Introduced last year as a new model, the 2019 Volvo XC60 plays an important role in the Swedish brand revival. This five-passenger compact luxury SUV is an appealing alternative to expensive competitors such as the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and BMW X3 thanks to its stylish design, long list of standard features, and advanced powertrains options. The latter, the 2019 Volvo XC60 can be equipped with everything from a turbocharged, supercharged or plug-in hybrid that can travel 17 miles on electricity. Volvo has been known for safety, and the XC60 carries the mantra with a series of the latest safety features.
The 2019 Volvo XC60 is available in three trims levels: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Even in its least expensive form, the XC60 Momentum doesn’t feel like a base model. Notable standard equipment includes a turbocharged engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, 10-way-power front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 9-inch vertical touchscreen and a 10-speaker/330-watt audio system. Safety features include automatic emergency braking, run-off-road mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and a system that can watch for large animals, cyclists and pedestrians.
The 2019 Volvo XC60 offers three engine options, starting from the T5 4-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged to the complicated T8 that combines a 4-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged and supercharged engine with a lithium-ion-battery-powered electric motor. The T6 4-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged and supercharged engine produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Every XC60 is paired with a smooth and refined 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is available on T5 models, while all other models have all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard. In track testing, the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription AWD accelerates to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The T5 AWD did it in 6.4 seconds and the XC60 T8 Hybrid in quick 5.1 secs.
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (T5)
250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/29 mpg (FWD) and 20/27 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged/supercharged four-cylinder (T6)
316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200-5,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 19/27 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder with plug-in hybrid (T8)
400 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
472 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200-5,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 58 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent)
The 2019 Volvo XC60 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $40,195 for the T5 Momentum FWD. A top-line XC60 T8 Inscription starts just over $60,000, but since it’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), it qualifies it for a roughly $5,000 federal tax credit.