The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (281 hp)
  • 3.2-liter 6 (235 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Volvo XC60 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"leaking in rear struts, replaced both"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"1st set NOISY = 14,000 Pirelli Pzero Assymetric. Volvo helped w replacements. Same model. After 13,000, needed them again. Insisted on n/c replacement and brand of my choosing. Volvo agreed"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Fronts. Noisy. Wear problem. Both replaced at different intervals. N/C repl"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had new tires put on in Sept. 2014 and then noticed that it was driving as smoothly. Took it back into service but didn't find the problem immediately, took about another six months to figure out"

Gail D., CA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Alignment

"Pull to right"

Gary M., SC (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump was cracked, causing fluid to leak. Entire pump system needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Pump replacement which wasn't the problem. Needed new hose system"

Susan Y., FL (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Approximately 1 month after having the entire power steering pump system replaced, the rack went out and needed to be replaced as well"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sun roof has twice deposited water on the floor during heavy rains. There is a drain tube that gets clogged then water runs inside the windshield support to the floor. People inside don't get wet but the carpeting is soaked. I love the safety"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"water leaked from where windshield meets roof"

Daniel V., NY (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Windshield seal - leaked during heavy rain"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Air noise/leak around moon roof"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"water through windshield. Always a problem with sunroof and mechanics always blame it on the TREES. None of my other cars - which all had sunroofs - never had this problem"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Leak from sunroof water hose was known to Volvo & they chose not to tell buyers . The car filled with water in the doors & floor. Factory defect that was hidden"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak in the driver's left dash area, unknown cause"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Bearings in fan need to be replaced; $50 part, but front of dash has to be taken apart, which is $500 in labor"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"if I-pod unintentially left plugged in for more than a day, then it would substantially draw down battery"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Persistent problem where gps keeps trying to find location or something when the car is off which runs down the battery. Occasionally in the am, the car is dead from this problem"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"GPS crashes frequently and kicks me out on other occassions"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Difficult to use, freezes. Stopped using"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Dark screen, hard to see in sunlight. Dealer replaced camera, under warranty"

Gary W., MN (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The satellite radio element of the radio caused the battery to drain to zero several times. It was misdiagnosed. Ultimately the unit needed to be permanently disconnects to prevent continued battery discharge"

David R., MI (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"We are experiencing premature battery failure due to some type of short circuit in the system, possibly due to the GPS system that we did not "turn off" prior to discontinuing ordinary ignition when parking the car"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"battery failures/replacements have been too frequent (almost annually) still not sure what the cause is"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Battery would not stay charged. It took several trips to the dealership for the problem to be correctly diagnosed and fixed"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Replace pads realign front end"

Gary M., SC (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The car wears out batteries about every 18-24 months. Volvo knows there is a problem with battery drain but refused to fix it on this model. The only concession they made was to replace the batter while it was under warranty -- twice. So owners are stuck with a long term problem. I have had to replace my battery two more times since the warranty expired. Thank goodness for Interstate!"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"after replacing the oil trap, within a week there was an issue with the spark plugs. all six needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS right rear went out - caused many other problems with computer system"

Patrick O., FL (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The ABS control module in the rear stopped operating"

Ayo L., TX (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"seals need replacement, caused small brake fluid leak"

Dale G., CA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"rear brake pads needed replacement"

Dale G., CA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Brakes had to be replaced early and they are expensive on a Volvo. Something was not opening properly and prematurely wore the brakes off"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brakes and rotor replacement at 50,000 mi. RF caliper replacement"

Beverly R., TN (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Problem with oil trap and breather box that caused a chirping noise"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine computer

"ran rough needed software upgrade"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The seals around the vacuum pump were leaking. Fixed under warranty for a cost of about $300"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"The tank will never completely fill without a lot of on and off pumping. If I allow it to stop on it's own, it always will be a minimum of two gallons short of full and as much as four gallons short. I was told it was a back pressure issue due to design. I suppose this is true, but don't know"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"Replacement cost $550"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Collapsed engine mount"

Beverly R., TN (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"They said it was normal wear but warranty covered replacement of half shaft - seems as though it is an issue since other cars don't experience issues like this this quickly. Warranty covered everything weather it was wear or not - even battery so t"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The right rear axle shaft rusted, causing a burr which then broke through the differential seal causing the differential to leak. A new axle shaft and seal was ordered, taking 3 weeks at a cost of $1k"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear differential bearings went at 89K, I wrote to corporate, they paid for the differential, I paid for labor"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Needed to put in a new myffler"

Anonymous, WV (2010 Volvo XC60 Unsure 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

"Converter failed and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volvo XC60 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Th speed and gas display went blank (dead). Dealer needed to reset the unit and everything has been working,"

David R., MI (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"had to replace compressor in ac wireless key stopped folding side view mirrors on lock"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"The sunroof brackets and trim falling out of position and rendering the sunroof unusable is a recurring issue"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"moulding & trim on drivers seat falling apart"

Edward S., PA (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Front door latches subject to freezing and then sticking open. Repaired under warrantee"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"Failure of drivers side folding mirror mechanism. Replaced at cost of over $ 800"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The blower fan developed a low speed squeal, which could not be diminished since the system always circulates air. The car was tied up for a full day, to take apart the entire dashboard. Good news, it was warrantied"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I had to rebuild differential two individual wheel hubs"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"had to be replaced. Something was wrong with the fuse"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo failed. Had to be replaced at a cost of over $2000"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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