If you’re looking for a small, two-row premium SUV, the Volvo XC60 is one to consider. Introduced in 2010, the current generation model is now in its eighth and final year. Offering room for five and very good storage space, you have your choice of engines and drivetrains to consider.
What's New for 2017
Volvo could have left well enough alone as it prepares its next-generation XC60. Instead, the automaker narrowed its engine offerings, dropping the previously available five- and six-cylinder engines. Also gone is the six-speed automatic, replaced by an eight-speed transmission. A pair of forced-induction four-cylinder engines remain.
Choosing Your Volvo XC60
With its larger engines gone, Volvo now relies upon a pair of four-cylinder engines to power the XC60.
All T5 models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This model is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive and 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for the all-wheel drive version.
Five trim levels are available: T5 Dynamic, T5 Inscription, T6 Dynamic, T6 Inscription, and T6 R-Design. The Inscription trims feature four unique color choices, special-effect 20-inch wheels, and seats covered in fine semi-aniline leather.
Standard equipment includes electronic climate control, power front seats with lumbar support, navigation, a blind spot information system, and a rearview camera. All models come with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming, USB ports, and an auxiliary audio input port. A moonroof is standard.
It can be tempting to wait one more year to find out what Volvo has in store for the 2018 XC60. For those who don’t want to wait, a T5 model with the Advanced and Preferred packages provides a well-equipped model costing less than some of its top European competitors.