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2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Test Drive Review

2017 was the year of Volvo taking on the luxury segment. While it may not be at the sales level of most of its competitors, the Swedish luxury brand has pumped out some exceptional top-notch luxury SUVs, wagons, and sedans. The new Volvo XC90, V90, and S90 are some of the best luxury vehicles in their own division and unquestionably deserve a lot more attention in our opinion. So when we found out we were going to get the opportunity to spend a week with the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription, we were rather excited.

The Volvo XC60 has been one of the best-selling models under the brand, but the company, Volvo took a long time to change the last-generation model. The first-generation of the Volvo XC60 stuck around for a lengthy nine years and that was mainly due to the fact that Volvo was experiencing some financial struggles and the XC60 was literally holding them together as it is one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles with over a million units sold globally. Well, the next-generation model is finally here and it is in every way better than the last-generation model and is also better than most of its opponents.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Exterior

The Volvo XC90 SUV has won numerous awards for its excellent exterior design language. The XC90 succeeded in finding the perfect symmetry between being luxurious, sporty, and fashionable while still keeping the overall Volvo look and feel. With that in mind, when it came time to renew the Volvo XC60, the brand’s design team decided to keep almost everything that we admired about the XC90 and offer it in a smaller package.

The exterior of the 2018 Volvo XC60 is highlighted by the brand’s trademark Thor headlamps and long vertical taillights that we’ve come to appreciate Vovlos for. The 2018 Volvo XC60 sits on a wheelbase that measures 112.8-inches with an overall length of 184.6-inches. The width comes in at 74.9-inches and the height stands at 65.3-inches.

The overall design language is the ideal combination of sport and sophistication. Stand the Volvo XC60 next to any of its competitors (Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5) and it will easily grab most of your attention.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Interior

During 2017, we spent a considerable amount of time with the Volvo XC90, S90, and V90. We’ve always been impressed by the use of extremely high-quality elements throughout the cabin which give the feeling that you’re sitting in something that is just a tad bit more special than your ordinary luxury car. Each Volvo gives you an almost Zen-like peaceful feeling that you mainly get from luxury cars that are in the Bentley price range.

Our test model, the Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription featured all the bells-and-whistles you could imagine. Everything is wrapped in leather or detailed with aluminum trims. You also have heated and cooled front seats, massaging driver and passenger seats, heated steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch display that houses all the audio, navigation, and other functions. You can certainly tell that Volvo’s designers spent a lot of time making sure that each Volvo comes with an interior that conveys a sense of comfort, safety, and top-level luxury. Believe us when we say that you really need to experience the interior of any Volvo rather than just sit here reading our words.

One of our preferred features the Volvo XC60 (and in any Volvo) is the Bang and Olufsen sound system and it’s Concert Hall setting. It is unquestionably one of the best sound systems in any automobile today.

Dimensions wise, the interior of the 2018 Volvo XC60 offers plenty of space with a total of 41.5-inches of legroom for front-row passengers and 38-inches for rear-passengers. Cargo volume comes in at 22.4 cubic feet with all the seats in user position and 50.6 cubic feet with the second row folded.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Performance

Now, Volvo may not be the first name you think of when you hear performance, and the brand really doesn’t market the fact that it offers some of the most powerful vehicles on the road today. However, Volvo engineers are working hard to extract the most horsepower possible out of a four-cylinder engine.

Our test model, the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription, is powered by a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces an exceptional 316 horsepower with a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows the Volvo XC60 T6 to run from zero to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, and hit a top speed of 130 mph.

When it comes to spending money at the gas station, the Volvo XC60 T6 won’t destroy your wallet. The XC60 offers an EPA-rated fuel economy of 21/27/23 mpg* (city/highway/combined).

We took the Volvo XC60 through the city roads, long highways, and suburban streets, and were very satisfied by the comfortable ride-quality. It is really one of the best performing crossovers in its segment.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Safety

Yes, we know, Volvo’s are known for being safe. So there isn’t much to go crazy about here. Along with the long list of standard features, the Volvo XC60 offers a range of driver assist technologies including hill descent control, hill start assist, lane keep assist, rear park assist, automatic parallel parking, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and much more.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription Overall

Volvo is swiftly becoming one of our top three favorite luxury brands. The reason? It’s demonstrated over and over again that it can design, engineer, and build some of the most notable luxury vehicles on the road today. Prices for the 2018 Volvo XC60 start at just $41,500**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Vovlo dealer for a quick spin today. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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