2018 Volvo XC60 Review

2018 Volvo XC60 photo
  1. Original MSRP$41,500 - $56,700
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2018 Volvo XC60 Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2018 Volvo XC60 photo
  1. Original MSRP$41,500 - $56,700
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 4/18/2018)

These days, even budget-priced transportation offers a range of premium amenities, and this places a lot of pressure on luxury models to deliver an overall driving experience that justifies their elevated cost. The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a premium crossover that’s up for this challenge. The XC60 impresses with impeccably refined sheet metal, capable handling, strong feature content and ample cargo capacity.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a compact luxury crossover that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in Momentum, Inscription and R-Design trims. Both all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.

For 2018, the XC60 benefits from a successful redesign. The new model boasts a sleek new look and gains new driver-assistive technologies. A plug-in hybrid variant also makes its debut.


The XC60’s sheet metal exudes refinement from all angles. Slim headlights flank a bold grille in front, and the crossover’s profile features intricately sculpted side panels and a sloping roofline. Base models travel on 18-inch alloy wheels.

The list of standard features on the base Momentum trim includes roof rails, a black grille, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, daytime running lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Available upgrades include 19- ,20- or 21-inch wheels, as well as adaptive headlights, LED fog lights and a hands-free power tailgate.


You’ll find ample amounts of spaciousness and comfort within the XC60’s cabin. High-quality materials are used all throughout, and both rows of seating offer good headroom and legroom for passengers. In back, the XC60 provides 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats lowered, cargo capacity expands to 63.3 cubic feet.

The lineup of standard interior amenities includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The list of available upgrades includes a power-folding second-row seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and four-zone climate control.


The Volvo XC60 is an agreeable companion in daily travel. Its base engine provides less power than you’ll find in some rivals, but there’s still more than enough grunt on tap to meet the needs of the average driver.

Three engines are available. First up is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that provides 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid pairs the latter of these two engines with an electric motor, and together they generate a total output of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Gas-only models offer fuel economy of up to 22/28 mpg city/highway. Properly equipped, the XC60 can tow up to 4,409 pounds.


The XC60 comes solidly equipped with a nice range of useful technology features. Base models provide Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera, lane keep assist with automatic steering, USB connectivity, traffic sign information, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and a 10-speaker sound system.

The list of upgrades includes a head-up display, a surround-view camera, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control and a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Crystal White Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Fusion Red Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Electric Silver Metallic
  • Pine Grey Metallic
  • Maple Brown Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Body style

  • Suv
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 18.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: P235/60r18
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Black With Chrome Accents
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Skid Plate(s): Front
  • Body Side Moldings: Body-color
  • Rocker Panel Color: Body-color
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 78.7 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 8.5 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 23.1 Degrees
  • Width: 83.3 Inches
  • Length: 184.6 Inches
  • Height: 65.3 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 112.8 Inches
  • Break-over Angle: 20.8 Degrees
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5445 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 65.2 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 4105 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 25.5 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 65.1 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Storage And Pass-thru/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Alloy/Leather
  • Humidity/dewpoint Sensors
  • Dash Trim: Metallic
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Door Trim: Leatherette
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Alloy/Leather
  • Center Console Trim: Aluminum
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Door Sill Trim: Aluminum
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • Watts: 330
  • Connected In-car Apps: App Marketplace Integration
  • Total Speakers: 10
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Internet Radio App: Gracenote/Pandora/Stitcher/TuneIn
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready/Sensus Connect
  • Seats

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 10-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Flat-Folding Rear Seat
  • 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leather
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 102.9 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 56.4 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 58.2 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 55.4 Inches
  • Interior Volume: 132.6 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Legroom: 38 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 63.3 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 41.5 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 29.7 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 56.3 Inches
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Satellite Communications: Volvo On-Call
  • Wifi: Hotspot Compatible
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth


  • Drivetrain

  • 4WD Type: Full Time
  • Axle Ratio: 3.33
  • Center Differential: Mechanical
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 21
  • Highway (MPG): 27
  • Combined (MPG): 23
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 250
  • Torque: 258
  • Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 3500 Pounds
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 8-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 8
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 6.4
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.32
  • Turning Circle: 37.4
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Leaf
  • Tuned Suspension: Touring
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Battery Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 144 Months


Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Lane Keeping Assist
  3. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  4. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  5. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  6. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  7. Lane Deviation Sensors
  8. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  9. Impact Absorbing Seats: Dual Front
  10. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  11. Camera System: Rearview
  12. Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
  13. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  14. Driver Attention Alert System
  15. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  17. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  18. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock
  19. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  20. Rollover Stability Control: Standard
  21. Traffic Sign Recognition
  22. Autonomous Braking
  23. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  24. Safety Brake Pedal System
  25. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  26. Brake Assist: Standard
  27. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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