Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid
2020 Volvo XC60 Review
- Elegant interior and exterior styling
- Spacious second-row seating
- Many standard safety technology features
- Plug-in range allows for short EV-only trips
- T8 Hybrid has touchy brakes that are hard to modulate
- Too many controls are dependent on a frustrating touchscreen interface
- New high-performance Polestar Engineered variant
- T8 hybrid model gets small increase in EV range
- 12.3-inch digital dash display is now standard
- Part of the second XC60 generation introduced for 2018
We'll get this out of the way first: If you're looking for a well-rounded luxury SUV, the 2020 Volvo XC60 should be one of the first to check out. The hybrid powertrain available for the XC60, however, is a weakness rather than a strength. Sure, it's powerful and it has a respectable electric range, but handling, braking and drivability are better in the non-hybrid models.
For power, you have a choice of three main powertrains in the XC60. The first two are fairly standard: a 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a turbocharged and supercharged version of the same engine that produces 316 hp. Then you have the XC60 T8. It's a sporty plug-in hybrid that makes 400 hp and gets the best fuel economy of the bunch. Thanks to an update for 2020, the hybrid now gets approximately 20 miles of electric range and a combined rating from the EPA of 27 mpg. That's 3-4 mpg higher than other XC60s, but there's a significant price increase worth noting that'll take a long time to pay off at the pump.
A particularly appealing bit of Volvo's vehicle strategy is not just the range of available powertrains, but the fact that you can have them all in pretty much any trim level you choose — and that includes the hybrid. That means the hybrid powertrain isn't connected to the most expensive set of features and options as it is with some other luxury automakers.
Even a base-level XC60 now gets all sorts of appealing features, such as the large 9-inch touchscreen display, a panoramic sunroof, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist. There are all the available luxury options you'd expect to see, too, such as LED headlights, wood and leather interior trim, and massaging front seats.
Unfortunately for the Volvo, it isn't the sportiest SUV in its segment or the quietest. And the T8 hybrid, despite its promises of maximum power and fuel economy, is a bit of a disappointment because of its cost and drivability issues. But overall, we're quite fond of the 2020 Volvo XC60 and think it's a luxury SUV worth your consideration.
Handling suffers with the T8 as well. The air suspension keeps the car comfortable in the flats but doesn't work as well on twisty roads. The front and rear of the XC60 feel a bit out of sync, resulting in lazy body motions. The steering has a vague on-center feel, quick initial turn-in and artificially light weighting, which is nice, but there's also kickback from harsher bumps and irregular road surfaces.
Seating comfort, however, is the XC60's strong point, thanks largely to the highly adjustable massaging seats and well-padded surfaces. Unlike the XC60 T6, the T8 is not available with a four-zone climate control system. Only dual-zone is offered, and it has a climate control that is finicky and sluggish upon startup. On the plus side, the system is quiet and maintains temperature well.
The touchscreen infotainment is intuitive and user-friendly, responding quickly to swipe and pinch gestures like you'd use on a smartphone. Outward visibility is excellent thanks to narrow front roof pillars. The generous rear window space, the power-folding rear headrests and optional 360-degree cameras also help out.
Device integration is also excellent. You can pair your phone while on the move and choose between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or use Volvo's native Bluetooth interface, which also works well. Voice control functionality is quite extensive too. You can control all the usual functions related to phone calls and navigation plus the climate system, including the seat heaters and heated steering wheel.
The car seat anchors for child safety seats are located under easy-access flip covers, and there should be enough room for rear-facing child seats.
Build quality is excellent, even for a luxury SUV, and Volvo warranties match most segment competitors. Scheduled maintenance coverage is typical for luxury vehicles at three years/36,000 miles, but roadside assistance is above average with four years/unlimited miles. Volvo also offers free towing for the life of the vehicle, a unique perk no matter how much you've paid for your car.
Practical luxury is more in line with the XC60 T8's mission. It's quick, but it isn't a sports car. Its user-friendly interface and driver aids make it easy to log miles. We'd recommend it to a friend looking for a modern, functional plug-in that's enjoyable to drive in the city or highway.
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2020 Volvo XC60 models
The 2020 Volvo XC60 is available in four trim levels that offer varied levels of luxury and sport-focused amenities: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription and Polestar Engineered. With the exception of the Polestar Engineered (which only comes as the high-output hybrid model), each trim level is available with any powertrain — T5, T6 or T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. All T5 models come standard with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional), while all other XC60s come standard with all-wheel drive.
The T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor and battery pack (combined 400 hp, 472 lb-ft). The XC60 Polestar Engineered gets a high-output version of the plug-in hybrid powertrain that puts out 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque.
The base Momentum trim is nicely equipped, featuring LED headlights, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 10-speaker audio system. Many advanced safety features are also standard.
The R-Design trim adds to the Momentum with sporty styling differences, a few extra safety features, and upgrades such as keyless entry, a Harman Kardon audio system and navigation. The Inscription trim is similarly equipped to the R-Design but incorporates more luxurious styling elements.
Most of the equipment from the R-Design and Inscription trim levels is available for the base Momentum in the form of stand-alone options or small packages.
The Momentum, R-Design and Inscription levels can be equipped with an Advanced package that adds Volvo's Pilot Assist (adaptive cruise control plus extra driving aids) and a 360-degree parking camera system. There's also a Luxury package offered exclusively on Inscription models that adds premium leather upholstery and upgraded front seats.
The Polestar Engineered version of the XC60 gets most of the R-Design and Advanced package equipment, plus it comes with the high-output plug-in hybrid powertrain, a stiffer suspension, Brembo brakes, and a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the XC60 models:
- Oncoming Lane Mitigation
- Helps avoid collisions by steering back into the lane if you cross a lane marking in the way of an oncoming vehicle.
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist
- Adjusts cruise control speed automatically in relation to the vehicle in front and supports the driver in keeping the car within the lane.
- Driver Alert Control
- Monitors steering inputs and senses if you're driving more erratically or have signs of drowsiness. Provides an audible warning and message.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover15.5%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Overview
The Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid is offered in the following styles: T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric plug-in hybrid 8A), T8 Momentum Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric plug-in hybrid 8A), and T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric plug-in hybrid 8A). Pre-owned Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid models are available with a 2.0 L-liter plug-in hybrid engine, with output up to 400 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid trim styles:
- The Used 2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid is priced between $57,932 and$57,932 with odometer readings between 24213 and24213 miles.
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