2020 XC60 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size luxury crossover with unwavering attention to detail, robust diversity in its powertrains, a superb cabin space, logical infotainment, and active safety technology in every model.
For 2020 the XC60 gets a digital gauge cluster, and a bigger battery for the T8 plug-in hybrid. But bigger than that, it gets a powerful new model, the Polestar Engineered XC60, a plug-in hybrid plus, with 415 horsepower.
Three powertrains are available on the XC60, starting with the T5, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes a healthy 250 horsepower. It's available with either front- or all-wheel drive and mates to an 8-speed automatic.
The T6 adds a supercharger to that turbocharged engine, which brings 316 hp and brisk acceleration. It uses the same 8-speed automatic and is all-wheel drive only.
The T8 plug-in hybrid produces 400 horsepower and 495 pound-feet of torque, by adding an 87-horsepower electric motor to the T6 engine, as well as an 11.6-kwh battery to charge things. The T8 can go 17 miles on battery power alone. The new Polestar pumps up the T8 to 415 hp.
Front-drive models with the T5 are rated at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined, on premium fuel, and 1 less combined mpg with all-wheel drive. Mileage for the more powerful T6 drops to 19/27/22 mpg.
With its electric support, the T8 gets a bit better fuel economy, 26 mpg combined, but with its high price it will never pay for itself. Using its full 17 miles of electric range, it's rated at 57 MPGe.
The NHTSA hasn't fully crash tested the XC60, but the IIHS gives it their top rating in every test.
Active-safety features that come standard on the XC60 include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, and roadside recognition. Optional features include Pilot Assist, an adaptive cruise control system that can steer the car for short durations on well-marked highways, keep within its lane, and maintain a set following distance.
Blind-spot monitors are optional, as are parking sensors and a surround-view camera system.
The 2020 XC60 in four models: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered.
The Momentum starts at $41,790 including destination, and is well equipped with leather upholstery, 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and 18-inch wheels, as well as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warnings.
For $48,490 the sporty R-Design adds a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, 19-inch wheels, and glossy black trim, along with nappa leather seats with thigh extenders, and navigation.
For the same price of $48,490, you can choose luxury instead of sport, with the Inscription model. To the base Momentum, it adds driftwood trim, four-zone climate control, chrome trim, and signature LED lighting.
The T8 plug-in hybrid costs about $56,000.
The new Polestar Engineered, with its boosted T8 powertrain, raises the price to $70,495. It adds 21-inch wheels, Bowers & Wilkins audio, and a head-up display.