2019 XC60 New Car Test Drive
The mid-size Volvo XC60 was a new vehicle last year, and it returns for 2019 with few changes. Typically Volvo, it's quiet, calm, serene, cozy and high in quality. Its cabin is sharp and its face good-looking, with signature angular headlamps like bright keen eyes.
For 2019 it introduces an entry-level model with front-wheel drive. It uses the same 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 250 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.
There are two more powerplants: a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter making 316 horsepower with all-wheel drive, and a plug-in hybrid that takes that engine and mates it to a 10.4-kwh battery and 87-hp electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower. It has an all-electric range of 17 miles.
The EPA rates the new front-drive XC60 T5 at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined (on premium fuel), and the T5 AWD at 20/27/23 mpg. The 316-hp T6 AWD gets 19/27/22 mpg. The T8 plug-in hybrid is EPA-rated at 26 mpg combined.
Every XC60 comes standard with forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, and road sign recognition. Optional safety equipment includes a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors.
The XC60 hasn't been fully crash-tested, however the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick, with top scores on every test it's done so far. The optional Pilot Assist driver-assistance system keeps the car in the center of its lane, including around bends; and in stop-and-go traffic it takes over the gas pedal and brake, as well. .
The XC60 is available in Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription models.
The front-wheel-drive T5 Momentum, at $42,000, comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a power liftgate, premium audio, and a 9.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also gets the active safety package with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and road sign recognition.
The R-Design is meant to be sporty, with firmer suspension tuning.
The Inscription for about $48,000 replaces the gauges with a digital driver information display, and has 19-inch wheels, four-zone climate control, navigation, and driftwood trim.
The T6 is available in any model for about $3,400, while the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain adds an additional $8,000. .