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2021 T5 Momentum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $41,700
2021 T5 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,000
2021 T6 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,500
2021 T5 R-Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,850
2021 T5 Inscription 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,200
2021 T5 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,150
2021 T5 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $51,500
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription Expression 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,500
2021 T6 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,650
2021 T6 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,000
2021 T8 Recharge R-Design 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $59,650
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $61,000
2021 T8 Recharge Polestar 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $69,500
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3.9 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

Forget the old 240 wagon, the most popular Volvo these days is the XC60, a midsize crossover that goes toe-to-toe with the mainstream luxury brands. To keep up with that heady competition, Volvo has introduced a few lineup-wide enhancements that are included on the 2021 Volvo XC60.

The new standard equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, and two rear USB ports. Specific updates to the XC60 are limited to keyless entry, illuminated door handles, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Choosing Your Volvo XC60

The XC60 comes in four trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered. Pricing ranges from $42,695 including destination for a base Momentum to $71,140 for the Polestar Engineered.

Engine Choices

The lower three trims come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, known as the T5. Moving into the T6 adds a supercharger to the equation for a twin-charge design, the upgrade costing $5,800 on all three trims.

The plug-in hybrid, formerly known as the T8, has been rechristened Recharge. It remains a plug-in hybrid ode to the future, though it's outdone by the Polestar Engineered and its 15 additional horsepower.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp258 lb-ft25 mpg
T6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder316 hp295 lb-ft23 mpg
T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder Plug-in Hybrid400 hp472 lb-ft27 mpg
T8 Polestar Engineered415 hp472 lb-ft27 mpg

All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the T5, with all-wheel drive a $2,300 option. All other powertrains come exclusively with all-wheel drive.

It's worth reiterating that both the Polestar Engineered and Recharge powertrains are squeezing 400 horsepower out of a plug-in hybrid four-cylinder that's also capable of driving 20 miles on pure electric power. Take a moment and process that.

It represents a current high-water mark for mainstream four-cylinders, and illustrates how far hybrids have come since the first Prius popularized the technology. In the XC60 lineup, this is the powerplant to buy if you've got the dough for it.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The XC60 is a two-row midsize crossover, so seating caps out at five. Those sitting in the back will find themselves with 38 inches of leg room, which is more than the BMW X5 but less than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Lincoln Nautilus, and Cadillac XT5.

Behind the rear seats is 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is well shy of its competition. Of the aforementioned group, all four models provide at least 10 additional cubic feet in their cargo areas. Fold down the XC60's seats, and 63 cubic feet becomes available, which is more in line with segment standards.

Volvo XC60

Safety Features

Volvo has tied itself to the hip with safety, and it's no small point of pride for brand loyalists that the Swedish company is routinely named the safest among all automakers. To that end, the XC60 gets much more standard safety kit than many of its competitors.

The list includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The R-Design and above get front parking sensors as well.

About all that isn't standard is adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera, both of which are optional with the Advance Package. However, the Polestar Engineered does get these two high-end safety features standard.

The IIHS called the Volvo a Top Safety Pick for its crash test performance, while the NHTSA gave the crossover a five-star overall safety rating.

Connectivity

All XC60s come with a 9.0-inch rectangular, vertically-oriented touchscreen mounted in the center of the dash. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and also includes Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD radio, and a variety of integrated apps. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is also standard.

The R-Design and above further get navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a subwoofer. The navigation system is optional on the base Momentum through the Premium Package ($1,700).

The Polestar Engineered adds a head-up display, Bowers and Wilkins audio system, and wireless charging as standard. The head-up display and wireless charging pad are available elsewhere through the aforementioned Advanced Package.

Volvo XC60

Momentum - From $42,695

The base Momentum opens up the XC60 range. Standard amenities include a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, adaptive LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats with memory for the driver's seat, and genuine wood trim.

Aside from the Advance Package ($2,100), which comes with a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, and more, buyers might want to consider the Premium Package. For $1,700, it adds navigation, front parking sensors, a rearview mirror compass, and a Homelink garage door transmitter.

R-Design - From $48,845

Moving into the performance-oriented R-Design gets buyers the contents of the Momentum's Premium Package as well as heated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, and a Harmon Kardon audio system. The sporty stuff includes black exterior trim, distinctive tailpipes, and a sport-tuned chassis.

Individual options include a $3,200 Bowers and Wilkins audio system, $500 integrated booster seat rear cushions, and an $1,800 four-corner air suspension.

Inscription - From $50,195

The Inscription is the top dog outside the Polestar Engineered. It's equipped similarly to the R-Design but adds a few extra standard features like ventilated front seats, wood trim, 19-inch wheels, and comfort seat padding with power side supports up front.

Polestar Engineered - From $71,140

The utmost XC60 is the Polestar Engineered. Its main attraction is its high-output, 415-horsepower variant of the Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain that gets paired with a uniquely tuned chassis and an air suspension. Standard here is the Bowers and Wilkins audio system, adaptive cruise control, heated rear seats, and wireless charging.

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CarsDirect Tip

The pricey 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge and Polestar Engineered models may look enticing, but they aren't the value plays. That would be the R-Design, which provides plenty of standard equipment and a purposeful style at a fair shake. As for which engine? Again, the middle choice best: the T6 would do it for us.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Gorgeous outside
  • Gorgeous inside
  • Strong powertrains
  • Great technology
Cons
  • Average base fuel economy
  • Takes premium fuel
  • Can get expensive
Expert Rating
3.9 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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A luxury contender. The luxury establishment is generally headquartered in Germany, with occasional inroads from Asia and America. The 2021 Volvo XC60 is clear evidence that luxury buyers would do well to look farther north.

The Scandinavian automaker brings an undeniable sense of style to its rendition of the luxury compact crossover. The exterior is simultaneously eye-catching and understated, an elegant shape complemented by tasteful accents.

If possible, the XC60 is even better on the inside. It’s attractive no matter where you look – soft leather upholstery, a crystal-tipped shifter, and an uncluttered dash sculpted with driftwood trim. It’s glamorous and relaxing, with much more character than many luxury competitors.

Space to spare. The cabin doesn’t just look good – it’s a nice place to spend time. Front seats are thickly padded and supportive, and they can be ventilated or massage-capable on upper trims. Headroom is plentiful, and three adults can fit comfortably in the back.

The XC60 does luxury well, but it’s just as happy hauling cargo. Folding the second row opens up more than 63 cubic feet of space, which is more than the BMW X3 or Audi Q5.

Even the infotainment screen is spacious: every XC60 gets a generous 9-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility. It’s sharp and easy to use, and the driver gets a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster to match.

Volvo XC60

Multiple personalities. The Volvo XC60 comes with a choice of four powertrains, and each has a distinct personality. The base T5 is cheerful and competent, with a healthy 250 horsepower. It’s also the only engine that’s available with front-wheel drive, which makes it lighter than the rest.

We prefer the upgraded T6, which supercharges the engine up to 316 hp. The engine is well suited to moving the XC60’s bulk, and it never feels strained. In the T6, 0-60 mph times drop under seven seconds, which is more than quick enough for most.

The downside of both options is mediocre fuel economy. Both the T5 and T6 are stuck in the mid-20s in miles per gallon combined, which is only average in an era of hybrids and electrics.

Luckily, Volvo has a plug-in of its own. The XC60 Recharge improves on base fuel economy, and even better, it offers up to 19 miles of electric range. That’s not much by plug-in standards, but it’s enough for grocery runs and errands around town. The Recharge isn’t boring, either — with 400 combined hp, it’s impressively quick.

It would be the quickest if it weren’t for the fearsome Polestar Engineered model, which tunes the engine up to 415 h and drops the 0-60 mph sprint under six seconds. It’s a genuine performance car, although it’s pricey enough that you’re not likely to see many on the road.

Still a Volvo. Volvo may have upped their luxury credentials, but they haven’t lost sight of their roots. The XC60 gets a nearly perfect report card from federal and independent testers, and every model gets a strong set of active safety features. Family buyers, rejoice.

The rest of the XC60’s features are divided among a simple and sensible feature range. Base trims are fairly good value, but we like Inscription models best for their Nappa leather upholstery and four-zone climate control.

When it looks this good inside and out, the XC60 is a genuine challenge to favorites like the X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Both of these vehicles are more expensive than the XC60, and unless you’re set on a German badge, we suggest you cross-shop accordingly.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Volvo XC60 is hard to fault. If pressed, we could take issue with the limited plug-in electric range and the mediocre base fuel economy. But in all the ways that matter, the XC60 is exceptional: it’s comfortable, practical, and beautiful inside and out. For a luxury crossover, it’s hard to ask more.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$72
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
103 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.6 "
Exterior Width
74.9 "
Exterior Height
65.3 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,008 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored / Body-colored With Stainless Steel Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather / City Weave Cloth/leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 14 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Sips Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Sips Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
City Safety Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis W/steer Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Intellisafe Assist - Pilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto Highbeam (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear / Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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