Inside the 2019 Volvo XC60

Designed to go head-to-head against today’s best midsize crossovers, the 2019 Volvo XC60 continues to impress drivers with its luxurious interior and versatile engine lineup. You can also take advantage of the XC60’s competitive pricing, which helps make it a strong value. As always, safety remains a strong point for the new XC60.

Let’s take a closer look at this Swedish crossover.

Trims

  • Momentum: $39,800
  • R-Design: $46,650
  • Inscription: $47,150

Performance Specs

Three different powertrains are available for the 2019 Volvo XC60. The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a popular choice. It’s rated to develop a healthy 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission ensures a swift power delivery.

Stepping up to the T8 engine will allow you to experience greater responsiveness. This sophisticated four-cylinder engine is boosted by both a supercharger and a turbocharger. The unique combination develops an impressive 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is very strong at all speeds.

For drivers looking for an even better blend of power and efficiency, Volvo offers the T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid engine. An electric motor and battery pack help it to produce a muscular 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

Drivers enjoy how effortlessly the 2019 Volvo XC60 moves along. Road handling is also quite good for a crossover. Stiffer springs and shock absorbers enable the R-Design trim to deliver an even sportier drive. You also can’t overlook the Volvo XC60’s ability to handle an off-road trail. When traveling on rougher terrain, the crossover’s optional air suspension can be raised to provide extra ground clearance.

You’ll be able to choose from five driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Off-Road, and Individual. Every new Volvo XC60 can be equipped with all-wheel-drive, which ensures a solid performance in the snow.

Fuel Economy

All versions of the 2019 Volvo XC60 are impressively good on gas. When equipped with the base engine, drivers can anticipate getting an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, opting for the stronger T8 engine lowers fuel economy to 19 mpg in town and 27 mpg on the highway. Both engines are tuned to use premium unleaded.

Environmentally conscious drivers will be especially interested in the T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid engine. It enables the crossover to return a combined 26 mpg. However, an all-electric driving mode also enables you to travel up to 18 miles without using any fuel. This is a big advantage for the city dwellers who need to make a short trip.

Entertainment Features

Even the lowest-priced Volvo XC60 comes loaded with a great selection of high-tech features. Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system looks stunning. Users praise the interface for its seamless smartphone integration, which makes accessing your mobile apps a cakewalk. A 9.0-inch touchscreen display comes standard.

While a 10-speaker unit with satellite radio comes standard, there are two premium audio systems on the XC60’s list of options. While the 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system will captivate most music listeners, the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is a powerhouse.

Advanced voice control technologies make the new XC60 even more rewarding. From adjusting the temperature of your seat to changing the radio station, you’ll be able to perform multiple functions using your voice. Some of the other premium features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient interior lighting, and a heads-up display.

Safety

Like a traditional Volvo vehicle, the 2019 Volvo XC60 prioritizes passenger safety. Chosen as a Top Safety Pick, this crossover received a “Superior” score from the IIHS for its outstanding front crash prevention.

Several confidence-inspiring safety technologies also come standard on the XC60. Volvo’s collision avoidance system can detect pedestrians, large animals, and other vehicles. You’ll also enjoy standard driver-assist features like lane-keep assist and attention monitoring.

If you desire a semi-autonomous driving experience, opt for Volvo’s Pilot Assist system. Cutting-edge cameras and sensors enable the system to guide the XC60 down the road. It can control steering, braking, and acceleration.

There are more safety innovations available for the 2019 Volvo XC60. Drivers who live in a rural area will appreciate the optional turn-adapting LED headlights, which improve visibility on secondary roads. Meanwhile, a 360-degree camera system helps you to pinpoint parking lot obstacles.

Pros

Amazingly Comfortable

You should have no concerns about the 2019 Volvo XC60’s everyday comfort. In fact, Edmunds gives the XC60 a near-perfect rating for its superior seat comfort.

Excellent, well-padded seats enable you to truly relax on the road. Optional massaging functions transform the XC60 into an even more luxurious family vehicle. There’s also a good amount of passenger room inside the cabin.

Upscale Styling

The 2019 Volvo XC60 has an upscale appearance that turns heads. Slim LED headlights and elegant body lines help the XC60 to stand out. If you desire a sportier look, check out the R-Design trim. It comes equipped with a powerful set of 19-inch alloy wheels and a few other special exterior touches.

Surprisingly Economical for a Luxurious Crossover

With a starting MSRP of less than $40,000, the 2019 Volvo XC60 proves to be a legitimate bargain in the land of luxury crossovers. Rivals, such as the 2019 Audi Q5, demand more of your hard-earned money.

Strong fuel economy also makes the new XC60 an economical choice. Furthermore, you don’t have to pay extra for popular features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and automatic emergency braking.

Cons

Leather Upholstery No Longer Comes Standard

Unfortunately, leather upholstery doesn’t come standard for 2019. Volvo now lines the base model with faux leather material.

Final Thoughts

The 2019 Volvo XC60 is a fine choice for anyone in the market for a two-row crossover. It’s luxurious and a joy to drive. Most importantly, very few crossovers provide a higher level of passenger safety.

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