ARRIVAL: 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD (Momentum)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB Fuel Econ: 20/27/23 mpg Base price $42,495 As tested $52,740
Crossovers have gained so much popularity across the mainstream and luxury segments that they’re now becoming the volume models for automakers. The compact segment in particular has begun to displace the sedan as automakers’ bestsellers. It’s no different at Volvo, with the XC60 now gaining footing as one of the automaker’s most popular vehicles. We got our hands on a 2019 XC60 T5 AWD Momentum for a year to see where this Scandinavian stands.
Underpinned by Volvo’s SPA platform shared with the S60, S90, V60, V90, and the 2016 SUV of the Year–winning XC90, the second-generation XC60 features control-arm suspension up front and integral-link out back with a composite leaf spring. An air suspension with adaptive dampers is optional, but we didn’t order it.
Our T5 long-termer came with a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Just because we got the base trim doesn’t mean we got shafted on features. A panoramic moonroof, dual-zone climate control, Android Auto and Apple Carplay integration, LED headlights, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, and power front seats all come standard. Because it’s a Volvo, our XC60 comes packed with a full suite of active safety tech, including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and the automaker’s own Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.
Other options we selected include a 360-degree camera, a Harman Kardon audio system, navigation with a 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, keyless entry and start, a handsfree power tailgate, heated front seats, and an automatic parking system.
Early in our long-term test, we’re enjoying the serene interior, which is the main highlight. From its solid, reassuring build to its simple yet tasteful design, the XC60’S cabin is a pleasant and spacious place to be. All seats are supremely comfortable, and there’s plenty of space for your gear.
Volvo’s Sensus interface, which originally made its debut in the XC90, is also found in the Xc60—and it looks just as impressive here as it does in the automaker’s other vehicles. Our longtermer’s $2,500 Harman Kardon audio/ nav system delivers crisp, clear sound that turns your car into a concert hall. A $3,200 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is offered on higher trim levels to satisfy extreme audiophiles. Along with the 12.3-inch gauge cluster, our XC60’S interior looks properly minimalistic yet packed with tech.
With the Volvo XC60’S entry into the long-term fleet, a number of questions will be asked. How will we feel about the interior? Will we still enjoy the awesome audio system? Will the slick Sensus interface stand up to the newest systems being introduced this year? Will the XC60 be a popular road-trip vehicle? With a year to get to know the car, we’ll definitely learn the good, the bad, and the ugly. So join us as we embark on a journey with this sexy yet practical crossover and find out just how formidable this Swede is.
2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD (Momentum)
Base Price $42,495
Price as Tested $52,740
Vehicle Layout Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 2.0L/250-hp/258-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Curb Weight (F/R Dist) 4,130 lb (55/45%)
Wheelbase 112.8 in
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Quarter Mile 15.2 sec @ 89.5 mph
Braking, 60-0 MPH 118 ft
Lateral Acceleration 0.84 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 27.3 sec @ 0.62 g (avg)
Energy Cons, City/hwy
169/125 kw-hr/100 miles
CO2 Emissions, Comb 0.86 lb/mile
“Like its siblings, the Volvo XC60 is a textbook example of minimalist design, attractive yet restrained.” Stefan Ogbac
Even if you opt for a lower trim, the Volvo XC60'S interior is well appointed and befitting of a luxury car.