The Volvo XC60 has entered its last year on the market. A brand-new second-generation model will arrive in showrooms in the coming months.
The XC60 offers room for up to five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that rivals well-established competitors from Germany and Japan. The dashboard boasts soft-touch materials, leather and real wood trim.
The instrument cluster consists of four digital gauges and a speedometer with a computerized display. All models come equipped with a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that can be configured to provide vital information about the car and its surroundings.
The XC60 serves up a generous 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats left up, and 67.4 with the seats folded flat into the floor.
All XC60s regardless of trim level come standard with a dash-mounted seven-inch color touch screen that runs Volvo's Sensus infotainment system. Sensus groups the car's connectivity, entertainment and navigation (if equipped) functions into a single easy-to-use unit that can also be controlled with buttons on the center stack and a voice command feature.
Under the Hood
The XC60's base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. Bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it propels the XC60 from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost.
Next up in the XC60 hierarchy is a 2.0-liter four that's both turbocharged and supercharged. It delivers 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, and it helps the XC60 hit 60 mph from a stop in 6.5 seconds.
Fuel economy for the 240-horsepower model checks in at 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in a combined cycle. Opting for the 302-horsepower engine lowers those figures to 20, 26, and 22, respectively.
Standard and Optional Features
Highlights from the XC60's list of options include a rear-view camera, a blind spot information system, cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rear parking sensors, low speed collision avoidance, LED daytime running lights, a leather-upholstered three-spoke steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, navigation, tinted windows, front sport seats, and 18-inch alloys.
The optional Climate Package bundles heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, and an interior air quality system. Other optional packages are available, while the list of standalone options includes metallic paint, heated front seats, all-wheel drive, Xenon headlights, and 20-inch alloys.
All XC60s feature dual front, side and side curtain airbags. A tire pressure monitoring system and a Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS) both come standard.
Additionally, all models regardless of trim level feature Volvo's City Safety function which uses a laser sensor to automatically trigger the brakes at low speeds if a pending impact is detected.
The XC60 is aimed directly at the leaders of the premium compact crossover segment including the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Buyers primarily after space can also look larger vehicles like the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX.