Volvo has been reinventing itself as of late with vehicles like the XC90 and V90 lineup, but it’s the XC60 compact luxury crossover that helped kick things off back in 2009. While a redesign is seriously overdue for this crossover, the 2017 Volvo XC60 does add a modern powertrain lineup.
The big news for the 2017 Volvo XC60 is the addition of two all-new engine options, which trickles down technology from the larger XC90, and I was able to test out this new tech in the “old” XC60 thanks to a week behind the wheel of the decked-out 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription.
2017 Volvo XC60 Exterior:
The styling of the XC60 hasn’t changed all that much over the last eight years, but it is still an extremely attractive entrant in the luxury crossover segment. The recent facelift keeps the XC60 looking good with thin, vertical LED daytime running light strips, while the rectangular headlights, iconic grille and vertical taillights are all Volvo signature design cues. Despite being a compact crossover, the optional (only $250!) 20-inch alloy wheels fit the XC60 surprisingly well without looking too big, and the whole look is finished off with an understated Osmium Grey Metallic hue.
2017 Volvo XC60 Interior:
Even in its base form, the 2017 Volvo XC60 is a luxury-oriented crossover with standard equipment that includes full leather interior, which is a big win over rivals like the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC-Class that come with cloth. Add in the walnut wood inlays that are standard in the top Inscription trim level, and this interior gets even better! On the flip side of that coin, however, the cabin does show the age of the XC60 with the undersized infotainment screen, a cramped rear seat and a sad excuse for a “panoramic” sunroof, which barely stretches past the B-pillars.
This XC60 tester came loaded up with optional packages such as the Advanced Package that included a Harmann-Kardon premium sound system. There was also the $1,550 Climate Package and Child Booster Seats that added heated front seats, power child locks, dual booster seats built into the outboard rear seats, heated windshield (with heated washer nozzles) and a heated steering wheel. The booster seats are a novel idea, but my normally adventurous 4-year-old daughter wanted nothing to do with them. And finally the $1,350 Preferred Option Package with active dual-Xenon headlights, electric folding rear headrests, Front Park Assist and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area. Speaking of the cargo area, the 2017 Volvo XC60 can hold up to 67.4 cubic feet of gear with the rear seats folded down.
2017 Volvo XC60 Powertrain:
Volvo has also upped its game when it comes to powertrain options in the 2017 Volvo XC60. The base XC60 T5 uses a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected inline-four, while the XC60 T6 adds a supercharger to this engine resulting in power output of 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines run on premium gas and are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but while the T5 comes standard with front-wheel drive, the T6 has all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The T6 engine has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is an improvement over the 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway rating of the XC60’s previous 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six.
The new engine does improve the performance of the XC60 with a 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, and it also helps the crossover tow 4,400 pounds – impressive for a four-cylinder vehicle this size. Ride quality was a little harsher than expected, but I chalk that up to the 20-inch, Pirelli-wrapped wheels, but my biggest complaint was the touchiness of the power steering that led the Driver Alert Control “aka, the drowsy monitor” to chime in quite frequently. During my week with the 2017 Volvo XC60, I even had the chance to do some light off-road driving where I was able to test out the all-wheel drive system and the 9.1 inches of ground clearance; neither make the XC60 a rugged off-roader, but they will certainly be enough to combat deep snow drifts or get the driver out of a quick jam.
2017 Volvo XC60 Safety:
You can’t talk about Volvo without safety entering the conversation, and the 2017 Volvo XC60 shows why. Despite using a body and platform that is eight years old now, this crossover still receives top safety marks including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include Volvo’s innovative City Safety low-speed collision avoidance technology, Rear Park Assist and Cross Traffic Alert, and the optional ($2,500) Advanced Package adds in Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection with Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Information and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake.
2017 Volvo XC60 Overall:
The market for luxury crossovers has gotten pretty tight in recent years as more automakers continue to downsize, so expect Volvo to debut a new XC60 pretty soon. In the meantime, the 2017 Volvo XC60 remains an extremely impressive choice in this segment especially when considering the range-topping T6 AWD Inscription. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is priced starting at $40,950*, but this fully loaded model carried an as-tested price of $53,555*.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Volvo dealership and test drive the 2017 Volvo XC60 today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.