2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid SUV

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2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 6, 2019


Its been quite a while after the first Volvo XC60 made its debut in 2008 and continued for 10 years with no significant redesigns. Be that as it may, the Volvo made a noteworthy stride a year ago by updating the XC60 and redesigning it to the second era. Now, when the XC60 kept the cash registers busy, Volvo decided to use the XC60's reputation to flaunt their hybrid powertrain as well. This trick worked like a charm and attracted even more customers to their dealerships.

The 2019 XC60 Plug-in Hybrid is everything that the standard XC60 is, just with a different, more economical powertrain. Oh, and let's not forget, it is more environmentally friendly too.

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Pros

Power-packed Performance

Luxurious interiors

Easily accessible Infotainment System

Cons

Sluggish Braking

Low Towing Capaity

What's New?

No notable upgrades so far


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

313 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft @ 2200 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)

65.1/65.2

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4691 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

1168 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/26/TBD mpg

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 plug-in hybrid SUV in Denim Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV in Fusion Red Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV in Ice White color  2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV in Onyx Black Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV in Pine Grey Metallic color
Denim Blue 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

Interior

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Momentum

T8 Momentum

power
313 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$53,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Momentum Twin Engine 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $53,700 MSRP (26/) 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 R-Design

T8 R-Design

power
313 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$60,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 R-Design Twin Engine 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $60,550 MSRP (26/) 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Inscription

T8 Inscription

power
313 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$61,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Inscription Twin Engine 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $61,050 MSRP (26/) 313 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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

7.6

Overall Rating


Though, the standard XC60 plants a firm foot in its segment, its hybrid counterpart is fairly new in the competition. However, it is loaded with a plethora of features and safety tech that, yet again, sets it apart from the segment. The prices for the plug-in hybrid XC60 start at $39,200 and go all the way up to $52,250. There are three trims on offer and two engine options as well.

Having said that, the 2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid pokes the territories of some well-reputed vehicles such as Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid and the Jaguar E-Pace. Let's move ahead with the review and see if the XC60 is worthy enough to make a name for itself in this segment or not.

2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV 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 makes it feel a bit sporty. However the Inscription unlike the R-Dynamic gets more of luxury upgrades.

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.    

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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.

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

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.

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

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

MSRP

$39,200

$40,700

$44,600

Engine/Motor

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/120

2.0L inline-4 turbom Engine

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 engine

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9 speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

250 @ 5500

241 @ 5,500

247 @ 5500

Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1500

273 @ 1300

269 @ 1200

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

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

0-60 MPH

6.1 Seconds

6.3 Seconds

6.6 Seconds

Quarter Mile

TBD

TBD

TBD

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Curb Weight

4105 lbs

3891 lbs

3870 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.

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

Brake Front(in)

13.6

13.4

TBD

Brake Rear(in)

12.6

12.5

TBD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

3891

3870

60-0 MPH (ft.)

TBD

TBD

TBD

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV 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

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

mpg city

22

22

22

mpg Highway

28

27

27

mpg combined

24

24

24

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

Although the Jaguar E-pace can run an extra mile than the 2019 Volvo XC60, it still runs along with the others in the competition.

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

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

3,500

3,500

5290

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 Hybrid is also capable of towing the same weight as the XC60.

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Interior

8.0/10

Seating and comfort

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.

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

Front '3 Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.

38/58.2/41.5

TBD

37.8/NA/NA

Second '3 Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.)

38/56.3/38

TBD

37.5/NA/NA

With such interior dimensions, the Volvo flaunts some of the spacious interiors in the class. Although the Jaguar E-pace still offers a bit more head room in the front.

Cargo Capacity

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

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

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

TBD

19.6

33.5

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

63.3

56.5

NA

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 System

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:

  • 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 plug-in hybrid SUV Exterior

Dimension and Weight

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's also gets a longer wheel base than its predecessors thus providing a little more cabin space in the back.

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

Jaguar E-pace

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

3891

3870

Length(in.)

184.6

183.6

186.3

Width(in.)

73.3

82.5

81.5

Height(in.)

65.3

64.5

65

Ground Clearance(in.)

TBD

TBD

6.3

Wheel Base(in.)

112.8

113.1

113.1

Track Width(in) F/R

TBD

TBD

64.6/65.1

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

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV 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

2019 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV Competition

2019 Volvo XC60 vs Jaguar E-pace

The Volvo XC60 might be old but the Jaguar E-pace 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 Jaguar E-pace which might become one of the major points to be taken into consideration.

2019 Volvo XC60 vs Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid

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 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid SUV 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.