Volvo XC60 vs. Volvo XC90

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, Automotive Editor - January 10, 2019

Volvo’s line of crossovers is comprehensive and includes something for virtually any buyer. Two leaders on Volvo showrooms are the XC60 and its big brother, the XC90. These crossovers share many parts, so some may assume bigger is better, but the XC60 puts up a great fight. Which of these luxury crossovers is better for you, the XC60 or XC90? Find out below.

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What the XC60 Gets Right

As the smaller of the two, the XC60 starts off at $40,795 (all prices include destination), giving it a $7,900 price advantage over the XC90. Despite its lower price point, the Volvo family styling flows to the XC60 nicely and may even fit this smaller body better than it does the XC90.

Though the XC60 is five inches shorter than the XC90, it's still very comfortable inside. It totes around up to five adults with its roomy rear seats that offer 38 inches of leg room – one inch more than the XC90 – and 56.3 inches of rear shoulder room. The Volvo XC60 also boasts some of the most comfortable seats in the industry, giving it all-day comfort for longer hauls.

Under its hood, the XC60’s powertrain options mirror those in the XC90. These include a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, a 316-hp 2.0-liter, and a 400-hp plug-in-hybrid 2.0-liter. Because the XC60 is smaller and lighter, these engines deliver slightly better straight-line performance than in the XC90.

What the XC90 Gets Right

The Volvo XC90 is a three-row crossover with room for up to seven passengers, which beats the XC60 by two. The third-row seats are small, but they're nice to have in a pinch. The larger XC90 body also offers up to 85.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear two rows folded, beating the XC60 by 22.4 cubes.

While the XC90 may not have the straight-line performance of the XC60, it makes good use of the shared powertrains on the efficiency side as the fuel-economy penalties for choosing this larger crossover are virtually unnoticeable. The only differences are one mile per gallon highway in the T6 model, one mpg city in the T5 model, and one mpg combined in the T8 model, according to the EPA.

Buyers looking to haul will appreciate the XC90’s 5,200-pound towing capacity, which beats the XC60 by 1,700 pounds.

Need Space? Go with the XC90

The XC90’s larger body may be a bit much for some buyers, but those who need the extra cargo or passenger space will appreciate the roominess of the XC90 without a big fuel-economy penalty. Its extra towing capacity is a nice bonus, too.

Verdict: Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is the perfect crossover for the average family. It delivers great performance, decent fuel economy, stunning looks, and a smaller body that's easier to toss around in traffic – all of this for nearly $8,000 less than the Volvo XC90.

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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