2015 Volvo XC60

Pros: Impressive array of available high-tech safety features; confident acceleration with turbocharged 6-cylinder engine; fuel economy of new 4-cylinder engines; understated yet high-quality interior; comfortable seats

Cons: Reasonable starting prices quickly shoot upward as option packages are added; back seat is a bit tight for the class; some testers complain of a stiff ride over sharp bumps, especially with T6 R-Design’s sport suspension

CG Says: The 2015 Volvo XC60 gets available “Drive-E” 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines—the T5 version is turbocharged and has 240 horsepower; the T6 version is both turbocharged and supercharged and has 302 hp. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and are available only in two-wheel-drive models. In addition to the new 4-cylinder engines (and the turbo 3.0-liter six listed below), the XC60 is available with a 240-hp 3.2-liter six (early 2015 production models) or a 250-hp turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder (late 2015 production models). Refined and loaded to the brim with expected and innovative safety features, Volvo’s compact SUV is a good one. Its only significant flaws are an occasionally crunchy ride and somewhat steep pricing on T6 and R-Design models. On the whole, XC60’s balance of power, handling, and comfort make it worthy of serious consideration for those who desire something small yet upscale.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Belgium
Base Prices (only select models listed)
T5: $35,750
3.2 AWD: $37,250
T6 AWD: $41,550
T6 Platinum: $44,050
T6 R-Design Platinum AWD: $49,800

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300 (325 in R-Design)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2015 Volvo XC60