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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Volvo XC60 Review

In the competitive compact SUV class, the 2015 Volvo XC60 stands out for its roomy cabin, spacious cargo hold, and agile handling. However, many of its rivals offer simpler tech features and better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Abundant seating and cargo space
  • Good fuel economy
  • Sharper handling than rivals
  • Plenty of available driver assistance features
  • Tricky available navigation system
  • Weak, noisy 3.2-liter engine

New for 2015

  • Two new four-cylinder engines
  • Standard eight-speed automatic transmission

2015 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2015 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

We named the XC60 our 2015 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families because it has the best combination of interior space, safety and reliability ratings, and available family-friendly features in its class. It comes standard with forward collision warning and offers just about every driver assistance feature on the market.

Used 2015 Volvo XC60 Performance and Interior

Volvo offers six powertrains for the XC60. The base 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine provides more than enough power. On the high end, the R-Design’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine puts out 325 horsepower. Stay away from the 3.2 AWD trim, with its underpowered and raucous six-cylinder engine. Fuel economy is good for the class, at 17-24 mpg in the city and 24-31 mpg on the highway. An automatic transmission and front-wheel drive come standard, and all-wheel-drive models are available. While some engines are only available with front-wheel drive, others are only available with all-wheel drive. The XC60 maintains its composure around sharp corners, and for the most part, it has a comfortable ride.

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The Volvo XC60 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. A heated steering wheel, leather seats, and heated front and rear seats are available. The front seats provide excellent support. The rear seats have plenty of room, but they don’t recline. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. Some models have built-in booster seats.

Standard features include Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, a 7-inch display, and Bluetooth. Smartphone integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot became standard midway through the model year. Available features include navigation, a proximity key (keyless entry), a Harman Kardon premium sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and power-retractable exterior mirrors. The navigation system uses a multifunction knob that some may find awkward. The XC60 has a class-leading 67.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Used 2015 Volvo XC60 Prices

The price of a used 2015 Volvo XC60 ranges from about $25,000 for the base model T5 Drive-E to around $35,800 for the T6 R-Design Platinum. Prices vary based on the vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volvo XC60?

The 2015 Volvo XC60 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average for the industry overall. However, most other luxury compact SUVs have better ratings.

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How Safe Is the XC60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the XC60 a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s most prestigious award. It also earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Automatic emergency braking comes standard in all models. There are plenty of available driver assistance features, like a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a driver drowsiness monitor, and pedestrian and cyclist detection.

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Should I Consider Another Used XC60?

Volvo launched the XC60 for the 2010 model year, and the first generation continued through the 2017 model year (the XC60’s second generation begins with the 2018 model). The XC60 received an exterior and interior style refresh and a few new safety and convenience features for 2014. The 2015 model year brought two new Drive-E engines. Since there were few changes for 2016, you should save your money and get a 2015 model.

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Volvo XC60 comes with one of six powertrain and drivetrain combinations: T5 Drive-E, 3.2 AWD, T5 AWD, T6 Drive-E, T6 AWD, and T6 AWD R-Design. There are also four trim levels that signify features content: Base, Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum. The base trim is a great value, offering numerous standard features and a sufficiently powerful four-cylinder engine. The Volvo XC60 T6 AWD is a better choice for driving in slippery conditions. It comes with all-wheel drive, a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine, leather upholstery, and a panoramic roof.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned XC60. Volvo provides CPO vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

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2015 Volvo XC60 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo XC60 or 2015 BMW X3?

The sporty BMW X3 offers seating space that’s comparable to the XC60, but each offers different standard features that could influence your buying decision. The X3 comes standard with leatherette seats and offers an available surround-view camera and a head-up display, but it doesn’t come with automatic emergency braking, which is standard in the XC60. The X3’s ride gets fairly stiff at times, and BMW has less cargo space than the Volvo.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo XC60 or 2015 Acura RDX?                                                               

Although the Acura RDX isn’t as nimble through turns as the XC60, its standard V6 engine makes ample power for brisk acceleration off the line and passing and merging on the highway. Inside, the RDX is quiet, with comfortable seating and straightforward controls, even with the available navigation system. However, the RDX can’t match the XC60’s cargo space. Also, it doesn’t offer the Volvo’s wealth of advanced safety features. Neither is better, but each offers distinct advantages over the other.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volvo XC60 or 2015 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is fun to drive, thanks to sharp handling and a powerful engine lineup. Unlike the XC60, the Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Still, the XC60 may suit your individual needs better. It has about 10 more cubic feet of cargo space than the Q5. The XC60 also comes standard with automatic emergency braking, a feature you’ll have to pay extra for in the Q5.

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