The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size luxury crossover with attentiveness to detail, healthy variety in its powertrains, an excellent cabin space, intuitive infotainment, and active safety technology in every model.The XC60 bears a noble and poised expression of Volvo’s design literature, along with traditional Volvo styling hints.

The Volvo XC60 is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA),  a modular product platform that forms bases of all Volvo cars in the 90 and 60 Series. Mastering the steps of its ancestors, the second-generation XC60 has quickly become the best-selling model in Volvo Cars’ range. The XC-60 has been in Volvo's lineup for over a decade now and is one of the best mid-sized luxury SUVs in the market.

2021 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered PHEV gets sporty 20-inch wheels and painted brake calipers

In its support are handsome styling, a diversity of refined powertrains, and multiplied accident-avoidance features. A plug-in hybrid powertrain makes it one of the most economical SUVs on sale today. Volvo updated the plug-in hybrid last year, extending the model's all-electric range. The XC-60 goes head-to-head with other midsize luxury SUVs of the class such as the Mercedes GLC 300, the Jaguar F-pace, the Porsche Macan, BMW X3 and Range Rover Velar.

What's new in the 2021 Volvo XC60?

Since the 2021 XC-60 is a carry-forward model, there are no significant changes in the 2021 Volvo XC90. However, you may see some revisions in the front and rear fascia of the vehicle for a refreshed look to match rivals.

What is the Price and Release date of 2021 Volvo XC60?

The 2021 Volvo XC60 will come in four main trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered. With the exclusion of the Polestar Engineered, each trim level is available with any powertrain — T5, T6, or T8  Plug-in Hybrid. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option available. The speculated prices for 2021 models are given below:

  • Momentum: $42,145
  • R-Design: $48,845
  • Inscription: $49,845
  • Polestar Engineered: $70,495

2021 Volvo XC60: Engine and Performance

The Volvo XC60 offers three different kinds of powertrains, namely, T5, T6, and T8. You get 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in T5, which uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain and drives the front wheel as standard. The same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the T6, but a supercharger is attached for more oomph and puts out 316 horsepower.

The plug-in hybrid T8 version adopts the T6's engine and pairs it with a set of electric motors for a combined output of 400 horsepower or 415 hp in the Polestar Engineered model. While having a substantial amount of horsepower none of them offers heart-jarring acceleration. The T5 motor is somewhat feeble for taking the large car up to speed, the T6 proved to be enjoyable overall. All of the powertrains come mated to a smooth and refined 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum (Expected)

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Porsche Macan 

2020 BMW X3

MSRP

$42,000 (Estd.)

$42,500

$50,900

$43,950

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

7-Speed PDK

8-Speed ZF Automatic

Horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm 

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

248 hp @ 5,000 rpm

248 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

The T6 takes 6.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from standstill which is adequate but unremarkable. Although, with all three powertrains, the 2021 XC60 has a competent and reassuring demeanor, and various drive modes enable you to formulate an XC60 that's sporty, luxurious, extra efficient, and qualified to undertake any mild off-road adventure.

What are the MPG ratings of the 2021 Volvo XC60?

The T5 powertrain with front-wheel-drive is rated by EPA as 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined using premium fuel, and drops to 1 mpg less with an all-wheel-drive setup. The T6 powertrain manages to dish out 19 mpg city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

By its electric support, the T8 gets a bit greater fuel economy, 26 mpg combined, and utilizing its entire 17 miles of electric range, it's rated at 57 MPGe.The T8 powertrain is most powerful among the bunch, also one of the most frugal. Every XC60 gets an 18.8-gallon tank, which would provide for a range of 451 miles per tank when driven cautiously.

Model

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum (Expected)

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

MPG (City)

22

21

19

24

MPG (Highway)

29

28

23

29

MPG (Combined)

24

24

21

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

17.4

19.8

17.2

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

407/536/444

365/487/417

376/455/415

413/499/447

Prominently, the BMW X3 delivers far better figures. Mercedes- Benz GLC 300 offers a similar fuel economy to the XC60, so the figures put out by the XC-60 aren't too bad by segment standards. The T8 motor is the surprise in this lot, not only visit the most powerful but with an all-electric range of 19 miles, it is far more frugal than anything on this list and it proves that the future of SUVs is electrified.

What will change in the interior of the 2021 Volvo XC60?

Why fix, when it ain't broke, we speculate that Volvo will bring no addition to the interior as it is already perfect. Inside, the 5-seat 2021 Volvo XC60 resembles an upscale feel of the XC90, and one of the chief design detail is a wooden strip traversing across the dashboard and it hasn't been long since the last update of the XC60 which it received back in 2018.

The calm and spacious cabin also accommodates adult-sized individuals in both rows. Clear-cut lines and supreme materials add a Scandinavian flavor to the XC60's interior. All in all, seats are comfortable for all-day driving and the outward visibility is great from all the sides. The cabin is spacious from inside with effortless entry and exit.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum (Expected)

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Porsche Macan 

2020 BMW X3

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/58.2/41.5

37.8/57.3/40.8

N/A

41.1/57.6/40.3

Rear

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/56.3/38.0

38.5/56.5/37.3

N/A

39.1/56.0/36.4

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

29.7

19.4

17.6

28.7

An expansive cargo area with a flat floor is seen after the rear bench. You get 21.6 cubic feet behind the back row 63.3 cu-ft with the seats down. There are latches all around, and a nifty side pocket with netting for smaller items that may roll around and ample space for small items.

2021 Volvo XC60 gets flagship inspired interiors

A large tablet-sized touchscreen screen dominates the XC60's center stack. The Sensus Connect system lets swift access to a host of car functions and features. However, it does need the driver to take their sight off the road frequently. The intuitive touch screen interface couples many functions, navigation, connected services, and in-car entertainment applications such as Spotify or Netflix. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available. The entire setup is notably intuitive and so smartphone-like, even for those unfamiliar with it will get the hang of it.

What will change in the exterior of the 2021 Volvo XC60?

2021 XC60 resembles the XC90 on the outside, as the intermediate in the XC-lineup, the XC60 has an athletic silhouette. It manages to look aggressive and elegant concurrently. Front end flaunts the signature Thor's Hammer LED headlamps and daytime running lights that extend from the fender to the outer corners of the grille. The XC-60 might not be the biggest vehicle in its class in terms of dimensions, but it surely is one of the heaviest in the class. This 4105 lbs heavy SUV is 184.6 inches in length, 73.3 inches in width, and 65.3 inches in height. Moreover, it also gets a longer wheelbase than its predecessors thus providing a little more cabin space in the back.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum (Expected)

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2020 Porsche Macan 

2020 BMW X3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4105

3889

4099

4034

Length (in)

184.6

183.3

184.9

185.9

Width (in)

74.9

74.8

76.2

74.4

Height (in)

65.3

64.7

63.9

66.0

Ground clearance (in)

8.5

5.0

6.0

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

113.1

110.5

112.1

Inscription trims get 19-inch matt black wheels, while the R-Design with its gloss-black grille, looks particularly sporty, as does the new Polestar Engineered model, which boasts gold brake calipers and optional 22-inch alloy wheels. 

The 2021 Volvo XC60 sees lots of improvements in the Exterior like:

  • New T-shaped automatic LED headlights with active High beams.
  • Rain detecting intermittent wipers.
  • Extended vertical LEDs on the rear.
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Dual Sunroof/Moonroof

Safety and Reliability

Volvo’s reputation in the field of automotive safety is reinforced in the XC60. The SPA platform has emerged in the strongest Volvo cars to date because of the great use of boron steel, as well as various safety systems intended to shield people inside and outside the car.

Volvo has been fitted with the best in class safety features which a standard in on all the trims. They are:

  • Collision avoidance
  • Driver alert
  • Driver Drowsiness detector
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active high-beam headlamps
  • Active braking
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Driver Knee Airbag

Final Verdict

The XC60 is a great option if you're considering a well-rounded luxury SUV. It is quite budgetary, comes with a power-packed motor with best in class performance, good fuel economy, comfortable interiors, appealing exteriors, advanced technological features. So it seems like you have got one decision in your mind now.

Also Read:

2020 Volvo XC60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

FAQs

Where is the 2020 Volvo XC60 manufactured?

The XC60 for the U.S. market comes from Volvo’s plant in Torslanda, Sweden.

Do Volvo XC60 hold their value?

The Volvo's resale value is supposed to hold up well in the years ahead, though not at the level of a german SUV.