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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2017 Volvo XC60 has a comfy and roomy interior, strong engine performance, and solid safety ratings. However, a below-average predicted reliability score and clunky infotainment controls sink this SUV toward the back of the luxury compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient, powerful engines
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Top-notch safety scores and features
  • Tricky infotainment system
  • Dated styling

New for 2017

  • Revised trim levels
  • Five-cylinder engine discontinued
  • Final model year before redesign

2017 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2017 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 XC60 has its share of praiseworthy traits, but ultimately, it isn’t a top pick for a used luxury compact SUV. The XC60’s muscular yet efficient engines, strong safety score, and spacious cabin are largely overshadowed by its aged design, outdated tech features, and low predicted reliability rating.

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How Much Is the 2017 Volvo XC60?

You can expect to pay between $25,300 and $38,800 for a used 2017 XC60. These figures are based on over 700 listings for the 2017 Volvo XC60 on our site. The average price is $31,900. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volvo XC60 Cost to Own?

The XC60’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,400 – or about $5,100 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC60?

The 2018 XC60 was fully redesigned and has more than a few benefits over the 2017 model. The 2018 XC60 feels more athletic to drive, though it still delivers a composed and comfortable ride. It also boasts sleeker interior and exterior styling, higher quality materials, a tabletlike infotainment system that’s easy to use, and popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s even available as a plug-in hybrid model with up to 18 miles of all-electric driving range.

All these improvements come at a price. The 2018 model starts at $41,500 and can climb as high as $57,600. You can potentially save over $10,000 by sticking with the 2017 – and you’ll still get a decent SUV. But if you can afford the 2018, you’ll get a better vehicle.

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For a less expensive new SUV, consider the 2018 Mazda CX-5, which starts at just $24,150. Though it may not be classified as a luxury SUV, the CX-5 surely looks and feels like one. It sports nicer cabin materials and more modern styling than the XC60, as well as a comparably long list of active safety features, great safety scores, and nimbler handling.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo XC60 Is Best?

The Volvo XC60’s first generation spans the 2010 through 2017 model years. These models all share the same overall dimensions, making them very practical family haulers. They also rate highly for crash safety, and you can find advanced safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning in even the earliest models in this generation, which is unusual for vehicles of that age.

The big differences come down to styling and engine choice. The 2010 to 2013 XC60 models have more sedate interior and exterior styling than the later models. Volvo also introduced its Drive-E four-cylinder engines for the 2015 model year, making the 2015-and-newer models more attractive for their strong performance and superb fuel economy. These engines slowly replaced Volvo’s muscular but rather inefficient five- and six-cylinder engines, which were available from 2010 to 2016.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volvo XC60?

The 2017 XC60 has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is below-average for the market.

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2017 Volvo XC60 Recalls

As of this writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2017 XC60. Two recalls cover issues with the front side-impact air bags, which may not properly deploy in an accident. The third recall deals with a fault with the front passenger-side seat belt buckle, which can loosen and detach over time. If these recalls affect the used XC60 you are considering, make sure the problems have been resolved before you buy.

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 XC60 is available in three trims: T5, T6, and T6 R-Design. The base model XC60 T5 (240 horsepower) is quite well-equipped. It comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, remote keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, low-speed forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The XC60 T6 (302 horsepower) adds proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and larger alloy wheels. Lastly, the T6 R-Design adds a Harman Kardon stereo, a power tailgate, front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and the Advance package suite of active safety features. Blind spot monitoring is optional in this trim. Other available features include heated seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, and two cosmetic styling packages: Dynamic and Inscription.

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Certified Pre-Owned Volvo XC60 Warranty

Volvo provides all certified pre-owned 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. Despite this lengthy coverage, rivals like Lexus and Infiniti have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs.

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How Safe Is the XC60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 XC60 a Top Safety Pick+. It earned a Good rating – the highest offered – in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

All 2017 XC60 models come standard with a rearview camera and Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency (at speeds of 31 mph or below). Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors also come standard in the T5 and T6 models (optional in the R-Design). Alternatively, the R-Design trim comes standard with full-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, adaptive pivoting headlights, lane departure warning, a driver drowsiness monitor, and road sign detection (all optional in the T5 and T6 models).

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2017 Volvo XC60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo XC60 or 2017 BMW X3?

We named the BMW X3 our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. The X3 offers a similarly spacious interior for people and cargo, as well as high crash safety ratings. It outshines its Volvo rival with better driving dynamics, higher predicted reliability, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and more modern interior styling. While the X3 is a better pick, its variety of option packages means you may have to search harder for a used model with all the features you want.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo XC60 or 2017 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 ranks near the back of this fiercely competitive class. Though the XC60 surely isn’t perfect, it is a better option than the Audi. The Q5 has far less cargo space, average fuel economy (20/27 mpg city/highway, at best), and fewer advanced safety features. It also rates poorly for predicted reliability and has some of the highest ownership costs in this class. 

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2017 XC60 Performance

How Does the 2017 Volvo XC60 Drive?

The XC60 has two turbocharged engine options, both of which are based on the same four-cylinder layout. The T5 engine has 240 horsepower, while the T6 engine adds a supercharger and produces 302 horsepower. A smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. Both engines get the XC60 up to speed swiftly and provide ample passing power at highway speeds, but you’ll want to opt for the brawnier T6 if you plan to regularly tow a trailer or haul a full complement of passengers and cargo.

The XC60 feels stable around turns, and its strong brakes bring the SUV to a stop confidently. It rides comfortably on most road surfaces as well, though T6 models equipped with the optional 20-inch wheels have a noticeably stiffer ride on rough pavement. The XC60’s steering is another demerit – it feels almost too light and disconnected.

Does the 2017 Volvo XC60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XC60 gets some of the best fuel economy in this class. Volvo XC60 T5 models return an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (20/29 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive). The T6 models are a bit less efficient, at 20/27 mpg city/highway.

2017 Volvo XC60 Towing Capacity

The XC60 T5 is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. The XC60 T6 models can tow 4,400 pounds.

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2017 XC60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 XC60 Seat?

The Volvo XC60 is a 2-row SUV with five seats. Its front seats are comfortable and provide excellent support. The rear seats are similarly cozy and offer adequate room for adults to stretch out. Leather seats are standard; heated front and rear seats are available. The XC60’s cabin impresses with its quality materials, minimal wind and road noise, and great visibility to the front, side, and rear. Less impressive is the interior styling, which looks dated next to rivals like the Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volvo XC60?

The XC60 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The top tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat cushions and can be tough to access.

2017 Volvo XC60 Features

The 2017 XC60 comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include a Harman Kardon sound system and rear-seat DVD screens. The XC60’s audio and climate controls are simply arranged on the dashboard, making them rather easy to use and access on the go. The knob that controls the infotainment system isn’t so user-friendly, though. It’s positioned awkwardly on the center stack and can complicate simple on-screen tasks.

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2017 Volvo XC60 Dimensions

Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

The XC60 has 38.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 67.4 cubic feet with its rear seats folded. That’s a considerable amount of cargo space for this class.

2017 XC60 Length and Weight

The Volvo XC60 is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges between 4,092 and 4,175 pounds, depending on the powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Volvo XC60 Built?

The 2017 XC60 was built in Belgium.

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