The second-generation Volvo XC60 is a scaled down version of Volvo's XC90 three-row SUV, whose arrival signaled the brand's rebirth. Like its big brother, the XC60 boasts an elegant, uncluttered interior design. It also brings the latest in advanced safety features, and the Pilot Assist driver-assistance system. But not everything is rosy in this newest Swede, including its frustrating controls and stiff ride.
Alerts
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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 second-generation Volvo XC60 is a scaled down version of Volvo's XC90 three-row SUV, whose arrival signaled the brand's rebirth. Like its big brother, the XC60 boasts an elegant, uncluttered interior design. It also brings the latest in advanced safety features, and the Pilot Assist driver-assistance system. But not everything is rosy in this newest Swede, including its frustrating controls and stiff ride.

Volvo's optional semi-self-driving Pilot Assist system combines steering assistance and adaptive cruise control to try to make driving easier. It has no proven safety benefit, but can make driving more convenient in stop-and-go traffic. Drivers still need to constantly pay attention and be ready to take over when needed.

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
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (400 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (316 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Volvo XC60 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Display screen goes blank

"Display blanks out and reboots Continues to do so even after 10K checkup and software update Sometimes lost navigation destination and needed to reenter"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We park our vehicle in the garage.When you start the vehicle the Display screen is fine. Once you depart the garage, enter daylight, the screen most often but not always, goes dark. Stays that way until you turn off the ignition. Turn the ignition back on in daylight and the screen display is normal again."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"While driving, I received a warning letting me know that the windshield wipers had malfunctioned and that the turn signals had malfunctioned. It happened to be raining a bit the day this occurred, and I could not activate the windshield wipers."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The electronic system with regards to Blind Spots when driving and the side indicators when parking had to be fixed 5 times and is out again. 2x is was 1 week after they said they upgraded the system. I'm complaining I might have a lemon ."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Volvo XC60 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Adjustments are not smooth. Somewhat jerky."

Jim R., FL (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Reacts late even though setting is for early warning. When it activates, it is sudden and rather aggressive."

Jim R., FL (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Painted lines are not always effective with the Lane Departure Warning but when they are and you forget to initiate a turn signal, you can get a rude awakening such that the system throws you back at the lane you are trying to depart. A good example is the situation where you enter a left turn lane at an intersection The car behind you see's what you are doing proceeds to pass and you failed to give the turn signal. Suddenly your vehicle is attempting to stay in your former lane. Can be a near side swipe with the car behind."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"All of the touch panel functions in this vehicle are confusing and difficult to use. The heater controls and memory features have a mind of their own. There is no simple way to change the climate as desired. It takes multiple swipes to change screens and get to the information on the display that you want to alter. It is slow to react and trying to adjust almost anything in the car requires patience and is very distracting while driving."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan was hitting a loose wire and causing a loud noise."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"The a/c did not work from the first time. It was determined that the condenser had a leak. A replacement was ordered and installed about a week later."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The drivers seat squeaked a lot, dealer fixed it. The inflatable bladder in drivers seat would not stay inflated so it was replaced."

Rob S., OR (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"many rattles inside the interior. Three service visits to fix a rattle in the sunroof/center console area. Windows rattle when open traveling over rough roads. Rattle also heard in passenger side door area and from rear trunk area. Insufficient padding or bracing through the car. In general, fit and finish of car feels brittle, not solid"

Peter L., PA (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We took the XC60 back to the dealership and they fixed the rattle in 2 days"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog lamp/daytime running light on drivers side did not illuminate when car was in Drive. Was fixed free in the latest software update performed during service"

E D., RI (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Rear hatch could not be opened from the button on the dash. It was a fleet-wide recall item fixed for free under warranty when I returned the car for recall."

E D., RI (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Check engine light has consistently turned on. Needed to take to the dealer numerous times."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Electronic or air suspension

"System failed due to moisture in air line. Volvo replaced system, no problem since repair."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air suspension failed twice ... each time, was out of service for nearly a week"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volvo XC60 T8 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Had to replace the front brakes at 19,000. I buy a new vehicle every 2 years and never had to do this."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Volvo XC60 T6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The piece that covers the towing clip is easily removable but continues to come off and lost. Replaced 3 times!"

Anonymous, ID (2018 Volvo XC60 T8 2.0-L 4 Cyl plug-in hybrid)

Engine Minor

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

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.

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

Engine Major

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

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