The 2019 Volvo XC60 has been awarded Edmunds Best Family Small Luxury SUV for its form and function, considered First-In-Class for family. The XC60 Plug-In Hybrid version gets up to 59 MPGe and offers up to 400 hp from its gasoline and electric powertrain, to provide world-class efficiency.
Volvo overhauled its compact crossover line for 2018, creating the XC60 T8 with distinctive styling and lots of safety features. Volvo says: "Safety comes first. From the company that gives you more safety features than any other brand, the XC60 is infused with smart, intuitive innovations. Standard City Safety auto-braking technology helps protect you and those around you. If a collision is imminent ahead, it will brake automatically, reducing impact – or preventing it altogether when you’re driving at speeds of 31 mph or less.
Rewarded for its outstanding new design, the 2018 XC60 T8 was given the World Car of the Year award, lauded by a jury of 82 worldwide journalists for its blend of best-in-class safety, value, and environment. It was the first-ever award of this kind for Volvo.
Positioned one step below the XC90 in the Volvo hierarchy, XC60 accounts for around 30% of worldwide sales for the company, now owned by Geely, the Chinese conglomerate. Since the XC60 was introduced in 2008, the company has sold over one million units, making it a popular SUV. Says Car and Driver reviewer Andrew Wendler: “Turned out in top-drawer Inscription trim, the XC60 is at the peak of its luxury and technical prowess.”
The World Car of the Year becomes even better as a plug-in. The PHEV version pairs a supercharged, turbocharged 313hp 2.0-litre inline-four engine with two electric motors; one powers the rear axle; the other works with the 8-speed automatic transaxle. A 10.4kWh Lithium-ion battery pack produces electricity for the two motors – it sits inside the center tunnel to avoid intruding on cabin space. The combined HP of the engine and 2 e-motors is 400Hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, which provides major acceleration; XC60 T8 achieves 60MPH in 5.1 seconds.
The PHEV travels 17 pure electric miles before the gas engine kicks in. Volvo claims the battery can be charged in as little as 3 hours from a 240V source, twice that from a 120V outlet.
Volvo’s Swedish design aesthetics go full throttle in the plug-in’s interior, combining comfortably sculpted seating, wood veneers and touches of satin metal trim. Says New York Daily News auto reviewer Kyle Campbell: “Volvo’s XC60 compact crossover is the latest nameplate to receive the brand’s “SPA” treatment, meaning it is underpinned by its Scalable Product Architecture, which has spawned the redesigned XC90, S90 and V90 in recent years. This means the XC60 gets a facelift with a new convex grille and Thor’s Hammer headlight, as well as a snappy interior with real driftwood trim pieces and a sound system that emulates the National Orchestra of Sweden.”
The Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid comes in three trims: Momentum ($52,900 MSRP), R-Design ($59,750 MSRP), and Inscription ($60,250 MSRP).
Volvo calls its PHEV a Scandinavian Athlete. “The XC60, like all good Scandinavian design, projects understated confidence, with an exterior defined by uncluttered lines and dynamic proportions. Large wheels and pronounced wheel arches clearly express its athleticism, while integrated roof rails and tough side moldings highlight its capable SUV character.”
Protecting people is at the heart of Volvo’s philosophy. Ultra high-strength boron steel – one of the strongest types of steel available – forms a rigid safety cell around the car, while crumple zones front and rear dissipate energy in the event of a collision. Standard safety features include: 4 Wheel ABS, an Engine Immobilizer, Traction Control, a Pre-Collision Safety System, Emergency Braking Preparation, a Post-Collision Safety System, Emergency Braking Assist, a Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning System, an Accident Avoidance System and Front and Rear Ventilated Disc brakes.
Newer Volvo safety innovations include: City Safety, which radar and camera technology to identify other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals ahead, day or night. It warns you if it detects an imminent collision and, if you don’t react in time, City Safety can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision. In the XC60, City Safety includes Steering Support, which helps you to steer away from danger as effectively and safely as possible.
An additional XC60 standard safety feature is Run-off Road Mitigation, which makes it less likely for the car to be steered off the road accidentally. The innovation detects if the car is about to leave the road unintentionally and then uses steering and – if necessary – brake support to guide the car back onto the right path.
The XC60 Hybrid cabin is a place you’ll love spending time in. This is Swedish design at its best; an uncluttered, calm, inspiring space defined by contemporary craftsmanship. The standard Panoramic Moonroof is made from special tinted glass that reduces unwanted heat and UV rays.
Kyle Campbell: “Volvo solidified itself as a competitive luxury carmaker with its set of redesigned 90 Series vehicles. Now it has begun the process of reintroducing the world to the 60 Series and expanding its presence in the crossover world, a journey that will continue with the XC40. In the XC60, Volvo has a competitive high-end 5-seater that ranges from sporty to luxurious and also happens to look pretty darn good any way you slice it.”
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This beautifully-designed SUV plug-in hybrid, with its excellent powertrain and transmission, stellar handling and 17 pure electric mile capability is the perfect vehicle for drivers who appreciate ultra clean lines and forward-thinking Eco-conscious technology.
Rewritten August 2019
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