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The standard features of the Volvo XC60 T5 include Drive-E 2.0L I-4 240hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), SIPS side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, DSTC/RSC electronic stability.
Starting at: $37,150
No security deposit required. Monthly payment of $445, based on $43,040 MSRP of 2017 XC60 T5 Dynamic FWD with Heated Seats and Metallic Paint, includes destination charge and application of $2,250 Volvo Allowance and $2,500 Lease Bonus. Lessee is responsible for excess wear and mileage over 10,000 miles/year at $.25 / mile.Car shown with optional equipment. Advertised lease payment and financing excludes taxes, title, and registration fees and is available for qualified customers based on FICO score through Volvo Car Financial Services. Payments may vary, as dealer determines price. Offers available at participating dealers. See dealer for details. Cannot exceed 10000 miles per year.
|T5 FWD Search New||$37,150||240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||23 / 31|
|T5 FWD Dynamic Search New||$40,950||240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||23 / 31|
|T5 FWD Inscription Search New||$40,950||240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||23 / 31|
|T5 AWD Dynamic Search New||$42,950||240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||23 / 31|
|T5 AWD Inscription Search New||$42,950||240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||23 / 31|
|T6 AWD Dynamic Search New||$46,350||302-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||19 / 27|
|T6 AWD Inscription Search New||$46,350||302-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||19 / 27|
|T6 AWD R-Design Search New||$51,000||302-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||19 / 27|
On the whole, the XC60 doesn’t feel on par with class-competitive crossovers. Despite its tall profile, however, this Volvo handles quite well, sticking to the pavement even through tight curves and corners.
Few would call the XC60 sporty in nature, but it’s definitely stable. Steering is nicely-weighted, compared to prior Volvo models, yielding a helpful amount of road feel. Ground clearance of 9.1 inches, combined with Haldex all-wheel drive, should let the XC60 ease through deep snow, muddy paths, or rocky trails.
Ride quality is European-firm, thus less smooth than in many crossovers. That’s especially true with 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires, which can yield some jarring. On the other hand, an XC60 is quite forgiving when faced with rough surfaces. Overall, with smaller tires, the ride is reasonably comfortable. Noise suppression is on par with other members of the near-luxury crossover category.
At low speeds, the base engine sounds somewhat coarse, emitting a thrumming sound when stop/start operation is active. The 8-speed transmission lacks refinement and tends to feel disconnected, striving too hard to keep engine speed down in the interest of fuel economy. Some shuddering occurs during low-speed maneuvers.
Even the stronger turbo/supercharged engine feels constrained by the transmission, which does a lot of gear-searching. The T6 also has a heavy feel, though actual weight isn’t excessive. Front-drive models feel lighter and better balanced, particularly in Sport mode.
The base engine is EPA-rated at 23/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. Estimated mileage in an all-wheel-drive T6 dips to 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.
Despite a design that shows it age, both externally and internally, the XC60’s wedge-like profile remains attractive and distinctive. Visually, there’s no doubt that it’s still a Volvo.
In today’s competitive crossover SUV world, the XC60 scores around average in styling. Smooth body contours blend with several rather rakish angular elements, complemented by an upswept beltline. Overall, the XC60 exhibits a high level of fit-and-finish.
Like competitive crossovers, the XC60 has seating for five, though four adults will be more comfortable. For family travel and daily life, it’s a useful, roomy crossover, with sufficient cargo space for everyone’s luggage.
Both the driver and front passenger could hardly ask for more in seat comfort, since those in the XC60 are among the best to be found. Side bolsters for both the seatback and cushion help keep occupants firmly positioned.
Front and rear riders can expect bountiful headroom, but back-seat legroom is a bit tight, especially for passengers with longer legs. Three youngsters fit nicely in the back seat, but that number of grown-ups won’t be so pleased.
Cargo volume is surprisingly abundant: more than 30 cubic feet with rear seatbacks raised. Folding the seats down expands the space to 67 cubic feet. The only demerit is a load floor that isn’t fully flat.
Apart from the XC60’s impressive digital gauge clusters, the interior shows it age and comes across as somewhat boring. The black dashboard is on the plain side, with a layout that falls behind some modern rivals.
Still, the all-digital dashboard angles appropriately toward the driver, displaying its cluster of high-resolution virtual instruments, each one clear and bright. Optional two-tone leather upholstery helps boost the XC60’s premium appearance. The center console retains Volvo’s familiar floating stack, containing audio and climate controls.
Impressively equipped, the Volvo XC60 promises good value compared to German rivals, delivering the traditional virtues for which Volvos have long been known. Despite its age, this crossover manages to match or edge past a number of rivals. Options come in costly packages.
Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Dynamic ($40,950) and T5 Inscription ($40,950) get the base engine with front-wheel drive. Standard features include leather seats, power front seats, Bluetooth, a panoramic sunroof, 7-inch display with navigation, 18-inch wheels, and rear parking sensors. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the price. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)
XC60 T6 Dynamic ($46,350) and T6 Inscription ($46,350) come with the stronger turbo/supercharged engine, all-wheel drive, and 19-inch wheels.
T6 R-Design ($51,000) contains the turbo/supercharged engine with all-wheel drive. Modifications that promise a more sporty appearance have been made to the grille, mirrors, front spoiler, instrument panel, gearshift knob, tailpipes.
A $2,500 safety group adds adaptive cruise control with queue assist, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning (with automatic emergency braking), Distance Alert, road sign recognition, and automatic high beams, plus a premium stereo system. The $1,550 cold-weather group includes heating for the steering wheel, front and rear seats, and headlight washers.