Volvo's long-running compact crossover, the XC60 offers impressive quality and premium features at a sensible price.

Pricing and Equipment

The standard XC60, dubbed T5, comes in Dynamic and Inscription trims, both priced at $41,945 with destination and with a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. The Dynamic has a sportier look inside, while the Inscription goes for a plush feel. All-wheel drive is available for $2,000. Standard features include:

  • Leather seats with driver memory
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • Collision mitigation with automatic braking
  • An eight-speaker infotainment system with navigation

T6 versions of the XC60, priced from $47,345, use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 302 hp, thanks to a turbocharger and a supercharger – a remarkably rare arrangement – and standard all-wheel drive. Exclusive to the T6 is the sporty R-Design trim ($51,995), which adds a sport-tuned suspension, shift paddles, and more convenience and safety features. Most of the R-Line's non-performance upgrades are optional on the lower trims.

Performance Pros

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 offers two powerful four-cylinder engines:

  • The T6's twincharged engine delivers properly quick performance. Whether at a standstill, city speeds, or on the highway, the XC60 T6 delivers all the grunt its driver needs.
  • The eight-speed automatic transmission punches out super-smooth upshifts with both engines.

Performance Cons

  • We detected some annoying chatter from the base engine at low speeds — and a loud batch of it during swift takeoffs.
  • We would've had more fun if the transmission wasn't so reluctant to downshift. The eight-speed automatic is tuned for efficiency, and not in a subtle way. We had to bury the pedal to sample the engine's true potential.

Interior Pros

  • The XC60's virtual instrument cluster is as visually enticing as it is useful. The high-resolution displays are legible at a glance and rendered in full color. It also feels remarkably premium at this price point.
  • With the rear seat folded, the XC60 can hold up to 67.4 cubic feet of cargo. That's more than any other compact luxury crossover we've tested.

Interior Cons

Volvo XC60
  • Many luxury vehicles have dazzled us with their exotic finishes and fancy tailoring. The XC60 isn't one of the them. The bling-free environment may be too austere for some buyers (although material quality is good).
  • While Volvo claims the XC60 seats five, it's really a four-seater. Even with the front seats moved generously forward, we could fit no more than two adults in back.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Volvo XC60's front seats kept us perfectly comfortable through hundreds of miles of driving. For long-distance travel, they're simply some of the best seats we've experienced in any vehicle.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Volvo XC60 falls short of most rivals when it comes to ride quality. The suspension is firm by design, but we still expected a smoother, more refined ride from a crossover in this league.

The Bottom Line

The Volvo XC60 doesn't fit the textbook definition of a luxury crossover, which probably explains its enduring popularity.