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.