2023 Volvo XC60 The luxury compact SUV segment is packed with excellent competitors from various premium brands, but the one Scandinavian model on the list doesn’t mix well with its competitors.
Since the 2018 redesign, the Volvo XC60 has distinguished itself with unique headlights and taillights, tasteful body lines, and a sleek, upscale interior made of high-quality materials. The Swede, however, lacked the handling capabilities of some of his rivals or the softest ride.
Like most premium SUVs, the XC60 will carry the family around in comfort, provides good cargo space, and comes standard with a long list of advanced driver aids such as automatic emergency braking and evasive steering assist.
The XC60 also has performance variants like its German rivals (BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5). This is the Polestar Engineered model that packs a 415-horsepower T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain that has an electric range of 18 miles. between the smaller XC40 SUV and the larger XC90 SUV.
For the 2022 model year, Volvo updated the XC60 with reworked front and rear fairings and updated engines, the T5 and T6 engines were previously equipped with a new 48-volt mild hybrid system and are now referred to as the B5 and B6. The EPA estimates fuel economy is up slightly by around 1-2 mpg combined compared to last year’s engine.
The Recharge model retains the plug-in hybrid T8 powertrain. Volvo has also added a new Google-based infotainment system featuring Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play.
Overall, we recommend the XC60 and consider it a competitive choice among other small luxury SUVs including the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Genesis GV70, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
- Elegant interior design
- Spacious second-row seating
- Many standard safety technology features
- Available as a plug-in hybrid
- Updated front and rear bumper designs; new wheel option
- Revised interior details
- The mild-hybrid powertrain is now standard
- Android-based infotainment interface replaces previous Volvo internal systems
- Front row USB ports switch from type-A to type-C
- All trims now have a motion-operated tailgate release
- Improved driver assistance system sensors
2023 Volvo XC60 Review
The 2023 Volvo XC60 Reviews is a light but appetizing rework of Sweden’s best-selling SUV model. This update is designed to keep up with the long line of luxury badge rivals. Lightly, we’re talking about what’s under the hood of this five-seater sports car, not the spiciness of Picante sauce or the perfect mix of tacos.
Volvo replaced the XC60 T5 and T6 powertrains with a new mild-hybrid lineup consisting of the entry-level B5 and mid-range B6. Each engine uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base, and both use a 48-volt battery and a belt-driven starter generator.
The B5 turbocharger produces a total of 247 horsepower and can be used in either a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration. The B6 engine uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger to produce 295 horsepower and is offered only with all-wheel drive. Plug-in hybrid powertrain
Volvo XC60 2023 Review the 400-horsepower T8 with 18 miles of the electric range remains at the top of the XC60 lineup. The popular XC60 mild-hybrid engine delivers smoother power and better fuel economy.
Does this new powertrain keep its promises? The result is a mixed bag, at least within the limits of being traded in and around Midtown Manhattan.
Volvo’s unique perspective in Sweden is evident in every product of the brand, including its best-selling product, the sleek and carefully designed XC60 2022 SUV.
Clean lines and beautiful finishes contribute to the XC60’s elegance in traffic, while the cabin serves as an oasis of luxury against the dangers of modern travel. Three different powertrains are offered here, including a plug-in hybrid variant with powerful performance.
Cargo space isn’t as cheap as competitors like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, or Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, but we think most buyers will find it quite practical. Technology is integrated throughout, including a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, and a host of driver-assist features to help keep the XC60 shiny.
Stylish interior and exterior, efficient powertrain, and driver assistance technology come standard.
Small storage cube, infotainment needs getting used to, and the plug-in hybrid powertrain could use some tweaking.
The XC60 distills much of the elegance and luxury of the larger XC90 SUV into a smaller package.
The T5 and T6 XC60 powertrains have been removed from this year’s lineup and replaced with a similar setup called the B5 and B6, both using a 48-volt hybrid system; The T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain continues to serve as the SUV’s top powertrain. Volvo has also replaced the XC60’s Sensus infotainment system with a more modern interface based on Google Android, borrowed from the XC40 Electric Recharge.
The screen has the same 9.0-inch vertically oriented shape, but the new software offers more customization options, voice assistant functions, and navigation via Google Maps.
Several subtle styling changes also help mark the 2022 model year, including an optimized grille, reworked front bumper, updated wheel design, and the introduction of Volvo’s City Weave fabric upholstery as an option for the past on the XC60. In addition to a new style and infotainment refresh.
2023 Volvo XC60 Changes
Volvo XC60 2023 Redesign Running roughly parallel to the Hudson River, our north-south (and back again) route includes narrow, winding roads that will put sports cars to the test at high speed. Praise Volvo for not shying away from challenges.
Our test vehicle was an XC60 in R-Design trim with a B6 powertrain, all-wheel drive, and optional air suspension with 21-inch alloy wheels. Finished in Crystal White paint ($695), this photo-friendly hue is one of nine exterior colors available.
Unlike Volvo’s recent (over)dependence on various shades of gray, black, and silver, the XC60 can have blues and reds. Wild days in Gothenburg, Sweden, indeed!
Before diving into how to drive, let’s talk about how the XC60 looks. To be honest, the changes are minimal. Exterior modifications include re-profiled front grille inserts, new wheel designs ranging from 19 to 22 inches in diameter, simple front bumper rework, and a hidden exhaust pipe at the rear.
If you can see this change quickly, then give yourself a big clap for being a true yellow-blue Volvo fan. The fact is that the previous XC60 was a good-looking SUV, so there’s no need to dramatically change the design of the 2022 model.
2023 Volvo XC60 Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Volvo XC60 Restyling 2023 in the cabin of the 2023 Volvo XC60 has plenty of room for adults in the first or second row, and the front seats remain the best in terms of comfort and well-placed cushioning. By and large, the previous interior design ran until the 2022 model year, with a few bonuses such as the wider availability of the Orrefors-designed crystal gear lever.
The big news is what sits in the center of the dashboard, namely Google’s new 9.0-inch Android infotainment system. Volvo has discontinued its Census system for Google software on vehicles ranging from the XC40 subcompact SUV and V90 Cross Country buggy to the Polestar 2 electric sedan.
The graphics are sharp and most of the menus are easy to navigate, although the system took more time than our one-day drive to get comfortable with all the features. We were instructed to test the Google Assistant voice commands and, to our surprise, the responses were generally fast and accurate.
There were a few quirks, like the address of the lunch stop which if not correctly spelled out would take us hours to a brewery on Long Island. Not a bad thing, though not an agreed-upon stop on Volvo’s agenda. Interestingly, when using this system for temperature control, you can only adjust via even numbers. That’s right, Volvo and Google have decided odd-numbered temps are officially canceled.
With interior styling and rich materials that mirror more expensive Volvos, the 2023 Volvo XC60 is like having your kladdkaka and eating it too. The quiet and comfortable cabins also provide adult-sized accommodation in both rows.
Clean lines and high-quality materials add a distinctly Scandinavian feel to the XC60’s cabin—and we don’t expect anything from a modern Volvo. Its decent cargo-carrying capabilities put the 2023 Volvo XC60 midpack among its competitors in our tests; with the back seats folded, we loaded our 20 carry-on luggage. Interior cubby storage is limited, and the single cargo hold is one of the smallest we’ve ever measured.
As cabin and cargo space are built-in, the 2023 Volvo XC60 still offers around 22 cubic feet of luggage volume behind the foldable second row. When folded, the cargo space swells to about 63 cubic feet in total. That’s a solid amount of space, especially considering the Volvo’s tapered tail end treatment.
And have we come this far without mentioning safety features? Volvo says the sensors incorporated in 2022 XC60 have been upgraded to provide better responsiveness to the SUV’s various active safety features.
Some of the sensors are now behind the Volvo badge in the center of the front grille – which is heated during cold weather, to ensure snow and mud don’t get in the way of its effectiveness.
It’s a subtle touch in a luxury SUV that’s been gently reworked to be a more tempting alternative in the hectic terrain of competition. A few more MPGs will be welcomed by maneuvering to mild hybrid status, although the XC60’s basic appeal has been amplified with improved technology and better power delivery.
2023 Volvo XC60 Infotainment and Connectivity
All 2023 Volvo XC60 models come with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display running Volvo’s latest Google-based software interface. The system provides several personalization options and offers voice control via Google Assistant.
We’ve used this version of the system in a Polestar 2 electric vehicle and found it to be quick to respond, but the menus take some getting used to. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is Bluetooth connectivity and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot supported by a 4G LTE data connection.
2023 Volvo XC60 Hybrid
The base powertrain adds a 48-volt hybrid system, but you’re more likely to see the new Google-based infotainment. Eager to establish itself as a forward-thinking automaker, Volvo has stated that it will only sell EVs from 2030, which is faster than most competitors.
So far, the brand has had two EVs in its enclosure: the XC40 Recharge and its mechanical twin, the C40 Recharge. The other Recharge models, the XC60 T8 and XC90 T8 are plug-in hybrids—which can be considered a half step toward a battery-powered future.
Now, the two main versions of the Volvo XC60 (the brand’s most popular model)—along with the S60 sedan, S90 sedan, and V90 Cross Country wagon—add hybridization to their powertrains, but these are 48-volt hybrid systems, a small step towards electrification.
As before, the 2023 Volvo XC60’s powertrains all use a 2.0-liter inline-four. However, the arrival of the 48-volt hybrid system brought a change in nomenclature. The base T5 is now known as B5, while the step-up T6 becomes B6. (The unaltered plug-in-hybrid variant, which offers an electric range of just 19 miles, continues as the T8 with a total of 400 horsepower, or 415 in the Polestar Engineered model.) All models continue with the eight-speed automatic. The B5 has either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with AWD standard elsewhere.
The 48-volt system does not increase the power output of B5 or B6. The turbocharged base powertrain now produces 247 horsepower (down from 250) along with the same 258 pound-feet of torque as before. The turbocharged and supercharged versions, which also replace the previous belt-driven supercharger with an electrically actuated blower, drop from 316 horsepower to 295 horsepower but see a torque increase from 295 pound-feet to 310.
The hybrid system does help the 2023 Volvo XC60 add a bit of fuel economy. The EPA estimate for front-wheel-drive base cars increased by 1 mpg in city and road tests, to 23/30 mpg city/highway. The all-wheel-drive B5 and B6 both add 1 mpg city compared to their 2021 predecessor, with an estimated 22/28 mpg (B5 AWD) and 21/27 mpg (B6).
In long-term testing of the 2023 Volvo XC60 T6, we averaged 23 mpg over 40,000 miles. We also recorded a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Volvo estimates that the new B6 version will deliver a few tenths but says it will feel more responsive at lower speeds as the 48-volt starter generator increases horsepower and torque at lower engine speeds.
Without piloting the two powertrains in quick succession, it’s hard to say for sure, but the 2023 Volvo XC60 B6 we drove didn’t feel sluggish as it drove through Manhattan or on the Palisades Parkway through New York and New Jersey. Apart from that, the electric assist does a good job of covering up any turbo lag. The response to light throttle applications is now more linear and less operating, whether asking for a little more speed or moving from a stop.
Speaking of the latter, the generator-starter also makes automatic restarts indefinitely, which can prevent more drivers from shutting down the auto stop-start system. Also on the subject of stop-and-go driving, the switch to a brake-by-wire system, to maximize regenerative braking, is not visible from the driver’s seat, as the brake pedal modulation feels no different from a conventional brake system.
And finally, there’s a new alert to notify inattentive drivers when the vehicle in front starts moving, although not as fast as the NYC cab driver behind you.
The 2023 Volvo XC60’s suspension remains unchanged, and the R-Design car we drove was equipped with optional 4C adaptive dampers. Adaptive dampers do a great job squeezing out body movement apart from some initial tilt in corners. But riding on optional 21-inch wheels, the 2023 Volvo XC60 still feels heavy on broken pavement.
The current 2023 Volvo XC60 has been around since the 2018 model year, and with the 2023 Volvo XC60 marking the point of a traditional mid-cycle refresh, Volvo is requiring additional changes beyond the mechanics.
The midpoint revamp includes a subtle exterior nip-tuck consisting of a new grille texture, restyled lower fascia, a new wheel design, and a new rear bumper that hides the exhaust pipes. The neatest exterior features are the ones you can’t see: The logo in the center of the grille is now heated, to prevent ice buildup that would block the sensors inside.
Inside, there are newly available wool blend seats, part of Volvo’s move towards more leather alternatives. (The company recently announced that its EV will be skin-free.) This is a no-cost option on the Inscription model. Reserved, the Scandinavian interior remains largely the same as before with adequate space for four adults, cargo space included in the mid-package in this segment, and very minimal storage space.
The only significant in-cab update is Volvo’s infotainment system switching to a Google-based operating system. Google Maps is now your navigation system, Google Play plays the music, and the Siri-style Google Assistant is ready to answer your questions.
The 9.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is physically unchanged, and the homepage (reached via the system’s only physical buttons) continues to feature four horizontal tiles, for navigation, audio, phone, and Google Assistant. The system can receive updates over the air, and it will need them because the early production cars we drove didn’t have satellite radio and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—all readily available via updates.
The Google Maps navigation system runs Volvo’s custom fonts, and the graphics look great, both on the screen and on the standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. As before, the latter offers a choice of bimodal viewing: with a map or without.
There’s no change to the (very) limited set of buttons below the screen, meaning that for an audio system, there’s a volume button, up/down seek buttons, and not much else. A button for tuning would be welcome, as it currently takes several presses of the Seek button or a few swipes to go from, say, 93.9 WNYC to 107.1 WFUV.
One change to the screen layout is that at the very bottom of the screen, there’s now a touchpoint for summoning the surround-view camera, meaning you don’t have to dig in menus anymore. Even better, the camera now appears automatically when the car pulls to the side of the road, as well as when the car is shifted backward.
Prices start at $43,745 for the front-wheel-drive 2023 Volvo XC60 B5 in Momentum trim. The B6 skips the base trim and starts at the $56,195 R-Design level with standard AWD. It all comes to $70,595 for the 2023 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge Polestar Engineered.
The XC60’s latest step towards electrification brings small improvements in drivability and fuel economy to mainstream models. That will help keep the brand’s bestsellers up to date until a bold, new, battery-powered future arrives.
2023 Volvo XC60 Powertrain
Before leaving, a Volvo representative mentioned that the B5 and B6 powertrains have a much smoother stop/start application – to use their word, “silent” – than the stop/start fuel-efficient system.
In Manhattan traffic and at the endless traffic lights, it’s impressive how the system makes barely any noise or vibration. That’s good because it can’t be turned off, unlike most stop/start systems in other vehicles.
The turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter B6 engine is powerful when it comes to the road, and it takes you less than 6.0 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. Now, will that scare away sporty SUVs like Mercedes-AMG or BMW’s M division? Probably not. But the power from the 2023 Volvo XC60 B6’s engine is linear and provides more than adequate speed.
One disappointment is that the fuel economy isn’t that far off from the outgoing T5 and T6 motors. In the case of our 2023 Volvo XC60 tester, the official EPA mileage estimate was recorded at 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 on the highway, for a combined average of 24 mpg. By comparison, the previous T6 engine posted 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway, and a combined 23 mpg.
From behind the wheel, the handling is sharp and direct, there are no extraneous driving modes to make it sportier, which in many SUVs means adding artificial weight to the steering wheel. Frankly, it’s a relief not having to toggle through menus to find the ideal driving balance. In terms of travel, it’s faster than you might think.
On smooth roads, the suspension inspires confidence and keeps the 2023 Volvo XC60 level in tight corners. However, if you’re expecting a soft ride since it’s a Swedish SUV, think again. On the city’s potholed streets, the 2023 Volvo XC60 bounces and jumps over bumps that a more comfortable luxury crossover would ignore.
This isn’t a deal-breaker, and the sacrifices for a faster, sportier ride could attract many SUV buyers. We’d like to spend some time with the standard suspension, and maybe the smaller wheels, to see how the two compare.
2023 Volvo XC60 Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Volvo offers three different powertrains – B5, B6, and T8 – in the 2023 Volvo XC60, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Under the hood of the XC60 with the B5 badge is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 48-volt hybrid engine and system that produces 247 horsepower.
The B6 is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the B5, but a supercharger is added for extra oomph. With 295 horses at the stable, it feels a little cooler than the model with the base B5. Plug-in hybrid powertrain
The T8 borrows the B6 engine and pairs it with a set of electric motors for a total of 400 horsepower in the Rechargeable model or 415 in the Polestar Engineered model.
The 2023 Volvo XC60 makes good turns, feels on the road when accelerating, and changes direction with confidence, but doesn’t inspire hooliganism like the Porsche Macan. Driving can be difficult when you are driving on rougher roads, but on smooth roads, it is pleasant and pleasant, quiet.
2023 Volvo XC60 Range, Charge, and Battery Life
Using the Recharge or Polestar models adds a T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain, providing an estimated electric range of just 19 miles. The 2023 Volvo XC60 T8 can be charged at a public charging station or at home via a 110 or 220-volt outlet, but Volvo also offers a useful feature that can charge the battery with power from the SUV’s gasoline engine whenever necessary. necessary.
2023 Volvo XC60 MPG: Real-world Fuel Economy
The EPA estimates that the front-wheel-drive B5 model should deliver 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The more powerful B6 has ratings of 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2023 Volvo XC60 Color
- Bright Silver
- Crystal White
- Denim Blue
- Ice White
- Onyx Black
- Savile Grey
- Thunder Grey
- Volvo Vapour Grey
2023 Volvo XC60 Trim
The Volvo XC60 is a compact luxury SUV. The base B5 engine is offered in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription finish. The upgraded B6 engine can be combined with the R-Design or Inscription trim.
The basic trim for the Recharge plug-in hybrid is the Inscription Expression trim, and R-Design and Inscription trim are also available. The Polestar Engineered top finish gets a more powerful version of the Recharge T8 powertrain.
The B5 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 247 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. The B6 adds a supercharger to the B5 and increases horsepower to 295 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque.
The Recharge T8 adds an electric motor to the B6 (without the mild-hybrid unit), which produces up to 400 horsepower and up to 472 pound-feet of torque. The Polestar-designed recharge powertrain produces 415 hp and 494 lb.-ft. of torque. All engines are powered by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard on the B5 engine and all-wheel drive is an option. The B6 and Recharge T8 powertrains are equipped with AWD only.
2023 Volvo XC60 B5 Core Luxury Car
- Model: 2023 Volvo XC60
- MPG: Up to 23 city / 30 highway
- Horsepower: 247 hp
- MSRP: From $43,450
- Cargo volume: 17.1 ft³, 63.3 ft³ with seat area
- Dimensions: 185″ L x 75″ W x 65″ H
- Compression ratio: 10.5
- Engine Type Mild hybrid
- Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic
- Drive Type Front wheel drive
- Cylinders Inline 4
- Total Seating 5
- Basic Warranty 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
Fuel & MPG
- Fuel type Premium unleaded (recommended)
- EPA city/highway MPG 23/30 MPG
- EPA combined MPG 26 MPG
- Range in miles (city/hwy) 432.4/564.0 mi.
- Fuel tank capacity 18.8 gals.
- Base engine size 2.0 L
- Cylinders Inline 4
- Base engine type Mild hybrid
- Horsepower 247 hp @ 5,400 rpm
- Torque 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
- Valves 16
- Cam-type Double overhead cam (DOHC)
- Valve timing Variable
Towing & Hauling
- Max Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs.
- Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic
- Drive Type Front wheel drive
- Length 185.4 in.
- Overall width with mirrors 83.3 in.
- Overall width without mirrors 74.9 in.
- Height 65.2 in.
- Wheelbase 112.8 in.
- Maximum cargo capacity 63.3 cu.ft.
- Turning circle 37.4 ft.
- Ground clearance 8.5 in.
- Curb weight 4,023 lbs.
- Maximum towing capacity 3,500 lbs.
Front Seat Dimensions
- Front headroom 38.0 in.
- Front leg room 41.5 in.
- Front shoulder room 58.2 in.
- Front hip room 56.4 in.
Rear Seat Dimensions
- Rear headroom 38.0 in.
- Rear leg room 38.0 in.
- Rear shoulder room 56.3 in.
- Rear hip room 55.4 in.
2023 Volvo XC60 Price
We love the vibrant look of the R-Design and enjoy the T6’s powertrain performance in our 2023 Volvo XC60 test vehicle over the long term, which is why the R-Design B6 is our recommendation.
The added cost compared to the basic Momentum trim is well worth it here, with all sorts of features that come standard.
The R-Design comes with a Harman / Kardon audio system, nicer wheels, a power liftgate, and four-zone automatic climate control.
- Momentum $43,745
- R-Design $49,895
- Inscription $51,245
- Recharge $55,345
- Polestar $70.595
2023 Volvo XC60 Release Date
Volvo XC60 2023 Release Date operates several manufacturing facilities around the world. The 2023 Volvo XC60 model sold in North America is manufactured in Torslanda, outside Gothenburg, Sweden.
Of note is that the larger three-row XC90 SUV was built at Volvo’s US plant in Ridgeville, near Charleston, South Carolina.
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Q: Will the 2023 Volvo XC60 be redesigned?
A: The redesigned Volvo XC60 2023 is a mid-cycle refresh for sleek Volvo vehicles that looks great on the road and helps you save on the pump. The vehicle swapped its gasoline-only powertrains for a mild hybrid version for the 2022 model year, which was carried over to the 2023 model.
Q: Is there a new Volvo XC60 coming out?
A: 2023 Volvo XC60 Redesign, Release Date, Specifications & More. The Volvo XC60 2023 is ready for you. This year’s version has new trim levels and mild hybrid technology. Learn more about everything new from our certified vehicle experts at our authorized dealers.
Q: When can I order a 2023 Volvo?
A: The Volvo 2023 lineup is in production now and will start arriving at retailers this summer. More information on mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric powertrains can be found at volvocars.com/us, where customers can order and order their ideal Volvo online.
Q: Is XC60 worth buying?
A: Should I Buy a Volvo XC60 2023? The XC60 should be on your to-do list if you’re shopping for a luxury compact SUV. The above-mentioned quality and average base price make it a good value. However, those who crave more athleticism should take a look at the BMW X3 or Audi Q5.