Like the Volvo XC90 before it, the 2018 Volvo XC60 takes a big step forward and up from its predecessor. It underwent a drastic makeover both inside and out, rides on a longer chassis and an improved suspension, and has more safety technology than even the safety-minded Volvo buyer might imagine. And yet, even with these improvements, the luxury crossover’s price actually drops compared to last year’s equivalents, with the new 2018 all-wheel-drive edition starting at $42,495, $1,450 less than the $43,945 2017 model.
The XC60 offers three engine choices and is built in three trim levels for each engine. Initially, all new XC60s have all-wheel drive as standard, and all versions utilize an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well. The T5 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged inline-four that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and the T8 comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that blends the turbocharged and supercharged inline-four with an electric motor for a total of 400 horsepower and 472-lb-ft of torque. If that lineup sounds familiar, it’s because it is shared with the XC90.
The T5 starts at $42,495, the T6 starts at $45,895, and the T8 opens at $53,895. Pricing is consistent throughout every engine option, with the mid-level R-Line trim adding $3300 to the base Momentum, and the Inscription adding $500 to R-Line prices. All XC60s come with a panoramic roof, leather seats, LED headlights, and a 9.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as standard. Stand alone options for all trims include an $1800 air suspension system.
There are three main packages that are available on all trims of the T5, T6, and T8. The Vision package adds $1100 for retractable and automatically dimmed side mirrors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist. The Convenience package, which costs $2200 on the Momentum or $2000 on the R-Design and Inscription trims, adds heated wiper blades, adaptive cruise control, a rearview mirror compass, HomeLink, and a power folding second-row seat with electric folding rear headrests. This package also adds driving modes and proximity entry to the Momentum, but those features are standard on R-Design and Inscription models. The $1900 Advanced package adds LED front fog lights (standard on R-Design and Inscription) and cornering lights, headlight cleaners, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, and full-LED headlights that follow the road’s twists and turns. The Inscription also has an available Luxury Seat package that makes the interior even more premium. For $3000, buyers get nappa leather upholstery; heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats; a heated steering wheel; heated rear seats, powered front seat cushion extensions, and powered adjustable side supports on the front seats. Basically, the seats will hold you, coddle you, and love you like a grown-up blankie.
Volvo is now officially taking its first orders on the new XC60, which will arrive in dealerships this fall.