2021 Volvo XC60 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a stylish and well-designed compact luxury SUV. It was awarded an Editors’ Choice award. A trio of four-cylinder powertrains is offered–the turbocharged T5 is standard, while a turbocharged-and-supercharged version called T6 and a plug-in hybrid T8 variant are optional–all providing ample power and decent fuel efficiency. The XC60’s luxurious cabin puts it in direct competition with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC class, and the BMW X3. It also has a suite of standard driver assistance features that gives it an advantage in safety. Both a 12.3-inch digital gauge screen and a 9.0-inch vertically oriented infotainment display are standard features that offer plenty of connectivity options. However, the slow startup of the infotainment is a minor issue in an otherwise excellent package.

What’s new for 2021?

For 2021, the XC60 will receive several new standard features, including rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. LED headlights and a wireless charging pad for smartphones are also available. The XC60 also has a new 19 inch wheel design, power-folding exterior mirrors and an auto-dimming function. Volvo has removed AM radio from the XC60. However, those who love the format can still listen to it via the TuneIn app through the infotainment software. R-Design models get a blacked out exterior trim treatment. Models with the T8 plug in hybrid powertrain receive the Recharge name to align with the all-electric XC40 Recharge SUV. The Inscription trim gets a Lounge package that adds massaging front seats, Nubuck headliner and leather-wrapped sunvisors. Volvo has replaced Bursting Blue in the XC60’s colour palette with Savile Grey Metallic.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The R-Design T6 is our choice because of its sexy appearance and the T6’s smooth performance in our long-term XC60 testing vehicle. With all the standard features, it is well worth the extra cost over the Momentum base trim. Harman/Kardon’s audio system, in-dash navigation and four-zone automatic climate controls are all included in the R-Design.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

Volvo offers three powertrains: T5, T6, or T8 in the XC60. All are mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard is front-wheel drive, but you can upgrade to the T6 and T8 powertrains for all-wheel driving. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder makes 250 horsepower under the hood of the base T5-badged XC60s. The 6.4 second zero-to-60-mph sprint it achieved in our testing was acceptable, but not remarkable. The T6’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder is the same as the T5, but with a supercharger for extra power. It has 316 horsepower and performed significantly faster on our test track. The T8 plug-in hybrid T8 uses the T6 engine but pairs it with a pair of electric motors. This gives the total power output of 400 horsepower, or 415 for the Polestar Engineered version. The XC60 is a great car for corners, feels connected to the road while cruising and changes direction with confidence. However, it doesn’t encourage hooliganism as the Porsche Macan. Although the ride can be a bit harsh on rough roads, it is pleasant and smooth on smoother sections.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

According to the EPA, front-wheel-drive T5 models should achieve 22 mpg in cities and 29 mpg on highways. Adding all-wheel drives drops these numbers by 1 mpg. T6 all-wheel drive models with more power are rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The real-world highway fuel economy testing revealed that the T5 and T6 XC60s achieved 29- and 28-mpg respectively. However, the Lexus RX350 was able to achieve a 31-mpg result.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The XC60’s interior styling and rich materials are reminiscent of more expensive Volvos. The cabin is quiet and comfortable, with ample space in both rows. The XC60’s cabin has a Scandinavian feel with its clean lines and high-quality materials. We would expect nothing less from a modern Volvo. The XC60’s cargo-hauling capabilities put it among the best midpacks we tested. With its rear seats folded, it can fit 20 of our carry on suitcases. The interior cubby storage space is small and the only cargo-area bin we measured is quite small.

Infotainment & Connectivity

The XC60 comes standard with the Sensus Connect, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment device Volvo calls Sensus Connect. It also includes both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto capabilities. The range also offers Bluetooth connectivity and an online Wi-Fi hotspot powered via a 4G LTE data link. The base Momentum trim has navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates, and all models have it as standard.

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