Volvo SUVs are now a key part of the firm’s business, and it’s the XC60 has had a large hand in this. This is a mid-size model – slotting in the range in-between the XC40 and XC90 — and rivals models such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
It gets its priorities just right for a family SUV – importantly safety, practicality and superb build quality – and is offered with plenty of choice for buyers. Whether it be a luxurious diesel version or a sportier plug-in hybrid, most needs are catered for.
Here’s the key things to know about on the XC60.
What engines are available?
There is a huge amount of choice available for XC60 buyers when it comes to engines. Whether it’s a diesel, petrol, mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid, there’s something for everyone with the XC60.
Starting with the diesels, which are all 2.0-litre units, buyers can choose between the D3 and D4 — producing 148bhp and 187bhp respectively. The D3 and D4 both feature a manual gearbox in standard form, but the pricier T4 is available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.
The petrol line-up consists of the T4, T5 and T6, which are all 2.0-litres in capacity, producing 187bhp, 247bhp and 306bhp respectively. All engines come as standard with an automatic gearbox, with the T4 and T5 sending drive to the front wheels while the T6 is all-wheel-drive.
Next up are the newly-introduced mild-hybrids, which are labelled as B4, B5 and B6, producing 194bhp, 232bhp and 296bhp respectively. These are essentially 2.0-litre petrol engines paired to a small electric motor and a 48-volt battery, which can harness kinetic energy when braking and decelerating – helping to power some of the electronics, for example the touchscreen system.
Sitting at the top of the range is the T8 plug-in hybrid, which combines yet another 2.0-litre petrol engine (producing 299bhp) together with an electric motor to produce a combined 385bhp. An 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery allows for a 23-mile electric range, too. The T8 is both the most efficient and quickest model in the XC60 range.
What trim levels are offered?
Volvo offers the XC60 with four trim levels, with the equipment highlights as follows.
Momentum – from £38,715
This includes cruise control, keyless start, LED headlights, an electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, a nine-inch touchscreen and leather upholstery.
R-Design – from £41,015
This adds LED fog lights, an R-Design styling pack, 19-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black styling kit and multicolour LED interior lighting.
Inscription – from £42,965
This is the most luxury-oriented trim level, which features Nappa leather upholstery, electric front seats that are also ventilated, as well as wooden interior inlays and revised 19-inch alloy wheels.
Polestar Engineered (T8 only) – from £64,545
Building on the R-Design specification, this version adds a Harmon Kardon sound system, black exhaust pipes, 21-inch alloy wheels and a slightly revised chassis.
What about personalisation?
Volvo offers plenty of options for buyers to change their XC60. Starting with the colours, most of the options tend to be quite dull colours, but buyers can choose from brighter shades – such as Bursting Blue and Fusion Red.
You can also change the wheels quite noticeably – going from the standard car’s 18-inch wheels through to huge 22-inch rims. An exterior styling pack also adds silver detailing, and quad exhaust finishers, too.
On top of this Volvo also offers numerous optional extra packages. Highlights include the Media & Sound Pack, which features a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, as well as the Xenium Pro pack, adding a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display and four-zone climate control.