2017 XC60 New Car Test Drive
The Volvo XC60 compact crossover is one of the brand's best sellers, trailing only the larger XC90. For the 2017 model year, Volvo dropped a pair from its quartet of XC60 powertrains. The 2017 Volvo XC60 lineup offers just two engines: both four-cylinder.
A close relative of the S60 sedan, the Volvo XC60 scores most impressively on safety, carrying on Volvo's long-standing reputation for safe vehicles. In addition, the driver and front passenger enjoy some of the best seats to be found in today's automobiles. Fitted with a hefty load of standard equipment, the premium-level XC60 is still a strong contender in the near-luxury field.
Volvo XC60 T5 models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower, while yielding up to 30 mpg in highway driving, a satisfactory estimate for this class, though not the thriftiest.
Volvo XC60 T6 models come with a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that develops 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The T5 offers a choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive; the T6 comes only with AWD.
Dynamic and Inscription trim levels are priced identically, but the former leans in the direction of sportiness, while Inscription versions emphasize comfort.
Launched as a 2009 model, the Volvo XC60 is an old design, but Volvo has remained well ahead of other manufacturers in providing safety features as standard equipment. The standard City Safety system includes low-speed crash mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera, along with parking sensors.
Also on the safety front, visibility is excellent in the XC60.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the XC60 an overall crash-test rating of five stars. (Its four-star rollover score is typical for SUVs.) The XC60 also earned maximum (Good) scores in each test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A Superior score in that organization's rollover test helped give the XC60 a Top Safety Pick+ award.
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.