The XC60 is for the customer who wants a compact Volvo, but isn't happy with the V60 wagon and wants something that's a little more in the SUV family. The XC60 is taller than the V60, it's longer, and it has more space for people and cargo than the V60 does. It puts the driver up higher than the V60, even compared with the slightly lifted V60 Cross Country.
The XC60 wears Volvo's recent elegant styling well but this is an SUV that hasn't been updated since 2014, and the design dates to 2011. That age is starting to show in the interior, which, while still of a modern and stylish Swedish design, has dated small buttons that are numerous and close together, along with a display that is also small by current standards. The result looks good but can be distracting to use while driving. The seats are some of the most comfortable around, but as with other S60 variants the rear seat leg room is tight. Despite the short legroom, the rear seats fold down to provide generous cargo capacity.
The XC60 is a Volvo, which means safety and security above the thrill of driving. The ride quality is good, and the handling capable, but don't expect communicative steering or fun from the chassis. Even from the sportier R-Design trim.
The only changes to the XC60 for 2017 come from the engine department, where the previous six-cylinder has been dropped in favour of Volvo's newest family of four-cylinder engines. There are now two versions of this engine for the XC60, both turbocharged and 2.0L displacement. The base T5 produces 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The uplevel T6 gets a turbo and a supercharger and makes 302 hp and 295 lb-ft. The T5 is available in front or all-wheel drive, the T6 is all-wheel drive only. Both have an eight-speed automatic as standard.
All XC60s include Volvo's IntelliSafe Standard, which includes safety measures like a front end designed to reduce injuries in a pedestrian collision, but also Volvo's City Safety active system which detects impending impacts at speeds under 50 km/h and will automatically brake to prevent or reduce collisions.
The base T5 Drive-E FWD has power and heated front seats, 18-inch alloys, power windows, automatic wipers, T-Tec cloth seats, and LED daytime running lights. Xenon headlights are available, there is also a climate package that comes with a heated steering wheel, windshield and rear seats, and Volvo's interior air quality system that monitors the incoming air and will close the exterior vents if it detects too much carbon monoxide, ozone, and other gasses. A blind-spot information system (BLIS) package adds Volvo's blind spot alerts along with parking sensors. Built-in rear booster seats for children are available as options. T5 Drive-E AWD Special Edition adds a premium audio system, leather seating, and the headlight, climate, air quality, and blind spot systems as well as a panoramic roof.
T6 Drive-E AWD is equipped like the T5 FWD, but adds leather seating and 16-inch alloys to go along with the more powerful engine. It has more options available, with the climate package, and xenon headlights and BLIS packages as options, but also a technology package that gives adaptive cruise control, and a convenience package that adds power retractable mirrors, rear camera, power folding headrests, cargo cover, and accent lighting. There is also an Inscription package that adds walnut trim, 20-inch wheels, leather dash, and special leather seating. A Harman Kardon audio system is also available.
T6 Drive-E AWD R-Design adds special black trim to the exterior, with the unique grille, bumper inlays, and window trim surrounds. It has a sportier chassis with unique suspension tuning. There are also special 20-inch wheels. All option packages from the base T6 are available, with the exception of the Inscription package.
The XC60 T5 FWD is rated at 10.4 L/100 km city, 7.8 highway. The T5 AWD is rated for 11.3/8.4. T6 models are rated at 11.7/8.7 city/highway.
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