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2019 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2019 Volvo XC60 finishes in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It has a five-star interior and plenty of tech features, but it isn't quite as fun to drive as many competitors, and some rivals have higher predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Abundant standard and available safety features
  • Elegant, spacious, and comfortable interior
  • Smooth ride
  • High tow rating for the class
  • Not as athletic as some rivals

New for 2019

  • New front-wheel-drive base model
  • Heated front seats (AWD models only) and drive modes became standard
  • Synthetic leather upholstery made standard
  • More standard features in uplevel trims




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 9.9
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2019 Volvo XC60 Overview

Is the 2019 Volvo XC60 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 XC60 is a good used luxury compact SUV. As you’d expect when you hear the Volvo name, the XC60 earns terrific safety scores and has plenty of standard and available driver assistance features. It also has arguably the nicest cabin in the class, user-friendly infotainment tech, and plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Some rivals are more fun to drive, but the XC60 delivers respectable performance, and it gets good gas mileage.

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How Much is the 2019 Volvo XC60?

Based on listings for the 2019 Volvo XC60, the average list price is $31,656. Prices range from $39,800 to $61,050 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Volvo XC60 Cost to Own?

The 2019 XC60’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,800, or $6,160 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Volvo XC60: What's the Difference?

Volvo gave the 2018 XC60 a full redesign, so there were only a few changes for the 2019 model. For 2019, Volvo made synthetic leather upholstery standard (genuine leather seats were standard in 2018) and introduced a new front-wheel-drive base model. Also, higher trims gained some new features, such as standard heated front seats in all-wheel-drive XC60s.

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Here are the key changes for the Volvo XC60 over the last few years:

  • 2016: 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine discontinued
  • 2017: updated trim lineup; five-cylinder engine discontinued
  • 2018: fully redesigned with upgraded infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, more passenger space, and improved suspension; plug-in hybrid debuted
  • 2019: front-wheel-drive base model added; newly standard features in higher trims; synthetic leather seats made standard

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 XC60, 2017 XC60, and 2018 XC60 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Volvo XC60?

The 2019 Volvo XC60 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Volvo XC60 Recalls

There have been 6 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.
  • 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 began September 29, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo Car customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo Car's number for this recall is R10044.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R10044
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V503000
  • Summary: Volvo Cars USA LLC (Volvo Cars) is recalling certain 2019-2020 S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90 vehicles. Due to a software/hardware incompatibility, the Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB) system may not detect obstacles and engage as intended.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 121605
  • Consequence: If the automatic emergency braking system does not engage as intended, it can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the Active Safety Domain Master (ASDM) software, free of charge. The recall began April 9, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R29998.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R29998
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V144000
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
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL Recall Date: 09/04/2018
  • Summary: Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2019 Volvo XC60 hybrid electric vehicles, equipped with certain AeroVironment electric vehicle TurboCord and TurboDock/TurboDX charging systems. Capacitors within these charging systems may fail, possibly resulting in a shock hazard or a fire.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 172
  • Consequence: An electrical shock or a fire can increase the risk of injury or death.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the charge cord, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2018. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R39901. Note: Owners are advised not to use the charging cord until it is inspected.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 08, 2018 to JUL 25, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R39901
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V589000

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Which Used Volvo XC60 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Volvo XC60 comes in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Each trim can be matched to one of three available engines. The base T5 engine is a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. The 316-horsepower T6 sports both a turbocharger and a supercharger, while the 400-horsepower T8 is a plug-in-hybrid powertrain.

The T5 is the only engine that can be paired with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional with this engine and standard with the other two). An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox choice.

There’s really no need to look past the base Momentum trim. It includes a generous assortment of infotainment and driver assistance technology, and it's available with all three powertrains and front- or all-wheel drive.

When new, Volvo offered a lot of options for the 2019 XC60. That means you may be able to find Volvo XC60 models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Volvo XC60 Momentum: The XC60 Momentum comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, synthetic leather upholstery, and the Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and 10 speakers. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a rearview camera.
  • Volvo XC60 R-Design: The XC60 R-Design adds a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, front and rear parking sensors, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring. It also boasts a sportier appearance, with unique styling elements such as a special grille and wheels, cloth and leather upholstery, front sport seats, and R-Design badging.
  • Volvo XC60 Inscription: The XC60 Inscription has the same amenities as the R-Design, aside from that trim’s exclusive sports aspects, and adds quad-zone automatic climate control, driftwood trim, Nappa leather upholstery, and a navigation system.

See 2019 Volvo XC60 trims and specs »

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 gave the 2019 XC60 the highest rating of Good in all six of the organization's crash tests and named the XC60 a Top Safety Pick. Depending on trim and equipment, the XC60's headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The XC60 earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 Volvo XC60.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Run-off road mitigation and protection
  • Oncoming lane mitigation
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic post-collision braking
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane keep assist
  • Camera system that scans for intersections, cyclists, pedestrians, and large animals

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring with steering assist
  • Rear collision warning
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Active park assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Pilot Assist (semi-autonomous system that helps keep you centered in your lane)

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2019 Volvo XC60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Volvo XC60 or 2019 Volvo XC90?

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is a luxury midsize SUV. It’s bigger than the XC60, though not necessarily better. The XC90 has more cargo space, and it offers a third row of seats for a max occupancy of seven. In terms of powertrains and feature availability, these two Volvos are basically the same.

Which Is Better: 2019 Volvo XC60 or 2019 Volvo XC40?

The 2019 Volvo XC40 is a luxury subcompact SUV, and aside from its smaller stature, there's not a lot that separates it from the XC60. Both of these crossovers have top-notch interiors and user-friendly tech features. They also have comfortable seats. The XC60 has more powerful engines and a larger cargo hold, but the XC40 gets a bit better fuel economy.

Compare the XC60, XC90, and XC40 »

2019 XC60 Performance

How Does the 2019 Volvo XC60 Drive?

The XC60’s standard turbocharged T5 engine provides plenty of oomph for just about any driving situation, and you won't feel relegated to the slow lane on the highway. The T6 is more powerful, and it's also supercharged. It packs a noticeable performance boost, particularly when it comes to acceleration. There's also a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, which we cover in the Alternative Fuels and Charging section below.

The XC60 delivers a comfortable ride over most road surfaces, and the optional air suspension does a sublime job of soaking up pavement imperfections. Though it's not the most agile SUV in the class, this Volvo crossover has composed handling. There's minimal body roll when taking turns, and it doesn't feel overmatched on twisty roads.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower (T5)
  • Available powertrains:
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine with 316 horsepower (T6)
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 400 horsepower (T8 plug-in hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Volvo XC60 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The XC60 gets above-average fuel economy with its base engine and front-wheel drive. Ratings drop if you opt for all-wheel drive or one of the more powerful engines.

  • 250 horsepower, FWD: 22/29 mpg city/highway
  • 250 horsepower, AWD: 20/27 mpg
  • 316 horsepower, AWD: 19/27 mpg
2019 Volvo XC60 Alternative Fuels and Charging

The plug-in-hybrid XC60's T8 powertrain combines the 316-horsepower turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to make a total of 400 horsepower. It gets terrific fuel economy ratings under electric power, but it has a short all-electric range. Plug-in-hybrid models can go up to 17 miles on electric power before switching to the gas engine, and it takes about three hours to fully charge the lithium-ion battery if you're connected to a 240-volt outlet. The T8 gets 26 mpg and 58 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving.

2019 Volvo XC60 Towing Capacity

The XC60 can tow up to 5,291 pounds when properly equipped, which is above average for the class.

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2019 XC60 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 XC60 Seat?

The 2019 XC60 seats five people in two rows. The XC60 features perhaps the nicest interior in the class. It's attractive, stylish, and brimming with top-notch materials. Both rows of seats are spacious and supportive, and even taller adults can ride comfortably in the back, something that can't be said about every luxury compact SUV.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Cloth and leather upholstery
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated front seats (standard in all-wheel-drive models)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Volvo XC60?

The 2019 XC60 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use because the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around.

2019 Volvo XC60 Features

The Sensus infotainment system has a large touch screen that features sharp graphics and is easy to see and reach from the driver's seat. The screen responds quickly to inputs, and easily navigable menus help make this a user-friendly system.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Sensus Connect interface, a 9-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, 10 speakers, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, and an in-cabin air filtration system
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and quad-zone automatic climate control

See 2019 Volvo XC60 specs »

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2019 Volvo XC60 Dimensions

Volvo XC60 Cargo Space

The XC60 has more cargo space than most other luxury compact SUVs. It provides 22.4 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

2019 Volvo XC60 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,904 to 4,716 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Volvo XC60 Built?

Volvo built the 2019 XC60 in Sweden.


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