2017 Volvo XC60

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From Europe's largest-selling SUV in its segment to represent a third of Volvos sold, the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV is immensely impressive. The XC60 has been part of the Volvo convoy since 2011 and brings with it a whole new look, feel and perspective. That is, it's a mid-size luxury SUV with seating for five.

Ranging from $40,950 for its base model i.e. T5 trim to $51,000 for the T6 R-design AWD trim, the XC60s is an affluent line up of features that makes it the perfect weekend getaway car. Either you are on a run or you are going on a picnic with your family, 2.0-litre 235bhp Diesel Engine will never fail you.


7.6/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

7.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Volvo’s traditional strong body shell and the array of airbags makes the XC60 the safest car to be on the road. Radar, Ultrasound and Visual cameras make it virtually possible to monitor your surroundings without you turning your neck. This SUV is designed to give you the best value for your money.

2017 Volvo XC60 Features

7.6/10

For 2017, Volvo has simplified the lineup, reducing the XC60 to just three trims: Dynamic, Inscription and R-Design. Gone are the old 5- and 6-cylinder engines, leaving only a turbocharged 4-cylinder in the XC60 T5 and a turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder in the XC60 T6.

The XC60 T5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine boasting 240 horsepower whereas the XC60 T6 is rated at 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This model also uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with AWD.    

Trim T5  Inscription T6  Inscription AWD T6 R-Design AWD
MSRP $40,950 $46,350 $51,000
Key Features
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windshield wipers
  • Leather-clad 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Sensus Connect with an integrated modem, Wi-Fi hotspot, 7" screen with limited trial subscription
  • High-Performance Audio System with AUX, USB, and iPod Inputs
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windshield wipers
  • Leather-clad 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Sensus Connect with an integrated modem, Wi-Fi hotspot, 7" screen with limited trial subscription
  • High-Performance Audio System with AUX, USB, and iPod Inputs
  • Keyless Entry and Start
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor windshield wipers
  • R-Design leather clad sports steering wheel
  • R-Design sport leather seating surfaces
  • Sensus Connect with an integrated modem, Wi-Fi hotspot, 7" screen with limited trial subscription
  • Harman Kardon Premium Audio System with AUX, USB, and iPod Inputs
  • Keyless Entry and Start

2017 Volvo XC60 Engine

7.0/10

“The 2017 Volvo XC60 makes a great compact SUV for daily driving, with plenty of power from either of its engines, excellent fuel efficiency, and a smooth ride. Opt for the more powerful engine if you plan to frequently drive with full loads.” – cars.usnews  

Engine and Transmission

Volvo gives out three different powertrains in the XC60, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with the standard all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid model—a rare bird in this segment—provides up to 18 miles of electric-only driving range.  

Under the hood of base T5-badged XC60s is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four pumping out 250 horsepower. Most consumers will be satisfied with this engine’s performance, but for the rest of drivers, two other powertrains are offered that boost the performance quotient.  

The T6 model is powered by the same turbocharged inline-four as the T5, but a supercharger is added to boost performance; with 316 ponies in its stable, it feels peppier, and it was measurably quicker than the T5.  

Models Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
MSRP $40,950 $45,550 $39,150 $40,900
Engine 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0L inline-4 turbo w/Direct Injection 2.0L TFSI Inline 4-Cylinder
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 240 hp 240 hp 241 hp 220 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 273 lb-ft 258 lb-ft

The above table is the competition of base models where it is won by the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. The Volvo XC60 T5 comes second in the engine specs, but the max output power of both the cars remains roughly the same.

Acceleration

The 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV’s 6.4-second zero-to-60-mph time is equitable but unremarkable. The turbocharged 2.0-liter T5 and turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter T6 engines offer adequate power and hustle the XC60 along at class-average clips.

None of the XC60s powertrains provide luxury-car refinement and that is not the point of this car. With lower emissions, this car is probably going to save the snow leopard from extinction.

Models Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
0-60 MPH 7.3 sec 6.0 sec 6.3 sec 5.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec 13.6 sec 14.0 sec 13.5 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.8 7.6 7.3 8.0

The competition is quicker than the Volvo XC60, with the Audi Q5 pulling neatly ahead of the all the others in acceleration runs. The BMW X4 and the Audi Q5 are mechanically the same with different badges, which is why they give out almost identical figures.

Ride and Handling

The XC60 sticks well in corners feel tied to the road while cruising and changes directions with confidence, but it in no way inspires hooliganism and rash driving. When one enters the driver’s seat and takes the steering wheel, one may initially wonder why the steering wheel feels restrained and does not let one simply swerve from one lane to the other.

The ride can feel a touch harsh when driving over rougher stretches of road, but on smooth sections, it’s agreeable and calm. Steering is well weighted for the XC60’s mission and makes micro adjustments by itself to keep itself within a particular lane as one speeds through. So, if you are in trouble, the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV is going to steer you right out of it.  

Braking

The focus in most of these ADAS features shift from making the driver aware they need to do something, to skipping a step and manipulating the vehicle on their own. The 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV is a change that could unsettle some drivers who are more used to taking control. Donning 12.9 in front bake and an 11.9 in rear brake, the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV offers a light, easy brake pedal.

Model Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
Brake Front (in.) 12.9 12.9 13.5 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 11.9 13.0 12.6 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3959 4130 3892 4200
60-0 MPH (ft.) 130 123 115 117

Volvo’s being especially aggressive about implementing ADAS features, including a large animal detection system that will help make sure your doesn’t run over any animals or people who are too engrossed in their phones while crossing the road.

2017 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

6.9/10

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in combined driving. All-wheel-drive (AWD) models attain 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined. The XC60 T6 which comes standard with AWD is estimated to give fuel consumption at 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined.

Model Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
MPG (city) 23 20 22 20
MPG (highway) 31 27 28 27
MPG (combined) 26 23 24 22

The XC60’s three different powertrains meet and exceed many of their rivals when it comes to fuel consumption. Of the competitors listed here, only the Audi Q5 gives the T5 and T6 versions of the Volvo a run for their money in the EPA’s estimations. In the real world, the XC60s exceeds expectations.

2017 Volvo XC60 Interior

8.5/10

“The XC60’s seats are typical Volvo, offering excellent levels of support. Additionally, the front seats hold you in place exceptionally well on winding roads without sacrificing long-distance comfort, making them great for all kinds of drives from road trips to tackling winding roads.” - motortrend

Seating and Comfort

Front seats are well shaped and appropriately cushioned for long road trips, and the range of adjustments ensure a comfortable position for a variety of body types. These front seats get cooled/heated with a massage function, which is, in fact, a segment first offering   Rear seats are similarly accommodating, delivering adult-sized head- and legroom. These are more accommodating than many in this class, and the integrated dual-stage child booster seats are a great kid-friendly option.

Model Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38/56.2/41.2 40.0/57.2/40.4 37.8/57.3/40.8 39.4/57.7/41.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.1/55.2/38.1 37.4/56.0/34.8 38.5/56.5/37.3 39.0/56.4/37.4

The XC60 just knocks you out of the park with its all-black dashboard finished in soft-touch plastics, and then there are the unlacquered wood trimmings which look stunning. While the rivals provide enough leg room and comfort, the Volvo gives a little more headroom.

Infotainment System

The Volvo XC60 includes a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio setup, along with a subwoofer that is concealed very well within the cab so as to avoid any discontinuity in design. It is also placed quite well in terms of the audio performance, which is, for its segment, quite impressive. Some of the features are listed below -  

  • Touch interface/Voice assistant
  • 9.0-inch center touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch TFT driver's display
  • Optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring feature
  • Logically laid out menus
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Petrol station waypoint
  • Bowers & Wilkins system - 15 upgraded speakers
  • A subwoofer
  • Customisable playback settings

Cargo Capacity

Decent cargo-hauling capability puts the XC60 midpack, limited interior cubby storage, and the sole cargo-area bin is among the biggest of its rivals. With its rear seats upright, the XC60 managed to accommodate eight carry-on cases, enough for each adult occupant to take along two bags.

Model Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 30.8 17.7 19.4 29.1
Cargo Volume rear seat down (ft.3) 67.4 49.4 56.5 57.3

The XC60 may look as if it has the smallest cargo volume of the bunch but still manages to outhaul the Audi and Porsche in the real world.

2017 Volvo XC60 Exterior

6.7/10

“Volvo design has been sleek and stylish so long that we've nearly forgotten those old boxy shapes. The 2017 Volvo XC60 embodies that aesthetic, featuring a graceful profile and proportions.  It all hides a functional vehicle, with low roof rails to reduce wind noise, and an optional crossbar system to carry bikes, kayaks, skis and more.”- Kelley Blue Book  

Dimension and weight

Handsome, square-jawed styling, looking much like the large XC90 but slightly smaller in each dimension, the XC60 sports an upscale appearance and a shape very similar to most of its main rivals. Despite its low overall height, it offers the most ground clearance of the SUVs in this matchup, even if most buyers won’t venture off-road. Volvo’s new exterior is characterized by a snub nose, headlamps with Thor’s Hammer LED running lights, tasteful chrome accents, the swept-out back and the side-hugging tail LEDs all which flow seamlessly into a body that looks like it has been built from scratch, and is not shared with its brethren.  

A panoramic sunroof is standard spec. All models roll on handsome aluminum wheels ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches in a wide variety of styles depending on trim. A number of neat exterior features are available as options, including heated windshield wipers and headlight-cleaning jets.  

Model Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription BMW X4 xDrive 28i Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 Premium
Curb weight (lbs.) 3959 4130 3892 4200
Length(in) 182.8 184.5 183.3 182.6
Width(in) 74.4 74.1 74.4 74.7
Height(in) 67.4 63.9 64.5 65.2
Ground clearance (in) 9.1 8.0 5.9 7.9
Wheelbase (in) 109.2 110.6 113.1 110.5
Track width (in) F/R 64.3/62.4 62.8/63.4 63.9/63.7 63.7/63.5

The Audi Q5 is the heaviest here but that is no complaint given its efficiency and performance. All these cars have great maneuverability due to their compact dimensions. The Volvo XC60 is calm and sophisticated and has an aura of understated elegance, which is extremely attractive.

Exterior Features

The 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV offers a few exterior features include -

  • 360-degree camera
  • Semi-automatic parking
  • Blind-spot assist
  • Automatic Headlights - Active dual xenon headlights
  • Exterior mirrors with memory
  • Unique R-Design grille
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors

2017 Volvo XC60 Safety

7.1/10

Volvo’s reputation for safety is hard-won, and the brand shows no signs of dropping the ball in this regard. For 2017, The Volvo XC60 SUV offers all the necessary features which are as follow -

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
  • City Safety – Low-speed collision avoidance support system
  • Seat belts: five, 3-point inertia-reel belts with automatic pre-tensioners; front belts have height adjustment
  • Driver and front passenger supplemental restraint system – dual-threshold airbags
  • Lane change merge aid
  • Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Rear park assist camera
  • Rear park assist sensors
  • Side impact protection (SIPS) airbags
  • Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) – front seats only

IIHS Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Good
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Marginal

NHTSA Ratings

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Volvo XC60 Competition

Volvo XC60 vs BMW X4 xDrive 28i

The BMW X4 is one of the most sturdiest SUVs in its segment. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a range of turbocharged engines mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The X4 feels even more athletic than the X3. In the 28i, BMW has reworked the suspension with stronger springs and rear stabilizer bar, and the all-wheel-drive system now sends more power to the rear wheels. Forward-collision warning and low-speed automated emergency braking have been made standard.

Volvo XC60 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Mercedes-Benz, no stranger to our SUV of the Year honors, is a competent luxury crossover that also features the excellent interior of its sedan sibling. There’s lots of standard tech and safety, including collision-prevention and crosswind assist, adaptive suspension, and keyless start. The GLC300 has a 241-hp 2.0-liter four that pairs with a paddle-shifted nine-speed automatic and rear drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The seats are comfortable, the interior quiet, just like a real Mercedes.

Overall, this is a great vehicle. You know you're getting into a Mercedes as soon as you open the door to the GLC. The quality of the materials and the elegance of the design are very consistent with the Mercedes-Benz brand proposition and reputation.

Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 Premium

One of the greatest range of powertrain choices in its class, Audi Q5 Premium is comfortable, quiet, and handsomely styled, and provides the feel that crossover buyers crave. Driving all four wheels is a 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a seven-speed automatic. The cabin is well-finished, and atop its dash sits a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; an 8.3-inch display is optional, as is the 12.3-inch driver-facing digital gauge cluster. All Q5s come with automated emergency braking and a power liftgate.

Audi Q5 is more distinctive than it looks. The Q5 SUV adds power, efficiency, and almost anyone can find a version of this handsome small crossover to fit their tastes.

2017 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

Volvo’s empire of building cars that are safe, pragmatic and extremely beguiling has risen with the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV. Agreed, the rivals of this SUV may provide more comfort or more sporty drive, but for something that feels a little different from the niche and with Swedish luxury, the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV is highly endorsed.

Giving the buyer a high value for his/her money, the Volvo XC60 SUV is ladened with features that only a few automobile companies can offer. So, if you are thinking of buying grandeur with a crossover, and are tired of watching the SUV with amazement, the 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV should be on the top of your bucket list.

Pros

Exceptional Efficiency

Lowered emissions

Advanced stability control

City safety auto braking

Active bending lights

Cons

Noise and vibration

Intrusive engine start-stop feature

Heavy Steering

Sensus Navigation

Interior Storage compartments

What's New?

Lineup Simplified; presenting only 3 trims

4-cylinder Drive-E powertrains.

Radar, Five cameras and proximity sensors.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu. in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

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

dimensions

wheelbase

109.2 in.

length

182.8 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

67.4 in.

curb weight

4092 lbs.

ground clearance

9.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

30.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Volvo XC60 in Power Blue Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Onyx Black Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Rich Java Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Mussel Blue Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Magic Blue Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Luminous Sand Metallic color  2017 Volvo XC60 in Ice White color
Power Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.7

Safety

7.1

Driving

8.1

Comfort

8.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Dynamic

T5 Dynamic

power
240 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$40,950 - $42,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Dynamic 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,950 MSRP (23/26/30) 240 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA
T5 Dynamic 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $42,950 MSRP (23/26/31) 240 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
240 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$40,950 - $42,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,950 MSRP (23/26/30) 240 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $42,950 MSRP (23/26/31) 240 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Dynamic

T6 Dynamic

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

$46,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Dynamic 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $46,350 MSRP (20/23/29) 302 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

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

$46,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $46,350 MSRP (20/23/29) 302 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

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

$51,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $51,000 MSRP (20/23/29) 302 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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