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2019 Volvo XC60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 7, 2019


Its been a long time after the first generation of Volvo XC60 made its debut in 2008 and went on for a decade without any major upgrades. However, Volvo took a major step last year by redesigning the XC60 and upgrading it to the second generation and frankly, it worked in their favor. The sales graph starting climbing and this new design language kept the cash registers busy. Further improving on its flaws, the 2019 Volvo XC60 is the second model of this generation which fulfills the demands of the current generation consumers.

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Pros

Power-packed Performance

Luxurious interiors

User friendly Infotainment System

Cons

Sluggish braking

Low towing capacity

What's New?

No notable upgrades so far


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Scalable Product Architecture

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.1/65.3

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4109 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1292 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/29 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Volvo XC60 in Bright Silver Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Bursting Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Denim Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Fusion Red Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Ice White color  2019 Volvo XC60 in Onyx Black Metallic color
Bright Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

8.3

Interior

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$39,800 - $45,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,800 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Pine Grey Metallic
  Bright Silver Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $45,600 MSRP (20/23/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$42,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $42,100 MSRP (19/22/27) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Pine Grey Metallic
  Bright Silver Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic

 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$46,650 - $48,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $46,650 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Crystal White Metallic
  Ice White
  Bursting Blue Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $48,950 MSRP (20/23/27) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$47,150 - $49,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,150 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Pine Grey Metallic
  Bright Silver Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $49,450 MSRP (20/23/27) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$52,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $52,450 MSRP (19/22/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Metallic
  Ice White
  Bursting Blue Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic

 2019 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$52,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $52,950 MSRP (19/22/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Pine Grey Metallic
  Bright Silver Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Fusion Red Metallic

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The XC60 has been a part of the midsize SUV market for more than a decade now. Being in the market, it has given a tough competition to the 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. With the prices starting at $39,200 for the base trim, the 2019 Volvo XC60 has an upper hand over the rivals as it is cheaper than most of them. However, does it have what it takes to make a name for itself in this rather crowded segment? Let's move ahead and find out. 

2019 Volvo XC60 Front view
2019 Volvo XC60 Front View
2019 Volvo XC60 Rear View
2019 Volvo XC60 Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volvo XC60 Features

8.5/10

The Volvo XC60 is available in three trims i.e., Momentum, R-design, and Inscription with two engine options namely the T5 and T6. The prices of these trims range from $39,200 for the base trim to $52,250 for the top-level Inscription trim.

There is not much difference in the features of the trims of 2019 Volvo XC60. Apart from the standard features on the base trims, the R-Dynamic gets a few upgrades that make it feel a bit sporty. However, the Inscription, unlike the R-Dynamic trim, gets more of luxury inside.

Trims Momentum R-Design Inscription
MSRP (T5) $39,200 $46,050 $46,550
MSRP (T6) $44,900 $51,750 $52,250
Key Features Instant Traction AWD. Additional features to momentum plus: Additional features to R-Design plus:
  18-inch silver aluminum wheels. 19-inch painted machined aluminum wheels. 20-inch machined wheels with painted aluminum.
  Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers. Sensus Navigation with voice navigation system Leather seat trim
  Heated mirrors. Simulated seat trims with leather/suede  
  Lumbar support for both Driver and Passenger    

We Recommend

While other carmakers keep their base trims simple, Volvo has done excellently in providing their XC60's base trim with high-class features in-sync with technology which is why we don't recommend you to climb up to the more expensive trims. The base trim Momentum is enough to suffice as it comes loaded with features that are almost similar to that of the top trim. This trim coupled with the T6 engine is the best option if you want performance and luxury together.

2019 Volvo XC60 Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The 2019 Volvo XC60 comes available with two engine options on all the three trims. One is the T5 powertrain which comes 2.0 In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine that generates 250 horsepower at 5500 rpm and a torque of 258 lb.-ft at 1500 rpm. The second powertrain is the T6 which comes with a 2.0 ltr. In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged/supercharged Engine generating 316 horsepower and a torque of 295 lb.-ft.

2019 Volvo XC60 Engine
2019 Volvo XC60 Engine

All powertrains are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-time All-Wheel Drive.

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW X3 xDrive 30i

MSRP

$39,200

$49,600

$40,700

$ 49,900

$44,600

$43,000

Engine/Motor

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/120

2.0 Liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0L inline-4 turbo

Engine

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 engine

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 engine

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 engine

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9 speed Automatic

7 speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

250 @ 5500

247 @ 5500

241 @ 5,500

248 @ 5000

247 @ 5500

248 @ 5200

Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1500

269 @ 1200

273 @ 1300

273 @ 1600

269 @ 1200

258 @ 1450

The base 2019 XC60 with the T5 seems quite powerful for the price being offered. It produces a tad higher power than the other competitors of the class.

Acceleration

The 2019 Volvo XC60 has quite a responsive accelerator and a powerful engine. This makes it to touch the speed of 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. On the other hand the trims with the more powerful T6 engine are capable of completing the same task in 5.6 seconds.

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW X3 xDrive 30i

0-60 MPH

6.1 Seconds

6.4 Seconds

6.3 Seconds

6.3 Seconds

6.6 Seconds

6.0 Seconds

Quarter Mile

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Curb Weight

4105 lbs

4,217 lbs

3891 lbs

4099 lbs

3870 lbs

4167 lbs

Looks like the Volvo does not take any chance in giving its rivals to look as a better performer. Despite being one of the heaviest in the class, it leaves all its competitors back in the dust.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Volvo XC60 is equipped with a quite an active and stable suspension that minimizes the body roll. Overall we can call it a quite composed and well-mannered companion for all sorts of drives bet it a short drive across the city or the long weekend rides on the highway.

Apart from that, it’s sensitive steering feels quite responsive and thus provides a quality ride at lower speeds. But it might feel a bit ambiguous when driving at high speeds.

Braking

The 2019 Volvo XC60 is equipped with light and easy brake pedal. The front break is 13.6 inches in size and the rear brake is of 12.6 inches. These brakes give out a quick and smooth response while driving at lower speeds but when at high speed it gets a bit snappy.

2019 Volvo XC60 Wheel
2019 Volvo XC60 Wheel

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW X3 xDrive 30i

Brake Front(in)

13.6

12.8

13.4

13.6

TBD

TBD

Brake Rear(in)

12.6

12.8

12.5

13

TBD

TBD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

4217

3891

4099

3870

4167

60-0 MPH (ft.)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Towing Capacity

The second generation of the Volvo XC 60 gets an increased towing capacity than its previous generation. Still it can only tow up to 3,500 lbs which seems to be quite minimal for this range of SUVs.

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW xDrive 30i

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

3,500

5291

3,500

4,409

5290

NA

Towing capacity might be one aspect where the rivals can enjoy an upper hand over the 2019 Volvo XC 60. Still it is not alone in the class as the Mercedes GLC 300 is also capable of towing the same weight as the XC60.

2019 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

The 2019 Volvo XC60 is quite a fuel-efficient midsize luxury SUV. It gives an average of 24 mpg with a 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on highways. These figures look very practical for a midsize SUV of this range even after having such power packed engine which stands amongst one of the best performers in the class.

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW xDrive 30i

MPG (city)

22

21

22

TBD

22

22

MPG (Highway)

28

27

27

TBD

27

29

MPG (Combined)

24

23

24

TBD

24

25

Emission (Tons/year CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Although the BMW X3 can run an extra mile than the 2019 Volvo XC60, it still runs along with the others in the competition.

2019 Volvo XC60 Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 Volvo XC60 flaunts quite luxurious and comfortable interiors. Also it is so roomy that the passengers would never feel congested. This 5 seater SUV comes with a 38 inches (front) and 38 inches (back) headroom, 58.2 inches (front) and 56.3 inches (back) shoulder room and a 41.5 inches (front) and 38 inches (back) legroom.

2019 Volvo XC60 Front Seat
2019 Volvo XC60 Front Seat

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW xDrive 30i

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.

38/58.2/41.5

38.1/57.2/40.3

TBD

TBD

37.8/NA/NA

41.1/57.9/40.3

Second – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.)

38/56.3/38

38/55.6/37.2

TBD

TBD

37.5/NA/NA

NA/56/36.4

With such interior dimensions, the Volvo flaunts some of the spacious interiors in the class. Although the BMW X3 still offers a bit more headroom in the front.

Cargo

The 2019 Volvo XC60 has a spacious cargo area which is considered to be one of the biggest boots in the segment. It has an area of 63,3 cu.ft when the rear seats are folded. However even without folding the rear seats you can easily pack up all the necessities for a weekend-long drive

2019 Volvo XC60 Cargo Space
2019 Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW xDrive 30i

Volume (ft. cube) (w/Rear seats in use)

TBD

34.4

19.6

TBD

33.5

28.7

Volume (ft.cube) (w/Rear seats fold)

63.3

70.1

56.5

TBD

NA

62.7

The Volvo XC60 offers quite some space in the back to store up things. It is more than most of its competitors in the line. However, the Range Rover Velar still leads the class in this aspect.

Infotainment

The 2019 Volvo XC60 comes with a Sensus infotainment system. This infotainment system flaunts a large 9-inch touchscreen which comes installed in as portrait, unlike the landscape in most others. It is quite responsive and can be operated with ease. Some other infotainment features that it offers us are:

2019 Volvo XC60 Infotainment
2019 Volvo XC60 Infotainment Display
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot and 4G connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Smart Device Integration.

Interior Features

The 2019 Volvo XC60 flaunts the following interior features:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Interior Air Filtration
2019 Volvo XC60 cockpit area
2019 Volvo XC60 Cockpit area
2019 Volvo XC60 Steering
2019 Volvo XC60 Steering
2019 Volvo XC60 Steering
2019 Volvo XC60 Steering
2019 Volvo XC60 center console
2019 Volvo XC60 center console
2019 Volvo XC60 armrest
2019 Volvo XC60 armrest
2019 Volvo XC60 rear seat
2019 Volvo XC60 rear seat
2019 Volvo XC60 rear seat
2019 Volvo XC60 rear seat
2019 Volvo XC60 cupholder
2019 Volvo XC60 cupholder
2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Volvo XC60 Exterior

"From the inside out, the 2019 Volvo XC60 relays subtle shapes with dramatic impact." - The Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

The 2019 Volvo XC60 might not be so long or wide, 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.

2019 Volvo XC60 Side View
2019 Volvo XC60 Side View

Models

Volvo XC60

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

Jaguar F-Pace

BMW xDrive 30i

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

4217

3891

4099

3870

4167

Length(in.)

184.6

188.9

183.6

184.9

186.3

185.9

Width(in.)

73.3

80

82.5

75.7

81.5

74.4

Height(in.)

65.3

65.6

64.5

63.9

65

66.0

Ground Clearance(in.)

TBD

TBD

TBD

7.8

6.3

TBD

Wheel Base(in.)

112.8

TBD

113.1

TBD

113.1

112.8

Track Width(in) F/R

TBD

64.6/65.2

TBD

TBD

64.6/65.1

63.8/64.4

Exterior Features

The 2018 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
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2019 Volvo XC60
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2019 Volvo XC60 Safety

Volvo has been installed 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

NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested 2019 Volvo XC60 yet and hence their safety ratings are unavailable.

2019 Volvo XC60 Competition

2019 Volvo XC60 vs BMW X3

The Volvo XC60 might be old but the BMW X3 is one of the oldest in the class. Both of them surely know how to lure their audience. Both of them come with quite power packed performing engines which perform on par with each other. More over both of them also come with quite advanced technical and technological features. However the Volvo XC60 turns out to be one of the most roomy SUV in the class. In fact it is easily affordable than the BMW X3 which might become one of the major points to be taken into consideration.

2019 BMW X3
2019 BMW X3

2019 Volvo XC60 vs Mercedes Benz GLC 300

The Mercedes Benz GLC might not be as old as the XC60 to the market, but it still has its tricks to play. Although its power and performer look quite less than the Volvo, that is not what it plans to offer. All it plans to offer is a smooth and comfortable ride. However it even lags behind in all the aspects. Thus the Volvo can be preferred over the GLC.

2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 300
2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2019 Volvo XC60 vs Porsche Macan

The Porsche releases the 2nd generation of the Macan this year. Though most of its specs are not yet available, with those available it can be seen that it falls back in a majority of aspects when compared to the 2019 Volvo XC60. Infact it is also expensive than the XC60. So the Volvo XC60 turns out to be a better option.

2019 Porsche Macan
2019 Porsche Macan

 

2019 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

The Volvo XC60 after spending a decade in this market, surely knows how to turn tables around. It is quite economic, comes with a power-packed engine with best in class performance, good fuel economy, luxurious interiors, extruding exteriors, advanced technological feature and what not. So it looks like you have got one preference on your mind already.