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.
Acceleration is prompt from our T5's 250-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the Volvo isn't the swiftest model in the luxury compact SUV class. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly in most cases, apart from the occasional bumping into gear at low speeds. We measured 23 mpg overall on premium gas, which is not a standout for the segment. A 316-hp version of this engine with turbo- and supercharging is also available, denoted as the T6; the top-of-the-line powertrain is the T8-badged 400-hp plug-in hybrid.