2018 Volvo XC60

Buyer's Guide

Fresh from Sweden is the second generation of Volvo's compact crossover model, the XC60. This all-new design casts a similar shadow, but wears styling cues linking it to the brand's other recent introductions, include the 90-series sedan and wagon, and the larger XC90 crossover.

It may be similarly sized to its predecessor, but this new crossover rides on a wheelbase nearly 100 mm longer, pushing the wheels closer to the corners and promising more space inside the car's taut-looking new body.

Along with styling more respresentative of the "new" Volvo, the XC60 also gains the latest in the company's powertrain technology. T6 trims use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that benefits from both turbo- and supercharging to crank out 320 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while T8 models tie that motor into a plug-in hybrid system that boosts output to 400 hp. The outlier in the new lineup is the T5, which settles for a 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder carried over from the old car, which makes 254 hp and 258 lb-ft.

Regardless of engine choice, all XC60s use an eight-speed automatic transmission; AWD is also standard.

Volvo boldly suggests the XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made. Whether that's true is a topic for another time, but we certain agree this new crossover makes safety a priority, with a new generation of Volvo's city safety system that adds steering assist. That function is also used by a feature called oncoming lane mitigation to help avoid head-on collisions, and by the blind spot indication system (BLIS) to prevent crashes during lane changes.

But the new XC60 is only about safety, nor is the T8 PHEV model solely focused on saving fuel. Volvo says that "twin engine" model puts its 400 hp to use scooting the crossover from 0-100 km/h in a claimed 5.3 seconds, and a high-performance variant tuned by Volvo's Polestar division will boast 421 hp, making it one of the most powerful vehicles Volvo has ever produced. Polestar's people revised the powertrain for more mid-range power, and the transmission is tweaked for quicker shifts timed to best take advantage of the extra power.

Inside, the XC60 gets an interior drawn up a lot like that in the larger 90-series crossover, wagon and sedan models, with an available four-zone climate control system Volvo says removes pollutants and particles from the air. There's also an updated version of Volvo's Sensus infotainment system that supports the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration platforms.

Other standard kit includes off-road hill descent control, two USB ports, heated leather-trimmed and power-adjustable front seats with lumbar, power tailgate, eight-inch digital instrument cluster display and 18-inch wheels.

An R-Design trim adds navigation, four-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch full digital gauge cluster, hands-free tailgate, steerable LED headlights with washers and 19-inch wheels.

Finally, the Inscription model gets 20-inch wheels and ventilated Nappa leather seats with power cushion extension for driver and front passenger.

2018 Volvo XC60 Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $46,350 MSRP
9.6
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
250 hp @5500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
T5 AWD Momentum $46,350 5 SUV
T5 AWD Momentum 250 hp @5500 rpm 258 ft-lb @1500 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T5 AWD Momentum 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T5 AWD Momentum
T5 AWD Momentum Leather Seats
T5 AWD Momentum
T5 AWD Momentum
T6 AWD Momentum $52,700 5 SUV
T6 AWD Momentum 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T6 AWD Momentum 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T6 AWD Momentum
T6 AWD Momentum Leather Seats
T6 AWD Momentum
T6 AWD Momentum
T6 AWD R-Design $56,000 5 SUV
T6 AWD R-Design 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T6 AWD R-Design 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T6 AWD R-Design
T6 AWD R-Design N/A
T6 AWD R-Design
T6 AWD R-Design
T6 AWD Inscription $57,600 5 SUV
T6 AWD Inscription 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T6 AWD Inscription 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T6 AWD Inscription
T6 AWD Inscription Leather Seats
T6 AWD Inscription
T6 AWD Inscription
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design $70,250 5 SUV
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design 400 hp @6000 rpm 472 ft-lb @0 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design N/A
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid R-Design
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription $71,850 5 SUV
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription 400 hp @6000 rpm 472 ft-lb @0 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription 184.6" 79.1" 65.3" 112.8"
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription Leather Seats
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription
T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Inscription

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Volvo / XC60

Average Rating

2012 Volvo XC60

by ahmet on 03-26-2013
volvo
superior performance and a comfortable grip firm to be an excellent vehicle the best car at this price..
Overall
5.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2011 Volvo XC60

by kenziebooooo on 02-12-2013
VOLV XC60
The Volvo XC60 is by far the best car i have ever owned, it is fuel efficent and most defiantly safe.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2011 Volvo XC60

Trim: T6
by Edwin_U on 10-11-2012
Great cruiser and family car
There are only two things I don't like about this car. The fuel economy is not good. I get 11.5l/100km. I wasn't expecting great economy given the powerful 3L turbo engine but I was a bit surprised at how much it costs me to drive it. The second thing I don't like is the control panel for the phone/audio etc. The center panel is a beautiful design but all the buttons are too small and it is hard to find the button you are looking for without looking away from the road. Given Volvo's reputation for safety I was dissapointed by this as I think it is dangerous to shift your focus away from the road to change the radio station or any settings.

Other than that though, it is a great car. Super comfortable. Great ride. Very quick accelleration which is super handy when passing. Good storage space. We have also had a good experience so far with our Volvo dealer for service etc. Overall I would recommend this car to young families looking for a luxury oriented family car.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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