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2018 Volvo XC60 Review

The fully redesigned 2018 Volvo XC60 has an elegant cabin loaded with tons of safety and infotainment features. However, it ranks in the bottom half of the competitive luxury compact SUV class mostly because of its low predicted reliability rating. 

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive list of standard and available safety features
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Outstanding tow rating
  • Generous overall cargo area
  • Underwhelming driving dynamics
  • Low predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Volvo XC60's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Volvo XC60 has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 9.9
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2018 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2018 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the redesigned XC60 is a good used luxury compact SUV overall. Unfortunately, this Volvo’s highlights are overshadowed by its subpar predicted reliability rating.

The 2018 XC60 has a number of strengths:

  • Ultra-luxurious, modern cabin
  • More cargo space than you’ll find in most competitors
  • Long list of standard safety features, such as collision mitigation with active braking
  • Three potent engines
  • Composed handling and smooth ride
  • Standard all-wheel drive

The XC60 disappoints in a couple of ways:

  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Somewhat boring to drive
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Volvo XC60 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Volvo XC60?

Based on listings for the 2018 Volvo XC60 on our site, the average list price is $42,900, which is a little high for the class. Prices range from $38,000 to $53,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Volvo XC60 Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have the 2018 XC60’s five-year costs projections for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC60?

The starting price for a 2019 Volvo XC60 is $39,800. This model differs from the 2018 XC60 in a few ways. The newest XC60 uses synthetic leather as the standard upholstery instead of the genuine leather that comes standard in the 2018. Volvo also added a new front-wheel-drive model and standard drive modes for 2019. Upper trims get some new features as well. For example, heated seats are now standard only in all-wheel-drive models. Check out both models to see which one best fits your needs.

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An XC60 from before 2018 costs less, but you’ll give up a lot. The redesigned XC60 is longer and wider than the previous generation, and it has more passenger space, including more rear legroom. Its retuned suspension improves agility and comfort. Volvo also added available Steer Assist, which works with the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Blind Spot Information System to prevent crashes. The Sensus infotainment system became standard for 2018. It’s more intuitive than previous systems, and it features a new user-friendly 9-inch touch screen that showcases Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. If you can afford it, stick with the 2018 model.  

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Volvo XC60?

The 2018 Volvo XC60 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Volvo XC60 Recalls

There have been 4 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

  • Summary: Volvo Car of N.A., LLC (Volvo Cars) is recalling certain 2018-2020 XC60 vehicles. The nuts that secure the front wipers may not have been sufficiently tightened, possibly causing the wipers to not function properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 87226
  • Consequence: The risk of the front wiper arms nut fixation to loosen and not holding the arm in correct position, the wiper function could be reduced and vision could be impaired, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volvo Car will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the nuts holding the front windshield wiper arms in position, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo Car customer service at 1-866-870-2046. Volvo Car's number for this recall is R10044.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R10044
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V503000
SEATS Recall Date: 03/19/2019
  • Summary: Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2018-2019 XC60 and S90 vehicles. The driver and passenger front seat rail rear flange nuts may not have been installed during assembly.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2297
  • Consequence: If the nuts are missing, in the event of a crash, the front seat structure and position may be affected, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front seat rails for missing flange nuts, installing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 7, 2019. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R19931.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 11, 2017 to JAN 14, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R19931
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V220000
STRUCTURE:BODY:TAILGATE Recall Date: 01/17/2019
  • Summary: Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volvo XC60 vehicles. Under certain conditions and cold temperatures, the tailgate lifting arms may freeze which may cause the lifting arms to separate from the vehicle.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 45990
  • Consequence: If the tailgate lifting arms separate, the arms could project rearward with significant force, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Volvo has notified owners, and dealers will replace the tailgate lift arms with an improved designed, free of charge. The recall began May 14, 2019. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R89910.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JAN 11, 2017 to OCT 25, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R89910
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V046000
  • Summary: Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles. The software installed in the Vehicle Connectivity Module (VCM) may have an error causing the Telematics and Driver Support Systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 17548
  • Consequence: If the GPS location is not provided to emergency personnel it can inhibit emergency response in the event of a crash or injury.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall began December 26, 2018. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 23, 2016 to OCT 31, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R39917
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V800000

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Volvo XC60 has three trims: Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design. All three trims are available in both the XC60 and the plug-in-hybrid XC60. The base Momentum trim has lots of standard tech and safety features that should appeal to even the most buyers. Upper trims mostly add luxury touches to the cabin.

  • Volvo XC60 Momentum: The base XC60 Momentum trim comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, an in-cabin air filtration system, a 9-inch touch screen, 10 speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice commands, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Standard safety features include active high-beam headlights, collision mitigation with active braking (and the ability to scan for intersections, cyclists, pedestrians, and large animals), a driver drowsiness monitor, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera.
  • Volvo XC60 Inscription: The XC60 Inscription adds quad-zone automatic climate control, driftwood trim, genuine leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a hands-free power liftgate.
  • Volvo XC60 R-Design: The XC60 R-Design features a sportier look. It has Nappa leather sport seats, special wheels and grille, and R-Design badging inside and out. Features mirror those found in the Momentum trim. 

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the XC60?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 XC60 a Top Safety Pick and gave it the top rating of Good in all seven crash tests it administered. The XC60 received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention, and Acceptable to Marginal ratings for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the 2018 XC60 for safety.

The XC60 comes with more standard driver assistance features than most other luxury compact SUVs.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • run-off road mitigation and protection
  • oncoming lane mitigation
  • collision mitigation with active braking (can scan for intersections, cyclists, pedestrians, and large animals)
  • automatic braking after a collision
  • active high beams
  • driver drowsiness monitor
  • traffic sign recognition
  • lane keep assist
  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring with steering assist
  • head-up display
  • rear collision warning with braking
  • cross traffic alert
  • adaptive cruise control
  • semiautonomous drive
  • distance alert
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • park assist
  • 360-degree parking camera

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2018 Volvo XC60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo XC60 or 2018 BMW X3?

If you’re looking to have some fun behind the wheel, the 2018 BMW X3 is a better pick than the XC60. With its razor-sharp steering and athletic suspension, the X3 is a blast to drive on winding roads, but it still manages to maintain a comfortable ride. It’s also available in a sport-tuned M40i model. That said, the X3 doesn’t offer nearly as many standard tech and safety features as the XC60. However, it does have a better predicted reliability rating than the BMW.

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo XC60 or 2018 Audi Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 and XC60 share some common traits. Both have well-equipped cabins and standard all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, both also have below-average predicted reliability ratings. Performance is where these two SUVs differ. The Q5’s lively acceleration and sportier handling make it a bit more enjoyable than the XC60 on the road.

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2018 XC60 Performance

How Does the 2018 Volvo XC60 Drive?

Volvo offers the XC60 with three engines, designated T5, T6, and T8. The base turbocharged four-cylinder T5 engine delivers an agreeable amount of power for everyday city and highway driving. However, the supercharged and turbocharged T6 engine earns praise for its smooth, muscular power. A plug-in-hybrid model, called the T8, is also available.

The 2018 XC60’s suspension is a major improvement over previous generations’, with better handling and less body roll around corners. The available drive mode system has settings for Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Individual and Off Road, allowing you to adjust the steering, throttle response, and transmission shifts to your liking. In any of the five modes, including the sporty Dynamic setting, the Volvo XC60 has a comfortable ride, which may not suit those who want more spirited handling.

  • Base engine: 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T5)
  • Available powertrains:
    • 316-horsepower supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T6)
    • Supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 400 horsepower (T8 plug-in hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Volvo XC60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base either gas-only engine, the 2018 XC60 gets above-average fuel economy estimates.

  • Turbo 2.0-liter: 22/28 mpg city/highway
  • Biturbo 2.0-liter: 21/27 mpg
  • Biturbo 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid: 59 MPGe; 26 mpg combined city/highway

To learn more about MPGe ratings, check out What Is MPGe?

2018 Volvo XC60 Alternative Fuels and Charging

The XC60 is available as a plug-in hybrid. Its T8-designated powertrain combines the supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It can reach a full charge in three hours using a 240V outlet. On a full charge, the XC60 T8 can drive approximately 17 miles.

2018 Volvo XC60 Towing Capacity

The XC60 can tow up to 1,650 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 XC60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XC60 Seat?

The 2018 XC60 seats five people in two rows. Both the front and back seats are spacious and well-cushioned, and the SUV is easy to enter and exit. There is a hump in the floor that takes up some foot room for the middle passenger, but the cabin is otherwise comfortable for everyone. The interior has a clean layout with minimalist styling and elegant materials.

Standard seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • massaging front seats
  • heated and cooled front seats
  • thigh cushion extensions for the front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • power-folding rear seats and rear headrests
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Volvo XC60?

The 2018 XC60 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 Volvo XC60 Features

For the 2018 model year, Volvo updates the XC60's standard Sensus Connect infotainment system. Compared to earlier versions, this system is more intuitive and easier to navigate. It’s controlled using a large, vertical touch screen, which is the star of the XC60’s modern cabin. The display is responsive, has vibrant graphics, and can be used while wearing gloves.

  • Standard infotainment features: 9-inch touch screen, 10 speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice commands, Bluetooth, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system
  • Additional standard features: an in-cabin air filtration system and a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control and proximity keyless entry

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2018 Volvo XC60 Dimensions

Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

The XC60 has a one of the largest maximum cargo capacities in the class, at 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Behind the rear seats, there is 22.4 cubic feet of space. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free liftgate and power-folding rear seats are available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Volvo XC60 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,910 to 4,780 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Volvo XC60 Built?

Volvo built the XC60 in Sweden.

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