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MSRP: $35,750 - $50,750
Invoice: $33,605 - $47,705
MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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Volvo XC60 Performance

Reviewers say the 2015 Volvo XC60's base engine and available turbocharged and supercharged engine provide more than enough power for daily driving. However, they think the available 3.2-liter engine lacks power and is noisy. Automotive journalists report that the handling is stable and the XC60's ride is comfortable, though some mention that models equipped with 20-inch wheels have a harsh ride. Test drivers also like the XC60's steering, which they say is sharp and responsive.

  • "On the road, the XC60 has the quiet, smooth ride that luxury shoppers expect, and the view from the driver's seat is appropriately commanding. What's unexpected is the XC60's handling prowess, which blows up the stereotype of the stodgy, conservative Volvo family vehicle." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Volvo XC60 engages drivers with responsive steering, and handling that feels tight and controlled even when going around turns. It's not the sportiest entry in the segment, but it's certainly athletic and offers more driving entertainment than you might expect from a Volvo." -- Edmunds\
  • "The Drive-E engines in the 2015 Volvo XC60 are the real deal. Fuel economy jumps from 18 mpg in the city to 24 mpg, and the XC60 is more than 2 seconds quicker to 60 mph, too. And that's for the T5; the T6 is even quicker, and still gets better economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But we were most dissatisfied with the stop/start function. In seeking to prevent every combustion event that could even remotely be classified as unnecessary, it asserts itself too soon and too often. One could argue, though, that it's merely trying to justify its presence." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E is powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. A more powerful T6 Drive-E model is available, which comes with a 302-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on T5 Drive-E and T6 Drive-E models. The all-wheel drive XC60 3.2 and T6 feature six-cylinder and turbocharged six-cylinder engines, which produce 240 and 300 horsepower, respectively, while T6 R-Design models feature a more powerful 325 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A T5 AWD model is new for 2015.5, which features a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all-wheel drive models. The base XC60 earns an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class.

Reviewers praise the XC60's base engine, saying it delivers ample power and brisk acceleration. They are even more impressed with T6 Drive-E’s turbocharged and supercharged engine, which many say is particularly responsive and powerful. However, most automotive journalists describe the XC60’s available 3.2-liter engine as underpowered and noisy. A few reviewers also note that the eight-speed automatic transmission can hesitate at low speeds.

  • "Those content with FWD will love the power and fuel efficiency of Volvo's new Drive-E 4-cylinder powerplants. In the T5, the 240-hp turbocharged engine is as powerful as the 3.2-liter but with vastly better fuel economy. Our favorite, however, is the turbocharged and supercharged engine found in the T6 FWD. This engine delivers great power even at low rpms, is smooth and quiet, and loves to run, doing it all without guzzling gas." -- AutoTrader
  • "The new eight-speed transmission is smooth in full automatic operation, although there were a couple of odd lurches at parking-lot speeds, as though its electronic brain wasn't quite sure which gear to engage. Using the paddle shifters is reasonably satisfying, even though shifts aren't quite as quick as those from some dual-clutch units." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 3.2 AWD is essentially the slowest vehicle in the small luxury crossover segment and delivers unimpressive fuel economy; we'd recommend avoiding it, based on these two demerits." -- Edmunds
  • "XC60 is notably quicker, accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in just under 7 seconds, rather than the 9-second time of the previous vehicle. It's even better with the turbocharged and supercharged Drive-E T6, which gets to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The XC60 comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. Automotive writers are impressed with the 2015 XC60's athletic handling and say its Corner Traction Control system helps to keep it composed in turns. They also like its responsive steering. The XC60 generally offers a gentle ride that absorbs road imperfections, reviewers say, but they note that models equipped with optional 20-inch wheels have a harsher ride.

  • "On the road, the XC60 has the quiet, smooth ride that luxury shoppers expect, and the view from the driver's seat is appropriately commanding. What's unexpected is the XC60's handling prowess, which blows up the stereotype of the stodgy, conservative Volvo family vehicle. There's real athleticism in the way the XC60 moves. An improved stability control system with Corner Traction Control distributes power to the outside wheels for reduced understeer and better control. The XC60 is right up there among the most satisfying crossovers to drive." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the XC60 easily soaks up road imperfections and provides a comfortable ride quality. We would think twice about the available 20-inch wheels, though, as you may find the resulting ride to be a touch too firm." -- Edmunds
  • "Naturally, the S60 T6 felt far sprightlier than the larger and taller XC60, though Volvo's bestselling crossover nonetheless offered up sporty dynamics. Both delivered an excellent ride/handling compromise, nice steering linearity (feel is still a bit numb), and a confidence-inspiring chassis." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Volvo's behavior on public roads, be they freeways or winding country byways, also compared favorably to its luxe crossover peers. But if you're used to a car, a crossover's tallish profile and higher center of gravity inevitably translate as relative dynamic compromises, and the XC60 proves no exception to this rule." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 7/28/14

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