Volvo offers a full lineup of crossover SUVs, and each has its strengths. Try them all on for size, but don’t be surprised if you wind up coming back to the compact Volvo XC60. It fills the gap nicely between the midsize XC90 and the subcompact XC40, whether you’re taking business colleagues to lunch or antiquing with your spouse on a Sunday afternoon.
Under the hood, the XC60 features almost more powertrain than one car should be entitled to. First, the 2.0-liter engine is both supercharged, which enhances acceleration from a stop, and turbocharged, which adds power as speed begins to build. (Usually, one is considered plenty for a performance boost.) As if that’s not enough, the T8 is a plug-in hybrid, with an electric motor and battery pack that give it added oomph and roughly 18 miles of nonpolluting all-electric range.
As you might expect, this high level of sophistication continues inside. Top-quality materials, including supple leather and handsome wood trim, line the cabin. The long vertical touch screen display that runs down the center of the dash has received criticism for its vexing user interface, which can make it tricky to find what you’re looking for, but there’s no denying the technology’s “wow” factor. And nearly a half dozen advanced safety features are standard.
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Vehicle layout: 2.0-liter turbocharged/supercharged inline 4, electric motor (400 hp total), 8-speed automatic, AWD
MSRP, base model: $40,445; (as tested: $69,640)
MPG, combined city/hwy: 58 MPGe/26 mpg
Safety ratings: NHTSA: Not yet rated; IIHS: good (all crash-related ratings); Top Safety Pick
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Final assembly: Torslanda, Sweden
Spare tire: Tire-inflation kit