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2021 Volvo Xc60
Select a Different Model (13 Available): Recharge T8 Inscription Expression Plug-in Hybrid AWD
Zero to 60 $ 5 seconds
Fuel Economy 56 / 57 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 63 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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  • Strong powertrain options
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • Lots of standard safety features


  • Poor ride quality and excessive tire noise with large alloy wheel options
  • Complicated multimedia system

The popular XC60 is one of the cars that helped bring the Swedish automaker back to prominence in the luxury sector. Now in its second generation, the XC60 remains one of the strongest entries in its segment. A unique plug-in hybrid variant promises plenty of power without sacrificing efficiency. Like the three-rowXC90, the five-seat XC60 offers a distinctly minimalist take on luxury complete with cool driftwood trim, available brown leather upholstery, and a dash that's mostly free of buttons.

What's New

  • All XC60s now get the following as standard: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive LED headlights, two USB-C ports in the rear seat area, LED fog lights, and auto-dimming side mirrors
  • The base Momentum now includes a hands-free tailgate, LED fog lights with cornering function, and keyless entry
  • R-Design models get heated front seats as standard
  • Inscription models now come with perforated Nappa leather upholstery, and heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated windshield wipers are now part of the Climate package on all trims except the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered (where they're standard)

What We Think

Get inside the Volvo XC60 to experience Scandinavian Zen on four wheels. The beautifully crafted interior and its understated appearance exude sophistication without looking like it's trying too hard. Almost everything you touch feels expensive, and the seats are so comfortable that you can easily drive for hours and get to your destination refreshed.

On the road, the XC60 moves effortlessly regardless of the powertrain you choose. If you find yourself on a winding road, the XC60 can hustle through it smoothly and safely thanks to its stable handling. Even the base setup offers a good balance between comfort and agility. Beware of the larger alloy wheel options because they make the ride jittery on poorly maintained roads and produce excessive amounts of tire noise.

Volvo's infotainment system looks modern and clean, but it isn't the most user-friendly system. Despite its iPad-style look and layout, the touchscreen isn't that responsive and can get overwhelmed if you make too many inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don't project on the full screen either; they take up a chunk of the screen below a few menu items that stay on top.

Performance, Fuel Economy, and Range

The 2021 Volvo XC60 is available with a 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the model you get, the engine will either be turbocharged, turbo- and supercharged, or turbocharged, supercharged, and electrified.

Model: XC60 T5 FWD and XC60 T5 AWD
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo I-4 - eight-speed automatic
250 hp/258 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
22/29 mpg city/highway (FWD); 21/28 mpg (AWD)

Model: XC60 T6 AWD
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 - eight-speed automatic
316 hp/295 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
20/27 mpg

Model: XC60 T8 eAWD and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid
Engine and Transmission: 
2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 + electric motor - eight-speed automatic
400 hp/472 lb-ft combined (XC60 T8 eAWD); 415 hp/472 lb-ft (XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy and Range:
26/28 mpg; 19 miles total EV-mode range; 520 miles with a full tank and charge


NHTSA: 5 Stars (out of a possible five stars)

IIHS: 2021 Top Safety Pick+

The Volvo XC60 earned Good scores in all IIHS crashworthiness categories except for the headlights test, where it received an Average rating with the adaptive LED headlights and Marginal on the formerly standard fixed LED headlights (Good is the highest score). From the NHTSA, the XC60 earns the highest five-star overall safety score.

All XC60s get forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert standard. You can add Volvo's Pilot Assist system, which bundles together adaptive cruise control, enhanced steering assist, and traffic jam assist, via the Advanced package on the Momentum grade, or choosing one of the higher grades where the feature is standard.


Volvo's infotainment system features a 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 10-speaker audio system. Built-in navigation is available, and a head-up display is part of the Advanced package. R-Design and Inscription models get a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system as standard (a standalone option on the Momentum trim). If that's not enough, you can upgrade to a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound unit on the R-Design and Inscription grades (standard on the Polestar Engineered).

Recommended Model and Trim

As tempting as the more powerful T6 and T8 powertrain options are, stick with the XC60 T5. Aside from being the least expensive option, the T5 is the smoothest and most refined of the three offerings. Sure, it's not as powerful, but it's still more than enough to get the XC60 moving.

Skip the R-Design trim because the sport suspension isn't consistent with the XC60's otherwise serene driving experience. Pick the Momentum or Inscription trim; both are more in line with the XC60's chill, comfort-oriented attitude.

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$1000 Volvo announces a Retail Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$1500 Volvo has announced a Purchase Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$750 Volvo announces a Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees when leasing a new eligible model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$5500 Volvo has announced a VCFS Lease Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021