The Volvo XC60 is not the primary automobile that involves thoughts when folks begin looking for a compact luxurious SUV. To date this yr, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have bought 49,694 and 41,825 items, respectively. In the identical time, Volvo has solely moved 23,511 XC60s. After every week with the XC60 in T6 R-Design trim, I believe many US automotive consumers have gotten it incorrect.

This Volvo gives extra cargo house, security and tech options than a lot of its rivals, all whereas undercutting them on worth. It is arguably higher wanting than the others, too — much more so (to my eyes, anyway) than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It is also remarkably good to drive, particularly within the T6 R-Design trim you see right here, which I believe is the candy spot of the lineup.

Actually, the XC60 is a compact luxurious crossover that has all of it. However is it sufficient to dissuade those that have their sights locked on the competitors?

Protected and sound

For many years, Volvo has performed up the security facets of its automobiles. Fittingly, the compact XC60 comes normal with energetic security options similar to collision-mitigation braking, rear collision mitigation assist, lane-keep help with oncoming lane mitigation and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The XC60 additionally consists of dynamic LED headlights with computerized high-beams and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Even the bottom, $39,800 XC60 will get this full suite of tech. You will not discover this stage of ordinary security tools wherever else within the class.

The identical goes for normal infotainment options. The XC60 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an Eight-inch touchscreen in addition to satellite tv for pc radio. Not one of the three Germans can boast that stage of ordinary tech.

The Sensus Join infotainment is usually a little fussy. On a number of events when swiping between screens, the system would interpret my swipes as faucets and produce me into menus I did not intend to set off. That is particularly irritating on a system by which means you must swipe throughout screens greater than you may prefer to — it is menu overload. The graphics are alluring, not less than, so your fingers might get flustered, however your eyes will likely be appeased.

You may additionally derive palpable satisfaction with the XC60’s inside. Volvo is without doubt one of the high manufacturers within the business with regards to cabin consolation, high quality, match and end. The XC60, in and out, exhibits top-notch construct high quality.

My favourite component of the XC60’s inside is its non-obligatory Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. It is with out query top-of-the-line audio methods in the marketplace and well worth the $three,200 asking worth. Contemplating pair of Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 house audio system will set you again $four,500, upgrading to B&W in your Volvo is a comparatively cost-effective approach to get world-class audio into your life.

Normal Apple CarPlay and Android Auto spherical out an impressive-looking and cozy inside.

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Useful hauler

Crossover shoppers worth cargo house, and the Volvo gives one of the best hauling credentials in its section. Its 63.three cubic toes of most cargo capability is bigger than that of the Acura RDX (58.9), Audi Q5 (60.four), BMW X3 (62.7) and the Mercedes-Benz GLC (56.5). 

The XC60’s cavernous cargo quantity is even capacious sufficient to beat the Cadillac XT5 by Zero.three cubic toes, and the Caddy is half a measurement class above the Volvo.

Placing Thor’s hammer down

The benefit with which the XC60 accelerates and devours a set of turns makes it really feel like one of many lighter, extra sprightly crossovers in its class. Within the XC60 T6, Volvo provides a supercharger to its already sturdy 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a grand whole of 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That provides it alert acceleration with satisfying energy supply, due to the added supercharged enhance.

The dual-charged engine is linked to an eight-speed computerized transmission with shift paddles I not often used, just because the default transmission programming is completely nice. In actual fact, I not often ever thought concerning the transmission as a result of it is so good at fading into the background, letting the engine’s sturdy energy shine.

The XC60’s all-wheel-drive system is a laudable supporting forged member, although. Just like the transmission, it additionally fades into the background, permitting all 316 ponies to hit the pavement with little drama when it is advisable pull out into visitors rapidly, and it gives stable reassurance in inclement climate.

The XC60 is without doubt one of the extra agile, entertaining SUVs in its class.

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When it comes time to rapidly haul the XC60 again all the way down to a cease, the SUV’s brakes really feel on the qui vive. In contrast to the plug-in hybrid T8 model that Emme Corridor examined at first of the yr, I did not discover these brakes sensitive. Volvo has but to determine the way to combine regenerative braking with typical braking and in consequence, the T8’s pedal really feel is disappointing. It has its modulation down pat with the T6’s typical brakes, nevertheless.

The direct and correct steering is pleasurable, too, complementing the XC60’s comparatively flat cornering and assured grip. From behind the wheel, the XC60’s journey feels tuned towards the firmer aspect of the spectrum, however all through my 564 miles of testing, the SUV by no means despatched jolts up my backbone giant sufficient to register on my cerebellum’s Richter scale. With the knowledgeable journey and dealing with stability the usual metal springs supply, I might suggest you save $1,800 and overlook the air suspension choice.

Whereas we’re on that subject, I might even prescribe saving $Eight,100 by forgoing the aforementioned T8 mannequin. The T8 will provide you with one other 84 horsepower, which is nice, however not for eight grand. Additionally, 17 miles of all-electric vary and some further miles per gallon aren’t value all that cash. My T6 tester will get 21 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 27 mpg freeway and 23 mpg mixed — I averaged 23.9 mpg. The T8 will get 26 metropolis, 28 freeway and 26 mixed mpg. For folks with quick commutes who can plug in each night time, that is nice, however the economic system positive aspects versus the associated fee seemingly will not be value it for most individuals.

The XC60’s worth can virtually contact $80,000 with each choice chosen, however our $61,465 instance continues to be just about loaded.

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How I might spec it

Truly, I’d order my XC60 precisely as examined. The sub-$40,000 base mannequin is a well-equipped worth play within the section, however as optioned, my $61,465 tester options LED fog lights, keyless entry, a HomeLink transceiver, a heated steering wheel, heated seats entrance and rear plus napa and nubuck (sanded, suede-like leather-based) upholstery that is so satisfying to caress. My check automobile additionally consists of power-folding rear seats, embedded navigation, a head-up show, adaptive cruise management with steering help, a surround-view digicam, lane-keep help, a street signal monitor and park help, which is incredible for impressing your mates once you reveal how the XC60 can parallel-park itself autonomously.

The Superior Package deal can also be a should, bundling adaptive cruise management with steering help, a 360-degree digicam and a head-up show. All of that ain’t dangerous for $2,500. My tester’s 21-inch R-Design wheels are $1,000, however complement the $645 Bursting Blue Metallic paint with deeply pleasing visible concord. With winter looming, I believe $675 is value a number of hotter winters for the heated steering wheel that is bundled with heated rear seats.

Placing the Volvo’s as-tested worth towards a comparably geared up Audi SQ5 ($64,620), BMW X3 M40i ($66,770) and a equally specced Mercedes-AMG GLC43 ($71,395) — all together with $995 for vacation spot — the Volvo stands out as an enormous worth.

However professional tip: Be sure you train restraint when optioning an XC60. Filling each choice field along with your exuberance might result in a $79,280 out-the-door worth for a bunch of stuff you actually do not want, specifically the air suspension, the T8 powertrain, $2,200 massaging entrance seats and 1-inch bigger wheels which might be $three,375 greater than my tester’s set of 21s. There’s additionally an idiotic $1,765 Exterior Styling Package that negligibly enhances the XC60’s already palpable intercourse attraction. Positively do not get that.

For round $60,000, the competitors cannot match the XC60’s mixture of energy, luxurious and practicality.

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Goldilocks: Center floor for the win

As geared up, my 2019 XC60 T6 AWD R-Design is probably going one of the best compact luxurious crossover you should buy for round $60,000. If you happen to had been to choice the German competitors with the identical stage of options whereas not exceeding the Volvo’s worth, you’d have to stay with their lowest horsepower choices. (Though, at that powertrain stage, a loaded Audi Q5 can undercut the XC60 T5 AWD R-Design by about $1,500.)

Q5 caveat apart, the XC60 T6 nonetheless lets you get all the posh options you need together with some further turbocharged and supercharged energy in addition. Even in the event you needed to match the T6 to the 354-horsepower Audi SQ5, 355-horsepower BMW X3 M40i and the 362-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLC43, the 316-horse Volvo is a little bit down on energy, however for $three,000 to $10,000 lower than these automobiles when comparably geared up, the Goldilocks XC60 screams “excellent.”

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