2018 Volvo XC60

Pros: Compelling performance; abundance of safety features; comfortable back seat

Cons: Complex touchscreen control interface can be distracting; topline models get expensive

CG Says: Volvo’s compact crossover SUV is redesigned for 2018, gaining an available plug-in hybrid powertrain, a longer wheelbase for better rear-seat space, and crisp new styling that mimics the look of the larger Volvo XC90. New safety features include Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which will steer the vehicle back into the lane if it crosses the center stripe when an oncoming vehicle is detected, and Steer Assist, which combines with vehicle, pedestrian, cyclist, and large-animal detection to help drivers avoid obstacles by adding additional steering input if necessary and braking individual wheels to increase vehicle control. The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined 400 horsepower in T8 models. The base T5 has a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged version of that engine with 316 hp. All XC60s have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, steering-linked headlights, City Safety Collision Avoidance Technology, blind-spot alert with steering intervention, and drowsiness alert. Other available features include a hands-free power liftgate, heated/ventilated front seats, surround-view camera, cooled glove box, head-up instrument display, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and power-folding rear seats. The redesigned XC60 delivers all the available safety features expected of a Volvo, and pairs them with dynamic performance and confident distinctive styling as an unexpected bonus. Although the touchscreen control system can be tricky to master, the cabin is very nicely finished, with good rear-seat and cargo room. Topline trim levels are pricey, but the new XC60 presents itself as a fine alternative to its more-established European rivals.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5 Momentum:$42,495
T5 R-Design: $45,795
T5 Inscription: $46,295
T6 Momentum: $45,895
T6 R-Design: $49,195
T6 Inscription: $49,695
T8 Momentum: $53,895
T8 R-Design: $57,195
T8 Inscription: $57,695

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl./electric (T8)
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
26
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
59

The new Volvo XC60
2018 Volvo XC60
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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