2018 Volvo XC60

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$41,500 - $48,700

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After being showcased as a concept in 2007, the first-generation Volvo XC60 made its debut in 2008 and has been one of the best-selling crossover SUV till date. Keeping in mind the needs of today's generation, Volvo redesigned XC60 with an inspiration from its big brother XC90. The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a dream car for those who demand comfort and luxury with incredible technology. The base trim of XC60 is priced at $41,500 which increases to $45,300 as you go to the higher trims.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 has its name written in the history books. The car has won many awards this year including the 2018 Japan Car of the Year and North American Utility of the Year. Because of its magnificent sales record and its plethoric performance all over the globe, the 2018 Volvo XC60 was awarded as the 2018 World Car of the Year finishing ahead of two tough opponents the Range Rover Velar and Mazda CX-5.

Volvo XC60 comes with 3 engine options: T5, T6, and an optional Hybrid T8. T5 features a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. T6 is a similar powertrain but with turbo and supercharging. The T8 engine is a plug-in Hybrid that pairs the T6 engine with a rear electric motor.


7.5/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Volvo XC60 comes with 3 engine options: T5, T6, and an optional Hybrid T8. T5 features a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. T6 is a similar powertrain but with turbo and supercharging. The T8 engine is a plug-in Hybrid that pairs the T6 engine with a rear electric motor.

2018 Volvo XC60 Features

7.5/10

Volvo has changed a lot in the 2018 Volvo XC60. The exterior has been completely re-designed with new chrome front grills, Thor’s-Hammer type head-lamps and a tinge of aggressiveness.

  • New and bigger infotainment system
  • Plug-in Hybrid engine introduced

2018 Volvo XC60 Trims

The Volvo XC60 is available in three trims: Momentum, R-design, and Inscription. There are 3 engine options available: T5, T6, and a Hybrid T8. Momentum gets a 2-liter l-4 T5 engine, R-design and Inscription get a 2-liter l-4 T6 engine. The hybrid engine produces 400 horsepower and a massive torque of 472lb.-ft. All the engines are all time all-wheel drive.

Trims Momentum R-Design Inscription
MSRP $41,500 $44,800 $45,300

Features

  • Instant Traction AWD.
  • 18-inch silver aluminum wheels.
  • Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers.
  • Heated mirrors.
  • Lumbar support for both Driver and Passenger.
  • Additional features to momentum plus:
  • 19-inch painted machined aluminum wheels
  • Navigation with voice navigation system
  • Simulated seat trims with leather/suede.
  • Additional features to R-Design plus:
  • 20-inch machined wheels with painted aluminum.
  • Leather seat trim

The Momentum trim can be upgraded to a T6 engine at $3400 more from the base price and the Inscription trim can be upgraded to a Hybrid T8 engine if you crave better performance. The price of XC60 ranges from $41,500 for the base trim and $45,300 for the top-level Inscription trim.

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While the other car makers keep their base trims simple, Volvo has done excellently in providing their XC60's base trim with high-class features in-sync with technology. The base trim Momentum is loaded with features which are almost similar to that of the top trim. The Momentum trim with a T6 engine is the best option if you want performance and luxury together.

2018 Volvo XC60 Engine

7.7/10

“Out of the XC60's three engine choices, the midlevel T6 gets the most attention. The fuss over it is well-deserved – drop the throttle, hear the soft whine of the supercharger kick in, and you'll get up to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. A turbocharger is also on board, and while it doesn’t feel quite as brisk as Jaguar’s F-Pace, overall an XC60 with this energetic engine is fun to pilot.”- Cars.Usnews

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Volvo XC60 offers three engine options. A 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 a 2.0 ltr. In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged/supercharged Engine generating 316 horsepower and a torque of 295 lb.-ft.

The third engine option a 2.0 ltr. In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged/Supercharged Engine w/87 hp Electric Motor is a Hybrid engine that generates 400 Horsepower at 6000 rpm and a giant torque of 472 lb.-ft @ 5400 rpm. The battery is Lithium-ion type and provides energy of 10kWh.

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

Models Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
MSRP $41,500 $41,500 $47,800 $43,645
Engine/Motor

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/120

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

2.0 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

Transmission 8-speed Automatic 7 speed Automatic 7 speed Automatic 8 speed Automatic
Power 250hp @ 5500rpm 252hp @ 5000rpm 252hp @ 5000rpm 240hp @ 5000rpm
Torque 258lbs-ft @ 1500rpm 273lbs-ft @ 1600rpm 273lbs-ft @ 1600rpm 258lbs-ft @ 1450rpm

In comparison to XC60, the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan offer more power and more torque with Q5’s base priced exactly same to XC60. But as you go on to higher trims the XC60 proves to be better in and more value to money as any of its other competitors.

Acceleration

“The twin-charged four-cylinder provides sufficient thrust, even if it isn't quite as fast as Volvo claims. We reached 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, which is comparable to times from the competition's turbo four-cylinders. Nobody is going to have issues with the power on tap to get up to speed”- Edmunds

Volvo doesn’t play around when it comes to driving XC60. The engine provides sufficient amount of punch and the car reaches 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds which is quite quicker than its rivals. Only Audi Q5 beats XC60 with a marginal difference. Volvo XC60’s accelerator responds perfectly as the car revs at just a tap on the accelerator.

Meanwhile, the T8 engine takes only 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph losing out only to Porsche Macan.

Models Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
0-60 MPH 6.1 Seconds 5.9 Seconds 6.3 Seconds 6.2 Seconds
Quarter Mile 15.0 sec @ 89.9mph 13.5 sec @ 94.6 mph 13.4 sec @ 99.1mph 14.8 sec @80mph
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Emission

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

7.4 7.1 7.4 7.0

Ride and Handling

“In Comfort mode, the XC60 returns a lot of body movement over the bumpy pavement and through turns. In Dynamic, the car feels more buttoned-down, though the large panoramic sunroof makes it feel a little top-heavy. The optional air suspension is far from clumsy, but some competitors are superior.” -Edmunds

Volvo XC60 is equipped with a new suspension that is more active, is more stable and also minimizes the body roll. The car is smooth, composed and easy to drive.

The steering is a bit sensitive which makes it really good to drive the car at lower speeds. But when you rev on higher speeds, the steering feels a bit wiggly. It offers the feel of a sports car along with the smoothness of a luxury car. The car feels comfortable while driving but still for a car enthusiast, the steering doesn’t offer much. Compared to its rivals, the Porsche Macan has the best steering and handling.

Braking

The best thing about XC60 is its brakes. Volvo has equipped automatic braking for city safety which allows the driver to steer around objects rather than braking. The brakes are nice and responsive at lower speeds but feel touchy when braking at high speed which needs to be improved.

Models Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
Brake Front(in) 13.6 13.3 13.6 13
Brake Rear(in) 12.6 13 13 13
Curb Weight(lbs.) 4322 4045 3902 4156
60-0 MPH (ft.) 114 112 120 114

Even when braking at higher speeds, the car doesn’t skid rather stays stable and the braking is always consistent. Even after weighing 4322 lbs. the XC60 ceases in 114 feet from 60 mph which is almost equal to its rivals and is better than Porsche Macan.

Towing Capacity

Volvo increased the towing capacity of the 2018 Volvo XC60 as compared to its predecessor. XC60 can now tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. This is very low as compared to the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan which have a towing capacity of 4,400 and 4,409 pounds respectively. The BMW X3 is at par with the XC60 in terms of towing capacity.

Model Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
Engine 2.0 L Turbocharged 2.0 L Turbocharged 2.0 L Turbocharged 2.0 L Turbocharged
Drive Train 4WD 4WD 4WD 4WD
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 3,500 4,400 4,409 3500

2018 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Volvo XC60 is one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers. With 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on highways, this car will not be a burden on your pocket and will also save you some money as compared to its rivals.

Model Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
mpg city 22 20 20 22
mpg Highway 28 25 25 29
mpg combined 24 22 22 25

XC60 is second only to BMW X3 when it comes to fuel efficiency. While the X3 and XC60 are the most fuel-efficient cars, the Audi Q5, and Porsche Macan have a petrol gulping engine with both having a mileage of just 20/22 mpg in city/highway.

2018 Volvo XC60 Interior

8.9/10

“The interior of the XC60 captures the same upscale feel as its bigger brother, the XC90 sports utility, bringing a Scandinavian ethos. A key design touch is the "ribbon of woodgrain" that flows along the dash. The rear-seat area is comfortable for three adults, and behind it is a voluminous cargo area."- KellyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

Models Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.) 38/58.2/41.5 41.7/57.7/41.0 39.4/-/33.1 41.1/57.6/40.3
Second – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.) 38/56.3/38 39.3/56.5/37.8 36.3/-/32.3 39.1/56/36.4

Volvo is known for its interior design and comfort. The XC60 has the best in class seats with the right amount of cushioning and posture. The car provides enough space to stretch your legs but it still looks a bit congested as the headroom it offers is lowest in the segment. The car has enough shoulder space for seating 3 adults comfortably in the rear. Getting out of the car is easy as the doors open wide but getting in the car can be difficult for the elderlies. Standard seating features include:

  • Supple Leather upholstery.
  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
  • Lumbar seat for passengers
  • 2nd-row bench seat

Optional features include

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Massage seats

Infotainment

The Volvo XC60 comes with a 9-inch Sensus infotainment system. The giant touchscreen is fit in portrait rather than in landscape. The screen is bright, crisp and is easy to operate on. A larger infotainment system of 12.5-inch comes as optional for Momentum. The R-Design and Inscription trims get 12.5-inch infotainment with Navigation as standard. Infotainment features include:

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

Cargo Capacity

“Decent cargo-hauling capability puts the XC60 midpack among its rivals both in our testing and in its measured interior volume. Interior cubby storage is limited, and the sole cargo-area bin is among the smallest we’ve measured.” – Caranddriver.com

The Volvo XC60 offers huge cargo space and it also has one of the biggest boots in the segment. XC60 provides a storage space of 29.8-cubic feet with rear seats in use. With rear seats folded, a storage space of 63.3-cubic feet is available in Volvo XC60 which is one of the best in class. The 60/40 rear seat split-fold is available as standard in XC60.

Models Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
Volume (ft. Cube) (w/Rear seats in use) 29.7 26.8 17.7 28.7
Volume (ft. Cube) (w/Rear seats fold) 63.3 60.4 53.0 63.3
Loading Capacity (lbs.) 952.7 1,344 1,488 1,219

The base trim Momentum gets a power liftgate which makes it easier to load your luggage or essentials easily in a car. The upper-level trims, R-Design, and Inscription get a hands-free power liftgate and power-folding rear seats.

To make the XC60 sleek and compact, Volvo lowered the cargo size as compared to its predecessor but it is still bigger than most of its rivals.

2018 Volvo XC60 Exterior

7.7/10

“Handsome, square-jawed styling is successfully scaled down from the larger XC90, and with it, the XC60 looks undeniably premium. Measurements align closely with key rivals in the segment, and the Volvo's compact shape makes it easier to park and maneuver than its larger stablemate.”- Caranddriver.com

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Volvo XC60 may not be the longest or the widest car but is surely the heaviest of the lot. XC60 has the best ground clearance amongst its rivals and its longer wheelbase provides more cabin space. The XC60 is longer than the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan. The BMW X3 wins the race in length and height which adds to the cargo space of the car.

Model Volvo XC60 Audi Q5 Porsche Macan BMW X3
Curb Weight(lbs.) 4322 4,045 3,902 4156
Length(in.) 184.6 183.6 184.3 185.9
Width(in.) 74.9 74.5 75.7 74.4
Height(in.) 65.3 65.3 63.9 66
Ground Clearance(in.) 8.5 8.2 7.8 8
Wheel Base(in.) 112.8 111.0 110.5 112.8
Track Width(in) F/R 65.1/65.2 63.6/63.3 65.2/65 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

2018 Volvo XC60 Safety

8.1/10

The Volvo XC60 passes all the tests excellently held by IIHS and NHTSA. It is like making safe cars is Volvo's forte. The Volvo XC60 got the highest ratings in terms of safety and the car offers impressive safety features as standard. The XC60 has more safety features than any of its rivals which matches its luxury.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Safety Ratings
Small Overlap Front Test Good
Side Impact Test Good
Head Restraint and Seats Good
Roof Strength Test Good
Moderate Overlap Front Test Good
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Ratings
Overall Front 5 Star
Front Driver Side 5 Star
Front Passenger Side 5 Star
Overall Side Rating 5 Star
Rollover 4 Star

Volvo has the best in class security features which includes:

  • 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

2018 Volvo XC60 Competition

Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is one of the most loved crossovers since its launch in 2009. The second generation 2018 Audi Q5 has got a refreshed look, has more power, good efficiency and upgraded tech suit.

The Q5 is faster, offers more space and has much better handling than Volvo XC60. Q5 reaches the 60mph mark in 5.9 seconds which is faster than that of XC60 which takes 6.1 seconds for the same.

On the other hand, the interior and comfort that Volvo XC60 provides are unmatchable. The base trims of both Q5 and XC60 are equal in price and have almost the same features with AWD as standard along with leather upholstery.

While comparing upper-level trims, Volvo XC60 sure has an advantage. They have more available engine options which are higher in power with almost same fuel efficiency as of Audi Q5. Also, XC60 offers a Hybrid engine that generates 400 horsepower at the same price of Q5's top trim.

XC60 is a more value for money option than Q5.

Volvo XC60 vs Porsche Macan

The Volvo XC60 feels a bit overpriced, but Porsche Macan makes it look small with the base trim priced $6000 more than XC60. Macan offers an upgrade option to a more powerful V-6 engine which generates 440 horsepower.

A car should be a mix of both power and technology and that's where the Macan loses to XC60. Porsche induced more power in Macan but it lacks in the technology department. Macan has fewer standard features and mobile connectivity options than XC60.

If spending money isn’t a problem, then Macan is the best option n terms of performance. While if you are looking for a mix of tech and performance XC60 is the best choice.

Volvo XC60 vs BMW X3

The 2018 BMW X3 has got some refreshed looks and has improved technology as compared to the 2017 X3. The X3 costs $2100 more than the Volvo XC60 but still it falls behind XC60 in terms of performance, interior and comfort.

The X3 offers more cabin space, better handling, and better driving experience. If you're looking for a performance along with exquisite interior, Volvo XC60 is the best option.

2018 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

Culture, comfort, elegance, and luxury is what defines the 2018 Volvo XC60. With a larger cabin and beautifully redesigned interior, the Volvo XC60 offers exquisite technology wrapped up in a luxurious package.

Volvo XC60 looks perfect in all dimensions, with the eye-catching exterior to an adhering interior. Volvo put their main focus on the comfort and smooth ride quality. The engine is powerful but yet isn't as sporty as you would expect.

If pure performance is what you crave for in your car, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, and BMW X3 are the one to look for.

Pros

Comfortable and superior ride

Best-in-class safety features (Lane assist, Collision avoidance)

Impressive Towing rating

Immense Cargo space

Plug-in Hybrid option

Cons

Handling lacks feel in different driving modes.

Brakes feel a bit touchy

Less Headroom for rear passengers.

What's New?

The exterior has been completely re-designed with new chrome front grills

Thors-Hammer type head-lamps and a tinge of aggressiveness.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu. in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4322 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

17.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

526.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Volvo XC60 in Pine Grey Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Onyx Black Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Maple Brown Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Ice White color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Fusion Red Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Electric Silver Metallic color  2018 Volvo XC60 in Denim Blue Metallic color
Pine Grey Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

7.7

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.9

Exterior

7.7

Safety

8.1

Comfort

9.2

Driving

9.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

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

$41,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,500 MSRP (22/24/28) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

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

$44,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,800 MSRP (22/24/28) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

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

$44,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $44,900 MSRP (21/23/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

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

$45,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $45,300 MSRP (22/24/28) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

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

$48,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,200 MSRP (21/23/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

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

$48,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $48,700 MSRP (21/23/27) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA