2015 Volvo XC60

The XC60 is Volvo's first entry into the lucrative premium compact crossover segment. Based on the same platform as the S60, the S80 and the Land Rover LR2, the XC60 is billed as the safest Volvo ever, a bold statement from a company that built its reputation on occupant safety.

Recent Changes
For the latest model year, the XC60 gains two new "Drive-E" four-cylinder engines that deliver both power and efficiency.

Overview
Volvo recently gave the XC60 several minor aesthetic upgrades including sharp headlights, an elegant four-slat grille that prominently displays the Swedish firm's emblem and an angular bumper that incorporates a row of LED daytime running lights. Out back, the crossover features a curved trunk lid and tall head lamps that emphasize its height.

The XC60 offers room for up to five passengers with a level of comfort and luxury that can rival 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 is offered with a dizzying array of powertrain options.

The crossover receives a new base model - the T5 - with a brand-new engine for the latest model year. That engine is a "Drive-E" turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With output sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the configuration is good for 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Those wanting an entry-level all-wheel-drive model must opt for the XC60 3.2, which is powered by a 3.2-liter straight-six engine that sends 240 horsepower and 236 horsepower. Shifting duties are handled by a six-speed automatic, and fuel economy checks in at 18/25 mpg.

The mid-range XC60 T6 FWD is powered by a turbocharged and supercharged version of the "Drive-E" that churns out 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It shifts through an eight-speed automatic and returns 22/30 mpg.

Opting for AWD with the T6 requires the substitution of a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that's good for 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. of torque. The range-topping T6 AWD R-Design packs 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque thanks to an upgraded version of the six-cylinder.

For the T6 AWD and R-Design models, power is transferred to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles behind the steering wheel. Economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for both versions.

XC60 T5 and 3.2
The T5 and 3.2 models are available in Premiere, Premiere Plus and Platinum trim levels.

The entry-level premiere offers an electric parking brake, black roof rails, remote keyless entry, an outside temperature gauge, front and rear skid plates, power heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone electronic climate control, a front center armrest, brushed aluminum trim, a power adjustable driver seat, an eight-speaker audio system with MP3 capability and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, black T-Tec upholstery and a six-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

Premier variants gain keyless drive, silver roof rails, a power-adjustable passenger seat, beige leather upholstery, dark tint rear windows and a panoramic roof. Selecting the premiere trim also gives buyers access to a host of option packages.

Premiere Plus adds a Homelink garage opener, a compass in the rear-view mirror, a quick-fold passenger seat, rear park assist, a power tailgate, a cargo cover, a grocery bag holder and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area.

The range-topping Platinum trim benefits from auto-dimming outside mirrors, accent lighting, a premium 12-speaker audio system with a DVD player and navigation.

XC60 T6
The T6 Premier model packs an electric parking brake, silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, a panoramic roof, an adaptive instrument cluster, remote keyless entry, an outside temperature gauge, front and rear skid plates, power heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone electronic climate control, a front center armrest, brushed aluminum trim, power-adjustable front seats, an eight-speaker audio system with MP3 capability and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, beige leather upholstery and a six-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

Upgrading to the Premier Plus trim adds a homelink garage door opener, a rear-view camera with park assist, a power tailgate, a cargo cover, a compass in the rear-view mirror, a grocery bag holder, folding rear headrests and a quick-fold passenger seat.

The Platinum trim tops out the lineup with auto-dimming mirrors, power retractable exterior mirrors, accent interior lighting, a 12-speaker sound system with a DVD player and navigation.

XC60 T6 R-Design
The sporty T6 R-Design stands out from other XC60 models thanks to a unique front fascia with a glossy black front grille, a model-specific rear skidplate, twin exhaust pipes, eye-catching alloy wheels, bespoke exterior mirrors. Inside, the crossover packs a sport steering wheel, sport pedals, a R-Design-specific instrument cluster and aluminum trim. R-Design models ride on a stiffer chassis with stronger damping.

The base R-Design trim offers an electric parking brake, keyless drive, silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, a panoramic roof, an adaptive instrument cluster, remote keyless entry, an outside temperature gauge, front and rear skid plates, power heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone electronic climate control, a front center armrest, brushed aluminum trim, power-adjustable front seats, an eight-speaker audio system with MP3 capability and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery with R-Design inserts and a six-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

The R-Design Premier Plus features a Homelink garage door opener, a rear-view camera with park assist, a power tailgate, a cargo cover, a compass in the rear-view mirror, a grocery bag holder, power-folding rear headrests, a quick-fold passenger seat and a 12-volt power outlet in the trunk.

The R-Design Platinum sits on top of the XC60 lineup. In addition to all of the equipment included in the Premiere Plus trim, it adds auto-dimming exterior mirrors that are power retractable, accent interior lighting, a 12-speaker audio system with a DVD player and navigation.

Option And Option Packages
The standalone options include metallic paint, dual xenon headlights, heated front seats, an accessory prep cable, child booster seats with power child rear door locks, 20-inch alloy wheels (T6 models only) and a dual screen rear entertainment system. Buyers can also choose between five option packages.

Available on all models, the Climate Package bundles features such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield and the automaker's Interior Air Quality System.

The Technology Package consists largely of driving aids such as Volvo's Pedestrian Detection technology. Cable of of detecting when a collision with a pedestrian is imminent, the system automatically triggers the S60's brakes to prevent an impact.

Other package highlights include Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Distance Alert, Lane Depature Warning and active high beams.

The Blind Spot Information System package adds a blind spot warning system, Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Merge Aid and front and rear park assist.

Selectable only with T6 models, the Inscription Package bundles full Sovereign Hide leather upholstery on the seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery on the dashboard and on the front armrest as well as model-specific floor mats and sill plates.

Finally, the Sport Package adds sport seats and 20-inch alloy wheels to 3.2 and T6 models.
Occupant Safety

Occupant Safety
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.

Key Competitors
The XC60 is aimed directly at the leaders of the premium compact crossover segment including the BMW X3, Audi Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Infiniti EX35. Buyers primarily after space can also look larger vehicles like the Lexus RX 350 and Cadillac SRX.