AR­RIVAL: 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD (Mo­men­tum)

Motor Trend - - Long-term Test -

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.

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