume-control knob.

2018 Volvo XC60

The minimalist theme carries through to the Inscription's two-tone leather steering wheel, where the labels for the controls look hieroglyphic. The usual cruise, audio and voice buttons are here, along with one to toggle through menus within the large 12.3-inch color gauge cluster. Beyond the aesthetics of a fully digital gauge screen, the ability to display info such as navigation route guidance is key, especially when you'd prefer to have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (standard on all models) cued up on the central display. With the myriad of functions assigned to the touchscreen, not having to continually toggle back to the navigation screen for your next direction is a boon.

2018 Volvo XC60

Volvo's Sensus infotainment interface in the middle of the dashboard adopts the smartphone tap, swipe and pinch gestures to navigate menus. Everything from driver assist systems to climate control settings are located here. And while the system responses aren't executed quite at smartphone speeds, the interface proves adequately easy to use.

There's a lengthy list of premium features available on the XC60 including premium leather, heated and ventilated seats, an 1,100-watt, 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Features such as the panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Wi-Fi hotspot with 3GB of free data, rearview camera, and lane keeping assist are standard, which is not the case for much of the competition. Additionally, you can specify class-exclusive massaging front seats and, for those who care deeply for their rear passengers, a four-zone climate control system.

2018 Volvo XC60

Synonymous with Safety
Those familiar with the Volvo brand know it has always emphasized safety. Smart marketing aside, Volvo says it remains wholly committed to that pillar of the company. With car structures getting safer and the proliferation of active safety aids working to mitigate and prevent vehicle collisions, Volvo's manifesto is to bring down the number of deaths and serious injuries in any Volvo to zero by the year 2020.

To prove it isn't just a bunch of empty speak, quite a few standard safety technologies come with all XC60s. Volvo's Steer Assist is the main component and is used in conjunction with other systems for various scenarios. There's the lane keeping assist, which is more commonplace and prevents accidental lane drift, but it also works if it senses the XC60 drifting into oncoming traffic. This system works at speeds between 37 and 87 mph, and if no action is taken by the driver, the car will steer itself back into its own lane. A related scenario is if the blind-spot monitoring system detects a car in an adjacent lane, the XC60 will take action to avoid a collision. A third scenario involves approaching an object in the road and swerving around it. Steer Assist will apply the front and rear brakes on the side you're steering to, dynamically helping the car to turn, while making steering corrections if needed. Once the object is avoided, the car applies brakes to the other side to help stabilize the XC60 after the maneuver.

Other standard features include a drowsy/distracted driver alert; automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and animal detection; run-off road mitigation/protection; road sign information; and a full suite of airbags. Beyond the standard equipment Volvo also offers an assortment of packages that further lessen the chances of an unintentional incident. Key features within those packages include a 360-degree camera system, the aforementioned blind-spot monitoring, park assist with auto parking, and dynamic bending headlights.

To cap off its safety talks, Volvo also announced that it should have a working autonomous vehicle (Level 4) by 2021. Until then, perhaps we'll just continue to enjoy the driving experience that vehicles such as the 2018 XC60 have to offer.

Volvo XC60 Review

Crossover SUVs, thanks to their combination of utility and carlike handling, have become the mainstream choice for many drivers. The Volvo XC60 is the Swedish manufacturer's latest entry. Seating five, the XC60 competes in the growing small luxury crossover segment.

Since it's a Volvo, you might assume that the XC60 has safety going for it, and you'd be right. There's even a trick City Safety system that automatically brakes the vehicle to prevent or mitigate low-speed collisions. But the XC60 is also a stylish and functional vehicle, and it handles unusually well for a crossover, let alone one with a Volvo badge on the front. It belongs on your short list if you're shopping for a vehicle of this sort.

Current Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is a premium crossover SUV that's available in three trim levels: 3.2, T6 and T6 R-Design.

The 3.2 has a 3.2-liter inline-6 that generates 240 horsepower, while the T6 has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine rated at 300 hp. The R-Design bumps output to 325 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 3.2, with all-wheel drive optional. The T6s come with all-wheel drive. All XC60s feature a six-speed automatic with manual shift control. The XC60 T6 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about 7 seconds flat, which is pretty quick for this segment.

Standard features on the 3.2 include alloy wheels, a power driver seat, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod control. The T6 adds the turbocharged engine, leather upholstery and a power passenger seat. The T6 R-Design adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, sport-tuned suspension and steering, a panoramic sunroof, privacy glass and special styling elements inside and out. Option highlights include heated front and rear seats, a power liftgate, parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry a navigation system, a back-up camera and Volvo's integrated child booster seats.

Safety features are plentiful and include stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats. The standard City Safety feature allows the XC60 to automatically apply its brakes below certain speeds to prevent or lessen damage from collisions. A Collision Avoidance package is optional and adds a lane-departure warning system, a blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control and other driver aids.

In reviews, our editors have praised the XC60's stylish cabin with its avant-garde "floating" center stack, available real oak trim (metallic trim is standard) and high materials quality. The roomy and comfortably elevated rear seat has a convenient 40/20/40-split configuration. With all sections folded down, there are 67 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. Parents should love the optional integrated rear booster seats.

On the road, the Volvo XC60 delivers performance that's easily on par with its European rivals. The base 3.2 engine is just adequate, but the energetic turbocharged straight-6 provides plenty of power with no perceptible lag and is the gem of the two. The handling is hampered somewhat by numb steering, but most will find the XC60 provides a strong sense of vehicle control.

Used Volvo XC60 Models
The Volvo XC60 debuted for the 2010 model year. Initially, there were just the 3.2 and T6 trim levels, the former having 235 hp and the latter with 281 hp. The following year brought increased output for both engines (to 240 and 300 hp, respectively) as well as the debut of the sporty "R-Design" variants of each, for a total of four trim levels. The 3.2 R-Design lasted just one year, however. The T6 R-Design's power output also went up to 325 hp for 2012.

Volvo XC60 Cars for Sale

2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Dynamic
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Gray 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Automatic with Geartronic 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC AWD, 12V Power Outlet in Cargo Area, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 8 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy wheels, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Blind Spot Sensor, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Climate Package, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electric Folding Rear Headrests, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone A/C, Front Park Assist, Front reading lights, Front Sport Seats, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Windshield, Illuminated entry, Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), Leather Seating Surfaces, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, Memory seat, MP3 decoder, Navigation system: Sensus Navigation, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power moonroof, Power passenger seat, Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors, Power steering, Power windows, Preferred Option Package, Premium audio system: Sensus Connect, Radio data system, Radio: High Performance AM/FM/CD, Rain sensing wipers, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear fog lights, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear reading lights, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Sensus Navigation with Mapcare, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, Variably intermittent wipers, AWD. Awards: * 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Reviews: * The efficient four-cylinder engines are more powerful than you'd think; top safety scores and integrated booster seats make the XC60 a great choice for families; cargo space is generous; all seats provide long-distance comfort. Source: Edmunds All conditions subject to credit approval. Dealer installed options additional. All offers plus tax, tags, and a processing fee of $585. (Frieght of $940-$995 for new vehicles) Stock photo colors, options, and trim levels may vary. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Not responsible for typographical errors, final price must be approved by manager. See dealer for details.

2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Dynamic
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This Volvo won't be on the lot long! Distinctive design and opulent equipment are standard. A turbocharger is also included as an economical means of increasing performance. Volvo prioritized comfort and style by including: variably intermittent wipers, power moon roof, and a blind spot monitoring system. Our sales reps are extremely helpful knowledgeable. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.

2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design
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2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Awards: * 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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2017 Blue Volvo XC60 T5 FWD 2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged DOHC Automatic with Geartronic 4D Sport Utility Factory MSRP: $48,090 Awards: * 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Reviews: * The efficient four-cylinder engines are more powerful than you'd think; top safety scores and integrated booster seats make the XC60 a great choice for families; cargo space is generous; all seats provide long-distance comfort. Source: Edmunds 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 8 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Blind Spot Sensor, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front Comfort Seats, Front dual zone A/C, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Genuine wood console insert, Genuine wood dashboard insert, Heated door mirrors, Illuminated entry, Leather Seating Surfaces, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, Memory seat, MP3 decoder, Navigation system: Sensus Navigation, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power moonroof, Power passenger seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: High Performance AM/FM/CD, Rain sensing wipers, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear fog lights, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear reading lights, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Sensus Navigation with Mapcare, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, Variably intermittent wipers, and Wheels: 18 Silver Leda Diamond Cut Alloy. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $995 freight (all new Volvo models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.

2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Dynamic
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2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Dynamic
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This vehicle won't be on the lot long! Breathtaking performance, sumptuous accommodations and jaw dropping good looks! Turbocharger technology provides forced air induction, enhancing performance while preserving fuel economy. Volvo prioritized fit and finish as evidenced by: a power liftgate, blind spot sensor, and power front seats. Under the hood you'll find a 4 cylinder engine with more than 200 horsepower, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Our knowledgeable sales staff is available to answer any questions that you might have. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. Stop in and take a test drive!

2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription
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You won't want to miss this excellent value! It delivers style and power in a single package! A turbocharger is also included as an economical means of increasing performance. Top features include air conditioning, a blind spot monitoring system, heated front and rear seats, and power front seats. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the 2 liter 4 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Our knowledgeable sales staff is available to answer any questions that you might have. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.