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2020 Volvo XC60 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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For the year 2020, the midrange battleship from Volvo, the XC60 gets a whole new array of upgrades making it one of the toughest competition in its segment. Since its launch in 2008, the SUV had not seen many upgrades for almost a decade but things really did turn around since the model year 2018. Volvo, till now, were more concerned about their full-size family bus, the XC90. 

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Pros

Elegant looking inside-out

Fully loaded with Safety features

Also available as a plug-in hybrid (Reviewed separately)

Cons

Polestar Engineered model is expensive

A bit more Cabin noise comparatively

What's New?

All XC60’s get 12.3-inch digital dash display as standard 

Polestar Engineered PHEV is the latest added variant


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40795

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

65.3 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4105 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

950 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/29/24 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2020 Volvo XC60 Review video
2020 Volvo XC60 Exterior video

Styles

2020 Volvo XC60 in Crystal White Metallic color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Fusion Red Metallic color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Ice White color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Onyx Black Metallic color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Crystal White Metallic color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Fusion Red Metallic color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Ice White color 2020 Volvo XC60 in Onyx Black Metallic color
Crystal White Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

7.8

Safety

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$40,795 - $43,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,795 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,095 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$46,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $46,595 MSRP (22/24/29) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$47,495 - $49,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,495 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5
T5 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $49,795 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$47,495 - $49,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,495 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $49,795 MSRP (22/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$53,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $53,295 MSRP (22/24/29) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$53,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $53,295 MSRP (22/24/29) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


With the price starting at just $39,200, the XC60 gives its competitors the Porsche Macan, Mercedes Benz GLC 300 and the BMW X3 a tough run for their money. The Volvo is truly a very practical, good looking and a fun daily driver. Moreover the Thor Hammer Headlamps look and work really well. All in all, the XC60 is a very upscale mid size SUV that you can get in the market today. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Front View
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Rear View

8.2/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Safety


2020 Volvo XC60 Features

8.2/10

The 2020 XC60 is offered in 4 trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription & Polestar Engineered. Out of the 4, the Polestar Engineered model comes as standard with a Battery assisted 2.0L supercharged inline-4 high performance engine. Although, Volvo gives you the option to choose between any drivetrain: T5, T6 & T8 eAWD Plug-In hybrid in all the trims except for Polestar Engineered. 

The T5 drivetrain is a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 unit that sends the power to the front wheels of the XC60 breathing out 250 horsepower @ 5500 revs and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1500 revs. The T6 has the same unit but instead gets an additional Supercharger fitted and sends the power to all the four corners. The T8 eAWD has the same setup as the T6 powerplant but has an additional electric motor for extra grunt. All the models come fitted with an array of techs on the inside a lot many driving aides. The Polestar Engineered version is the high performance pack that breathes out a mind boggling 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque.

Trims

Momentum 

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP (T5)

$39,200

$46,050

$46,550

MSRP (T6)

$44,900

$51,750

$52,250

Key Features

LED headlights

Additional features to momentum plus:

Additional features to R-Design plus:

 

18-inch silver aluminum wheels

19-inch painted machined aluminum wheels

20-inch machined wheels with painted aluminum

 

Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers

Sensus Navigation with voice navigation system

Leather seat 

 

Heated mirrors

Simulated seat trims with leather/suede

 
 

Lumbar support for both Driver and Passenger

Harmon Kardon audio system

 
 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

   
 

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

   
 

10-speaker audio system

   
 

Power liftgate

   
 

Panoramic sunroof

   

What we Recommend

The T6 R-Design model is decently priced variant that provides you with all the creature comforts that the brand has to offer plus the performance of the T6 drivetrain is really fine with its power dilivery to all the four corners. You also gain a significant amount of performance figures over the T5 variant and get good power for your daily usage. 

2020 Volvo XC60 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The new XC60 is offered with 4 different drivetrains: T5, T6, T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid and the Polestar Engineered. The T5 being the standard one, is 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 cylinder unit is a good value for money. It has ample power for your day to day drive and the power is transferred to the front wheels using an 8-Speed automatic transmission that is standard across the range. The T5 generates 250 HP @ 5500 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1500 revs helps it purge through normal city traffic without. The T6 drivetrain is a revamped version of T5 with an additional supercharger added to it and the combination of the two generate 316 HP @ 5700 revs and 295 lb-ft of torques and the power is sent to all 4 wheels. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV has 2L Engine

The T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid is again a more superior version of the T6 in which an 11.6 kWh battery is added to the T6 set-up. The T8 version is the biggest powerhouse in the line-up generating a massive 400 horsepower and 472 lb ft of torques and the power is transferred to all the 4 wheels again thus providing a perfect blend of performance and refinement. 

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC 300*

Porsche Macan*

BMW X3

MSRP

$40,795

$44,500

$50,900

$43,950

Engine/Motor

2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4 

2.0L turbo inline-4

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 

2.0 L Turbo inline-4 

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

7-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

250 @ 5500

255 @ 5800

248 @ 5200

248 @ 5200

Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1500

273 @ 1800

273 @ 1600

258 @ 1450

When compared to its rivals, the Volvo aces above all with its pricing and the performance figures really make a lot of sense when we compare the performance of the vehicles. The Volvo XC60 does set the bar high in terms of practicality and utility. 

How Fast is the XC60

For an SUV, the XC60 does not let you down on performance figures. The maximum torque is always available at just 1500 revs so you have good reserves all the time. The basic T5 engine also produces about 250 HP which is good enough to ferry you around town and ample for highways. You do not feel the need of power. 

The T5 engine will take you from standstill to 62 MPH in just a mere 6.4 seconds and the T6 engine with the supercharger drops the 0-62 MPH acceleration to further 5.9 seconds which frankly is quite impressive for a car of this size. 

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC 300*

Porsche Macan*

BMW X3

0-60 MPH

6.4 Seconds

6.1 Seconds

6.3 Seconds

6.0 Seconds

Quarter Mile

14.9 Seconds

14.8 Seconds

14.9 Seconds

14.8 Seconds

Engine

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.7

7.3

8.4

6.9

The XC60 with the T5 engine is the slowest among its rivals from zero to 60 sprint but in a quarter mile drag, easily holds up with all of them.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 XC60 comes equipped with an independent front double wishbone suspension with anti roll bar and a multilink independent suspension with anti roll bars in the rear which makes the car stick to the corners at good speeds and the car changes direction with utter confidence. Unlike the Porsche Macan, the XC60 is a very calm creature and gives you the feeling of ultimate luxury and comfort and in no ways inspire you to go crazy while at it. 

The 8-Speed automatic transmission which is standard across the line-up, makes the power delivery smooth and makes it feel relentless at the cruising speeds. The XC60 has three driving modes: Eco, Comfort and Dynamic. The Comfort mode really accents with the Volvo’s purpose as it eases out the throttle, makes the suspension firm and you will also not feel the gear changes. It does give the car a very elegant and eased out feeling and that’s what you really expect out of a Volvo. 

XC60 Braking Capacity

With a curb weight of 4105 lbs, the Volvo weighs the maximum in the segment. It comes equipped with a 13.6-inches disk in the front and 12.6-inches disk in the rear which are powerful enough to stop the car from 60 to 0 MPH in a mere 114 ft which is actually a very superior stopping distance all-along the segment. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV has 13.6 inches of Front Brakes

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC 300*

Porsche Macan*

BMW X3 

Brake Front(in)

13.6

13.5

13.6

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

12.6

12.6

13.0

13.0

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

3977

4099

4041

60-0 MPH (ft.)

114

116

110

115

The Mercedes being the lightest in the class, scores the lowest in the deceleration class though it comes equipped with all season tires same like the Porsche Macan. The Volvo is also equipped with emergency braking assist and it comes standard all across the line. 

2020 Volvo XC60 Fuel Economy

Acing In terms of a daily driver, the XC60 has one of the top most fuel economy in the class. Averaging about 22/29/24 MPG (City/Highway/Combined), the XC60 will make the lesser trips to the petrol stations in comparison to the other members of the segment. And to make the matters even better, the XC60 also hides one more ace up its sleeve that is the capacity of the fuel tank. The XC60 can take up to 18.5 G in one go and if you are on the highway, then you will be amazed that with all the performance, you still get a decent range. 

Model

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

MPG (city)

22

21

19

24

MPG (highway)

29

28

23

29

MPG (combined)

24

24

21

26

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5

17.4

19.8

17.2

Range (city/highway) (miles)

407/536

365/487

376/455

413/499

With one of the best mileage in the class, the heavy weight XC60 ticks all the right boxes in being a very strong contender in the segment. Though the BMW has the maximum mileage i.e. 26 MPG combined, the Gas Stops will be lesser in the Volvo because of its fuel tank capacity and thus makes itself a bit more utilitarian. 


 

2020 Volvo XC60 Interior

7.8/10

The Volvo’s have always been simple, comfortable, safe and reliable cars. The XC60 is no exception. The moment you step inside, you are greeted by a soothing and plush interior. The leather heated and ventilated seats provide good lumbar support and good head and shoulder rooms. You do not feel cramped at any moment. The light color tone also makes the inside of the Volvo a very peaceful and soothing place to be. In the console, there are no open gaps. The entire console has these beautiful aluminium covers that makes the console very well organized. However there surely is a little bit of cabin noise from those 18-inch wheels but it is not very noticable. Just play a good track and all is just good fun. The leather used is very plush and no compromises are made to make the Volvo worth every single penny. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Front Seats

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.

38/58.2/41.5

37.8/57.3/40.8

N/A

41.1/57.6/40.3

Second – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.)

38/56.3/38

38.5/56.5/37.3

N/A

39.1/56.0/36.4

When compared to its rivals, the Mercedes Benz GLC 300 has a bit more sumptuous interior layout but don’t worry the Volvo still feels very luxurious and very well sorted out. The Volvo definitely aces over the Porsche and the Beemer in regards to the interior quality and feel. 

Interior Features: 

Some of the best features that will greet you once you step inside are listed below. These features make your life a bit more easier when you consider the XC60 as a daily driver. 

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Interior Air Filtration

XC60 Infotainment

The XC60 comes equipped with a 9-inch touch screen center display, courtesy of Sensus Infotainment system. The touch system is very user friendly and instead of a conventional landscape layout, the Volvo flaunts a portrait layout. The center console is not clustered with buttons. All the relevant details that you want while on the move are very clearly visible on the main screen and can be navigated through easily. The touch responds well. 

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot and 4G connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Smart Device Integration.

The 10-Speaker surround sound system seems perfect for the car and you do not feel that there are any compromises made to the interior quality. The infotainment has Apple CarPlay and Android auto connectivity features plus you also get the Wifi Hotspot and 4G connectivity.

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Seats
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2020 Volvo XC60 SUV AC
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2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Deshboard
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2020 Volvo XC60 SUV shift knob
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2020 Volvo XC60 Exterior

The most distinguishable feature of the XC60 that gives it more up to date feeling are the Thor Shaped headlamps. The Light consists of an LED system and holds the Volvo crest right in the middle of the headlight very proudly. The exterior of the Volvo look very intuitive 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Three Quarter View

The Volvo gets a very smooth and sharp bodyline across. This gives the vehicle a very sleek look and it surely lets you know that this is not some sluggish old school SUV. The big 18-inch wheels give the Volvo a very intimidating look. Even when parked, it looks like it's going really fast. 

Models

Volvo XC60

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4105

3977

4099

4041

Length(in.)

184.6

183.3

184.9

185.9

Width(in.)

74.9

74.8

76.2

74.4

Height(in.)

65.3

64.7

63.9

66.0

Ground Clearance(in.)

8.5

5.0

N/A

8.0

Wheel Base(in.)

112.8

113.1

110.5

112.8

Track Width(in) F/R

65.1/65.2

63.9/63.7

65.2/65.0

63.8/64.4

Moreover, fitted as standard, you will also find the following features in the 2020 XC60, that add up to the road presence of the car and accent its elegant and beautiful design. 

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Dual Sunroof/Moonroof

When compared to its rivals, the XC60 stands tall with all of the others. The Volvo gets a very menacing presence on the road and you never feel that you are sitting in a small boxy car. Though it's just a 5 seater, still you because of the styling features, you do get a feel of a full size SUV. The Germans on the other hand do get a very rugged look but not an elegant design as the Volvo. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
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2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Exterior

2020 Volvo XC60 Safety

8.0/10

Volvo has always been a paradigm for safety. Though the latest XC60 has not been crash tested yet by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the 2019 model was awarded the Top Safety Pick Award by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The company does keep the safety of their customers on the top of their priority list. You do get a lot many safety features: 

  • Collision avoidance
  • Driver alert
  • Driver Drowsiness detection
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active high-beam headlamps
  • Active braking
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Driver Knee Airbag

2020 Volvo XC60 Competition

2020 BMW X3 Vs 2020 Volvo XC60

The BMW X3 gets a 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 engine that breathes out 248 hp, along with 258 lb.-ft. of torque has almost the same performance numbers as the XC60 but is the fastest in the segment in 0-60 MPH straight line acceleration. However, the Volvo leaves the Beemer behind by miles in terms of creature comfort and build quality. 

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Vs 2020 Volvo XC60

Though when we talk about the build quality and interiors, Mercedes finds a middle ground between comfort and performance. The Mercedes, however, takes a big blow in terms of price as the XC60 is the least expensive in the segment, therefore, gets the highest points in terms of value for money. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2020 Volvo XC60 Final Verdict

Priced at such a jaw dropping price, the 2020 Volvo XC60 makes up for a perfect mid size SUV. The base model might not tingle your skin but considering the practicality, refinement and build quality, the XC60 proves to be worth every single penny of your hard earned money. The interior is a serene place to be. The XC60 hence ticks all the right boxes and is truly a considerable choice for your next purchase.

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