Volvo XC60- 2023 -Review

The 2023 Volvo XC60 is a small, elegant luxury SUV that offers an alternative to typical German options. Starting prices are $43,450.

There is nothing odd about the grilles or the interiors; they simply have excellent sense with a dash of elegance. The XC60 is that. This generation has been available since the 2018 model year, yet it’s still interesting.

In particular by those hoping to lower their gasoline costs and carbon impact. The plug-in hybrid XC60 Recharge versions can go 36 miles on battery power alone.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also awarded the XC60 its top rating, Top Safety Pick+. Similarly, it received the maximum 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Of course, Volvo should be commended for developing so many safety measures throughout the years. In crash testing, several competitors have fared as well, but Volvo has positioned itself as the industry leader.

Additionally, it is well known for its cozy chairs. Never undervalue the value of thorough cushioning when in a traffic jam or in the middle of a lengthy road journey.

Volvo XC60 Price in 2023

The pricing of the 2023 Volvo XC60 premium compact SUV starts at $43,450, including a delivery fee. This applies to the entry-level Front-Wheel Drive Core trim level.

They are starting at $47,7K for the Plus trim and $53,5K for the Ultimate trim. These variations cost an additional $2,300 for all-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive is a feature that comes standard on Recharge plug-in hybrid XC590 models, which range in price from $57.2K for the Core trim to $74,150 for the Polestar Engineered model. With this most expensive model, there are just a few accessories available.

A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for these XC60 Recharge Extended Range plug-in hybrids. Certain jurisdictions may offer further incentives, like the $1,000 California Clean Vehicle Rebate program, open to anybody who purchases or leases a new XC60 Recharge.

This class of luxury compact SUVs has a lot of fierce rivalry. Starting prices for the Acura RDX, Genesis GV70, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX are all mid-forties. More in the mid-$40s are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

Please spend a few minutes on the Fair Purchase Price website before making a new 2023 Volvo XC60 SUV purchase to see what others in your neighborhood paid for theirs. The RDX and NX do somewhat better than the XC60 regarding resale value.

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Driving The Volvo XC60 2023

In the XC60 range for 2023, Volvo restricts the 295-horsepower B6 powertrain to only one model, which demonstrates that most purchasers who choose not to purchase a plug-in hybrid vehicle are content with the 247-horsepower B5 engine.

The B5 won’t send chills down many people’s spines, but it gives the XC60 the right power for a premium small SUV. With the B6, the possibility of tingling increases, and it is almost inevitable with the XC60 Recharge versions.

Although plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) mainly aim to stretch a single petrol tank farther, the additional power from an electric motor may also contribute to a few thrills. Each XC60 Recharge this year has 455 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque.

That’s a lot, propelling this 2-ton or more vehicle from a stop to 60 mph in an absurdly quick 4.5 seconds. However, the average fuel efficiency while driving usually and utilizing the 36-mile electric-only range is around 63 mpg.

The ride quality is set more for comfort and composure than for any heroic handling, except the Polestar Engineered variant (more on that in a bit). An adjustable air suspension is also an option on the most expensive Ultimate trim.

The XC60 Polestar Engineered model is available for anybody who wants to spend money on a Porsche Macan for a luxurious small SUV with a driver’s edge without getting a Porsche Macan.

This model contains shock absorbers from Hlins, a well-regarded provider of suspension parts and, like Volvo, a Swedish manufacturer. It has the same robust PHEV powertrain as the XC60 Recharge. For significantly firmer (but more fun) driving, Polestar, which began as an independent tuning shop, installed stronger springs and a front strut tower bar.

Interior Comfort

The seating surfaces in Core trim are made of faux leather. The genuine article, leather, is placed higher on the food chain.

However, Volvo offers City Weave cloth in Core models, which is fascinating. It’s made of wool, which may seem like the last material someone in Arizona (or other equally hot regions) would desire. Still, wool is durable and maintains a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather.

Then there are the standard Volvo features, such as the very comfortable front seats, the rear seat back support cushions that are an option, and the crystal glass gearshift knob in the Ultimate specification.

The materials are of the highest quality. It isn’t easy to imagine that sandpaper comes in such a fine quality when you run your finger over the very smooth Driftwood inlays (available from the Plus trim).

The majority of individuals should have more than enough occupancy space. With the back seats folded, the luggage space increases from 17.1 to 63.3 cubic feet, providing a generous rear legroom of 38 inches. That also holds for the 2023 XC60 Recharge models, which include additional plug-in hybrid gear. Everything about this is fantastic for the class.

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Exterior Design

Along with new trim options, the Plus and Ultimate versions of the Volvo XC60 will have a choice of bright or dark exterior accents. The cost is the same whether it is unclear or bright.

The brilliant treatment is included when a non-Recharge XC60 in Core trim is chosen with the more potent engine, which is the exception.

This iteration of the XC60 has maintained its consistent aesthetic thanks to a style update from the previous year. Which perhaps is not a terrible thing.

The 21-inch alloy wheels on the Polestar Engineered variant come standard. The palette includes black, gray, and white. There are more options in the remaining lineup.

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Favorite Elements

  1. An infotainment system using Google/Android

Before we go any further, the 2023 XC60 also comes standard with Apple CarPlay. However, this method is modern and favors programs like Google Maps. Users may log in and sync their calendars if they have a Google account. Additionally, over-the-air upgrades are possible.

  1. A set of 360-degree cameras

This device gives the driver a 360-degree view of the vehicle while operating in confined spaces. The front and rear parking sensors provide another layer of confidence. In the two highest trims, standard.

  1. Pilot Assist

Pilot Assist, not a hands-free driving technology, offers steering assistance and adaptive cruise control to reduce some of the monotony of lengthy travels. From the Plus trim level, standard.

  1. Front seat cushion extensions

Indeed, the standard front seats are excellent. Extra under-thigh support is always appreciated, however, particularly for taller people. The Ultimate trim comes with them as standard.

  1. Adaptive air suspension

It is a unique choice for Ultimate trim and offers ideal settings for comfort and sports spectrums.

  1. Bowers & Wilkins audio

The basic Harman Kardon system in the Ultimate trim is fantastic. One of the best available in any car is an optional 15-speaker/1,400-watt surround-sound system, which costs $3,200.

Transmission & Engine

The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the base models of the 2023 XC60 luxury SUV range produces 247 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It also boasts a 48-volt mild hybrid system, which Volvo calls the B5 drivetrain. This technology helps the engine run as efficiently as possible and provides a smooth action for the fuel-saving stop/start function.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option, while front-wheel drive (FWD) is the default.

The B6 drivetrain uses the same engine as the B5 but has been increased to generate 295 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It is only available in the highest Ultimate trim. The B6 comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

The XC60 Recharge models without Extended Range have been discontinued by Volvo this year. Accordingly, every 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 eAWD plug-in hybrid model can go 36 miles on electricity alone. The XC60 Recharge is now eligible for federal tax credit and various state incentives.

In the T8 configuration, a 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged engine powers the front wheels while an electric motor powers the back axle. 455 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque are the total T8 output numbers.

On a 240-volt source, the lithium-ion battery of the T8 requires three to five hours to charge fully.

The 2023 Volvo XC60 lineup’s drivetrains all use an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4/mild hybrid system (B5)
  • 247 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
  • 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,800 rpm
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (FWD), 23/29 mpg (AWD)
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4/mild hybrid system (B6)
  • 295 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
  • 310 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100-4,800 rpm
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 mpg
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4/electric motor (Recharge)
  • 455 combined horsepower
  • 523 lb-ft combined torque
  • EPA combined fuel economy: 63 MPGe (2022)
  • EPA-estimated electric-only range: 36 miles (2022)

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Hi there, my name is Rami. I have worked in automotive media and reported on the buying, selling, and servicing of cars for various industry publications. I also write about classic cars and love telling the stories of the people, trends, and culture behind them. I am a lifelong enthusiast, working on many vehicles - from 1960s cars to Fiats and MGs to modern-day machines.

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