Volvo’s top selling SUV the XC60 has clean lines, tasty embellishments, and sleek style choices throughout with help standout in traffic. Inside serves as an upscaled oasis for the driver. Three powertrains are offered, including a plug-in-hybrid variant with strong performance. Integrated technology, including a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, and an abundance of driving assistance goodies.
Previous years saw the T5 and T6 powertrains for the XC60 which have dropped this year and replaced with similar setups dubbed B5 and B6, which both utilize a 48-volt hybrid system. The plug-in hybrid T8 powertrain continues to serve as the SUV’s top powertrain but gains a larger battery which extends its range to 56 Kilometers. Google Android interface runs the infotainment operation replacing the previous Sensus, keeping things more modern. The same 9.0-inch vertically-orientation screen remains but with an updated software, voice-assistance, and Google Maps navigation. Several subtle styling changes help distinguish the 2022 model including a modified grille, a reworked front bumper, updated wheel designs, and an optional upholstery option City Weave. In addition to the styling refresh and the new infotainment, Volvo also says there have been upgrades to the XC60’s various radar, camera, and ultrasonic sensors that provide data for the SUV’s driver-assistance systems.
As stated previously, the three different powertrains offered by Volvo —B5, B6, and the T8–in the XC60, are all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Under the hood of the base B5 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 48-volt hybrid system producing 247 horsepower. The B6 is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four but a supercharger is added for the extra pep. With 295 horsepower, the B6 powertrain feels more of that supercharged oomph. The plug-in hybrid T8 borrows the same engine and pairs that with a set of electric motors for a total of 455 horsepower in the Recharge models. The XC60 drives corners well, feels tied to the road, and changes directions with confidence, but the ride can feel a touch harsh when driving over rougher stretches of road, but on smooth sections it’s agreeable and calm.
With interior styling and rich materials that mirror more expensive Volvos, the XC60 is like having your Kladdkaka and eating it too. The quiet, comfortable cabin also provides adult-sized accommodations in both rows. Clean lines and high-quality materials add a distinctly Scandinavian flavor to the XC60’s cabin—and we’d expect nothing less from a modern Volvo. Decent cargo-hauling capability puts the XC60 midpack among its rivals in our testing. Interior cubby storage is limited, and the sole cargo-area bin is among the smallest in class.
2022 Volvo XC60 B6 AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $62,210/$73,380
turbocharged, supercharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 in3, 1969 cm3
Power: 295 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in vented disc/12.6-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season PNCS
255/40R-21 102V M+S VOL
Passenger Volume: 2831.7L
Cargo Volume: 736L
Curb Weight: 4378 lb