2017 Volvo XC60
- 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
- Interior design and infotainment system are beginning to show their age
- Handling isn't as capable as some newer competitors
- Handling doesn't inspire much confidence when going around turns
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Edmunds' Expert Review
If you're looking for a family-friendly SUV, the 2017 Volvo XC60 is a great place to start. The interior is as accommodating for adults as it is children, and all passengers benefit from the assurance that comes with top crash test scores and Volvo's obsession with safety innovations.
The XC60 further differentiates itself from other SUVs with its uniquely Scandinavian design and efficient yet potent four-cylinder engines. There's even a sporty R-Design model for drivers that want a more engaging experience.
Then again, there is no shortage of SUVs lining up to challenge the Volvo, and with many introduced or redesigned in recent years, some rivals have an technological and aesthetic edge. The long list of top competitors include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX 200t, Buick Envision, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Even in the face of such strong rivals, the 2017 Volvo XC60 is worth considering as it remains a great all-around performer.
Standard safety features for all Volvo XC60 models include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, whiplash protection for the front seats, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and Volvo On Call emergency telematics. Also standard is Volvo's City Safety system, which is a low-speed frontal collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking.
A pair of integrated dual-stage child booster seats are optional and pop up from the rear outboard seats to accommodate children with a height/weight range from 37 inches and 33 pounds to 55 inches and 80 pounds. Other standard and/or available features include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded frontal collision warning system with fully automatic braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, a driver-inattention warning system and lane departure warning.
In Edmunds brake testing, an XC60 T6 with 20-inch wheels and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, a respectable distance for this class of vehicle. Surprisingly, all-season tires extended that distance by only a foot.
In government crash tests, the XC60 was awarded five out of five stars for overall, frontal and side crash protection, as well as four stars for rollover protection. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the XC60 its highest score of Good for small- and moderate-overlap front crash protection, along with side protection, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. It also received a rating of Superior for its front-crash prevention technology.
2017 Volvo XC60 configurations
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in three main trim levels (Dynamic, Inscription and R-Design) that are further differentiated by two engine choices (T5 and T6).
Standard features for the T5 Dynamic trim include 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, heated mirrors, roof rails, dual panoramic sunroofs, automatic wipers, remote ignition, cruise control, low-speed frontal collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
Interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front sport seats with driver memory functions, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, aluminum interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 7-inch infotainment display, Volvo's Sensus Connect system with navigation and mobile apps, an eight-speaker stereo with USB/auxiliary audio input, HD and satellite radio.
The T6 Dynamic trim adds 19-inch wheels,a power liftgate, keyless entry/ignition and digital gauges. The Inscription trim includes all of the T5 Dynamic features along with 20-inch wheels, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, front comfort seats, interior ambient lighting and wood interior trim. Most of these features are available on the T5 Dynamic as part of the Preferred Option package that also adds front parking sensors, a universal garage door opener, power-folding rear headrests and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area.
R-Design models are similarly outfitted as the T6 Inscription and add unique exterior and interior styling treatments, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport-tuned suspension, power-folding mirrors, automatic high beams, headlight washers, steering-wheel shift paddles, sport pedals, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warnings with full auto braking and pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, a universal garage door opener, power-folding rear headrests and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. Rear parking sensors are not available, though.
Most of the premium features are available as options on supporting trims. Bundled options include the Climate package (heated front and rear seats, heated windshield and washers, and a heated steering wheel) and the Advanced package (the R-Design's advanced safety systems, a drowsy driver alert system, a road sign reader and the premium audio). Standalone options include the heated front seats, adaptive xenon headlights, 20-inch wheels and dual two-stage integrated child booster seats.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (with a momentary overboost to 280 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels, and all-wheel drive is available at additional cost. Properly equipped, the T5 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The T6 and R-Design models receive a supercharger on top of the turbocharger for a power increase to 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and towing capacity maxes out at 4,400 pounds.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) for the front-wheel-drive T5. Opting for all-wheel drive drops that figure to 23 mpg combined. The T6 is rated at 22 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway).
In Edmunds testing, an XC60 T6 and R-Design accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 and 6.2 seconds, respectively. Volvo estimates the T5 will reach 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
Despite what you might think about an SUV powered by a small four-cylinder engine, the XC60 T5 should be more than adequate for most drivers. If you're regularly loading it to capacity with people and cargo, we recommend the more powerful T6. Fuel economy suffers slightly, but probably not enough to be a deal-breaker. Regardless of engine choice, the eight-speed transmission delivers smooth shifts and the available all-wheel drive makes it a capable handler in cold weather climates.
Around town, the XC60 easily soaks up road imperfections and provides a comfortable ride quality. Think twice about the available 20-inch wheels, though, as you could find the resulting ride to be a touch too firm. As for handling, the XC60 is competent, but it's not the segment's sportiest entry. Largely because newer and sportier models have come along in recent years, the XC60 can seem out of its element on tight, twisting roads, and its steering is overly light.
Volvo's reputation for tastefully simple interiors is on full display in the 2017 XC60. The inviting cabin features a distinctive "waterfall" center stack that gracefully joins the dash and center console. Operating the climate control is intuitive, but other systems might take some getting used to. In particular, the infotainment system is controlled via a multifunction knob on the center stack rather than a traditional touchscreen or dial mount where your hand naturally rests. Menus for navigation and music browsing can also be confusing.
Seat comfort, on the other hand, is excellent. Front seats are well shaped and appropriately cushioned for long road trips, and the range of adjustments ensure a comfortable position for a variety of body types. Rear seats are similarly accommodating, delivering adult-sized head- and legroom. Volvo is still one of the only manufacturers to offer integrated child booster seats that fold out of the rear bench.
The quality of the interior materials is decent for the class, though some newer SUVs have surpassed the XC60 in terms of overall look and feel. The XC60's age also shows in the overabundance of buttons on the center stack and small infotainment screen. Cargo space is better than average, though, providing 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 67 cubic feet with those seats folded.
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Features & Specs
The 2017 Volvo XC60 seems a little dated, especially inside, but there's a lot to recommend Volvo's small luxury crossover SUV. It starts with what's under the hood. Buyers have a choice of either the base engine, which is a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder found in the T5 model, or a 302-horsepower version of that engine that is turbocharged and supercharged and used in the upscale T6 model.
The T5 comes in front- or all-wheel drive, while the T6 is all-wheel-drive only. All XC60s get an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA-rated combined fuel mileage for the base engine is 26 mpg for the front-wheel-drive model and 22 mpg for the AWD T6 engine. Properly specced, the XC60 can even tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Standard features for the T5 Dynamic trim include 18-inch wheels, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and power front seats. You also get a 7-inch infotainment display and an eight-speaker stereo. The T6 Dynamic trim gets you some extra features, such as 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, and digital gauges. Then there's the Inscription trim, which adds a few extras, plus the sporty R-Design, which as unique exterior and interior styling treatments, and adaptive cruise control, among other upgrades.
Up front, the seats are comfortable, but the rear seats are a little cramped for adults. Storage behind the rear seats is just adequate, but fold the rear seats down, and there’s 67.4 cubic feet of space. The XC60 is a great choice for parents with young children, offering integrated booster seats and all-around top safety scores. Add to that the fact that, front or rear, it's hard to find better seats than the ones Volvo builds, and this SUV will keep the whole family comfortable even on long road trips.
On the road, the XC60 has a stiffer ride than some of its competitors, but that translates into crisp handling, at least for this class of vehicle. Steering is precise, and the brakes are good.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 may be showing its age, but it's still an SUV that's racked up a number of awards for good reason. It remains a comfortable, capable, family-friendly option, though it could be overshadowed by fresher-faced competition. If this sounds like the kind of small luxury crossover you've been looking for, let Edmunds help you find the perfect one.
2017 Volvo XC60 Overview
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is offered in the following submodels: XC60 SUV. Available styles include T5 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T5 Dynamic 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), T6 Dynamic 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), and T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A).
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