2018 XC60 New Car Test Drive
The 2018 Volvo XC60 midsize luxury all-wheel-drive SUV is all new. It shows the recently sleek Volvo design language. It says wagon like no other, but does SUV. It plays in the big time, against rivals like Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Audi Q5.
Since the three-row Volvo XC90 has been discontinued by Volvo, the new XC60 appears to inherit that earth. Its wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than before, while its overall length is just 1.8 inches more, giving it more cabin space. It's still five inches shorter than the old XC90, and two inches lower.
It comes with three engines: The XC60 T5 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 250 horsepower and earns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon Combined city and highway.
The XC60 T6 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged four-cylinder makes 316 horsepower and earns 23 mpg Combined.
The XC60 T8 Twin Engine Electric Plug-In Hybrid makes 400 horsepower with electric all-wheel drive. It earns 26 mpg Combined or 59 MPGe from the Environmental Protection Agency.
They're all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. And with an improved body structure and more sound insulation, there is no four-cylinder thrum to any of the powerplants.
The all-wheel-drive system is biased toward the front wheels, with most of the power going there until traction is needed in the rear, which can take 50 percent of the power, so it's evenly balanced. It's never biased toward the rear.
Volvo is known for equipment. Even the base model comes standard with leather, panoramic moonroof, LED headlamps, Apple Carplay / Android Auto, nine-inch touchscreen, driving modes, 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, power liftgate, rearview camera and Lane Keeping Aid.
Volvo is known for safety. Standard safety equipment includes the Intellisafe City Safety system, which detects a pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle or large animal, and applies emergency braking.
Making its debut on the 2018 XC60 as an option, comes the next step, Oncoming Lane Mitigation. It provides steering input to mitigate a head-on collision. Also in 2018, Volvo's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) adds Steer Assist. If you start to turn toward a car in your blind spot, the steering wheel will resist.
The Volvo XC60 comes in T5 ($41,500), T6 ($44,900), T8 ($52,900) versions. There are three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription.
The R-Design gets sport seats, black mesh grille, hands-free tailgate, 12.3-inch digital display that replaces the standard gauges, 19-inch wheels, navigation, and paddle shift controls (it's the only model to get them). A notable option is 21-inch wheels with wide summer tires.
Inscription gets a stitched dash, driftwood trim, navigation, and four-zone climate control.
Optional features include soft Nappa Leather seats with ventilation and massage, Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound, and four-corner air suspension.