The 2022 Volvo XC60 luxury crossover is largely unchanged from the previous year, but it retains a fresh and futuristic feel despite being four years old at this point. That said, Volvo has quietly updated the available gasoline engines with new tunes. Horsepower and torque figures have changed slightly from the previous year, and Volvo has changed their names from T5 and T6 to B5 and B6.
2022 Volvo XC60
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2022 Volvo XC60 Overview
Choosing Your Volvo XC60
The 2022 Volvo XC60 is offered in four trim levels across the lineup, including the Momentum, Inscription, R-Design, and the Polestar Engineered. Of these, only the Momentum, Inscription and R-Design are available on the gas-powered models, while the Inscription Expression sub-trim and Polestar Engineered can only be equipped on the Recharge hybrid models.
The XC60 starts at $43,745 (including $1,095 in destination fees) for the Momentum and ranges up to $70,595 for the Polestar Engineered Recharge hybrid.
There are three engines available for the XC60, with four different power levels. The B5 four-cylinder with a turbo is available across the gasoline line up in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, while the B6 four-cylinder with a turbo and a supercharger is only available with AWD on the Inscription and R-Design models. Upgrading to the B6 adds an extra $6,300 to the price of the XC60, while upgrading to just AWD costs $2,300.
XC60 Recharge models are equipped with the T8 engine and AWD, which combines the B6 powertrain with a hybrid that adds an extra 84-horsepower. Polestar Engineered models receive a 15-horsepower bump in power over the standard T8 engine.
All models are equipped with an eight-speed transmission. Additionally, the hybrid Recharge is capable of up to 20 miles of pure-electric range.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)||0-60 mph Time|
|B5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||247 hp||258 lb-ft||25 mpg||6.6 s|
|B6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-cylinder||295 hp||310 lb-ft||23 mpg||5.9 s|
|T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid||400 hp||472 lb-ft||27 mpg||5.0 s|
|T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid (Polestar)||415 hp||494 lb-ft||27 mpg||4.9 s|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The XC60 has seating for five with two rows. Rear seat passengers have 38 inches of legroom, which is smaller than many competitors, but still enough for most adults. Those passengers also get to appreciate a beautifully designed space that feels like a cut above most other luxury mid-size SUVs.
Cargo space behind the rear seat is limited at only 22.4 cubic feet, but fold the seats down and the XC60’s cargo space swells to 64 cubic feet. That is enough room for approximately 64,000 Swedish meatballs from your favorite Swedish furniture store (assuming an average meatball diameter of 1.5 inches).
It used to be said that people bought Volvos to carry their airbags around in, but they now do so much more than that. The XC60 received a five-star overall rating from NHTSA, while the IIHS gave it their coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Additionally, the XC60 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. Optionally, it can be equipped with front parking sensors, a surround-view camera, and a driver assistance suite called Pilot Assist that can more or less drive itself on some highways.
The XC60 has a well-designed nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, USB ports, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The XC60 also has Google Maps and Google Assistant integrated into the infotainment system, allowing for the same hands-free voice control you can get from a Google Home device. This also allows you to integrate your XC60 with other smart home devices to help you manage your life both at home and away.
The XC60 offers two optional upgrades to the sound system: an $800 14-speaker Harmon Kardon system and a $3,200 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system. The Bowers and Wilkins system is one of the most innovative on the market, with cool features like room modes, such as “Jazz Club” which will recreate the acoustics of Sweden’s Nefertiti Jazz Club or “Concert Hall” which will simulate what you would hear if you were listening in the Gothenburg Concert Hall.
The base-level Momentum trim comes standard with cloth upholstery, aluminum trim, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Comfort power seats with remote controls, and two-zone automatic climate control with a humidity sensor.
Packages include the $750 Climate Package with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and headlight cleaning jets, as well as the $2,500 Advanced package that includes ambient lighting, a garage door opener, a head-up display, power child locks, a 360-degree camera, an advanced air filter, and the Volvo Pilot Assist driver assistance system. Options include integrated child booster seats that fold into the rear seat cushions ($500) and the Harmon Kardon sound system.
The R-Design is the sportier of the trims for the standard XC60 models, and comes standard with gloss black exterior trim, a panoramic moonroof, 4-zone automatic climate control, Nappa Leather, Leatherette and cloth upholstery, Heated Seats and the Harmon Kardon sound system. XC60 Recharge models are set up slightly differently in the R-Design trim, with a leather gear shift and sporty aluminum pedals.
Packages are the same as before, but with reduced content and prices as many items have been integrated into the R-Design trim level. New options include air suspension for $1,800 and the Bowers and Wilkins audio system. Recharge models also offer the $1,295 Polestar Performance software upgrade that gives you the full power from the Polestar Engineered trim level.
The Inscription trim is simultaneously the top-of-the-line trim for the B5 and B6-powered XC60 models but is also the base trim level for the XC60 Recharge models.
In the B5 and B6 models, the Inscription includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats and a crystal gear selector knob made by Orrefors, a Swedish artisanal glass company. Alternatively, you can get a surprisingly nice wool blend for no additional cost if you would rather not have leather (although this still isn’t vegan friendly). Packages and options remain the same as the R-design.
In the XC60 Recharge, there are two levels of Inscription: Inscription Expression and Inscription. Inscription Expression is basically the same as the Momentum trim, while the Inscription level mirrors the Inscription trim in the gasoline-powered models.
The Polestar Engineered trim is the performance version of the XC60, with a full 415 horsepower out of the tiny 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid. It also receives chassis upgrades, forged wheels, and upgraded cross-drilled Akebono brakes. Nappa leather is standard, as is the contents of the Climate and Advanced packages, and it comes standard with the Bowers and Wilkins audio system.
Options are mostly limited to dealer-installed accessories, but interestingly you can get a Booster Cushion at no additional cost at this trim level.
The T8 turbo-supercharged four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Recharge is a miracle of efficiency. The fact that they’ve managed to squeeze 400 horsepower out of such a small package makes it extremely compelling to us from a standpoint of both fun and ecological stewardship. We also think the interior of the Inscription trim for the gas-powered models is one of the best in the business and is worth paying for if you have room in your budget.
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