2021 Volvo XC60

MSRP $40,795 - $53,295

Ranked #3 in Compact Suv

8.3

Overall Rating

2021 Volvo XC60 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The XC60 is Volvo’s contender in the midsize luxury SUV battle. It is an alluring proposition and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles one looks for in the segment. With prices starting at over $42,000, the XC60 comes with two decent engine options, a supple ride, and a very posh cabin. 

Being a Volvo, the SUV is inherently reliable and safe. Still, there have been additions to the existing safety features, to make the XC60, the best bet in the segment.

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Pros

Opulent and comfortable cabin

Plethora of standard safety and convenience features

Highest safety standards in the competition

Cons

Low cargo area

Bland powertrain

Confusing infotainment interface

What's New?

Improvement in the list of standard features 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40795

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4105 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

950 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

15.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

T5 Momentum$40,795 onwards

T6 Momentum$46,595 onwards

T6 R-Design$53,295 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Volvo XC60 in Bright Silver 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

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.9

Safety

9.9

Competition

6.5

Final Verdict

8.9

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


All these factors make the midsize SUV a package hard to resist. Its German rivals like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, and the BMW X3 are already facing the heat as the XC60 has turned quite a good number of buyers towards it. This in-depth review of the 2021 Volvo XC60 shall walk you through the car and help you decide whether you should be putting your money on this Swedish luxury SUV.

2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Frront Angle View
2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Rear Angle View

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

6.5/10
Competition

8.9/10
Final Verdict


2021 Volvo XC60 Features

The 2021 XC60 is offered with 3 trim levels and 2 engine options. The T5 engine is a turbocharged, 4 cylinder unit that makes 250 horses while the T6 engine is a turbocharged and supercharged 4 cylinder engine that puts down 316 horses.

 The T5 engine is offered with front and all-wheel drive configurations while the T6 engine is available in an all-wheel-drive configuration only. Prices for the Momentum trim with the T5 trim start at about $41,700 and climb up to $55,000 for the top-of-the-line Inscription trim with the T6 engine. 

Trim

Momentum

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP (T5/FWD)

$41,700

$47,850

$49,200

MSRP (T5/AWD)

$44,000

$50,150

$51,500

MSRP (T6/AWD)

$47,500

$53,650

$55,000

Key Features

18-inch Y-spoke silver alloy wheels

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

 

1stand 2nd-row sunroof with power sunshade

19-inch double-spoke matte black diamond-cut alloy wheels

19-inch 10-spoke black diamond-cut alloy wheels

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

600-watt, 14-speaker, Harman/Kardon audio system

16-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front bucket seats

 

220-watt, 10-speaker audio system

14-way power-adjustable heated R-Design sport front seats

Perforated Nappa leather upholstery

 

9-inch touchscreen infotainment display

Nappa leather upholstery

Genuine wood interior trim

 

Blind-spot monitor

Driver knee airbag

Four-zone Climate Control

Which trim should you buy?

If you’re looking for a functional and practical luxury SUV at a reasonable price, then we think that the 2021 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum should suffice all your needs. This trim comes with almost all the essential features and equipment and is available with an optional AWD setup. 

The R-Design and the Inscription trims are a touch too pricey and do not get many features as such over the Momentum trim for the price they demand. Hence, in our opinion, the Momentum is the most value for money trim level of the XC60.

2021 Volvo XC60 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC60 as standard comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-pot T5 engine. The T5 engine puts out about 250 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Power as standard goes to the front wheels but you can avail the all-wheel-drive configuration by paying extra.

The 2021 Volvo XC60 delivers pretty decent straight-line acceleration numbers. It goes from 0 to 60MPH in about 6.4 seconds and hits the quarter-mile mark in about 15.2 seconds. The Volvo’s top speed is electronically governed to 130 MPH and you cannot go beyond that mark.

2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Engine Bay

The XC60 also gets a 2.0L twin-charged inline-4 T6 engine as an option. The T6 engine is also coupled to the standard transmission unit but this engine only comes with a standard all-wheel-drive configuration. The T6 engine churns out a solid 316 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque and you can avail this engine if you think the 250 horses of the T5 unit aren’t good enough for you.

The XC60’s T5 engine is a pretty well-mannered unit and its performance and nature are pretty good because the SUV will be largely driven by its owners around the city. The engine is sedate and composed and has very gentle power delivery. 

The T6 engine on the flip side feels more energetic and punchy than the T5. It’s not that the T6 will offer you a very huge power and performance upgrade but it is less mundane than the T5 unit. However, the T6 unit chugs more gas and hence will come a little hard on your pocket.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

MSRP

$42,795

$43,200

$43,300

$43,000

Engine

2.0 Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0 Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0 Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0 Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

250 hp 

255 hp 

261 hp 

248 hp 

Torque

258 lb-ft 

273 lb-ft 

273 lb-ft 

258 lb-ft 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.4

5.9

5.8

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.2

14.4

14.2

14.8

Top Speed (MPH)

130

148

149

130

All the cars in the competition use a similar 2.0L, turbo, inline-4 engine as standard. However, the Audi Q5 also gets a 12-volt mild-hybrid assistance system that just helps it to churn out a little more power and torque. The extra power and torque figures help the Audi achieve the best acceleration times in the competition. 

The Audi makes 261 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque and does a 0-60 MPH in about 5.8 seconds and does the quarter-mile run in about 14.2 seconds. The 2021 GLC 300 has the next best power and performance numbers while it is the Volvo that is the slowest SUV in the competition. Now, acceleration numbers do not matter all that much in this class, but we would have liked the XC60 more if it had figured on par with its German rivals.

How well does the 2021 Volvo XC60 handle?

The 2021 Volvo XC60 handles pretty decently and feels tidy. It has pretty relaxed driving dynamics, however, you would be disappointed if you’re looking for something that would offer sporty dynamics. 

Like most Volvo vehicles, this XC60 is also not quite built for aggressive handling and has a rather meek character. The XC60 shares its platform with the larger Volvo XC90 and has a nicely engineered chassis. The body control is just apt and the vehicle feels very agile at high speeds.

The steering, on the other hand, is a bit too light, and sometimes you would want it to offer a little more feedback. It does gain weight a bit when you put it into dynamic mode but it’s just not up to the point. The SUV also gets air suspensions and those springs dampen out every bump that comes in its way. The ride quality is simply pillowy and plush and perhaps can be deemed as better than any other vehicle in this class.

Braking Performance

The Volvo gets a pretty strong set of brakes. This SUV weighs a shade over 4000 lbs. yet its brakes that measure 13.6 and 12.6 inches at the front and back, bring the SUV to a full stop from 60 MPH at a distance of just 112 feet which is really impressive. The brakes do have a very solid bite on them and are pretty responsive. A gentle tap on the pedal and you do feel the car slowing down and that’s confidence-inspiring, especially when you are cruising at high speeds.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

13.5

13.3

13

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.6

12.6

13

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,008

3,889

4,079

3,931

60-0 MPH (feet)

112

115

112

124

The XC60 and the Audi Q5 both have the same braking performance and halt at a distance of 112 feet from 60 MPH. The Mercedes-Benz SUV has the next best braking performance and travels about 115 feet from 60 MPH. The BMW on the other hand has the poorest braking performance numbers in the competition.

2021 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC60 is not a gas-guzzler but rather sips cautiously. In the city, it drives for about 22 miles on a single gallon while on the highway it can haul up to about 29 miles. It gets a rather large fuel tank of 18.8 gallons which means you do not have to make frequent stops to top up your tank. The XC60 gets an EPA rating of 25 MPG combined which is decent by class standards. However, opting for the T6 engine options will reduce efficiency further averaging a combined mileage of 23MPG. 

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

MPG (City)

22

22

23

25

MPG (Highway)

29

29

28

29

MPG (Combined)

25

25

25

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

17.4

18.5

17.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

414/545/470

382/5056/435

426/518/463

430/499/464

The Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Audi Q5, and the Volvo XC60 all get a combined fuel economy rating of 25 MPG. It is the BMW that trumps them all in this area by delivering 27 MPG combined. However, the Volvo has an edge over all these vehicles in terms of range, credit to the large tank. The closest competitor in the aspect of range is the BMW, which manages a combined distance of 464 miles in a single fuel stop, despite housing the least voluminous fuel tank that can hold 17.2-gallons. 

2021 Volvo XC60 Interior

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC60’s interior has a pretty balanced design. It’s neither is too flashy nor is it too dull. It is a neatly appointed cabin, feels plush, and is upscale. The quality of materials used in the cabin is high quality and even in the base spec Momentum trim level gets leather upholstery and leather inserts on the dash and the door panels. Higher trims get high-quality Nappa leather upholstery and genuine wood inserts that just add to the premium feel of the car. You get a decent amount of space on both the rows of seats and there’s nothing much one can complain about in this area. 

2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Interior Overview

The front seats are very snug and offer a good amount of support and bolstering to keep you in place while driving. The back seats are contoured and you get scooped out seats instead of just a flat bench and makes the back seats extra comfortable. On the flip side, the passenger sitting in the center doesn’t have the most comfortable seating position and that place is best suited for kids or young adults.

The only downside of the 2021 Volvo XC60 is that the cargo space is a little scant. You only get 17.8 cubic feet of cargo area which is quite lower than all the other vehicles in the competition. Storage spaces offered in the car include bottle holders on all four doors, cup holders in the center console and at the rear center armrest, a small storage cubby below the front center armrest, and an average-sized glove box at the front.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.0/58.2/41.5

39.6/57.3/40.8

39.6/57.7/40.9

41.1/57.6/40.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.0/56.3/38

39.6/56.5/37.3

39.3/56.5/38.0

39.1/56/36.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

17.8

24.3

25.9

28.7

All the SUVs in the class offer a similar amount of passenger space and there’s nothing much for us to compare here. In terms of quality and fit and finish too, all the four SUVs pretty much seem to be on par with each other. However, we found the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300’s cabin design to be more fresh and premium than the Volvo. 

The colors and the patterns used in the Mercedes-Benz’s cabin are just more engaging and feel rich than all the other vehicles in the competition. On the other hand, BMW scores big in terms of practicality by offering the largest boot in the class that can hold 28.7 cubic feet. 

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

That one area where Volvo doesn’t quite impress us as the other vehicles in the class is infotainment. The 2021 XC60’s infotainment system feels a touch slow and isn’t all that really intuitive and it has got so many functions and settings that the user ends up perplexed. 

2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Infotainment 

Volvo has tried offering many customization options for the infotainment system but that hasn’t gone down really well. The vertically stacked 9-inch touch screen looks cool and unique but we would have loved it more if it came with a better interface. 

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 220-watt, 10 speaker audio system.
  • SiriusXM satellite radio.
  • Bluetooth smartphone integration.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Voice command.
  • 2 USB A ports at the front and 2 USB C ports at the rear.

2021 Volvo XC60 Exterior

9.9/10

In our opinion, the XC60 is the best-looking SUV in the competition. It still retains that boxy SUV shape. It has sharp lines and cuts and creases all over and isn’t too round and bulbous like some other SUVs in the class. At the front, there are those very stylish Thor’s hammer LED daytime running lights that look very cool, and then there’s the vertically slated grille with the Volvo’s Iron Mark logo sitting in the center. You also get to see a high sculpted bumper along with a long hood that completes the SUV’s very butch yet composed face.

2021 Volvo XC60 SUV Side View

On the side, you get to see those very prominent wheel arches but there isn’t much drama on the side. At the back, there’s a sculpted tailgate along with a very unique C-shaped split LED taillights that again look really cool. The SUV has a tall and strong stance and commands presence on the streets. SUVs from this class aren’t exactly eyeball grabbers but the XC60 surely will turn a couple of heads around while you drive down the road.

Models

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,008

3,889

4,079

3,931

Length (inches)

184.6

183.3

184.3

185.9

Width (inches)

74.9

74.4

74.5

74.4

Height (inches)

65.3

64.7

65.5

66

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.5

5.9

NA

7.2

Wheelbase (inches)

112.8

113.1

111

112.8

All the SUVs in the competition measure pretty much the same on the tape. In terms of dimensions. while the Mercedes-Benz has the longest wheelbase of 113.1 inches, the 2021 BMW X3 is the tallest. But, brownie points to the Swedish SUV for that mammoth ground clearance of 8.5 inches.

Looks are a matter of taste but we would rate the Volvo higher than all the other vehicles. 

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • 18-inch Y-spoke silver alloy wheels.
  • Express open/close sliding and tilting, first and second-row sunroof with power sunshade
  • Power liftgate.
  • Cornering lights
  • LED brake lights

2021 Volvo XC60 Safety

9.9/10

Volvo is synonymous with safety and they’ve always marketed and bragged about the safety quotient of their cars. The XC60 is an extremely safe vehicle and its safety scores just prove that. 

The SUV gets a full 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a ‘Good’ rating from the IIHS in almost all its safety tests. Moreover, the XC60 is the IIHS’ ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the 2021 MY, and that clearly highlights that this vehicle will keep you protected at all costs. The standard set of safety equipment offered with the car is impressive. 

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Blind-spot monitoring system with steer assist
  • Rear park assist
  • Roll stability control

2021 Volvo XC60 Competition

6.5/10

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the best-selling SUV in the class. It gets a peppy engine, drives really well, and is also pretty quick off the straight line. Its cabin is also well laid out and feels luxurious. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Yes, it doesn’t quite look as handsome on the outside as the XC60 but considering the features and the equipment that it has got on board, we would give the Mercedes-Benz an edge over the Volvo. However, if you’re looking for a luxury SUV that could also do some off-road duties, then we would recommend the Volvo XC60 over the Mercedes.

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5 vs

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

The Audi Q5 is a better performer than the Volvo. The Q5’s engine makes more power and feels lively than the Volvo’s. However, if you closely compare the spec sheets, you’ll realize that the XC60 is the better-equipped car of the two. 

The only other thing that the Audi does better is that it has a slightly more cargo area on offer. So, if you have to choose one between the two, our vote would go for the Volvo.

2021 Volvo XC60 Momentum T5 vs 2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

If you’re looking for an SUV that could offer you car-like driving and handling experience, then look no further than the BMW X3. The BMW X3 has the most athletic driving dynamics in the competition and that’s the most impressive part about it. 

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

BMW markets the X3 as a Sports Activity Vehicle and not just as an SUV to emphasize the vehicle’s sporty driving dynamics. So, for the pleasure of driving, we would opt for the Bimmer over the Volvo. However, for an all-around luxury package, the XC60 would be our vehicle of choice.

2021 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

8.9/10

The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a very impressive package. It comes loaded with features and gizmos and undercuts the competition by a couple of thousand dollars. It is very comfortable on the inside and looks great on the outside. It also gets a long list of safety features and it is the safest vehicle in the competition.

On the other hand, it has its downsides like a sedate engine, low cargo area, and a lackluster infotainment system. Overall though, the XC60 is a really good vehicle, and buying one wouldn’t disappoint you. You should highly consider buying the XC60 if you’re in the market hunting for a mid-size luxury SUV.

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