Volvo's global best-seller, the XC60, has undergone its first major redesign since its introduction in 2008. In the U.S., the XC60 held a 3.9 percent share of the crowded midsize premium crossover segment in 2016 and Volvo wants to raise that to 7 percent.
To attract a new audience, Volvo has pushed its own boundaries, adding a variety of new technical options — from air suspension to three new active safety features. The XC60 will also be available in three trims with six packages available on each trim.
While Volvo's reliability has buoyed sales in recent years, the XC60 has been overdue for a makeover. The midsize crossover is as powerful as the 90-series vehicles built on the Scalable Product Architecture platform.
- Powertrain: The three options are a T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a T6 turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a T8 twin-engine gasoline plug-in hybrid.
- Technology: Nine-inch color touch screen for infotainment system; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
- Safety: Front, side, knee and inflatable curtain airbags; rear-vision camera, steering assist and oncoming lane mitigation are standard. Pilot Assist and blind spot monitoring with a steering assist function are optional.
- Competitors: Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC300
- Strengths: Roomy interior, smooth ride and variety of technical options
- Weaknesses: Active safety features can be intrusive to driving, Pilot Assist is not always aligned with the lane markings
- Bottom line: Volvo is upping the ante in the competitive midsize premium crossover segment with an option-packed vehicle.