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2021 Volvo Xc60
Select a Different Model (13 Available): Recharge T8 Inscirption Expression Plug-in Hybrid AWD
Cargo (Std/Max) $ 63 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 400@6,000
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2021 Volvo XC60 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Strong powertrain options
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • Lots of standard safety features

Cons

  • Poor ride quality and excessive tire noise with large alloy wheel options
  • Complicated multimedia system

The popular XC60 is one of the cars that helped bring the Swedish automaker back to prominence in the luxury sector. Now in its second generation, the XC60 remains one of the strongest entries in its segment. A unique plug-in hybrid variant promises plenty of power without sacrificing efficiency. Like the three-rowXC90, the five-seat XC60 offers a distinctly minimalist take on luxury complete with cool driftwood trim, available brown leather upholstery, and a dash that's mostly free of buttons.

What's New

  • All XC60s now get the following as standard: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive LED headlights, two USB-C ports in the rear seat area, LED fog lights, and auto-dimming side mirrors
  • The base Momentum now includes a hands-free tailgate, LED fog lights with cornering function, and keyless entry
  • R-Design models get heated front seats as standard
  • Inscription models now come with perforated Nappa leather upholstery, and heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated windshield wipers are now part of the Climate package on all trims except the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered (where they're standard)

What We Think

Get inside the Volvo XC60 to experience Scandinavian Zen on four wheels. The beautifully crafted interior and its understated appearance exude sophistication without looking like it's trying too hard. Almost everything you touch feels expensive, and the seats are so comfortable that you can easily drive for hours and get to your destination refreshed.

On the road, the XC60 moves effortlessly regardless of the powertrain you choose. If you find yourself on a winding road, the XC60 can hustle through it smoothly and safely thanks to its stable handling. Even the base setup offers a good balance between comfort and agility. Beware of the larger alloy wheel options because they make the ride jittery on poorly maintained roads and produce excessive amounts of tire noise.

Volvo's infotainment system looks modern and clean, but it isn't the most user-friendly system. Despite its iPad-style look and layout, the touchscreen isn't that responsive and can get overwhelmed if you make too many inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don't project on the full screen either; they take up a chunk of the screen below a few menu items that stay on top.

Performance, Fuel Economy, and Range

The 2021 Volvo XC60 is available with a 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the model you get, the engine will either be turbocharged, turbo- and supercharged, or turbocharged, supercharged, and electrified.

Model: XC60 T5 FWD and XC60 T5 AWD
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo I-4 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
250 hp/258 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
22/29 mpg city/highway (FWD); 21/28 mpg (AWD)

Model: XC60 T6 AWD
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
316 hp/295 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
20/27 mpg

Model: XC60 T8 eAWD and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 + electric motor - eight-speed automatic
Power:
400 hp/472 lb-ft combined (XC60 T8 eAWD); 415 hp/472 lb-ft (XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy and Range:
26/28 mpg; 19 miles total EV-mode range; 520 miles with a full tank and charge

Safety

NHTSA: 5 Stars (out of a possible five stars)

IIHS: 2020 Top Safety Pick

The Volvo XC60 received Good scores on all crashworthiness categories except for the headlights test, where it received an Average rating with the adaptive LED headlights and Marginal on the formerly standard fixed LED headlights (Good is the highest score).

For 2021, the XC60's ratings could change because adaptive LED headlights are now standard. On the front crash prevention test, the XC60 got a Superior rating on the vehicle-to-vehicle test and Advanced on the vehicle-to-pedestrian test (Superior is the highest rating).

All XC60s get forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert standard. You can add Volvo's Pilot Assist system, which bundles together adaptive cruise control, enhanced steering assist, and traffic jam assist, via the Advanced package on the Momentum grade, or choosing one of the higher grades where the feature is standard.

Technology

Volvo's infotainment system features a 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 10-speaker audio system. Built-in navigation is available, and a head-up display is part of the Advanced package. R-Design and Inscription models get a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system as standard (a standalone option on the Momentum trim). If that's not enough, you can upgrade to a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound unit on the R-Design and Inscription grades (standard on the Polestar Engineered).

Recommended Model and Trim

As tempting as the more powerful T6 and T8 powertrain options are, stick with the XC60 T5. Aside from being the least expensive option, the T5 is the smoothest and most refined of the three offerings. Sure, it's not as powerful, but it's still more than enough to get the XC60 moving.

Skip the R-Design trim because the sport suspension isn't consistent with the XC60's otherwise serene driving experience. Pick the Momentum or Inscription trim; both are more in line with the XC60's chill, comfort-oriented attitude.

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2021 VOLVO XC60 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo & Supercharger 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Geartronic 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (AW TG81SD)
Trim
Recharge T8 Inscirption Expression Plug-in Hybrid AWD
Class
Premium Compact Utility
Horsepower
400@6,000
Standard MPG
N/R
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Volvo announces Special APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$1000 Volvo has announced a 0% APR Bonus on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2000 Volvo announces a Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees when leasing a new eligible model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$1000 Volvo announces a Retail Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2000 Volvo has announced a Purchase Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$6000 Volvo has announced a VCFS Lease Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021