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2022 Volvo Xc60
Select a Different Model (12 Available): B5 Inscription AWD
Fuel Economy $ 21 / 28 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 22/50 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 250@5,500
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2022 Volvo XC60 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • New infotainment system
  • Attractive styling inside and out
  • Promising new mild hybrid engines

Cons

  • Stiff and noisy when shod with larger wheels
  • Powerful but unrefined plug-in hybrid
  • Discombobulated Polestar model

Slotting between the family-oriented XC90 and cute subcompact XC40 in Volvo's lineup, the XC60 presents a distinctly Swedish interpretation of the luxury compact crossover. This five-seat SUV is now in its second generation, which debuted for the 2018 model year. For 2022 it receives numerous changes to enhance its modern feel.

What's New

  • Updated front and rear bumper designs; new wheel options
  • Revised interior details
  • Mild hybrid powertrains are now standard
  • An Android-based infotainment interface replaces Volvo's previous in-house system
  • Front-row USB ports switch from type-A to type-C
  • All trims now have gesture-operated tailgate release
  • Improved driver-assist system sensors

What We Think

The XC60 impressed us from its debut in 2018. Like all Volvos we're smitten by its styling, understated and elegant yet not a shrinking violet. The interior is equally lovely. Every bit of material feels worthy of the price tag, and its seats are supremely comfortable.

Given how capable and refined its previous engines are, we imagine that the mild hybrid assistance featured on this year's B5 and B6 engines will only make them more so. Although the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain is potent and its all-electric range is appreciable, it's a bit rough around the edges. How it's applied in the XC60 Polestar Engineered leaves much to be desired.

The new Android-based infotainment interface added this year should resolve gripes we had about the setup in our previous XC60 long-term tester. That car left us with a generally positive impression, and the various updates applied for 2022 look to make the XC60 even more enjoyable. We're confident that it'll remain near the top of our compact luxury SUV rankings.

Performance and Fuel Economy

For 2022 the XC60 receives new 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains. Last year's T5 and T6 engines are replaced by the B5 and B6, respectively. Although slightly less powerful, fuel economy improves. As before, both use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Model: XC60 B5 FWD and XC60 B5 AWD

  • Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4, eight-speed automatic
  • Power: 247 hp/258 lb-ft torque
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/29 mpg city/highway FWD (est. ); 22/28 mpg AWD

Model: XC60 T6 AWD

  • Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4, eight-speed automatic
  • Power: 295 hp/310 lb-ft torque
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/27 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 T8 eAWD; 415 hp/472 lb-ft T8 Polestar Engineered
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy and Range: 26/28 mpg; 19 miles total EV-mode range; 500 miles combined city/highway range

Where Is the Volvo XC60 Made?

Volvo operates several manufacturing facilities around the globe. XC60 models sold in North America are produced in Torslanda, outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. Of note is that the larger three-row XC90 SUV is built at Volvo's U.S. plant in Ridgeville, near Charleston, South Carolina.

Safety Ratings and Features

The XC60 has received consistently excellent safety scores over the last few years, which we expect to continue for 2022. From the NHTSA, the 2021 XC60 earned a five-star overall safety score, the highest possible rating. From the IIHS, it was a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, likewise the best rating available.

Standard driver-assist and active safety features include forward collision warning, front and rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams and windshield wipers, and lane keep assist. Adaptive cruise control and enhanced steering assist are optional or included depending on trim. Although these features are the same as last year, they run off a new sensor suite meant to improve functionality.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Interior capacity in the XC60 is typical for a compact luxury SUV. Like the Audi Q5, it has a decent amount of space for people and things.

Cargo space (behind first/second rows):

  • 2022 XC60: 49.8/21.6 cubic feet
  • 2022 Audi Q5: 53.1/25.1 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 XC60: 42.2/38.6 inches
  • 2022 Q5: 41.0/37.8 inches

Headroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 XC60: 40.8/40.8 inches
  • 2022 Q5: 41.7/39.3 inches

Technology

Every XC60 is equipped with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 9.0-inch infotainment display. For 2022, it runs a new Android-based user interface that aims to be more smartphone-like and simple than the previous setup. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Android Auto is compatible, but Apple CarPlay isn't (look for a future update with this functionality). Wi-Fi hotspot capability is a new function of this system. 

Also new this year is the swap to USB type-C from last year's type-A ports. Higher-end trims get a head-up display. A 10-speaker audio system is standard, while 14-speaker Bowers & Wilkins and 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium systems are available.

Recommended Trim

Power is alluring, but in the case of the XC60, it doesn't make a significant difference in the driving experience. Sure, the B6 and T8 powertrains will be quick, but the B5's acceleration suffices and likely offers smooth delivery with its improved efficiency. We'd pick the B5 engine in Momentum specification, as it provides plenty of upscale features and tech with enough real-world performance at about $43,000. The sport-seeking R-Design trim looks cool, but we find its suspension calibration to be overly stiff. Range-topping Inscription trim enjoys some lavish details but none that vastly elevate the experience.

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Specs

  • Cargo (std/max): 21.6/49.8 cu-ft
  • Horsepower: 247

2022 VOLVO XC60 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Geartronic 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (AW TG81SC)
Trim
B5 Inscription AWD
Class
Premium Compact Utility
Horsepower
250@5,500
Standard MPG
21/28
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 1.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Volvo announces Special APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$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.] 01-03-2022
$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.] 01-03-2022
$500 Volvo has announced a 0% APR Bonus on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$500 Volvo has announced a Purchase Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022