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    2020 Volvo XC60 OVERVIEW

    The 2020 Volvo XC60 continues largely unchanged from the previous model year, but it still feels like a gift from the Swedish future compared to other luxury mid-size crossovers.

    The big news for 2020 is that Volvo has added a new trim to the lineup, the sporty XC60 Polestar Engineered. Polestar is the Volvo’s performance department like the M-division of BMW or AMG at Mercedes Benz, meaning that the XC60 should now satisfy those who want a bit more excitement in their drive.

    Choosing Your Volvo XC60

    Volvo offers the XC60 in four trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered. Pricing starts at $41,790 including destination for the Momentum and extends to $70,495 for the Polestar Engineered.

    Engine Choices

    Volvo has a wide lineup of powertrains available across the XC60 lineup, including a powerful plug-in hybrid option, but they're all variations on the same core turbocharged four-cylinder.

    Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
    T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp258 lb-ft24 mpg
    T6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder316 hp295 lb-ft23 mpg
    T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid400 hp495 lb-ftNot Yet Rated
    Polestar Engineered T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid415 hp494 lb-ftNot Yet Rated

    All XC60s are equipped with the same eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard except on cars equipped with the T5 base engine, where it's an extra $2,300.

    Almost all powertrain options are available on every trim. The T6 will cost you an extra $5,800 for the extra power, while the T8 carries a premium of $13,800 over the base T5 setup. The only exception is the Polestar Engineered, which is only equipped with a special version of the T8 that has been tuned for extra performance.

    Passenger and Cargo Capacity

    The XC60 will seat up to five people and offers a total of 63.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. With the seats up, the amount of cargo space is reduced to a miniscule 22.4 cubic feet.

    That small trunk space also precludes another highly sought-after feature: a third row. If you want three rows of seats in a Volvo crossover, you’ll need to pony up for the larger XC90.

    Safety Features

    Volvos are renowned for their safety features, and the XC60 is no exception. The entire car is designed to be as safe as possible in a collision with ultra-high strength boron steel. While the 2020 model hasn't yet been rated by the IIHS, last year’s model was named a Top Safety Pick and little has changed.

    Additionally, all Volvo models include the City Safety technology suite which includes automatic emergency braking and steering support, which helps you steer away from a potential accident quickly and safely. There’s also lane keeping assist that's specifically designed to help prevent the car from running off the road.

    More advanced safety and driver assistance features are available as a part of the Advanced Package, which adds adaptive cruise control and adaptive LED headlights for $2,500.


    The XC60 features a large 9-inch infotainment touchscreen in the center stack as well as a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that can be configured to show you what you need to know most. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also offered as standard features, and there are other integrated apps within the infotainment system like Spotify.

    The XC60 also offers the Volvo On Call app that connects your car to your smartphone when you are outside of the vehicle. From your phone, you can remotely start and lock your car, and even have Amazon deliver packages to your XC60, placing them securely inside.

    Momentum - From $41,790

    The Momentum is offered with standard luxury crossover trimmings, like a minimalist yet beautiful interior with leather seats and wood trim. The interior is bathed in light from the standard panoramic moonroof, alongside other standard features like two-zone automatic climate control. The previously mentioned safety features make even the base Momentum a strong contender in the mid-size luxury crossover space.

    Buyers can equip their XC60 Momentum with adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up display through the aforementioned Advance Package ($2,500).

    R-Design - From $48,490

    The R-Design trim of the XC60 has a few unique qualities. Instead of the standard Dynamic chassis that underlies the Momentum and Inscription trims, the R-Design gets a Sport chassis that’s better tuned for cornering. It also gets sporty exterior and interior styling touches like dual tailpipes that differentiate it from the other models.

    The R-Design gets a Harmon Kardon sound system, a power tailgate, four-zone automatic climate control, and even Nappa leather as standard features.

    Inscription - From $48,490

    The Inscription trim is very similar to the R-Design trim, but it’s focused more on comfort as opposed to sportiness. It receives the standard Dynamic chassis, as well as comfort seat padding instead of the sport seats in the R-Design. However, almost all of the luxury upgrades offered by the R-Design over the Momentum are reflected in the Inscription as well.

    Interestingly though, the Inscription doesn't come standard with Nappa leather. To get it, buyers have to opt for the $2,200 Luxury Package, which also includes ventilated front seats with side bolsters and massage capability.

    Polestar Engineered - From $70,495

    The Polestar Engineered comes standard with a trim-specific version of the T8 hybrid powertrain, as well as a Polestar-tuned chassis, associated performance parts, and unique trim. The result is an XC60 that’s a bit sportier than the R-Design, but it'd be difficult to call it a substantial difference.

    Additionally, the Polestar Engineered comes standard with the features from the packages offered on lower trims, as well as a Bowers and Wilkins sound system and an adaptive air suspension.

    Compare XC60 Trims Side-By-Side

    CarsDirect Tip

    The best value is clearly with the 2020 Volvo XC60 Momentum, as it can be optioned to suit your needs while staying at a lower price point. If you’re looking for a true mid-size sporty crossover that’s fast and fun, the Audi SQ5 starts at $53,395 and is a better contender all around.

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