Four advanced powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid. The 2020 Volvo XC60 has one of the more robust lineups of powertrains for the compact crossover segment. There are four, including a plug-in hybrid. All provide more than enough grunt, and all models feature a comfortable ride.
All powertrains feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, though there are multiple states of tune and types of forced induction. The base T5 comes with a turbocharged version of the engine that makes 250 horsepower. The T6 has a supercharged and turbocharged variant that’s good for 316 hp.
At the top of the range is the T8 that comes with a supercharged and turbocharged internal combustion engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 400 hp. The available T8 Polestar Engineered has 415 hp.
With so many powertrains to choose from, the XC60 offers something for everyone. The T6 is the sweet spot in the lineup, as the T8s come at a much higher premium.
High-end materials meet supreme comfort. Thanks to the XC60’s upright design and lack of a third row, all of the seats are spacious and comfortable. Both rows offer a spacious amount of head room and leg room, with the second row being incredibly comfy. The front seats offer the perfect amount of bolstering.
The XC60's excellent list of features help it feel upscale, such as dual-zone climate control, a panoramic moonroof, real leather upholstery, and iron ore trim. Higher trims add things like Nappa leather upholstery, metal mesh trim, quad-zone climate control, and driftwood trim. Regardless of what trim you choose, the XC60 feels like a luxury vehicle.
Advanced safety features. Volvo continues to pack its vehicles with all sorts of standard features, and the XC60 comes with a long list of safety features. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, a driver alertness monitor, traffic sign recognition, and run-off road mitigation and protection are standard. A lot of these features are optional on the competition.
The XC60 has multiple available safety features, but one of the more impressive ones is Pilot Assist. The drive-assist system is similar to a semi-autonomous system, as it uses adaptive cruise control to help it maintain a set speed and distance from a leading vehicle and lane keep assist to help it stay within marked lanes.
Convenience and luxury features galore. With a starting price tag of $41,790, the XC60 isn’t cheap, but it comes well equipped. Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch display in the instrument panel, a power tailgate, 18-inch wheels, a 9-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, and a 10-speaker audio system.
Moving up to a higher trim brings a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, quad-zone climate control, navigation, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 19-inch wheels, and more.
In addition, the XC60 comes with Volvo’s excellent Sensus infotainment system. While slow upon startup, the system is laid out similarly to a smartphone, which means its intuitive to use. Graphics are crisp, it's well-sized, and controls are put in easy-to-find locations. Sensus is one of the better infotainment systems on the market.
Final thoughts. For consumers looking for a compact luxury crossover, the 2020 Volvo XC60 should meet a lot of requirements. It has one of the nicer designs on the market, one of the best infotainment systems, an excellent list of features, and a luxurious cabin.
While the XC60’s powertrains are impressive, we expected to see better fuel economy figures. Not to mention, moving up to higher trims requires a lot more money compared to lower trims and available packages are pricey.
The XC60’s main rivals include the Porsche Macan and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The Macan is arguably the most athletic compact crossover available and has even more available tech features than the Volvo. The GLC is available with more powerful engines than the XC60 and has a more upscale interior. It’s also more enjoyable to drive.