Find out which options might be worth the money
We’ve driven many different configurations of the Volvo XC60 since the current generation debuted for 2018. All versions are stylish, but the overall experience changes a bit depending on the engine, trim levels, and options you choose. Prices range from just over $41,000 for the base model to north of $70,000 for the sport-oriented Polestar Engineered variant. After driving the full range, we revisited the 2020 Volvo XC60 T6 Inscription, a well-balanced model in the lineup, and one that oozes luxury when equipped with the right options. Keep reading to find out our favorite and least favorite features on the crossover—and how much they cost.
Features We Like
Volvo’s T6 engine is the sweet spot in the XC60 lineup. Despite what the name may suggest to those unfamiliar with Volvo’s engine lineup, it’s not a six-cylinder. The T6 is a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter I-4 delivering 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Don’t expect lightning acceleration from 0–60 mph; in fact, it’s not much quicker in this regard than the base T5 engine with 250 hp. But it responds more sharply when merging or quickly passing other cars in traffic.
Inscription models with the T6 engine come standard with all-wheel drive. The engine is a $3,500 premium over the T5 AWD Inscription.
Yes, that’s real wood. Inscription models come standard with Driftwood trim on the dashboard. Boasting a natural look and feel, it’s a refreshing departure from the stale, shiny wood found in many luxury cars today. Buyers can also select a darker wood trim at no extra cost.
Four-zone automatic climate control
Rear seat passengers can adjust the air temperature via a touchpad on the back of the center console. Standard on Inscription models, the feature offers two sets of controls, one for the left side of the rear compartment and another for the right side. And surprise, a cooled glove box is included. Our tester also had heated rear seats, available as a $750 option bundled together with a heated steering wheel.
Nappa leather seats with massage
The regular leather seats on the XC60 are fine, though I find myself getting stiff in them during long drives, and they pucker with use. If you want the XC60 to look and feel much more upscale, the best option you can choose is Nappa leather seats, available on the $2,200 Luxury package. There are massaging seats for the driver and front passenger with different settings for speed and intensity. Even on the most aggressive setting, the massage is more calming than invigorating. Along with massage functionality, the seats feature adjustable side bolsters.
A sliding wood trim piece covers the cupholders when they’re not in use, giving the cabin a clean and uncluttered look. When you need the cupholders, the covering retracts completely out of the way.
Many cars offer this handy feature, and once you use it, you can’t live without it. Volvo’s 360-degree camera provides a bird’s eye view of the crossover as it approaches a parking space or curb. We wish the view was clearer at night, but nevertheless, it’s an invaluable feature I use every time I drive. It’s available on the $2,500 Advanced Package, which also includes a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, and Pilot Assist adaptive cruise control, and steering support.
Features We Don’t Like
All XC60s get a 9.0-inch touchscreen—there’s no upgrade (or downgrade) available. The screen is portrait-style and supplants buttons, giving it a similar setup to Tesla, though Tesla’s screen is much larger.
The main screen provides shortcuts for things like navigation and phone connectivity, but other functions have frustratingly small icons. Since you must interact with small touchscreen buttons and various menus, something simple like adjusting the radio or climate can be a tricky while driving.
Position of the USB ports
It’s nice when cars have a little cubby right underneath the touchscreen to store and charge your phone. But the Volvo’s USB ports are located in an awkward spot to reach: the left corner of the center console box. Overall, we wish there were more nooks and crannies for storage.
To be clear, it’s not that we don’t like the XC60 Inscription’s optional air suspension. It’s just that we don’t think it improves the ride enough to warrant the extra $1,800.