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2015 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2015 Volvo XC60 ranks near the bottom of the luxury compact SUV class. The XC60 has a spacious cabin and great safety scores, but its low reliability rating and clunky infotainment controls keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous seating and cargo space
  • Excellent safety scores and features
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Sluggish 3.2-liter engine

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

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

Is the 2015 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 XC60 isn’t a top pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV. The XC60 has an antiquated infotainment system with odd controls. More concerning is its poor reliability rating. These demerits overshadow the SUV’s finer points, like a roomy interior, great safety features, and punchy turbocharged engines.

Before you buy, consider higher-rated SUVs in this segment like the 2015 Lexus NX and 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK.

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How Much Is the 2015 Volvo XC60?

Based on listings for the 2015 Volvo XC60 on our site, the average price is $25,700. Prices range from $18,000 to $31,200 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Volvo XC60 Cost to Own?

The XC60’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $27,000, or $5,400 per year. That’s better than average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC60?

A new 2019 Volvo XC60 starts at $39,800, but it can top $60,000 in its higher trims. This second-generation model has one of the finest cabins in its class. It’s outfitted with lovely materials, cushy seats, and a user-friendly touch screen, as well as popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a plug-in-hybrid model with 17 miles of electric driving range. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older XC60, but – for many buyers – the added refinement of the new model is worth the price.

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There are lots of good options if you’d prefer to buy a new two-row SUV at this price point – if you’re willing to forego luxury-class vehicles. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,350, and its handsome interior can compete with many luxury SUVs. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 ($25,500) comes packed with a long list of active safety features, and it offers a comparably large cargo area. The 2019 Honda CR-V ($24,350) is also quite roomy, and it returns great fuel economy of up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo XC60 Is Best?

The first generation of the XC60 covers the 2010 to 2017 model years. These SUVs all rate well for crash safety, and you can find active safety features like lane departure and forward collision warning on even the earliest models in this generation.

The big difference between models in this generation is engine choice. For 2015, Volvo introduced its Drive-E four-cylinder engines, which offer better performance and great fuel economy. These engines gradually replaced Volvo’s brawny but inefficient five- and six-cylinder engines, which were offered in 2010 to 2016 models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volvo XC60?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 XC60 a reliability rating of two out of five, which is poor. It’s the lowest rating a vehicle can receive from J.D Power.

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2015 Volvo XC60 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Volvo XC60.

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 XC60 is available in five trims: T5, T5 AWD, T6, T6 AWD, and T6 R-Design. The base model XC60 T5 is well-equipped and comes with a 240-horsepower engine. Standard features include low-speed forward collision warning, a 7-inch infotainment display, satellite radio, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels. The XC60 T5 AWD gains a 250-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.

The XC60 T6 trim comes with a 302-horsepower engine and the Premier package, which includes leather upholstery, navigation, and a sunroof. The XC60 T6 AWD has a 300-horsepower engine and adds all-wheel drive.

Lastly, the T6 AWD R-Design boasts a 325-horsepower engine, and it sports distinctive styling on the grille, upholstery, and wheels.

Available features include front and rear heated seats, blind spot monitoring, the Technology package of active safety features, and the Platinum package, which includes a rearview camera, a power tailgate, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and adaptive headlights.

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Certified Pre-Owned Volvo XC60 Warranty

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for a five-year/unlimited-mile exclusionary coverage from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volvo has one of the most comprehensive CPO programs among automakers, offering more robust coverage than Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

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How Safe Is the XC60?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 XC60 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the XC60 a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, its highest award. It earned a top rating of Good in all five crash tests conducted.

Every 2015 XC60 comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency when traveling at speeds of 31 mph or below. Available features include adaptive pivoting headlights, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with full-speed brake assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

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2015 Volvo XC60 Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 BMW X3, another luxury compact SUV, has a comparably spacious interior, zippy turbocharged engines, great safety scores, and many available safety features. The BMW has a higher reliability rating, better driving dynamics, and a more straightforward infotainment system than the Volvo. The X3 is the better buy.

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

The XC60 isn’t perfect, but it’s a better option than the 2015 Audi Q5. The Audi doesn’t ride as comfortably as the Volvo, it offers much less cargo space, and it has fewer advanced safety features. Also, older XC60 models typically cost less. Both vehicles rate poorly for reliability.

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2015 XC60 Performance

How Does the 2015 Volvo XC60 Drive?

The XC60 offers multiple engine options. The T5 has a turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower. The T6 has a turbo- and supercharged variant with 302 horsepower. These engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both models come with front-wheel drive.

The T5 AWD has a five-cylinder turbo with 250 horsepower. The T6 AWD and T6 R-Design come with a six-cylinder turbo that makes 300 and 325 horsepower, respectively. These engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all models come with all-wheel drive.

When it was new, an XC60 3.2 model with a 240-horsepower six-cylinder engine also was offered, but it was discontinued in mid-2015.

Skip the 3.2. This engine feels weak, and it’s noisy under hard acceleration. Every other engine delivers better performance and hustles the XC60 around town confidently. There’s sufficient passing power on the highway as well, thanks in part to the SUV’s refined six- and eight-speed transmissions. The XC60 remains stable around turns, the steering is quick, and its suspension yields a comfortable ride over rough pavement. That said, models outfitted with the available 20-inch wheels have a noticeably stiffer ride.

Does the 2015 Volvo XC60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XC60’s fuel economy ranges from good to bad. The XC60 T5 gets an EPA-rated 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The T6 gets an impressive 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The five- and six-cylinder models aren’t very fuel-efficient though. They return between 17/24 and 18/25 mpg city/highway.

2015 Volvo XC60 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the XC60 is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2015 XC60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XC60 Seat?

The Volvo XC60 is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are especially comfortable and supportive, and there’s ample head- and legroom, even for tall drivers and passengers. The rear seats are similarly comfy and spacious. Cloth seats are standard, and heated and leather seats are available.

The XC60’s interior does a fine job of muffling road and wind noise, and it’s nicely trimmed with quality soft-touch plastics and metal accents.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Volvo XC60?

The XC60 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because some of the anchors are located too deep in the seat cushions. They’re also difficult to maneuver around and can be confused for other hardware.

2015 Volvo XC60 Features

The 2015 XC60 comes standard with Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system, a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, satellite radio, keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, and a Harman Kardon stereo.

The climate and audio controls are user-friendly, and they’re nicely arranged on the dashboard. It can be a little tricky to use the infotainment system though. The main control knob is located awkwardly on the center stack, and it tends to complicate on-screen tasks.

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2015 Volvo XC60 Dimensions

Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

The XC60 has 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 67.4 cubic feet with its rear seats folded. That’s very generous for the luxury compact SUV class. A power tailgate is available.

2015 XC60 Length and Weight

The Volvo XC60 is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,041 to 4,277 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Volvo XC60 Built?

Volvo built the 2015 XC60 in Belgium.

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